“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Donaldsonville in Ascension Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)

Bicentennial Jazz Plaza

Bicentennial Jazz Plaza Marker image. Click for full size.
July 31, 2015
1. Bicentennial Jazz Plaza Marker
Inscription. Jazz developed at the turn of the 20th century in south Louisiana and was born from a combination of musical traditions: work songs, spirituals, blues, and ragtime. From the early days of vaudeville and minstrel shows to the formidable first years of jazz, Donaldsonville was a hotbed of musical activity. Many of the early musicians developed an interest and talent while living on or near the plantations in the rural communities of Ascension Parish. This bicentennial monument serves as a site of enduring significance that documents, preserves and celebrates the rural musicians, famous and unsung, from this region. It also stands as a monument in recognition of the people and neighborhoods that nourished these musicians and laid the foundation for jazz that carved a uniquely prominent position on the world stage. Donaldsonville and Ascension Parish are fortunate to have these notable musicians as native sons: Claiborne Williams, Joseph "King" Oliver, Willie Foster, Richard Myknee Jones, George "Pops" Foster, Davidson C. Nelson and Emanuel Sayles.
Erected 2007 by City Of Donaldsonville.
Location. 30° 6.085′ N, 90° 59.417′ W. Marker is in Donaldsonville, Louisiana, in Ascension Parish. Marker is at the intersection
Bicentennial Jazz Plaza and Marker image. Click for full size.
July 31, 2015
2. Bicentennial Jazz Plaza and Marker
of Railroad Avenue and Charles Street, on the right when traveling north on Railroad Avenue. Touch for map. Located beside the River Road African American Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 406 Charles Street, Donaldsonville LA 70346, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. War Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Donaldsonville (approx. mile away); Francis T. Nicholls (approx. mile away); Charles "Chalou" Trepagnier Building (approx. mile away); a different marker also named Donaldsonville (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bayou Lafourche (approx. half a mile away); Walter Lemann, Sr. Pumping Station (approx. half a mile away); Fort Butler UDC Monument (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Donaldsonville.
Also see . . .  River Road African-American Museum. (Submitted on August 8, 2015.)
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicEntertainment
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 7, 2015. This page has been viewed 224 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 7, 2015. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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