Thomas W. Jacobsen      New Orleans Notes


The Young Fellaz Brass Band playing outside Cafe Brasil on Frenchmen Street late last year. The band has been the cause of much controversy in the neighborhood. (See note on News page.)

The core of the World War II Museum's Victory Big Band, a fine 17-piece outfit, appeared at FQF, April 10.

Rex Gregory solos with the Victory Big Band.

Tenor saxophonist Clarence Johnson III solos with the Victory Big Band.

Bonerama performs at FQF, April 10.

Aurora Nealand and her Royal Roses "vintage" jazz band at FQF, April 11.

Aurora Nealand is a wonderful woodwind player

Don Vappie and his Creole Jazz Serenaders put on an expectably fine show at FQF, April 11.

Vocalist Sasha Masakowski performs with her group at FQF, April 11.

Martin Masakowski, son of Steve Masakowski, plays bass for his sister's group at FQF.

Saxophonist Tia Fuller, center, performs with Tulane student band, April 10.

Tia Fuller at Tulane, April 10.

The Ignatius Saxophone Quartet. L-R: Ray Moore, John Reeks, Jason Mingledorff and Tony Dagradi.

Lionel Ferbos and the Palm Court Jazz Band at the Maison, March 30. L-R: Kerry Lewis, Brian O'Connell, Seva Venet, Ferbos, Ernie Elly, Jamie Wight, and Wendell Eugene.

Evan Christopher being interviewed by Fred Kasten at the Old Mint.

Gregg Stafford solos with Detroit Brooks (left) and his Syncopated Percolators at the Maison, March 23.

The Pfister Sisters--Holley Bendtsen, Debbie Davis and Yvette Voelker--at the Spotted Cat, March 23..

Paquito critiques a grad student clarinetist.

Paquito guides the Loyola student wind ensemble through one of his compositions.

Greg Agid out front, with Michael White, Evan Christopher, Paquito and Alex Brown, playing the blues.

Worshipers await the arrival of the casket after the Derrick Magee funeral.

The Donald Harrison Sr. Museum in the Upper Ninth Ward.

Cherice Harrison Nelson (left) and her mother discuss the Mardi Gras Indian tradition with us in her father's museum. The yellow costume in the background belongs to her brother, Big Chief Donald Harrison Jr.

421 Frenchmen Street: the new Louisiana Music Factory is located on the first floor of the building, just below the offices of OffBeat magazine.

The new Louisiana Music Factory.

Tuba Skinny at the Louisiana Music Factory.

Mitchell Player Quintet at Nickel-A-Dance. L-R: Leslie Martin, Todd Duke, Player, Leon Brown and Gerald French.

Eileina Dennis

The proposed New Orleans Jazz Market

Dee Dee Bridgewater with a floor plan of proposed Jazz Market.

Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ellis Marsalis and Irvin Mayfield at the Jazz Market ceremony.

Trumpeter Christian Scott at Snug Harbor, February 8. The bassist is Kris Funn.

Isidora Mendez Scott and Christian Scott. The bassist is Kris Funn.

Drummer Herlin Riley demonstrates his outstanding technique to students in a master class at the Old Mint, February 8.

Exterior view of the new Louisiana Music Factory location on Frenchmen Street. It occupies the first floor, while the offices of OffBeat magazine are on the second.

Gregg Stafford at the Norwegian Seamen's Church, February 2.

Gregg Stafford Quartet: Daniel Farrow, Stafford, Detroit Brooks, Sidney Snow.

Richard D. Johnson at Snug Harbor, January 31.

Kermit's Speakeasy Bar and Restaurant, 2013.

The Kremlin Meets Crescent City concert at NOCCA, January 24, 2014. Delfeayo Marsalis at the left and Igor Butman.

Davell Crawford sings with the Uptown Jazz Orchestra.

The amazing Fantine sings with the Butman Jazz Orchestra.

Members of the Uptown Jazz Orchestra. The two saxophonists are Roderick Paulin and Clarence Johnson III. Marsalis is at the left. To the right of him is Stephen Walker, an unidentified trombonist, David Harris and an unidentified trumpeter.

Igor Butman and Delfeayo Marsalis at the conclusion of the concert.

The renovated Apollo Theater in Harlem, November, 2013.

Trumpeter John Michael Bradford appears at Gasa Gasa, August, 2013.

December 21. Music at the Palm Court in memory of George Buck.

December 21. Second-line parade from church to Palm Court.

