From a few blocks away we could feel the beat of the big bass drum of the bounce band. We made a bee line. You can have your gumbo and your fruity frozen drinks. Keep your sweet beignets and your golden beads. This is what I want in my New Orleans. This Big Easy band had about six members playing the free wheeling upbeat jazz style that New Orleans is known for. Joyful sounds. The group was as loosely arranged as the small crowd that had gathered around them and at it seemed any one of the growing throng could join the jam at any time. In fact half the members of the group looked like they had just wandered over over from disparate street corners only moments prior.