Diary in Google Translate Retrospect 1981 New Orleans (2)


The preservation hall known for an admission fee of $ 1 was located in the center of the French Quarter and was a live house exclusively for Dixieland Jazz. 

Me and my friends managed to reserve seats somehow in a long line and overlooking the hall with peace of mind, the Japanese were only middle-aged couples besides us.


What I was surprised when playing began was that the musicians that appeared were occupied by 60s to 70s and the only young man to be seen in the late 40s was the leader of the band. 

Traditional Dixieland Jazz consisting of banjo, trumpet, saxophone, and drums by such a senior generation wrapped us in a pleasant mood.


Especially my impression was a female pianist wearing a small flower patterned long dress.

The sound born from her fingertips like her withered twigs was exactly like a singing blues. The name of the pianist is "Sweet Emma".


Searching on the web to write this, Sweet Emma was born March 25, 1897. That was 84 years old as of the end of April 1981 when I enjoyed her performance.


She mastered the piano by herself, and then continued playing based on Preservation Hall until death at the age of 85 in 1983. 

I want to express my condolences to the great "Sweet Emma"!