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Mac Rebennack AKA Dr. John

Dr. John - Photograph - Michael P. Smith

Mac "Dr. John" Rebennack performed at the 1983 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. In the 1980s, Rebennack treated audiences to his boogie woogie piano style. ZoomifyView »

Iry LeJeune and Nathan Abshire

Abshire, Nathan - Photograph - Iry LeJeune and Nathan Abshire

This image is a rare musical treasure, showing Cajun music legends Iry LeJeune and Nathan Abshire very early in their careers. In 1955 LeJeune was tragically killed at the age of 26, leaving Abshire to carry on the Cajun accordion tradition. This image marks the musical kinship of two great Cajun artists. ZoomifyView »

Nathan Abshire

Abshire, Nathan - Photograph - Nathan Abshire

Nathan Abshire is considered one of several important Cajun accordionists who helped re-popularize traditional Cajun music after World War II. Abshire's music embodied the old-time, traditionally crafted sound that returning Cajun GI's as well as the rest of the Cajun populace longed to hear. ZoomifyView »

Nathan Abshire with Earl Demary's Musical Aces

Abshire, Nathan - Photograph - Nathan Abshire with Earl Demary's Musical Aces

This image was taken during the recording of Pine Grove Blues, one of Abshire's most famous studio sessions, after which he poses with Earl Demary's Musical Aces. From left to right: Earl Demary on guitar, Wilson Granger on fiddle, Eldridge "coon" Guidry on bass, unknown on drums, Nathan Abshire on accordion, and Ernest Thibodeaux on guitar. ZoomifyView »

8-key bisonoric diatonic accordion

Accordion - Photograph - 8-key bisonoric diatonic accordion

A photograph of an 8-key bisonoric diatonic accordion. ZoomifyView »

Unidentified Accordion Player

Accordion Player - Daguerreotype - Portrait, 1850

This image of an unidentified Louisiana musician playing the accordion was taken in 1850. It indicates that the instrument was being played in Louisiana as early as 21 years after its invention in 1829. ZoomifyView »

Dolly Adams With Her Son

Adams, Dolly - Photograph - Pictured with her son

Ralston Crawford photographed Dolly Adams on piano at Don's Million Dollar Room, with her son, Placide Adams, on drums in 1953. View »

Portrait of Alcide

Alcide "Slow Drag" Pavageau

Alcide Pavageau, an accomplished bass player and a regular at Preservation Hall in New Orleans, also excelled at dance competitions. He acquired the nickname "Slow Drag" after the ragtime-era dance of the same name. View »

Johnnie Allan

Allan, Johnnie - Photograph - Portrait, publicity photo

Louisiana recording artist Johnnie Allan is known for the swamp pop hit "Lonely Days, Lonely Nights." ZoomifyView »

Richard Allen Pictured with Jazz Musicians

Allen, Richard "Dick - Photograph - Pictured with Paul Barbarin, Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn

This photograph shows Paul Barbarin, Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington and Richard "Dick" Allen, the founder of the Hogan Jazz Archives, now housed at Tulane University. ZoomifyView »


Allen, Richard "Dick" - Photograph - Head and shoulders portrait

This photograph shows Richard "Dick" Allen, founder of the Hogan Jazz Archive at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. View »

Richard Allen and Paul Barbarin

Allen, Richard "Dick" - Photograph - Pictured with Paul Barbarin

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Frank Amacker

Amacker, Frank - Photograph - Seated portrait

Frank Amacker played solo piano in New Orleans's Storyville as a "professor" in well-known houses such as Countess Willie Piazza's and Gypsy Schaeffer's. View »

Frank Amacker

Amacker, Frank - Photograph - Seated portrait

Ragtime pianist Frank "Dude" Amacker was also known for being a meticulous and impeccable dresser. Here he poses on LaSalle Street in New Orleans. View »

Frank 'Dude Robertson' Amacker

Amacker, Frank - Photograph - Seated with guitar

Although he gained fame as a ragtime piano player, Frank "Dude" Amacker learned music first on guitar. This photograph shows Amacker on the front steps of his New Orleans home in 1956. View »

Andy Anderson Band

Anderson, Andrew - Photograph - Andy Anderson Band

The Andy Anderson Band, shown in 1963 at a party on Freret Street in New Orleans, was comprised of Anderson blowing trumpet, Ernest Robleau playing banjo, and Alex Bigard on drums. View »

Andy Anderson Band

Andy Anderson Band - Photograph - Andrew Anderson, Alex Bigard, Ernest Roubleau

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Ardoin, Alphonse - Photograph - Performing at the 2004 Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival

Alphonse "Bois Sec" Ardoin performing at the the 2004 Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival. View »

Amédé Ardoin

Ardoin, Amédé - Photograph - Standing portrait

An undated photograph of Amédé Ardoin. ZoomifyView »

Louis Armstrong as King of Zulu on Mardi Gras, 1949

Armstrong, Louis - Photograph - As King of Zulu, 1949

In 1949, Louis Armstrong served as King of Zulu, one of the many krewes that parade during the New Orleans Mardi Gras. Zulu members, who are primarily African American, traditionally wear black face to make fun of racial stereotypes. ZoomifyView »

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