Controversial view expressed in Offbeat Magazine. There is much to say for this view but I can think of plausible counter-arguments to do with the inherent dynamism of tradition which New Orleans is the instantiation par excellence.
Music in New Orleans is indeed inextricable from the city’s lifestyle.
“In the 6th Ward, 7th Ward, 9th Ward you see kids on the step banging on boxes, and they’ve got horns with no valves in them,” said Ferdinand. “But they’re playing traditional music, because they grew up in it. This is not something that people can pick up and learn out of a book. It’s life. It’s real life.”