The New Orleans Jazz Museum in cooperation with the National Historical Jazz Park is helping me 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.
I carefully chose songs significant to the canon of traditional New Orleans music and created lead sheets for them. They often include adjustments to chords that reflect contemporary performance practice. On occasion, chords from the original sheet music are included for their interest even if rarely used.
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.
All songs are available in concert key. Transposed versions will be added for Bb, Eb & Bass Clef Instruments.