We’re excited to share with you the twenty-eighth week of portraits recently published on Nola.com, including Earl King, Joseph Merrick Jones, Alfred Sunseri, Dr. Norman McSwain, Deb Cotton, and Roy Alciatore.
Earl King, by Gabriel Flores
“‘Come On’ might be the one that people know, but I wish the world would hear more of his songs. He approached songs from different angles, from different places in life. Allen Toussaint went a certain way as a songwriter. Earl went a different way. There isn’t one word to sum up the Earl King way of writing a song and approaching music.” — Dr. John, in 2003 (excerpt from Nola.com)
Joseph Merrick Jones, by Michael McManus
“Joe Jones’ death takes from the community one of its most valuable and outstanding citizens. He leaves a void in the business, economic and education life of New Orleans which cannot be easily filled.” — U.S. Rep. F. Edward Hebert of New Orleans, on the 1963 death of Joseph Merrick Jones (excerpt from Nola.com)
Alfred Sunseri, by Sean Randall
“The caviar of molluscan shellfish.” — A loving description of an oyster from Al Sunseri, Alfred Sunseri’s grandson and the president of P&J Oysters, in an oral-history interview with The Historic New Orleans Collection (excerpt from Nola.com)
Dr. Norman McSwain, by Michael McManus
“What have you done today for the good of mankind?” — Dr. Norman McSwain, in his traditional telephone greeting (excerpt from Nola.com)
Deb Cotton, by Saegan Swanson
“Deb certainly lived the art she admired. … I know no one who has become a member of a community as deeply as Deb Cotton. She is as New Orleans as anyone born and raised or who has committed themselves to this place.” — Andre Perry, a friend and frequent collaborator. (excerpt from Nola.com)
Roy Alciatore, by Michael McManus
“My grandfather transformed the see-and-be-seen-scene of Antoine’s into true fine dining. Roy is the one who gave Antoine’s its reputation.” — Antoine’s CEO and Roy Alciatore’s grandson Rick Blount, speaking to Zagat in 2014 (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.