We’re excited to share with you the twenty-fifth week of portraits recently published on
Nola.com, including Vernon Winslow, Al Mims Jr., Sandra and Allan Jaffe, Sophie B. Wright, Danny Barker, and Suzanne Douvillier.
Vernon Winslow, by Jeremy Paten
“It was like the Berlin Wall. He broke down the walls.” — legendary New Orleans recording engineer Cosimo Matassa, on Vernon Winslow (excerpt from Nola.com)
Al Mims Jr., by Gabriel Flores
“Since the unsolved murder of his father decades ago, Brother Mims has relentlessly championed personal responsibility, mentorship and support of law enforcement in places where the lack of such advocacy is a literal matter of life or death. He has shouldered this burden gracefully and energetically with the help of faith and family.” — Nadra Enzi, who works with Mims in Security Within SELF, a crime-prevention group, in a 2016 interview with NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune. (excerpt from Nola.com)
Sandra and Allan Jaffe,
by Alexandra Kilburn
“Anything we are credited for doing for the music or the musicians is minimal compared to what they’ve done for us. The hall itself is a magical place, and when you’re in there and you’re listening to the music, there’s something magical that happens, with the music and the musicians and the people who are listening to it. And we wouldn’t change it.” — Sandra Jaffe, in a 1988 interview with The Times-Picayune (excerpt from Nola.com)
Sophie B. Wright, by Saegan Swanson
“I have heard people speak of my night school as self-sacrifice on my part. It was no sacrifice. It was a pleasure. If anyone has suffered the physical torture that I have suffered, they will understand what a joy it is to do something to alleviate the suffering of others — to do something that you are not paid for. There is so much satisfaction in it that it could not be called sacrifice. I am happy. I do not know of anyone who is as happy as I am.” — Sophie B. Wright, in a January 1912 interview with The Daily Picayune (excerpt from Nola.com)
Danny Barker, by Jeff Morgan
“I wouldn’t fret the least bit about this music dying out. People love a parade. There’s always going to be ‘When the Saints Go Marching In.'” — Danny Barker, on the revival of traditional New Orleans brass bands (excerpt from Nola.com)
by D. Lammie-Hanson
“She was tall and commanding in her bearing … and went through the scene with exquisite grace and ease.” — actor and theater manager Noah Miller Ludlow, on Suzanne Douvillier’s final performance, in 1818 in New Orleans (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.