December 21. Second-line parade from funeral home to church on Chartres Street. George Buck funeral.

Charbonnet Funeral Home, December 20. L-R: Seva Venet, Butch Thompson, Lars Edegran, and James Evans. George Buck wake.

George Buck in a familiar pose at his desk above the Palm Court Cafe. 1990s photo.

UNO Sandbar, December 5. L-R: Derek Douguet, Davy Mooney and Brian Quezergue.

Clarinetist Christian Winther with bassist Chris Severin at the Norwegian Seamen's Church, December 1.

Clarinetist Victor Goines with interviewer Fred Kasten at the Old Mint, November 30,

Tom McDermott at Snug Harbor.

Evan Christopher at Snug Harbor.

Randy Brecker and the UNO Monk Ensemble at the Sandbar.

The band at the Maheu memorial at Palm Court Jazz Cafe. L-R: Dave Boeddinghaus, Tim Laughlin, Tim Paco, Eddie Bayard, Herman Lebeaux, and Ronnell Johnson.

Palm Court Cafe, October 24. L-R: Tim and Juliette Laughlin, Bruce O'Neil, Sharon Gravolet and Jim Hargraves.

Sharon Martin Quintet at Prime Example. That's Charles Moore on bass guitar.

Sharon Martin at Prime Example

Bill Summers (with mike) hosts the Day of the Drum celebration at Gasa Gasa, October 4. To the left of him is "the Tambourine Lady."

Drum master Herlin Riley at the Day of the Drum.

Present and former jazz faculty gather at Sandbar. L-R: Steve Masakowski, chair of the UNO program; Victor Atkins, jazz professor; and Ellis Marsalis, founding chair of the UNO program.

Ellis Marsalis guests with the UNO student jazz ensemble at the season's first Jazz at the Sandbar event, October 2.

Stephanie Jordan and trumpeter Marlon Jordan, September 12.

The Stooges Brass Band, September 5

Jack Maheu led the very popular jam sessions at Fritzel's on Bourbon Street in the 1990s. The General, as he was often called by younger musicians, was a musical role model as well for them. In this 1995 pic, he is seen listening--clearly with satisfaction--to one of his proteges, young Evan Christopher. Maheu died on August 27.

Barbara and Les Muscutt in a "recovery party" for the latter at the Palm Court Cafe in June, 2001. Les passed away on August 9.

One of the hottest young artists in the city is singer Meschiya Lake. A South Dakota native, she is seen at SatchFest with her band the Little Big Horns. Their second CD is just out.

Don Vappie (banjo, vocals) and his Creole Jazz Serenaders was a hit at the fest, as expected. The band was made up of Bobby Campo, cornet; Alonzo Bowens, alto sax and clarinet; Mike Esneault, piano; Richard Moten, bass; and Charlie Kohlmeyer, drums.

Wycliffe Gordon was a special guest at this year's festival. His performance on both trombone and trumpet was outstanding. The bassist is Roland Guerin.

The Hot Club of New Orleans has been one of the hottest bands in the city for more than a decade. They are, from left, Matt Rhody, Todd Duke, Chris Kohl, John Rodli and Tom Sciple.

Annual guests from Japan are Keiko and Yoshio Toyama, who is considered the "Louis Armstrong" of his native land.

That's Steve Pistorius on piano, along with Don Vappie, banjo; Orange Kellin, clarinet; Ben Polcer, trumpet; and Dave Sager, trombone. Thompson is the bassist and drummer Ernie Elly is obscured. They played a tasty selection of Armstrong favorites.

Guitarist Steve Blailock in a 1996 photo with some of his most frequent playmates: clarinetist Michael White and trumpeter Gregg Stafford. Steve passed away on July 19.

Jacobsen and Blailock at Jazzfest, 2001

Lionel Ferbos and Nina Buck at Lionel's birthday party

Lionel Ferbos being greeted by admirers

The Man!

Lionel and Jamie Wight

Lionel Ferbos and Jacobsen at the party

Podewell tribute: Banu speaking

Podewell tribute: Steve Pistorius speaking

Podewell tribute: Connie Jones, Tom Saunders and David Boeddinghaus playing

Bayou St. John (foreground) is the site of the Bayou Boogaloo

Boogaloo: ReBirth Brass Band

Banu Gibson and David Boeddinghaus appear at the Mid-City Theatre

Boogaloo: Hot Cuban percussionist Alexey Marti leads his septet

Boogaloo: Davell Crawford with Alexey Marti

Boogaloo: Hot 8 Brass Band

Boogaloo: Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Charles Suhor speaks about the N.O. strip clubs and modern jazz in the '50s and early '60s.

