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Gerald French and The Original Tuxedo Band

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What makes the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band after a century of change? According to French, “It started in a dance hall in Storyville. It evolved from being a dance band to a society band. When my grandfather [Albert “Papa” French] led the band in the ‘50s, ‘60s, and most of the ‘70s, they played for all of the big socialites. The Boston Club, the New Orleans Country Club, Rex, Comus, and all of these old-line organizations from New Orleans. The relation to me is that even though people are doctors or lawyers, they still like to let their hair down and have a good time, too. Our culture, our way of life, transcends all that stuff. It doesn’t matter if you’re a judge on the bench. There are some judges that can second line just as good as someone who collects trash or shucks oysters. These things are common to life here in New Orleans, and that’s the greatest thing about this band—it transcends all that.”

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