Pat Jolly OffBeat by Elsa Hahne Congratulations to NOWIM Executive Board member Pat Jolly for winning this year’s OffBeat Magazine’s Heartbeat Award for her many years of documenting the New Orleans music scene from the other side of her camera lens.

Recently, Pat told OffBeat “A photographer is only as good as the community they live in,” Jolly declares. “What I photograph just unfolds before my eyes. I couldn’t live in a better place to have such interesting subjects be a part of my life.”

The article continues Jolly doesn’t go to performances and gallery openings merely to take pictures and document occasions. She’s engaged in what’s going on and the people who are making it happen—she’s part of it.

“If I’m shooting Mardi Gras, I am in costume and my spirit is totally involved with and participating in the events that I’m photographing,” says Jolly, a lover of masquerading. “I’d be there in a costume if I didn’t have a camera. At shows, I generally know every musician on stage and they’re friends of mine. What they’re doing is part of my life and what I want to know about.”

Read the full OffBeat article here.


Germaine BazzleOne of the true legends of New Orleans jazz, Germaine Potter Bazzle has been under-recognized nationally and internationally through her entire career. On par with R&B queen Irma Thomas, her voice in jazz is as distinctive as any, with a sweet soul to match. Her exploits singing in the Seventh Ward are unmatched, but she has been known primarily as a teacher. Influenced by the greats like Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, and Billy Eckstein, she took on a repertoire of classic jazz, American popular songs, show tunes, and the music of Duke Ellington. Sounds of the church were never far behind, and she sang regularly on Sundays with the Saint Louis Catholic Choir. A graduate of Xavier University, Bazzle chose to stay at home, instructing mostly young girls in choir and music appreciation at Xavier Prep. Her limited discography has her included on the compilation New New Orleans Music: Vocal Jazz and her live document, Standing Ovation. In 2007 she was part of the faculty at the Louis Armstrong Jazz Camp, along with other Crescent City music icons, in particular Edward “Kidd” Jordan.”


Ruth Ann KerrRuthAnn Kerr (also known as “BabyRuth”) is a native New Orleanian, She got her nickname, “BabyRuth”, from her dad, who was the shoemaker at Krauss Co.

RuthAnn grew up singing in her Apostolic Pentecostal church from the time she was a toddler (the pastor had to hold her on the altar rail so she wouldn’t fall). Although there were no instruments at home for many years, she learned to sing harmony with her dad & 2 older brothers. In her mid-teens, RuthAnn began to play the Hammond B3 in church, later adding piano & other keyboards; since then, she frequently plays & sings for churches of all denominations in New Orleans & across North America.


Linda SeabrightAs a radio DJ and personality for the past 10 years, I’ve been honored to interview and work with many of the greats.

I am proud to be the host of a weekly show on Public Radio KRCB 91.1fm, “New Orleans by the Bay.” Having dreamed of living in New Orleans for all these years, I am proud to now call it home.


Martha photoMartha Alguera lives to love her babies, New Orleans and MUSIC. The passion for music is what has inspired her to work in the music industry in any way possible. Martha’s grandfather ran a full orchestra in her homeland of Nicaragua. He played cello, violin, bass and piano. Her love for music is in her blood.

Through writing she began helping musicians write biographies for events, websites, press releases, etc. Martha has also been a music writer for, and had a bilingual music column in the New Orleans Hispanic publication of “El Tiempo”. Martha has also managed various musicians, aided with website design as well as Graphic design. Currently she is the Secretary for New Orleans Women in Music, produces the annual City wide “Pisces Party”. She is a master Networker, and is in a singing group called The Yemaya-ya’. She is the mother of two beautiful daughters and is now pursuing a degree in Communications P.R. with a double minor in Music Business and Design.


Judy SpellmanJudy Spellman is the daughter of NO R&B singer Benny Spellman and Gospel pianist Ammerette Rieux. With a Masters in Art and a long career in Medical sales, Judy is now performing full time, locally, nationally and with a German based band “Phavior Adelic” where she is featured and preparing to launch a cd and tour in Europe this fall.

Judy performs annually at the NO Jazz fest, as well as many other venues throughout the year. Judy states that she is at her happiest when performing for causes which assist in helping the people of our great city. “Judys life motto is….”If I Can Help Somebody As I Pass Along This Way, Then My Living Is Not In Vain”! God bless the Sisters of the Holy Family,we love you and appreciate all that you do!


Joanne SchnellerBorn and raised in NOLA.

I studied drama and music at Loyola University in New Orleans, LA. But that is not the direction I went!
I’ve been involved in the real estate industry for 30+ years. It has always been my passion to return to selling real estate and now that my kids are grown I have pursued this career, my dream.

Now I enjoy the music that I enjoyed as a child while hanging out at my dad’s grocery store on St. Philip St. in Treme’. I Love New Orleans and being a part of NOWIM! Even though I don’t perform.


Jeanine Duhe-CrowJeanine is originally from Lafayette, LA, but has been living in the New Orleans area since the mid 1970’s. Her musical “career” began almost from birth, being born into a musical family where singing, piano playing, guitar strumming, and kazoo playing were frequent pastimes. She has been in several musical groups, ranging from country to rock and roll, and is currently in the New Orleans based band, 30 x 90 Blueswomen, as a singer and rhythm guitar player. When not playing music, Jeanine is a special education teacher and director of school musicals.