American Routes explores the shared and individual musical threads that contribute to the great diversity of American culture, from blues to Cajun, Tejano to jazz, country to soul and all the stops in between.

Creoles and Cowgirls: Charlie Gabriel and the Quebe Sisters

We hit up Preservation Hall in the French Quarter for a potent dose of trad jazz, as bandleader and fourth-generation Creole musician Charlie Gabriel tells of his Caribbean roots, jazz funerals, and New Orleans' hybrid rhythms. Then we head to the Lonestar state to hear the reworking of jazz into Texas swing, as played by… read more

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