We’re excited to share with you the eighteenth week of portraits recently published on Nola.com, including Allen Toussaint, Art Neville, James Buchanan Eads, Jerome Smith, Dr. John, and Coleen Salley.
Allen Toussaint, by Jeremy Paten
“He was like a one-man Motown. There was that period of time with Ernie K-Doe, Benny Spellman, Lee Dorsey and Irma Thomas where he wrote, produced, played on a whole era of New Orleans music, a lot of which went national.” — New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival producer Quint Davis (excerpt from Nola.com)
Art Neville, by Queen Hope Parker
“I’ve been doing this all my life. I enjoy it. Even the bad parts of it, the parts I didn’t like … I found out that’s the way things go sometimes. You’ve got to go along with them.” — Art Neville, in a 2012 interview with The Times-Picayune (excerpt from Nola.com)
James Buchanan Eads, by Michael McManus
“That Capt. James B. Eads was a man of extraordinary force of character has been attested by his life journey. … New Orleans owes Capt. Eads a debt of gratitude.” — The Daily Picayune, upon Eads’ death in 1887 (excerpt from Nola.com)
Jerome Smith, by Sean Randall
“Our people always put themselves up for struggle. Many of the unknown paid a tremendous price. It was all about our collective strength. The collective thing was much more powerful than Dr. King, much more powerful than whatever my humble contributions were.” — Jerome Smith, in a 2011 article for AARP magazine (excerpt from Nola.com)
Dr. John, by Maddie Stratton
“Music is the one thing that keeps me alive and happy. If it don’t be for music, I think I would have threw in the towel.” — Dr. John, in a 2011 interview with The Times-Picayune (excerpt from Nola.com)
Coleen Salley, by Connie Kittok
“If she found somebody that she liked, she would basically go out armed to the teeth for them. It was like suddenly you had a new force of nature on your side. There was air and water and fire and there was Coleen — and she would be as constant as those on your behalf.” — Children’s author William Joyce (excerpt from Nola.com)
Where Y’Art is the proud partner of Nola Media Group, the producers of Nola.com / The Times-Picayune for its 300 for 300 project, marking the tricentennial of New Orleans, running through 2018 and highlighting 300 people who have made New Orleans, New Orleans.