We’re excited to share with you the tenth week of portraits recently published on Nola.com, including Jelly Roll Morton, Peter Finney, Joseph M. Bartholomew, Robert Boh, Ida Kholmeyer, and Jay Lapeyre.
Jelly Roll Morton, by Jeff Morgan
“All we had in a band, as a rule, was bass horn, trombone, trumpet, an alto horn and maybe a baritone horn, bass, and snare drum — just seven pieces, but, talking about noise, you never heard a 60-piece band make as much noise as we did.” — Jelly Roll Morton, talking in 1938 to folklorist Alan Lomax (excerpt from Nola.com)
Peter Finney, by Alexandra Kilburn
“All I do is write. I’ve never felt like I’ve had to work a day in my life.” — Peter Finney, upon being named to the Loyola University School of Mass Communications’ Den of Distinction in 2013 (excerpt from Nola.com)
Joseph M. Bartholomew, by Connie Kittok
“He never mentioned it. Never talked about it. What we knew about segregation we found out from other people. We didn’t know segregation. We played with everybody in the neighborhood: black, white, Jewish. Every Christmas, we’d spend at Edgar Stern’s house. No one segregated my father as an individual.” — Ruth Creech, in a 1999 interview with The Times-Picayune (excerpt from Nola.com)
Robert Boh, by Michael McManus
“A lot of the stuff they build is not romantic, but it’s the stuff that makes the infrastructure function.”
— Robert Bruce Jr., a longtime friend of Robert H. Boh, in 2017 (excerpt from Nola.com)
Ida Kohlmeyer, by Maddie Stratton
“I suppose I looked like a perfect dilettante. Still, I think it’s hideous to see people give up living the life they want, to blame middle age or children and settle for much less than they are capable of.” — Ida Kohlmeyer, on her late-in-life entry into the art world, in a 1995 interview with The Times-Picayune (excerpt from Nola.com)
Jay Lapeyre, by Sean Randall
“Our most creative people are serial innovators. … These innovators are the engine of our business; they develop ideas the rest of us don’t see, and everyone benefits from the process and results.” — Jay Lapeyre, in a 2012 interview with the Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship (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.