The Spirit of New Orleans was formed in 1990 by Preben Nissen, based on the idea of playing a versatile repertoire within the frames of Traditional Jazz, Gospel, Spirituals, and hymn – all with deep roots in the New Orleans Jazz. The Band quickly developed into the orchestra as it is viewed today: One of the most talented and well-known bands in Denmark, with a unique dynamic and swinging style, containing all the ingredients that make the music come alive, ie. Ragtime, blues, marches, evergreens, own compositions, gospel, and spirituals.