Listen to Ed Jackson's story. Audio Producer: Sarah P. Reynolds

Edward “Juicy” Jackson III, a trombone player in a second line brass band, has lived his whole life in the Ninth Ward. He’s a member of the To Be Continued Brass Band. He says he and his clasmates formed the band to avoid getting into drugs and violence. They started at Carver Senior High School in New Orleans where they borrowed instruments from Carver’s band director. Some of the instruments were taped together. TBC has become a popular presence in the French Quarter. They also play in second line parades at funerals of members of their community. He says he plays a lot at jazz funerals because so many young black men are killed, including his best friend and fellow bandmate, He hopes that playing an instrument will be a way out for him. “I’ve seen a lot and been through a lot and I know I have to get myself if not outta New Orleans, then outta this ‘hood in order to be successful and do what I have to do,” says Jackson. “As long as I be here, nothing is going to happen for me, there’s nothing here.” His band has toured with hip hop band The Roots.

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