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The Big Easy

Posted by Smokey Stover on December 20, 2005

In Reply to: The Big Easy Posted by Gail Ross on December 19, 2005

: What is the origin of the phrase, "The Big Easy" to describe New Orleans?

One explanation is that it's easy for those not entirely on the up-and-up to find some action. Or that the cops are easy on vice.

Another explanation, that I like better, is that jazz musicians, who are often of a dark color, found it easier to get work in New Orleans, which loves music and doesn't hate blacks. SS