9th Ward Daily Photo via rl reeves jr

We just heard that there will be no Ponderosa Stomp this fall in New Orleans. We fear this is the end of the long-running bi-annual festival. We are bereft.

To ease the pain we’re listening to New Orleans Stomp by King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band.

Could you imagine being in a jazz club in 1923 in New Orleans when Oliver’s band was commanding the stage?

A 22-year old cornetist named Louis Armstrong, trombonist Honore Dutrey, and the great clarinetist Johnny Dodds right up there chopping heads off with King Oliver himself.

Goosebumps just thinking about it.

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