Wynton Marsalis pays homage to his hometown of New Orleans in Congo Square, a ground-breaking suite celebrating Congo Square's unique role in shaping American music. In the 1700s & 1800s the Congo Square market was the only place in America where African slaves were allowed to perform their own music.
Marsalis and the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra, with African master drummer Yacub Addy & Odadaa! revisit this bedrock of jazz & blues, where the earliest African stylings first entered American music. This project visits the evoloution of jazz from Dixieland through swing and beyond. The group Odadaa! features drums, flutes, balaphones & bells.