Images of Joy and Love: New Orleans lost two of it's favorite sons and yet we danced and sung as one. / by Zack Smith

On Friday morning, New Orleans found out it lost two of it's favorite sons, but we raised a glass and sung as one when the day was done.

With so many icons of music, culture, art and life that live amongst us in New Orleans it's not uncommon to mourn the loss of a great artist during the celebrations of a music festival. With so many festivals (152 a year said Jeremy Cooker of the NOTMC) one is likely to raise a glass and second line at the same time families and friends mourn a loved ones passing. This weekend New Orleans and the world lost not one, but two of our treasured son's: world famous and locally loved clarinetist Pete Fountain, and gospel singer and iconic Tipitina's doorman Jo "Cool" Davis.

The music, the laughter, the camaraderie, it all came to pass today. We miss our beloved sons and we hold them on our heavy hearts, but we dance and sing as they would want us to. You could feel it and hear them in the dense summer heat. Clarinet sways, gospel croon - Pete and Jo were in the air and we were all there. Enjoy some of my photographs of joy and love from Day 2 at Satchmo Summerfest in New Orleans, LA.

Satchmo stalwart and all around good guy Yoshio Toyama kids around with Freddie Lonzo.

Satchmo stalwart and all around good guy Yoshio Toyama kids around with Freddie Lonzo.

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The Trumpet of Wendell Brunious, the finger of Freddie Lonzo. 

The Trumpet of Wendell Brunious, the finger of Freddie Lonzo. 

Jane Harvey Brown serenades the crowd with "La Vie en Rose" in french.

Jane Harvey Brown serenades the crowd with "La Vie en Rose" in french.

Benny Jones, leader, of the Treme Brass Band start out their Kid's 2nd Line from the Cabildo.

Benny Jones, leader, of the Treme Brass Band start out their Kid's 2nd Line from the Cabildo.

Long time stage manager Eric B and his new wife accept a wedding cake from Satchmo staff.

Long time stage manager Eric B and his new wife accept a wedding cake from Satchmo staff.

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Topsy Chapman and Solid Harmony take some time out to pose for a fan. (me)

Topsy Chapman and Solid Harmony take some time out to pose for a fan. (me)

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There's so much to do and see at Satchmo Fest, as seen by this crowd of onlookers.

There's so much to do and see at Satchmo Fest, as seen by this crowd of onlookers.

Juggling and playing a cowbell is how Charmaine Neville STARTS her set...not surprised here.

Juggling and playing a cowbell is how Charmaine Neville STARTS her set...not surprised here.

Every body deserves a break after a long day, this guy is still all smiles after all that heat...

Every body deserves a break after a long day, this guy is still all smiles after all that heat...