In certain worlds of New Orleans music, there is a special sound — a signal — which lets players know it's time to pick up their instruments and strike up the band. But where did this signal come from? We listened to chirps, whistles and musicians, hunting for this signal's origins and to learn: what is the chicken, and what is the egg?
When New Orleans musicians want to say a certain thing, instead of words, they use a four note phrase.
“It’s a bugle call or a band call to assemble,” explains Leroy Jones.