PRC launched a new mobile app on March 25, 2014 that is now available to the public free of charge. To download the “Jazz Houses: Where They Lived” app, visit bit.do/jazzhouses or text “Jazz” to 99000 from your mobile phone or tablet.
Since 2002, Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans has worked to identify and plaque the former homes of important and influential jazz musicians.
The “Jazz Houses” app brings the history behind those markers to life, melding images of the musicians and neighborhoods, historical and modern photos of the houses, and music clips to weave a seamless narrative around New Orleans’ historic homes and the jazz greats who once inhabited them.
By associating early jazz musicians with the spaces in which they lived, PRC’s new mobile app, “Jazz Houses: Where They Lived,” seeks to connect new audiences to the rich musical heritage of New Orleans in a more personal way. PRC’s African American Heritage Preservation Program has placed more than 60 markers on former homes of jazz musicians. Dr. Jack Stewart has led the research and written the musician narratives which are displayed on the markers.
The app was developed for PRC by Culture Connect, a New Orleans-based technology company specializing in bringing mobile applications to museums and cultural institutions. Images used in the app have been provided courtesy of the New Orleans Jazz Club Collection at the LA State Museum, the Hogan Jazz Archive at Tulane University, and The Historic New Orleans Collection. Music clips from early musicians are made available by the GHB Jazz Foundation.
For more information on the jazz house program, contact Preservation Resource Center at 504.581.7032 or [email protected].