We’re excited to share with you the seventeenth week of portraits recently published on Nola.com, including Jerry Romig, Sidney Bechet, Louis Charles Roudanez, Quint Davis, Lauren Thom, and Harold Battiste Jr.
Jerry Romig, by Sean Randall
“Dad’s passion never changed because he never stopped being a fan. … I remember him getting so excited after a play, he pounded his fist into a table and had to spend the second half of the game with his hand in a cup of ice.” — Mark Romig, the son and the in-booth successor of Jerry Romig (excerpt from Nola.com)
Sidney Bechet, by Queen Hope Parker
“Bechet to me was the very epitome of jazz. … Everything he played in his whole life was completely original. I honestly think he was the most unique man to ever be in this music.” — Duke Ellington, on Sidney Bechet (excerpt from Nola.com)
Louis Charles Roudanez, by D. Lammie-Hanson
“The time has come for all true radicals to make equality a practical thing in Louisiana. Let them have the will; let them be well awaked to the importance and the character of that reform; let them above all, insist upon it, on every occasion and at any time.” — Louis Charles Roudanez, writing in 1870 (excerpt from Nola.com)
Quint Davis, by Sean Randall
“A festival is a living, breathing thing, and it is what it is based on the people who come. The people give it life, they give the music life, and the festival takes on a life of its own.” — Davis, in a 2010 interview with New Orleans magazine (excerpt from Nola.com)
Lauren Thom, by Jeff Morgan
“New Orleans is my love. My favorite part is working the shop and just listening to the stories. Everyone knows someone who said ‘zink’ or ‘mynez,’ and the shirts remind them of a piece of something they remember, and they love to share it. I’ve laughed with people and cried with them. This is exactly what I was meant to do.” — Lauren Thom, in an interview published to the New Orleans Tourism and Marketing Association website (excerpt from Nola.com)
Harold Battiste Jr., by Sean Randall
“I could hear the music coming from there on my front porch and in my living room. It was the music of the black stars of the day: lots of R&B, a little swing, a little jazz, a bit of jump. It was all about the rhythm, and I couldn’t help but be drawn to that music because it spoke directly to my spirit.” — Harold Battiste Jr. (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.