Sharkey’s Trumpet

Sharkey’s Trumpet

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Sharkey's Trumpet was a gold-plated award from the NOJC. Sharkey's Trumpet Mrs. Myra Menville presents an award trumpet to Sharkey Bonano in 1955. Bonano, who was born in Milneburg, played with a number of legends of New Orleans Jazz, including Freedie Newman and Chink Martin. He auditioned for The Wolverines when Bix Beiderbecke left the band in the 1930s, but...
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Richards and Gillette in Milneburg #JazzTuesday

Richards and Gillette in Milneburg #JazzTuesday

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Richards and Gillette were a married couple and jazz act. Richards and Gillette Bob Gillette and his wife, Shirley Richards, posing on the railroad tracks in Milneburg in 1952. Gillette played the banjo. He played with the New Orleans Rhythm Kings, then Bix Beiderbecke & the Wolverines. He was the first banjoist for The Wolverines. After playing for years with...
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Twelve Months New Orleans April

Twelve Months New Orleans April

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Twelve Months New Orleans April, continuing the series by Enrique Alferez Twelve Months New Orleans April This image is the Fourth in a series of images by Enrique Alferez, published by Michael Higgins as "The Twelve Months of New Orleans." Higgins published the illustrations in 1940. The image features dancers celebrating April's spring festivals. Enrique Alferez Alferez was born in...
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Jazz Funeral for Alcide “Slow Drag” Pavageau

Jazz Funeral for Alcide “Slow Drag” Pavageau

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Jazz Funeral for Alcide "Slow Drag" Pavageau Early Jazz Alcide "Slow Drag" Pavageau was born in New Orleans, in 1888. He was related to many early Jazz musicians. While Pavageau began his career as a dancer, Alcide also played guitar with a number of early Jazz musicians. He learned double bass in 1927, constructing his own 3-string instrument, at the...
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Kid Ory Band LaPlace #JazzTuesday

Kid Ory Band LaPlace #JazzTuesday

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Kid Ory Band LaPlace from around 1910. Kid Ory Band Laplace Photo from around 1910 of Edward "Kid" Ory and his band. They're in a field in LaPlace, Louisiana, where Ory grew up. The band members include (l-r) Ed Robinson (drums), Ory, Lewis Matthews (cornet), Emile Bigard (violin). Stonewall Matthews (guitar). The bassist is only identified as "Foster." Ory's band...
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WWL Radio Dawnbusters Dupre and Vidacovich

WWL Radio Dawnbusters Dupre and Vidacovich

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WWL Radio Dawnbusters program ran for twenty years in New Orleans. WWL Radio Dawnbusters The "Dawnbusters" radio program debuted on WWL in 1937. It was that era's version televsion's "Today" show, or "Good Morning America." Since many people commuting to work in the 1930s did so via public transit, Dawnbusters wasn't "drive-time" radio as we know it now. In the...
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