The New Orleans Jazz Museum in cooperation with the National Historical Jazz Park is helping us create this free public domain sheet music resource. In the USA, as of January 1, 2019, all songs composed before 1924 can be performed, distributed and recorded royalty-free.
The emphasis will be on songs significant to the canon of traditional New Orleans music. The lead sheets will reflect the published sheet music and will include a chord chart that reflects contemporary performance practice. On occasion, variations will be included for interest or because consensus among practioners warrant their inclusion.
As this resource expands, we will add a list of notable recordings. And, when possible, video performances by present-day artists New Orleans will be included.
The resource will begin with concert-key versions. Transposed versions will be added for Bb, Eb & Bass Clef Instruments.