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Up from the Streets: New Orleans: The City of Music (2019)

A film looking at the culture of New Orleans thru the lens of music. Hosted by Oscar nominee and 6-time Grammy Winner Terence Blanchard, the film tells the story of how music and culture intersected to create a distinct form of expression.


Michael Murphy


Michael Murphy
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Credited cast:
Terence Blanchard ... Self -Host
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Louis Armstrong ... Self (archive footage)
Bruce Barnes Bruce Barnes ... Self - musician (as Bruce Sunpie Barnes)
Sweet Emma Barrett Sweet Emma Barrett ... Self (archive footage)
Germaine Bazzle Germaine Bazzle ... Self - Vocalist
Harry Connick Jr. ... Self
Quint Davis Quint Davis ... Self - FPI New Orleans
Fats Domino ... Self (archive footage)
Mahalia Jackson ... Self (archive footage)
Ben Jaffe Ben Jaffe ... Self - musician
Branford Marsalis Quartet ... Self - musician
Delfeayo Marsalis Delfeayo Marsalis ... Self - musician
Jason Marsalis Jason Marsalis ... Self - musician
Wynton Marsalis ... Self - musician
Aaron Neville ... Self - musician


The history of the city is distinct from any other in the US. The music created here became a powerful form of expression of the joys and sorrows of life. The film looks at the evolution of New Orleans music and how it has reflected the culture and times in which it was created. From the drumming by free people of color and enslaved Africans at Congo Square, to the explosion of musical styles that can still be heard on the streets of the city, the power of music to change lives is evident. Personal reflections by New Orleans' musicians, commentary by national and international musicians along with archival and newly filmed performances, paint the picture of "this city of music". The sounds and rhythms of New Orleans were the foundation of American music and continue to carry the torch of a liberating expression into the future. Written by Cilista Eberle

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A look at the culture of New Orleans through the lens of music.




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Self -Host: You know, the beautiful thing about being from New Orleans is that you feel like you're part of a tradition. The more you start to understand the history of our music. One of the things that blows me away is that I can go down on Frenchman Street, and I can hear some young kids playing on the street. And I can hear Louis Armstrong in their playing. And they may not ever realize it. But it's that lineage, it's that language that's been passed down generation by generation by generation. I'm ...
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Release Date:

15 May 2020 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA


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$1,200 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Surround 7.1



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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