We’re excited to share with you the twenty-fourth week of portraits recently published on Nola.com, including Sam Zemurray, King Oliver, Al “Carnival Time” Johnson, Ruthie Frierson, Eleanor McMain, and Kid Ory.
A Portrait of Sam Zemurray, Maddie Stratton
“It has been my pleasure to have known Sam Zemurray for many, many years, and I can truthfully say that I have never met a more charitable, generous or self-effacing man.” — Times-Picayune President Leonard K. Nicholson, presenting Zemurray with the Loving Cup for 1938 (excerpt from Nola.com)
King Oliver: Armstrong’s Idol, by Gabriel Flores
“It was my ambition to play as he did. I still think that if it had not been for Joe Oliver, Jazz would not be what it is today.” — Louis Armstrong, in his autobiography (excerpt from Nola.com)
Al ‘Carnival Time’ Johnson, by Queen Hope Parker
“We tried to get the song out for Carnival the year before, but the band couldn’t get it together. You see, I was always told that to be good you had to be different. Well, ‘Carnival Time’ was so different that the musicians had a hard time playing it.” — Al ‘Carnival Time’ Johnson, in a 1989 interview with The Times-Picayune (excerpt from Nola.com)
Ruthie Frierson, by Saegan Swanson
“I went from mourning to rage to hope through action. It brought a renewed sense of hope at a time of total despair.” — Ruthie Frierson, on her emotional journey after Hurricane Katrina (excerpt from Nola.com)
Eleanor McMain, by Connie Kittok
“I have done what I best love to do. I live and share my life with the dear people of the neighborhood.” — Eleanor McMain, in 1920 (excerpt from Nola.com)
Kid Ory, by Maddie Stratton
“Kid Ory will always be remembered as the New Orleans trombonist par excellence, the unrivalled ensemble player on 1920s records with Louis Armstrong, Johnny Dodds, Jelly Roll Morton and others.” — The London Times, in its 1973 obituary of Kid Ory (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.