Drummer Jack Vitale “Papa” Laine (1873-1966) was the leader of the Reliance brass bands and is commonly referred to as the “Father of New Orleans Ragtime.” He was a musical entrepreneur who could deploy multiple bands at one time, fielding groups that included future jazz stars such as George and Abbie Brunies, Tom and Steve Brown, Alcide Nunez, and various players later affiliated with the Original Dixieland Jazz Band and the New Orleans Rhythm Kings.

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