July 20, 2012
Stories to follow...many of the people in these photos are embedded in the music culture of New Orleans.
Torrential rain flooded the streets and the cemetery this morning. The funeral procession is postponed till Monday. Everyone i talked told me in no uncertain terms, "Do not miss this, it is historic." I'm trying to change my flight home. They're right, this event will be epic, on a scale that will not be seen again anytime soon.
Harry "Swampthang" Cook, bass drum for Hot 8 Brass Band (featured in Spike Lee's "When The Creek Don't Rise") center in white shirt; to his right, blues guitarist and drumer Larry Bell, aka "Cuz".
Harry "Swampthang" Cook; Donna Poniatowski, co-owner with her husband Charlie Sims of music hot spot Donna's Bar and Grill (now closed); and trombone player Ed King of the Tremé Brass Band; photo at right, Ed King, Donna Poniatowski, and New Orleans highly-regarded singer Deacon Jones, who sang at Uncle Lionel's funeral today.
(left) pt in stylish black glasses joins the group; (right) Keith "Wolf" Anderson (brown shirt), trombone, has played with Dirty Dozen, Treme, Rebirth, Hot 8, and several other brass bands; Kid Hunter (midddle), "Fatman" Hunter's younger brother. Fatman plays snare in Newbirth and other brass bands, and Harry Cook (far right)
Tremé resident Peter Goins, retired Merchant Marine, who told me stories about Congo Square and life in Tremé, Donna Poniatowski and pt at large; photo right- Goins, Mark Perez, known as "Pin Man" of Houston,TX and pt at large.
Left - Peter Goins, Mark "Pinman" Perez, NuAwlins Natescott, New Orleans tour director with a prodigious memory for New Orleans history (504-451-7163); Right - Perez with Rosalie "Lady Tambourine" Washington
St. Ann Street leading in to the French Quarter from North Rampart Street not far from the Mahalia Jackson Theater For The Performing Arts in Louis Armstrong Park was among one of flooded streets. The green door on building on left was the front door of Donna's Bar and Grill, a well-known music spot for years, now unfortunately closed.