Preserving The House Of A Pioneering Musician — Who We Will Never Hear

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The only known photograph of Buddy Bolden, standing back row and second from left, horn in hand. Also pictured: guitarist Brock Mumford, bassist Jimmie Johnson, clarinetists Willie Warner and Frank Lewis, and trombonist Willie Cornish.

New Orleans has a fairly spotty track record when it comes to preserving cultural landmarks, but Buddy Bolden’s blighted former residence may avoid being lost to time, as he nearly was.

(Image credit: Courtesy of the New Orleans Jazz Museum)