Spencer Williams Jr. ( grandson of Clarence Williams) and Danish musician Michael Boving tell the story of Williams' grandmother singer Eva Taylor.

The Tornado Brass Band played for the conference banquet on Saturday night.

L-R: Lars Edegran, Nina Buck, George Buck Jr. and his wife present the history of George Buck Sr.'s recording empire.

Bruce Raeburn (left) of Tulane's Hogan Jazz Archive gave a presentation about his father, bandleader Boyd Raeburn. This site's webmaster is at the right.

August 30. Blown down power poles/lines on Orleans Avenue.

Detail of above.

August 26, Norwegian Seamen's Church. Evan Christopher solos with the Lionel Ferbos band.

August 24. Matt Lemmler ensemble at Cafe Istanbul.

August 24. Cafe Istanbul. Matt Lemmler, Steve Masakowski and David Pulphus.

August 24. Evan Christopher performing with Matt Lemmler's New Orleans Jazz Revival Band.

Ernie K-Doe's old Mother in Law Lounge now owned by Kermit Ruffins. (A 2009 photograph.)

August 5. Don Vappie (with his back to the audience) and his Creole Jazz Serenaders gave a sparkling and varied performance. The tenor saxophonist is Ray Moore and the cornetist Bobby Campo.

August 5. The New Birth Brass Band brought out the second liners.

August 5. Fred Kasten (left) interviews Bruce Raeburn, director of Tulane's Jazz Archive, about his life and work. Raeburn's father was bandleader Boyd Raeburn and his mother singer Ginnie Powell.

August 5. The Palmetto Bug Stompers. L-R: Bruce Brackman, John Rodli, Robert Snow, Will Smith, Washboard Chaz and Charlie Hanahan.

August 5. Clive Wilson's Satchmo Serenade open the day's musical program.

August 4. Yoshio and Keiko Toyama backstage before their performance.

August 4. The first major public appearance of the Treme Brass Band since the passing of Lionel Batiste. Michael Duffy is the new bass drummer.

August 4. Michael Cogswell, director of Armstrong House (NYC), interviews House board member Stephen Maitland-Lewis. Ricky Riccardi is in the background.

August 4. Harmonouche, an exciting new band. L-R: Tim Paco, bass; Norbert Slama, accordion; Raphael Bas, leader, guitar; and Chris Kohl, clarinet.

August 4. Lionel Ferbos and his "adopted" granddaughter Chantelle Nabonne at the Old Mint. Ferbos later performed with Lars Edegran and the New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra.

August 4 (Armstrong's 111th birthday). Trombonist Steve Walker and legendary composer-saxophonist Harold Battiste smile for the camera.

July 30, Funky Pirate. The Leroy Jones Quintet concludes a month of Mondays paying tribute to the old Donna's Bar & Grill. L-R: Megan Swartz, Jones, Katja Toivola, Jerry Anderson and Mitchell Player.

July 30. Funky Pirate. Leroy Jones Quintet joined by Donna Poniatowski and her husband Charlie (just to the right of Leroy).

July 17. Lionel Ferbos arrives at the Palm Court in his stretch limo accompanied by his daughter (left) and granddaughter (right).

July 17, Palm Court Cafe. L-R: Brian O'Connell, Ferbos, Chuck Badie, Jamie Wight, Corey Walters, and Roo Johnson. Pianist Lars Edegran and banjoist Seva Venet not visible at left.

July 17. Palm Court Jazz Cafe. The birthday cake for a 101-year-old trumpeter.

July 15. Lionel Ferbos, the chick magnet, at the WW II Museum. A 101-year-old should not be that lucky! (Photo courtesy of Mary Saltarelli.)

July 13. It rained much of the day, but the conclusion of the Second Line for Uncle Lionel was bathed in sunshine. This is a view outside Sweet Lorraine's on St. Claude Avenue as the parade draws to a close.

July 13. Packed house in Sweet Lorraine's. Man dressed in white (with white hat) in center is Norman Batiste, Lionel's brother, who is surrounded by "Baby Dolls" carrying parasols.

July 2. Band members loosely conversing before the recording session begins. L-R: Hurley Blanchard, Tim Paco, Joe Torregano and Michael Torregano.

July 2. Bass drummer Anthony Bennett (also of The Original Royal Players Brass Band) before the recording session began.

