November 30, 2021

Karnofsky Shop, historic jazz site where Louis Armstrong played in New Orleans, destroyed by Ida

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana — It is going to be a very tough day in New Orleans.

That is how Monday morning was described as daylight revealed the pile of rubble where historic jazz landmarks as soon as stood.

The day earlier than, Ida, now a tropical storm, battered the state as a Class 4 hurricane.

However the storm was too robust for the Karnofsky Tailor Store and Residence, a constructing with a wealthy historical past that after served as a second house for the good jazz musician Louis Armstrong.

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In response to the Nationwide Park Service, Armstrong labored for the Karnofskys on their coal and junk wagons, even consuming meals with the household.

The Karnofskys additionally loaned Armstrong the cash for his first cornet.

Morris Karnofsky, who was additionally Armstrong’s childhood good friend, opened the primary jazz document retailer in town, Morris Music. Armstrong would usually go to the shop.

The store is listed on the Nationwide Register of Historic Locations.

However on Monday, it was unrecognizable together with a mural on one other constructing in the Central Enterprise District that featured cornet participant Buddy Bolden and his band.

Bolden is broadly thought-about the “father of jazz.”

The huge paintings created by artist Brandan Odums, now ripped aside as a result of storm, was on the wall of the Little Gem Saloon. All that stands now’s the phrase “One time in New Orleans.”

“This was one of the jazz locations that was very famous a long time ago. Buddy Bolden, Louis Armstrong, they played here, and so there’s been a lot ongoing as to what to potentially do with these buildings, and unfortunately, now there’s not much to do,” stated Helena Moreno, New Orleans Metropolis Council President.

A nola.com report in 2019 detailed a few of the landmarks that also wanted renovation, together with the Karnofsky Store, that had in any other case fallen into collapse.

Moreno stated that when she heard what occurred, she needed to come see the constructing for herself.

“Daylight is here, and we know it’s going to be a really rough day in New Orleans,” she instructed ABC13’s Ted Oberg.

Whereas New Orleans is not dealing with the in depth flooding that it did 16 years in the past throughout Hurricane Katrina, town is now dealing with a catastrophic energy scenario.

Greater than 1 million persons are with out energy in Louisiana and Mississippi.

A message from town’s energy provider, Entergy, stated the facility failure was attributable to “catastrophic transmission damage.”

“It’s pretty catastrophic. It’s not going to be a quick fix. It’s likely going to be a bit complicated,” Moreno stated.

Whereas Ida has weakened, it isn’t completed but.

It is anticipated to dump rain on the Tennessee and Ohio River valleys Tuesday, the Appalachian mountain area Wednesday and the nation’s capital on Thursday.

The storm has been blamed for not less than one loss of life.

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The Related Press contributed to this report.