We’re excited to share with you the sixth week of portraits recently published on Nola.com, including Tootie Montana, Pete Fountain, Paul Prudhomme, John Minor Wisdom, Dorothy Mae Taylor, and Blaine Kern.
Tootie Montana, by Sean Randall
“I do it because it’s in my blood. My daddy did it, and before him my great-uncle did it. It’s been a tradition in my family for 100 years.” — Allison, “Tootie” Montana, in 1997 (excerpt from Nola.com)
Pete Fountain, by Alexandra Kilburn
“I always said every note of his had a smile on it. Jazz is made up of a lot of emotions — joy, sadness, melancholy, humor, bombast. It happens to be what you’re feeling at the time, but with him, he could play the blues and make it sound so sweet.” — clarinetist Tim Laughlin, talking about Pete Fountain (excerpt from Nola.com)
Paul Prudhomme, by Connie Kittok
“I think that Paul Prudhomme has had the greatest influence on American cooking, in cultivating the public interest in American food, of anybody I know.” — Food writer Craig Claiborne of The New York Times (excerpt from Nola.com)
John Minor Wisdom, by Saegan Swanson
“He represented a new breed of white judicial leadership, and he must be looked upon as a brave and courageous member of the bench who helped tear down the walls of segregation and the walls of racial discrimination. He represented … the best the South had to offer.” — U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., a veteran of the civil rights movement (excerpt from Nola.com)
Dorothy Mae Taylor, by Jeremy Paten
“She never bowed her head. At a personal level, she knew what she was doing was right. She believed that if something was right, you needed to stand up with it, regardless.” — former Taylor aide Jay H. Banks (excerpt from Nola.com)
Blaine Kern, by Sean Randall
“The smartest man who ever lived was Albert Einstein and he said imagination is better than knowledge. I’m not terribly smart. But I’ve got a helluva’n imagination.” — Blaine Kern, in a 2009 interview (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.