The majick, mystique and history of New Orleans, Louisiana captured our hearts as soon as we first set foot in the Crescent City years ago. We are now honoring the city’s most infamous red light district, an alluring and mischevious 38 block area just outside of the French Quarter called Storyville – where ladies of the night and musicians like Jelly Roll Morton and Louis Armstrong earned a living, while creating a brand new form of music ~ Jazz.
Storyville was bounded by Iberville, Basin Street, St. Louis, and N. Robertson streets. Alderman Sydney Story could not control the illegal activities in this bustling port city at the turn of the century, so he simply decided to quarantine them, thus legalizing prostitution in this area.
“Storyville” was officially established on July 6, 1897, and it was shut down at onset of WWI, on November 12, 1917. We are conjuring the jovial spirits of the folks who lived, danced, laughed, and boozed in Storyville’s dark alleys and hidden speakeasies, while cigar smoke, jasmine and this seductive new music called jazz filled the voodoo infused air.