July 2. Joe Torregano listening to playback of song. Brother Michael in the background.

June 23, Loyola University. L-R: Matt Lemmler, Steve Masakowski, James Singleton, John Mahoney, and Geoff Clapp.

June 23, Loyola. Matt Lemmler.

Loyola, June 23. Steve Masakowski and James Singleton.

June 15. Farewell photo of third annual New Orleans Traditional Jazz Campers. Photo courtesy Banu Gibson.

June 16. Tony Bazley Quartet at the Old Mint. L-R: Richard Knox, Rusty Gilder, Roderick Paulin, and Bazley.

June 16. Tony "Oulaboula" Bazley at the Old Mint.

June 13. Banu Gibson explaining to jazz camp students the relationship between the singer and the band.

June 10, faculty band at opening of Trad Jazz Camp. L-R: Tim Laughlin, Otis Bazoon, Connie Jones, Ed Polcer, Dave Sager, Gerald French and Carl LeBlanc. Pianist Dave Boeddinghaus and bassist Kerry Lewis are obscured in the background.

June 10, Laughlin's. Is Otis Bazoon already giving instructions to student clarinetist Dave Washburn from Dallas?

June 10, Laughlin's. L-R: Katie Cavera, Dave Sager and Banu Gibson.

June 7, Snug Harbor. Tom Saunders and his Tomcats. Back row (L-R): Chris Edmonds, Matt Rhody, Saunders, Gene Black. Front row (L-R): Tom Hook, Steve Giaratano, Ray Moore, Jason Mingledorf, Charlie Fardella, Dave Boswell, and Charlie Halloran.

June 3. Clarinetist Louis Ford led his trio in a jazz service at the Norwegian Seamen's Church. L-R: Michael Torregano, piano; Ford; and Dewey Sampson, bass.

May 19. Banu Gibson Quartet at the Bombay Club.

May 18. Sharon Martin as a (late) Billie Holiday.

May 18. Sharon Martin after the performance.

April 24. The UNO Hot Club. L-R: Matt Bell (leader), Georgi Petrov, Scott Myers, Neti Vann and bassist Sam Albright.

April 24. Barry Stephenson responding to Swenson award.

April 24. The UNO trad jazz ensemble. L-R: Rik Fletcher, Cadie Rodgers, Kyle Gancayco, Perrine, and Philip Sylve.

April 24. James Lundy.

Banu Gibson with the UNO trad band.

Norwegian Seamen's Church, April 22. L-R: Sammy Rimington, Larry Scala, Lars Edegran and Jesse Boyd.

L-R: Scala, Edegran, Rimington and Boyd

A view of the French Quarter during the 2012 French Quarter Festival.

FQF. Tim Laughlin's band, from left to right: Connie Jones, Matt Perrine, Larry Scala, Laughliin, Hal Smith, and Dan Barrett. Pianist Tom McDermott is out of sight at the left.

George Schmidt addresses the brass band colloquium at the Old Absinthe House.

FQF. Onward Brass Band, L-R: Tom Fischer, Otis Bazoon, Kevin Louis, Wendell Brunious, Ronell Johnson, with Jeffrey Hall Tanio Hingle and Kurt Nicewander in the background.

FQF. Eddie Bayard's Classic Jazz Orchestra, L-R: Bob Havens, Bayard, Duke Heitger, Tom Fischer, Steve Pistorius, with Hal Smith and Tom Saunders in the background.

FQF. Yolanda Windsay with trumpeter Leroy Jones and his band.

FQF. Yolanda Windsay with Gerald French's Tuxedo Jazz Band. L-R: Detroit Brooks, banjo; Charlie Gabriel, clarinet; Andrew Baham, trumpet; Lucien Barbarin, trombone; Meghan Swartz, piano; Mitch Player, bass; and French, drums.

FQF. Trumpeter John "Kid" Simmons and Robert Harris, trombone; Daniel Farrow, tenor sax; Jamie Wight, piano; Bernie Attridge, bass; and Andrew Hall, drums.

FQF. Clive Wilson's front line, L-R: Freddy John, Wilson, and Tom Sancton.

FQF. Centenarian Lionel Ferbos being interviewed by John McCusker

April 11. Musicians' benefit at Bultman home. L-R: Lars Edegran, Kerry Lewis, Seva Venet, Otis Bazoon and Tom Sancton.

April 11. Barbara Shorts sings at musicians' benefit.

The late Elizabeth Catlett's Congo Square poster (2000). See Comings and Goings.

