Tom Piazza


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Why New Orleans Matters

3.94 avg rating — 1,107 ratings — published 2005 — 13 editions
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City of Refuge

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A Free State

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Devil Sent the Rain: Music ...

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My Cold War

3.35 avg rating — 79 ratings — published 2003 — 2 editions
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True Adventures with the Ki...

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Blues and Trouble: Twelve S...

3.57 avg rating — 35 ratings — published 1996 — 2 editions
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Understanding Jazz: Ways to...

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Blues Up and Down: Jazz, Ra...

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Setting the Tempo

3.60 avg rating — 5 ratings — published 1996
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“At one point, early on, some public figures even asked whether it 'made sense' to rebuild New Orleans. Would you let your own mother die because it didn't make financial sense to spend the money to treat her, or because you were too busy to spend the time to heal her sick spirit?”
Tom Piazza, Why New Orleans Matters

“Mac Rebennack, better known as Dr. John, once told me that when a brass band plays at a small club back up in one of the neighborhoods, it's as if the audience--dancing, singing to the refrains, laughing--is part of the band. They are two parts of the same thing. The dancers interpret, or it might be better to say literally embody, the sounds of the band, answering the instruments. Since everyone is listening to different parts of the music--she to the trumpet melody, he to the bass drum, she to the trombone--the audience is a working model in three dimensions of the music, a synesthesic transformation of materials. And of course the band is also watching the dancers, and getting ideas from the dancers' gestures. The relationship between band and audience is in that sense like the relationship between two lovers making love, where cause and effect becomes very hard to see, even impossible to call by its right name; one is literally getting down, as in particle physics, to some root stratum where one is freed from the lockstop of time itself, where time might even run backward, or sideways, and something eternal and transcendent is accessed.”
Tom Piazza, Why New Orleans Matters

“In New Orleans the funerals remind us that Life is bigger than any individual life, and it will roll on, and for the short time that your individual life joins the big stream of Life, cut some decent steps, for God’s sake.”
Tom Piazza, Why New Orleans Matters

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