Where we used to live

On this page I will be visiting a number of former homes of early Jazz musicians in New Orleans. Some may be of interest, some not. All of it is here to be preserved.

First, the home of the Boswell Sisters, in the Garden District. Connie, Martha, Helvetia (she must have been a font of knowledge).

Next up is the home, or the homes, of the Allens. Henry, and his son Henry. No seriously, that’s how it is. The junior Henry Allen is also well known as Henry ‘Red’ Allen. ‘Red’ played trumpet, and was among the Luis Russell orchestra fronted by a certain Louis Armstrong in the 1930s. Needless to say, Allen rarely got any solo time in the numbers, but did maintain to be the first to fully adopt the musical innovations of Armstrong. He was also part of the Mills Blue Rhythm Band during their strongest years, the mid-1930s.

Here is the first home of the Allens, in the Algiers District of New Orleans.

And here is Allen house number two, just around the corner still in Algiers. Algiers can give the impression to the visitor that it’s an island as visitors commonly reach it by ferry if not using ground transport. Such is the might and magnificence of the Mississippi River. Enjoy the ferry ride when you go and stroll around Algiers. There are some charming places to see, especially turning left from the Algiers Ferry Terminal.

Staying in Algiers, we now come to the former home of Kid Thomas Valentine. I won’t be going into detail with many facts and figures about any musicians here. Why repeat what’s already out there on wikipedia and the rest of the web? If you got to my site, I’m sure you know how to use google. Suffice to say, Kid Thomas Valentine, along with most of the other musicians featured here, had an interesting and colourful life in Jazz music.

The final home in Algiers we’ll look at for now is the home of Emmett Hardy, one of the best of the early Jazz cornet players. Sadly, the story doesn’t end well. Hardy died terribly young, at just 22. Also, despite a few recordings being committed to wax, they appear to be long lost so leaving no apparent surviving testament to the child prodigy who went toe to toe with a still-maturing Louis Armstrong in the cutting contest mentioned in the video.

And so we return to New Orleans after hopping off the Algiers ferry and ride on up to the home of Kid Ory. He needs about as much introduction from me as ole Dipper Himself. Marvel at the camera zoom, quickly offset by the shakiness of my hold. If you have any questions or comments about any of these videos, please feel free to leave them here! Thanks for watching!

To the final house on the tour for now, the home of Jelly Roll Morton. Short and sweet! As a reminder, please be respectful and polite at all times if visiting any of these homes and above all, non-intrusive. They are all either still lived in as homes today, or are in the immediate vicinity of people’s homes.

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