African Americans in New Orleans: The Music--Part Four

Ernie Cagnolatti--Trumpet From the early 1930s to the early 1940s, Ernie Cagnolatti played with a big band led by trumpeter Herbert Leary and also worked at times with Sidney Desvignes and Papa Celestin. In the 1940s and 1950s he was a regular member of George Williams' brass band. He also recorded frequently with Paul Barbarin. In the 1960s he was associated principally with Jim Robinson. In his later years, he played frequently at Preservation Hall.

Louis Cottrell, Jr.--Clarinet and Tenor Saxophone Louis Cottrell, Jr.'s father, Louis, Sr., played with A.J. Piron's orchestra. Louis, Jr. was taught by clarinetist Lorenzo Tio, Jr. and in the early 1920s, became a member of the Golden Rule Orchestra and of Lawrence Marrero's Young Tuxedo Orchestra. In 1940, he joined Paul Barbarin's band and over the years played with most of the leading musicians in New Orleans. Cottrell did much from the late 1920s to organize New Orleans' African-American branch of the American Federation of Musicians (Local 496) and later became its president.
Alcide "Slow Drag" Pavageau--Double Bass New Orleans Jazz: A Family Album calls "Slow Drag" Pavageau "the Grand Marshall of the Second Line." As a young man, he was noted as a dancer and took his nickname from a popular dance of the day. Pavageau did not take up string bass until the late 1920s, when he learned to play a home-made three-string double bass. He was best known as the bass man of the Bunk Johnson and George Lewis bands in the 1940s and 1950s.
Charles "Buddy" Bolden is credited by many historians as the first musician to play "jazz." Last year the city of his birth honored "King Bolden" with a monument in Holt Cemetery. The exact site of his 1931 burial in Holt is unknown.
Aaron and Art Neville with Mayor Dutch Morial at a 1982 performance. The photograph is by Jack Thornell. You can also take a side trip to the Neville Brothers' home page.
Lady BJ (Joanne Crayton) at the 1983 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival [photograph from the Keith W. Medley Collection]. She began as a gospel singer and later moved into blues and popular music. Lady BJ appeared in the stage production One Mo' Time, a behind-the-scenes look at New Orleans musicians in the 1920s.
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