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New Orleans blues is a combination of Dixieland music and rhythms derived from Caribbean music, typically performed on piano or a horn instrument. The music is upbeat despite the blues based content of many of the song choices.

New Orleans rhythm and blues refers to a type of R&B music from the U.S. city of New Orleans, Louisiana, characterized by extensive use of piano and horn sections, complex rhythms and lyrics that reflect New Orleans life.

Distinct innovation and creativity, in combination with a musicality unique to the New Orleans area distinguish this sub-genre. It was also a major influence on ska and reggae, the former being a local variation on New Orleans R&B and jazz, such as the Fats Domino song "Be My Guest".

Top artists

Artists in this style include:

Dr. John
Johnny Adams
James Booker
Henry Butler
Sugar Boy Crawford
Champion Jack Dupree
Snooks Eaglin
Guitar Slim, Jr.
Harry Connick, Jr.
Earl King
Smiley Lewis
Professor Longhair
Tommy Ridgley
Tuts Washington
Katie Webster
Fats Domino
Lee Dorsey
Eddie Bo
Allen Toussaint