April 1. Norwegian Seamen's Church. L-R: Christian Winther, Peter Harris and Don Vappie.

March 31. Old Algiers River Fest. Sasha Masakowski and Steve Masakowski.

March 31. Old Algiers River Fest. Delfeayo Marsalis soloing on "Wonderful World."

March 31. Old Algiers River Fest. Mark Braud, trumpet, and Lucien Barbarin, trombone. Shannon Powell in the background.

March 13, Sandbar (UNO). Tony Dagradi. Bassists Barry Stephenson in background.

March 13, Sandbar. Dagradi and guitarist Josh Starkman

March 6, Sandbar (UNO). Trumpeter Claudio Roditi with UNO student band. That's Ricky Sebastian on drums in the background.

March 4. Yolanda Windsay at the Maison with Gerald French & Co.

The Maison. L-R: Larry Sieberth, Detroit Brooks, Richard Moten, Tom Fischer, Mark Braud, Gerald French and Lucien Barbarin.

Norwegian Seamen's Church, L-R: Luke Winslow-King, Matt Rhody and Cassidy Holden.

March 1, Chickie Wah Wah. Tom McDermott and Meschiya Lake.

Meschiya Lake and Tom McDermott at the live recording session.

March 1. Rufus Reid at the Old US Mint.

The late sculptor Elizabeth Catlett with one of her pieces that inspired Rufus Reid. She passed away on April 2 in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

Louisiana Music Factory, February 25. The crowd listening to the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

Owner Barry Smith, left, and Cyril Neville

Preservation Hall Jazz Band

DuPlessis Party, February 18. L-R: Tom Fischer, Brian O'Connell, Jamie Wight, Seva Venet, Chuck Badie and Ernie Ellie.

Leroy Jones Quintet at Palm Court Cafe, February 9. L-R: Mari Watanabe, Jones, Mitch Player, Katja Toivola, Herman LeBeaux.

Norwegian Seamen's Church, February 5. Tim Laughlin's Trio plays today's jazz service. L-R: Alan Broome, Larry Scala, and Laughlin.

February 2, Palm Court Cafe. L-R: David Boeddinghaus, Otis Bazoon, Richard Moten, Charlie Fardella, and Herman LeBeaux.

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January 25, 2012. Joy Theater, as seen from Canal Street.

George Porter Jr. prior to the ceremony.

Irvin Mayfield responding to an award for best club owner of the year. OffBeat publisher Jan Ramsey at left.

St. Louis Catheral during LPO concert. January 25, 2012.

Connie Jones band at Old Mint, January 7. L-R: Mike Genevay, Jones, Otis Bazoon, Tim Laughlin, Richard Moten, and Steve Pistorius. Drummer Bryan Barberot not visible.

Old Mint. View of portion of Preservation Hall exhibit.

Reed Vaughan (at right) being interviewed by Jack Stewart, April 2007.

December 8, Tulane. Nicholas Payton and bassist Vincente Archer.

Norwegian Seamen's Church, December 4. L-R: Tom Hook, Brandon Brunious and Wendell Brunious after their performance.

December 3. L-R: Deano Assunto, Eddie Bayard, Joe Torregano, Shiek Richardson, and Paul Lentz

Buffa's, December 1. L-R: Aurora Nealand, Nathan Lambert and Tom McDermott

Vaughan's, December 1. L-R: Kermit Ruffins, Derrick Freeman, Kevin Morris and Richard Knox.

NOJO featured clarinetist Evan Christopher takes a solo. Ogden Museum, November 19.

Ogden Museum, November 19. New Orleans Jazz Orchestra "Honoring the Past. Transforming the Future."

12-year-old drummer Brian Richburg.

Ogden Museum. UNO youth band. Note 10-year-old trumpeter Blair Richburg (in the center of the pic). His brother Brian is at the right.

Saturday morning youth brass band instruction in Perseverance Hall. Instructors include clarinetist Bruce Backman and trumpeter Will Smith. November 19.

The repaired statue of Louis Armstrong by Elizabeth Catlett.

Armstrong Park, looking to Armstrong Statue (visible in distance between the two fountains).

Rampart Street entrance to Armstrong Park, looking to Mahalia Jackson Theatre

The Classic Jazz Trio at the Odgen Museum, November 17. L-R: John Rankin, Tom Sancton and Tom Fischer.

Nov. 12, Mint. Wunderkind trumpeter John Michael Bradford, 15, plays with veteran Wendell Brunious.

