Unique all-female New Orleans brass band at Jazz Fest

May 2, 2015 2:03 PM

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A New Orleans brass band created to help students pay tuition at a Catholic high school for girls is still going strong nearly a quarter-century later. The Original Pinettes Brass Band is still apparently the only all-female group in a jazz-laced tradition dating back to the decades after Emancipation.

Clarinetist and music historian Michael White says as far as he knows they're still the only all-female brass band.

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