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The Jazz Reunion aboard the S. S. President brought together many famous and obscure jazz musicians and provided a chance for players who had never worked together to do so. Some of the musicians pictured here are Luke Schiro (clarinet), Lloyd…

n 1982 Tulane University's Hogan Jazz Archive produced its first Hot Jazz Classic in collaboration with the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. One of the major events of the Classic was a Jazz Reunion designed to recognize the achievements of jazz…

In addition to the attractions at the Fairgrounds, night concerts aboard riverboats were intrinsic to the success of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in its first two decades of development. Pictured above is the Lionel Hampton All Star Big…

In 1958 the New Orleans Jazz Club held its tenth anniversary celebration aboard the S. S. President. The event was telecast on Dave Garroway's "Wide, Wide World" on NBC. During the celebration jazz clarinetist Raymond Burke and his wife Katherine…

Since the late 1940's, when the regular excursion trade died out, the S. S. President and similar boats such as the S.S. Natchez have continued the tradition of music on the river so often associated with New Orleans. Passenger capacity of 3,100 has…

Originally named the Cincinnati, this boat was acquired by the Streckfus company in 1933 and came out in July 1934 as the best excursion boat on the rivers. Initially based in St. Louis, the President featured bands co-led by Charlie Creath and Fate…

The last New Orleans band to offer regular excursion services for the Streckfus Line was led by pianist, singer, and arranger Walter "Fats" Pichon, a musician who studied at the New England Conservatory and worked aboard the S.S. Island Queen with…

Riverboats were not the only vessels to provide music for excursions out of New Orleans. Lakeboats such as the S. S. Madison offered music by Buddy Petit, Louis Barbarin, Emmanuel Sayles, Sadie Goodson, and others. The S. S. Dixie, however, was…

After two seasons working for the competition, Desvigne returned to New Orleans to rejoin the Streckfus Line, replacing Fate Marable as band leader on the Capitol. This band remained for about four years, after which Armand J. Piron's band took over.…