March 3, 2020

Sicily Journal

From Immigrants to Leaders

Video Playlist of Sicilian Music Contributions

Artist George Schmidt points to Nick LaRocca.

Sicilians in New Orleans played a major role in Jazz, Swing, and Rhythm & Blues. George Schmidt painted Nick LaRocca playing in 1915 on Canal Street, where he was recruited to play in Chicago and later New York.

In New York LaRocca changed the name from Jass to Jazz.