Roger Hayward Lewis is born in New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward during 1941, a birth-year he shares with Bob Dylan, Faye Dunaway, Richie Valens, Aaron Neville, Otis Redding, Joan Baez, Bernie Sanders, and Stephen Jay Gould, Ice still is delivered by cart in the Lower 9. Roger's family moves to the Inner Garden District. He grows
up in the Church. His mother pays for piano-lessons when he's 8, but he's drawn to the tenor saxophone that he sees in a music-catalog. He makes himself a horn like this one by wetting newspapers and cardboard and twisting these means around coat-hanger and other wires. He knows music will be his life. New Orleans is already rocking. He hears"The Fat Man" and Ray Charles. Ms. Yvonne Busch (a touring trumpeter with the International Sweethearts of Rhythm when age 12) teaches him in Public School. He picks up tunes by ear. By age 16 he's on tenor in Deacon John's house band at the Dew Drop Inn, backing Little Richard, Esquerita (Eskew Reeder), Fats Domino, Etta James, ... He hears something else, too. Ornette Coleman plays with the Lastie family, Melvin and David, from the late 1940s and into the '60s. Kidd Jordan on the breaks between Rhythm & Blues sets never takes the mouthpiece away and he plays "Out." Sonny Rollins, Coltrane, Eric Dolphy, ... they're all in New Orleans through their LPs and the horns of Willie Tee,Willie Metcalf, Nat Perrilat. It's shedding. It's jam-sessions, whatevergigs and bands you were in for Frederick Kemp