Nov. 12, Mint. L-R: Tom Fischer, Wendell Brunious, Gerald French, Wendell Eugene, Richard Moten, Steve Pistorius, and Ronnell Johnson.

Nov. 12, Old Mint. All-Star band performs for packed house in new third floor performance space.

Nov. 12, Old Mint Courtyard. The Wild Mohicans.

Nov. 12, The Treme BB in the courtyard of the Mint. Note the banner heralding the 50th anniversry Preservation Hall exhibit in the Museum.

Bill Huntington Trio at Snug Harbor, November 10. L-R: Clyde Pound, Huntington and Jay Patte.

November 10. Bill Huntington on bass and Jay Patte on drums.

The Leroy Jones Quartet after playing the jazz service on November 6. L-R: Katja Toivola, Mitch Player, Jones, and Megan Schwartz.

The Norwegian Church All Stars at ScandFest, November 5. L-R: Tom Sancton, Lars Edegran, Wendell Brunious, Mitch Player, Roo Johnson and Walter Harris.

Sharon Nabonne performs with the Norwegian Church All Stars, November 5

Seva Venet's Storyville String Band at ScandFest, November 4. L-R: Dave Rebeck, Lars Edegran, Venet, Kerry Lewis, and John Parker.

L-R: Chuck Badie, Seva Venet, Ernie Elly, Brian O'Connell, Ferbos and Roo Johnson at the Maison, October 30

Octogenarian Helen Arlt and Septuagenarian Lionel Batiste dance to the music of the Ferbos band at the Maison.

Vidar Svarva, Nina Buck and Lionel Ferbos at the Palm Court, October 29.

Dr. Michael White and his Original Liberty Jazz Band at Xavier, October 24.

Olivia Cooper and her choir at Xavier, October 24.

Cynthia Girtley at Xavier, October 24.

Gregg Stafford and his Jazz Hounds at the Maison, October 23. L-R: Wendell Eugene, Mari Watanabe, Stafford, Kerry Lewis, Tom Sancton, Detroit Brooks, and Walter Harris.

L-R: Richard Scoot, Tom Fischer, Gerald French, and Jesse Boyd

Nickel-A-Dance, October 16. L-R: John Mahoney, Jesse Boyd, Clive Wilson, Tom Fischer, Gerald French, and John Rankin.

The Falconaires Big Band at the National WWII Museum, October 13

WW II Museum, October 13. Dancers enjoy the Air Force big band.

October 9, Maison, L-R: Kerry Lewis, Detroit Brooks, Ernie Elly, Louis Ford, Norbert Susemihl and Charlie Halloran.

The rhythm section, L-R: Shae Cohn, Kerry Lewis, Detroit Brooks, and Ernie Elly. Did you know that Ms Cohn is the granddaughter of the great saxophonist Al Cohn?

Lucien Barbarin's Magnificent Seven at the Maison, October 2. L-R: Mari Watanabe, Carl LaBlanc, Mitch Player, Calvin Johnson, Ernie Ellie, Leon Brown, and Barbarin.

The Maison, October 2. L-R: Calvin Johnson, Mitch Player, Leon "Kid Chocolate" Brown, Lucient Barbarin, and Ernie Elly.

L-R: Katya Toivola, Leroy Jones, Mitch Player, Seva Venet and Steve Pistorius play a jazz service at the Norwegian Seamen's Church, October 2.

Norwegian Church, October 2. Vidar Svarva officially unveils new string bass given to church by a private contribution from Norway. The bassist is Mitch Player. Observers are (L-R): Katya Toivoila, Leroy Jones and Seva Venet.

David Baker speaking at Loyola University, September 29

Palm Court, September 24. Lionel Ferbos before going on stage.

Palm Court, September 24. L-R: Seva Venet, Lars Edegran, Brian O'Connell, Lionel Ferbos, Chuck Badie, Jamie Wight, Corey Walters, Ronell Johnson

Vidar Svarva at the Palm Court Cafe, September 24

May 1, 2000. Jackie Harris of the mayor's office presents Quezergue with a citation declaring the day "Wardell Quezergue Day" in New Orleans.

May 1, 2000. Wardell Quezergue and his band performing at Sweet Lorraine's. See Comings & Goings page.

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September 4. L-R: Seva Venet, Tom Sancton and Lars Edegran performing a jazz service at the Norwegian Seamen's Church.

The Katrina Memorial on the Saratoga Building.

