It all begins in Algiers.
Algiers is a community within the city of New Orleans. It is the portion of Orleans Parish on the West Bank of the Mississippi River. Algiers is also known as the 15th Ward, one of the 17 Wards of New Orleans.
The oldest part of Algiers is Algiers Point, across the river from the French Quarter, which is the Dixieland capital of the world. Bourbon Street, Basin Street, South Rampart Street Parade, these are just a few of the many Dixieland songs of New Orleans’ Streets.
I started studying music at Martin Behrman High School in Algiers. At that time, the Rock and Roll and Rhythm and Blues Genre’ of music was being born, with musicians likeFats Domino, Smiley Lewis, Ernie Kado, Mac Rebenack (Dr John) were all firing up to be famous, along with Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, and many others long before the Beatles were even heard of.
I retired from music around 1975. Some time later I moved to Meeker Colorado to work as a brick mason on the Meeker High School near the end of 1976.
In 2000 I dug my sax out of the closet, knocked off the cobwebs and played it for the first time in 25 years. At that time, I took an interest in wanting to return to New Orleans and play again with some dear old musician friends for my family. I did that around 2001. I got so involved with the music again while in New Orleans that I decided to play again as a one man band when I return to Grand Junction.
While I was in New Orleans I met a very nice lady who was working with a group of Musicians from the area. They had formed an organization for musicians from the Westbank of the Mississippi River in Louisiana. She would meet my brother and I at different venues where I played with some of the local bands while I was visiting New Orleans. She was always picking my brain about all the people that I worked with playing music when I live in New Orleans years before.
To make a long story short, I was contacted by Mary Grace Parent and was inducted into the “Westbank Musicians Hall of Fame” in 2004. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
Check out this link: “Westbank Musicians Hall Of Fame.”