Masonic Funeral Procession

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Photo of a Masonic funeral procession from the late 1940s/early 1950s. Masonic Funeral Procession Officers of Axiom Lodge #216, Free and Accepted Masons, Prince Hall Affiliation (PHA), lead a funeral procession. Undated photo Axiom Lodge dates to 1951, so photo is likely 1950s. Perhaps someone with more automobile knowledge can pinpoint the truck on the left side. Axiom Lodge is...
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Hot 5 Kid Ory

Hot 5 Kid Ory

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Hot 5 Kid Ory gets less attention than the band leader, Louis Armstrong. Hot 5 Kid Ory It's no surprise that articles about the Hot 5 focus around Pops, but Hot 5 Kid Ory influenced the Chicago jazz scene in the 1920s. This publicity photo for the band presents (l-r) Kid Ory, Louis Armstrong, Johnny Dodds, Lil Armstrong, and Johnny...
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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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