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Music Voyager: New Orleans: The Perfect Musical Storm

Airs Friday, September 30, 2011 at 11:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Aerial shot of New Orleans and the Mississippi River.

The music-based travel series MUSIC VOYAGER invites viewers to discover the exciting rhythms of the planet. In each episode, ethnomusicologist and world music record producer Jacob Edgar embarks on a quest to find the world’s best songs. With local musicians as his guide, Edgar receives a backstage pass to trendy nightclubs, international festivals, recording studio jam sessions and rollicking rehearsal rooms; samples exotic local cuisine; visits off-the-beaten path attractions and parties at hidden venues only the locals know.

MUSIC VOYAGER travels to Louisiana, one of America's most musical states, for an exciting visit through Creole & Cajun country, the music history-rich city of Shreveport and the madness of Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

Promotional photo of trumpeter Irvin Mayfield, New Orleans
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Above: Promotional photo of trumpeter Irvin Mayfield, New Orleans

New Orleans local legend Kermit Ruffins
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Above: New Orleans local legend Kermit Ruffins

“New Orleans: The Perfect Musical Storm” - ‘Nawlins’…the Crescent City, where the local music and cuisine share a lot in common: both are spicy, fused with a multicultural mix of ingredients, and one taste only makes you hunger for more.

In this episode, host Jacob Edgar arrives during the build-up to Mardi Gras. His musical journey moves from the classic jazz at Preservation Hall to the sounds of trumpeter Irvin Mayfield at his club on Bourbon Street.

Virtuoso Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews treats Edgar to a searing demonstration of his talents, followed by an intimate get-together with crooner Jeremy Davenport.

Cameras capture a scorching jam with Cyril Neville and Galactic at the famed Tiptitina’s and local legend Kermit Ruffins at his annual Mardi Gras morning barbeque party.

MUSIC VOYAGER is on Facebook, and you can follow @Music_Voyager on Twitter.

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