|The late Wardell Quezergue conducting the band backing singer Jean Knight at|
2007 Ponderosa Stomp - the New Orleans House of Blues. Photo © Ron Weinstock.
|Dr. John with Wardell at 2008 Ponderosa Stomp at New Orleans House of Blues.|
Photo © Ron Weinstock
|Trio of New Orleans Musical Royalty: Dave Bartholomew, Allen Toussaint and Wardell Quezergue.|
2007 Ponderosa Stomp at New Orleans House of Blues. Photo © Ron Weinstock
The marvelous music from that year and the following year’s Ponderosa Stomp still resonate in my memory. Dr. Ike Padnos even got Dr. John to revive some of his early recordings on which he played guitar because the Creole Beethoven would arrange and conduct the band for these. I myself was honored that a photograph of mine was used for the cover of the Jazz Foundation of America’s release of his album “After The Math: Part of the St. Agnes Sessions.”
|Cover photo taken at 2007 Ponderosa Stomp.|
Here are links to some obituaries and appreciations: http://www.nola.com/music/index.ssf/2011/09/wardell_quezergue_legendary_ne.html; http://offbeat.com/2011/09/07/honoring-wardell-quezergue/; http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/08/arts/music/wardell-quezergue-hitmaker-of-new-orleans-rb-dies-at-81.html?_r=1&smid=tw-nytimesmusic&seid=auto.
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