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Since the 1940s, music lovers and musicians in Japan has professed a strong interest in New Orleans music, particularly New Orleans jazz. This paper examines three ways in which this interest manifests itself: Japanese musicians immigrating to New Orleans, Japanese tourists visiting New Orleans, and sales of recorded and live New Orleans music in Japan. This paper primarily revolves around oral history interviews with Japanese musicians who immigrated in New Orleans. Additionally, this paper utilizes a combination of primary source and secondary source material to examine the history of Japanese interest in New Orleans music. By utilizing these sources, this paper chronicles ways that this interest manifests itself.
Archambeault, William, "Nihon Wa New Orleans No Ongaku Ga Daisukidesu (Japan Loves New Orleans’s Music): A Look at Japanese Interest in New Orleans Music from the 1940s to 2017" (2017). Senior Honors Theses. 94.