George Vetiala “Papa Jack” Laine’s House

2405 Chartres St.
New Orleans LA 70117
Location Status: Same structure, different use
Curated by
e/Prime Media & Randy Fertel

George Vetiala “Papa Jack” Laine (1873-1966) lived here from 1903 until 1909. From the 1890s to World War I, Laine led a group of brass bands each known as the Reliance Band, which hired many musicians who later became important members of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band and the New Orleans Rhythm Kings. Laine, who was white, was known to hire lighter-skinned African American musicians such as Dave Perkins, Achille Baquet, and George Baquet, discretely violating segregation laws.

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New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park’s Jazz Walk of Fame segment on “Papa Jack” Laine