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New Orleans History -- Lake Pontchartrain
Monday, July 15, 2024
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I love this gigantic clarinet. Where is it?

330 Lieyola Avenue

From the Holiday Inn website:

Welcome to the Holiday Inn? Downtown-Superdome ... a truly unique hotel in a unique city. Our Quality Excellence Award winning hotel is located in the true birthplace of jazz. The first sounds of jazz were heard in the dance halls on the very blocks surrounding the hotel. A must-see is our magnificent jazz murals commemorating this historic neighborhood including a 150-foot clarinet mural...New Orleans' newest landmark! The hotel, in the heart of downtown, is blocks from the Superdome and French Quarter. Our true Southern hospitality will make you feel right at home while still close to all the action. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is always available to make your stay a memorable one. The Holiday Inn? Downtown-Superdome has 296 rooms and suites including non-smoking rooms. The hotel offers catering facilities, full service restaurant and lounge. The Holiday Inn? Downtown-Superdome is the perfect hotel to meet all your needs.


Dat's right. Robert Dafford of Lafayette was commissioned to create the stunning trompe l’oeil, a 150-foot, 16 story exterior mural of a clarinet and numerous life-size street scenes that depict actual buildings and faces associated with the area’s heyday.

Utilizing research assistance from Don Marquis, curator of the New Orleans Jazz Club Collections of the Louisiana State Museum, and Dr.Michael White of Xavier University, Dafford successfully re-created the spirit and excitement of the actual birthplace of jazz in New Orleans while maintaining strict superrealism in his depiction of a pre-1920 Selmer“Albert System” clarinet. His street scenes preserve actual buildings and faces associated with the area’s hey-day—including Louis Armstrong,Buddy Bolden, Joe “King” Oliver,Kid Ory, Sidney Bechet, and dozens more...

Photo credit: http://mapage.noos.fr/jrichez/NOjazz.html

aw shucks! Wouldn't ya know it! I coulda got dis one too! I know da lady dat oahns dat hotel! And I got me a clarinet jus lahk dat! It's a Selmer. I usta play clarinet long ago. Ah still got it, but it needs a ovahall. Anybody got a good expeeriants wit getting a clarinet ovahalled by somebody good? Ah doan wanna bring it ta jus anybody. Mr. Lake, ah love dat picchah too..... dat's real New Orluns!