Detail of the Katrina Memorial Mural

Tennessee Street in the Lower Ninth Ward lay at the heart of the Katrina destruction. Today, it reflects the progress made over the last 6 years.

August 28. Grand opening of the N. O. Healing Center complex from St. Claude Ave.

Grand opening of NOHC, interior view.

NOHC, view of the rear of the complex.

August 25. Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse. L-R: Crawford, Mayfield, Watson, Harris and Powell.

August 25. Kermit Ruffins about to go on stage with his band.

Mayfield's new "I" Club in the JW Marriott Hotel, where the "Love Sessions" conclude on August 26-29.

August 25. Marsalis Center on day of grand opening.

August 25. Marsalis Center: courtyard around which various components are arranged.

August 25. Marsalis Center. Performance Hall with movable seating to allow for various configurations of room.

SatchFest. Singer Sophie Lee. That's Dave Boswell on trumpet.

Satchmo Club Strut. Treme Brass Band struts down Frenchmen Street.

Satchmo Club Strut. Don Vappie leads his Creole Jazz Serenaders.

Satchmo Club Strut. Yoshio Toyama and his Dixie Saints (with Lucien Barbarin on trombone). That's Keiko on piano.

Satchmo Club Strut. Babette Ory (Kid Ory's daughter) and Yoshio Toyama exchange quips.

Satchmo Club Strut. Selma Heraldo, longtime NYC neighbor and traveling companion of the Armstrongs, receives audience ovation at Toyama performance.

SatchFest opening reception. Ricky Riccardi and Richard Havers in keynote conversation.

SatchFest opening reception. Marci Schramm addresses gathering.

SatchFest opening reception. Kermit Ruffins kids with guitarist Seva Venet.

Andrea Duplessis and Wade Barnes at the Cabildo, August 4.

Wade Barnes and Unit Structures entertain Roots in Music kids, August 4.

Lionel Ferbos and his Louisiana Shakers at the WW II Museum. July 31, 2011.

The dance floor (only part of which is visible here) was full of dancers.

Lionel Ferbos blowing out candles on his birthday cake, attended by Nina Buck. Thanks to Al Kennedy for this photo.

Sometimes it's difficult to get Lionel Ferbos to laugh, but Brian O'Connell succeeds on this occasion. July 16.

Lionel Ferbos and the author on the eve of Lionel's 100th birthday. Palm Court, July 16.

Detail of the Mahoney band from the balcony

John Mahoney Big Band at Snug Harbor, showing Mahoney soloing in the foreground.

July 2. The ever-spirited Roo Johson entertaining even his band mates. Jazz Park Visitors's Center.

July 2. Onward Brass Band (L-R): Roo Johnson, Wendell Brunious, Herbert McCarver, Charlie Miller, Otis Bazoon, Tanio Hingle, Christian Winther, and Kurt Nicewander.

Perseverance Hall # 4 in Armstrong Park/the Jazz National Historical Park

The Mahalia Jackson Theater in Armstrong Park

The Louis Armstrong Statue as of June 23, 2011.

New Orleans band Bonerama at the Burlington, VT Jazz Festival, June 9, 2011

Bonerama, the front line (L-R): Greg Hicks, Mark Mullins and Craig Klein.

John, Michael and Jack Maheu, Ithaca, NY, June 7, 2011.

Popular trombonist Ronell "Roo" Johnson and his then fiancee Rachel at Jazzfest. They were married in early June.

Jazzfest, May 6, Joe Torregano, with trumpeter Andrew Baham and bassist Tim Paco

A member of the J & H Fdn board about to present the centennial plaque to Lionel Ferbos.

Ferbos and the plaque. That's Jamie Wight at the right.

Dr. Michael White, Bob Wilber and Nik Payton interviewed by Bruce Raeburn (out of picture) on the Allison Minor Stage

L-R: Larry Scala, Ed Wise, Tim Laughlin, Hal Smith, and Connie Jones

L-R: Topsy Chapman, Yolanda, Christian Winther, and Jolinda.

L-R: David Boedinghaus, Detroit Brooks, Michael White, bassist obscured, Bob Wilber, Herman Lebeaux and Nik Payton.

That's Kenny Drew Jr. on piano with the Mingus Big Band

The Palm Court Cafe, May 4. Hostess Nina Buck joins Don Marquis in celebrating his 78th birthday.

L-R: Sammy Rimington (in an uncharacteristic pose), Lars Edegran, Jesse Boyd, Seva Venet and John Parker.

Topsy Chapman and Wendell Brunious do their Armstrong thing.

