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Friday, January 14, 2011

All Tha Jazz!



While the French Quarter garners most of the public attention, she isn't the only game on the river. Just down stream (across Esplanade) lies her little sister, Faubourg Marigny, also known simply as The Marigny (pronounced Marin-ee). 

In the 19th century, Marigny was the old Third Municipality of New Orleans. The triangular area between Esplanade and Elysian Fields Avenue is sometimes called "The Marigny Triangle", and is part of the 7th Ward of New Orleans. The remainder is in the 8th Ward of New Orleans.

Fom Wikipedia...

The Marigny was laid out in the first decade of the 19th century by eccentric Creole millionaire developer Bernard Xavier Philippe de Marigny de Mandeville on land that had been his family plantation just down river from the old city limits of New Orleans. In the early 19th century, Marigny was where white Creole gentlemen set up households for their colored mistresses (and their offspring) in the tradition of "pla├žage."[5]

 The neighborhood declined badly in the mid 20th century, and the area around Washington Square was nicknamed "Little Angola" (after the prison of that name) for the dangerous criminals there. It came back strongly in the late 20th century. Profiteering around the 1984 World's Fair drove many long-term residents from the French Quarter into Marigny. Frenchmen Street developed one of the city's premier collections of live music venues and restaurants, and is a popular destination with music lovers from other parts of the city and knowledgeable out-of-town visitors in the early 21st century.

Marigny is one of the centers for homegrown New Orleans Mardi Gras (see Faubourg Marigny Mardi Gras costumes). The neighborhood is also home to the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts Riverfront facility.
Notable people from The Marigny include jazz composer/musician Jelly Roll Morton and singer Lizzie Miles.

Live Jazz at Maison in the Marigny

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