Emile "Stalebread" Lacoume (banjo) with the Fischbein-Williams Syncopators at the LaVida Dance Hall (1923). Courtesy Hogan Jazz Archive, Tulane University.

Emile “Stalebread” Lacoume (banjo) with the Fischbein-Williams Syncopators at the LaVida Dance Hall (1923). Courtesy Hogan Jazz Archive, Tulane University.

In addition to performing on banjo, Emile “Stalebread” Lacoume (1885-1946) sang and performed on the zither, guitar, and piano. He was the bandleader of Storyville’s Razzy Dazzy Spasm Band, which is often cited as the first jazz band. He performed at lakefront resorts, with the Halfway House Orchestra, and at the Lavida Ballroom with the Charlie Fishbein Orchestra. (See Al Rose and Edmond Souchon, New Orleans Jazz: A Family Album, p. 69)