L-R: Seva Venet, Sammy Rimington, Shannon Powell, Wendell Brunious, Roo Johnson

There was a jazz service at the Norwegian Seamen's Church on Sunday, May 1. Two of the participants were clarinetist Sammy Rimington (celebrating a half century in music) and gospel singer Sharon Nabonne. They flank Sharon's old friend Lillian Boutte, back home from Europe for Jazzfest.

Butch Thompson playing with Clive Wilson's band.

Anat Cohen and Tom McDermott playing a Brazilian choro.

Meschiya Lake. Jason Jurzak is the sousaphonist.

Anat Cohen and her quartet.

The Haitian-New Orleans Connection. Musical director Dr. Jean Montes is at far right and star vocalist Emeline Michel in the middle.

Ubiquitous trombonist Ronnell Johnson and his bride-to-be Rachel back stage in the Economy Hall Tent. They'll be married on June 4.

Louis Ford in Economy Hall. The drummer is Philip Washington.

The Golden Striker Trio

The Louisiana Music Factory, May 2. Tom McDermott and Evan Christopher perform numbers from their new CD.

Palm Court, April 23. L-R: Lars Edegran, Butch Thompson, Brian O'Connell, Lionel Ferbos, Jamie Wight, Chuck Badie, and Roo Johnson. Drummer Herlin Riley not visible.

Palm Court, April 23. Norwegian big band.

Palm Court, April 21. L-R: Steve Pistorius, Tim Laughlin, Duke Heitger, Richard Moten, Jesse Lindgren and Herman Lebeaux.

Dr. Michael White (center) sits in with UNO's student trad band directed by Matt Perrine. L-R: Wess Anderson, tuba; Josh Glaser, tenor sax; Terry Gibson, trumpet; Zack Olsen, drums; Will Vivas, tenor sax; and Perrine, trombone. Not shown are Andy Holbein, piano, and Nate Weidenhaft, banjo.

Larry Willis performs with UNO's student "A Team Dieticians" directed by guitarist Chris Adkins

Irvin Mayfield talking about his new book at the Cabildo

Pete Fountain and his son-in-law/manager Benny Harrell leaving FQF's main stage after performing. That's Pete's wife Beverly behind him.

Banu Gibson and Hal Smith before their set at FQF. That's Kerry Lewis at the right.

The Hurricane Brass Band, l-r: Ashland Parker, Leroy Jones, Jerry Anderson, Brent Rose, Roo Johnson, and Alonzo Bowens.

Lionel Ferbos and some bandmates have a few laughs before their set. L-R: Kerry Lewis, Brian O'Connell, Ferbos, Ernie Elly and Jamie Wight.

The Onward Brass Band, l-r: Dwayne Paulin, Herbert McCarver, Cricket Fleming, Kurt Nicewander, Ed Polcer, Tom Fischer, and Christian Winther.

L-R: Roo Johnson, Norbert Susemihl, Orange Kellin, Kerry Lewis, Detroit Brooks and Steve Pistorius.

L-R:Craig Klein, Jason Marsalis, Clive Wilson,Tom Saunders, Tom Sancton and Lars Edegran.

L-R: Lalo Orlandi (from Venice, Italy), Tim Paco and Tony Green.

The dancers loved Meschiya Lake and her band at FQF.

This is clarinetist Tommy Sancton's New Orleans Legacy, with Clive Wilson, trumpet; Jesse Boyd, bass; Seva Venet, banjo; Lars Edegran, piano; and Shannon Powell, drums.

It was a busy day at the Algiers River Fest for drummer Shannon Powell, who played with both the Sancton and Mayfield bands.

Veteran trumpeter Ruddley Thibodeaux leads the Algiers Brass Band.

The Panorama Jazz Band led by clarinetist Ben Schenck. That's Jon Gross on sousaphone; Charlie Halloran, trombone; Aurora Nealand, alto sax; Schenck; and accordionist Walter MClements.

Ivin Mayfield Sextet. L-R: David Torkanowsky, Michael Watson, Mayfield and Evan Christopher. Bassist Peter Harris and drummer Shannon Powell are obscured. The little guy with the trombone behind Mayfield is his son Richie.

The Christina Perez Trio at the Maison

Lionel Ferbos and the Palm Court J. B., March 27. L-R: Seva Venet, Brian O'Connell, Chuck Badie, Ferbos, Roo Johnson, and Ernie Elly

Victor Goines at the Sandbar. The bassist is Barry Stephenson.