Legendary jazz trumpeter and educator Clyde Kerr, Jr., passed away on Friday, August 6, at the age of 67. Mr. Kerr was best known as a teacher and mentor of many of the most recognizable musical talents in New Orleans, especially as a faculty member at NOCCA (New Orleans Center for Creative Arts) for 16 years until his retirement after the failure of the federal levees in 2005.
Nearly every great jazzer from New Orleans cites Kerr as an influence, from Nicholas Payton and Christian Scott to Wynton and Branford Marsalis. He also worked as a studio musician, lending his trumpet voice to the Jackson 5, Aretha Franklin, Tony Bennett, the Neville Brothers, and many more. His final recording of original compositions, "This Is Now", was released in 2009.
WWOZ salutes the life and legacy of this Treme native, and we send our condolences to his family, friends, and students.
UPDATE: Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, August 14 at St. Peter Claver Church, 1923 St. Phillip Street in New Orleans.
Visitation and music presentation: 8-10 a.m.
Funeral service: 10-11 a.m.
Jazz procession: 11 a.m.
The New Orleans Arts and Cultural Host Committee/Louis Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp will sponsor the brass band and the police escort.