Another book I'm reading is about the history of Jazz, by Geoff Ward and Ken Burns. There was also the movie.
It reads of a history of New Orleans and makes an excellent precursor to my trip.
It's sad to read about the events surrounding Plessy vs. Ferguson, the case that upheld separate but equal.
I read about the Robert Charles riot and how the Buddy Bolden Orchestra got caught up in it. How Big Eye Nelson's base got beat to shreds. What a sad day.