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Entry from April 29, 2018
Jump City (New Orleans nickname)

"Jump City” is an infrequently used nickname for New Orleans, Louisiana. New Orleans saxophone great Jerry Jumonville and his Jump City Band recorded the song “Jump City” in 1986.

American singer and songwriter Willy DeVille (1950-2009) recorded the song “Jump City” in 1992. The lyrics refer to the Mardi Gras in New Orleans. “New Orleans, Louisiana (aka NOLA, The City That Care Forgot, Da Big Greasy, Jump City, Sugar Town....)” was printed in the Vancouver (BC) Sun on October 8, 2005.

Other New Orleans nicknames include “America’s Most Interesting City,” “Baghdad-on-the-Bayou,” “Big Crescent,” “Big Easy,” “Big Greasy,” “Big Sleazy,” “Birthplace of Jazz,” “Chocolate City,” “Chopper City,” “City of a Million Dreams,” “City That Care Forgot,” “City That Forgot to Care,” “Convention City,” “Crawfish Town,” “Creole City,” “Crescent City,” “Gateway of the Mississippi Valley,” “Gumbo City,” “Hollywood South,” “Mardi Gras City,” “Metropolis of the South,” “N’Awlins,” “Nerlins,” “No Orleans” (after Hurricane Katrina), “NOLA,” “Northernmost Banana Republic,” “Northernmost Caribbean City,” “Old Swampy,” “Paris of America,” “Queen City,” “Saint City” and “Sweet Lady Gumbo.”


Wikipedia: New Orleans
New Orleans (/njuː ˈɔːrli.ənz, -ˈɔːrˈliːnz, -ˈɔːrlənz/, or /ˈnɔːrlənz/; French: La Nouvelle-Orléans [la nuvɛlɔʁleɑ̃]) is a major United States port and the largest city and metropolitan area in the state of Louisiana.

Wikipedia: Willy DeVille
Willy DeVille (born William Paul Borsey Jr., August 25, 1950 – August 6, 2009) was an American singer and songwriter. During his thirty-five-year career, first with his band Mink DeVille (1974–1986) and later on his own, Deville created original songs rooted in traditional American musical styles. He worked with collaborators from across the spectrum of contemporary music, including Jack Nitzsche, Doc Pomus, Dr. John, Mark Knopfler, Allen Toussaint, and Eddie Bo. Latin rhythms, blues riffs, doo-wop, Cajun music, strains of French cabaret, and echoes of early-1960s uptown soul can be heard in DeVille’s work.

Mink DeVille was a house band at CBGB, the historic New York City nightclub where punk rock was born in the mid-1970s. DeVille helped redefine the Brill Building sound. In 1987 his song “Storybook Love” was nominated for an Academy Award. After his move to New Orleans in 1988, he helped spark the roots revival of classic New Orleans R&B

OCLC WorldCat record
Jump city
Author: Jerry Jumonville; Jerry Jumonville Band.
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : Miracle Mile Jazz, ℗1986.
Edition/Format: Music LP : No Linguistic Content

31 August 1986, Los Angeles (CA) Times, Calendar sec., pg. 64, col. 5:
And if you’re a fan of New Orleans R&B, pick up a copy of “Jump City,” a new album by L.A.-based sax great Jerry Jumonville.

7 May 1987, Los Angeles (CA) Sentinel, “Blues Festival Slated,” pg. B-6, col. 5:
Next comes New Orleans saxophone great Jerry Jumonville and his Jump City Band; ...

Genius.com (lyrics)
Jump City
Willy Deville
Album Backstreets of Desire
(1992)
(...)
I said hey jump city, I going your way now (hey jump city)
Down New Orleans on Mardi Gras day, child (hey jump city)
Down Louisiana, down to New Orleans, ya’ll (hey jump city)
Said I’m goin’ New Orleans on Mardi Gras day, child (hey jump city)

3 June 1994, Orlando (FL) Sentinel, “Willy DeVille,” by Perry Gettelman, pg. 9:
Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, joins them on “Jump City,” which sounds like an old second-line number but is another DeVille original.

8 October 2005, Vancouver (BC) Sun, “MP3 sites bend your ear to new music” by Kevin Chong, pg. D2:
Home of the Groove (homeofthegroove.blogspot.com) is an audioblog “based on the premise that the true Home of the Groove… is New Orleans, Louisiana (aka NOLA, The City That Care Forgot, Da Big Greasy, Jump City, Sugar Town....).”

Facebook
Jerry Jumonville and the Jump City Band
Public · Hosted by Buffa’s Bar & Restaurant
Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

YouTube
Willy DeVille - Jump City - Live
aggiespoenk
Published on May 31, 2015
461. Live At Tramps New York - October-02-1996
Thanks to Jaap and Gerrit, who made this CD, Giel, who made the artwork and to Nick who made the setlists.
The credits are for the taper and above all for Willy DeVille and the musicians.

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Jump City NOLA
@jumpcitynola
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