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Hotel La Louisiane, Paris
When I was in Paris last August for my honeymoon, I wandered through the Latin Quarters and suddenly found myself facing the Hotel La Louisiane, at 60 Rue de Seine.
It was home for artists like Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir and had famous guests like Ernest Hemingway, Charlie Parker and Miles Davis.
I’ve read a lot about La Hotel Louisiane in one of my favorite jazz biographies: “Dance Of The Infidels, A Portrait Of Bud Powell”, by Francis Paudras.
Bud Powell didn’t have a great time in La Louisiane, as I read on page 94:
“…I (Francis Paudras) knocked at his room but no one answered. Then I heard a call for help coming from another room. He was locked in. All I could do was to persuade Buttercup to open the door and let me spend some time with him. It was a horrendous spectacle. The squalid little room was strewn with dirty plates, the floor littered with cigarette buds. Seated on the unmade bed, Bud hung his head and avoided my eyes.
Who would have believed that the great Bud Powell could be treated with such contempt, kept prisoner in these ugly surroundings, and that no one around him seemed to care?…”
Bud Powell was locked in and drugged with Largactyl by his self-proclaimed wife Buttercup (they were not legally married), who could this way control him and take all his earnings.
Hotel La Louisiane in 2010, photo by me