In Memoriam

We've lost some of our most beloved musicians and other friends who've shared and contributed richness to the musical tapestry of New Orleans and the world. Please join us in remembering their songs and their spirits. Use the "Comments" section below to add your own tributes to anyone we've missed.

  Ellis MarsalisArt Neville | Dave Bartholomew | Dr. John

Fats Domino | Pete Fountain | Allen Toussaint 
 

 

In Memoriam: Lois Andrews Nelson

Thu, 11/18/21
Lois Andrews passed away on Nov. 10, 2021, in her home surrounded by her family in New Orleans, La. She was 69 years old.  Lois was a 6th Ward cultural icon; born into the culture, bearing the culture, birthing the culture, and reviving the culture. She was everybody’s aun... Read more

In Memoriam: Jack Fine

Wed, 10/27/21
Trumpeter Jack Fine has died at the age of 93 after a storied life full of jazz.  Fine was born in Brooklyn in September 1928. At 17, he enlisted in the Air Force and served in British Guyana as a military police officer. He was able to travel extensively through the milit... Read more

Remembering Action Jackson

Thu, 09/30/21
On August 8, 2021, Action Jackson became an ancestor at the age of 59 following a battle with cancer. In the following days, the New Orleans cultural communities honored his contributions to keeping those flames alive in the neighbohoods and on the streets by taking it to t... Read more

In Memoriam: George Wein

Mon, 09/13/21
George Wein, founder of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, and the Newport Folk Festival, died Monday, September 13, 2021 at the age of 95. Wein has long been regarded as a true visionary and pioneer of the modern festival. Wein was born and r... Read more

In Memoriam: Bennie Pete

Tue, 09/07/21
Bennie Pete, sousaphone player and Hot 8 Brass Band co-founder, died on Monday, September 6, 2021 at New Orleans East Hospital of complications of sarcoidosis and covid-19. He was 45. Pete was respected by everyone in the New Orleans community and was well-known for his ge... Read more

In Memoriam: Carol Fran

Sat, 09/04/21
Blues singer and pianist Carol Fran died September 1, 2021 at the age of 87. Her distinctive voice and piano-playing style afforded her a musical career spanning more than six decades. Fran was associated with Excello Records and the “swamp blues” genre, characterized by a ... Read more

In Memoriam: J.D. Hill

Mon, 08/16/21
Authored by Carrie Booher
New Orleans musician J.D. Hill died of cancer at the age of 65 on August 8, 2021. Hill was a harmonica player and vocalist who loved to play and was known for his willingness to share the stage with anybody, as long as they had the groove. Hill was born on November 8, 1955... Read more

In Memoriam: Norman Batiste

Sun, 08/15/21
Authored by Carrie Booher
Norman Batiste, a member of the famous New Orleans Batiste family, has died. On Thursday, August 12, his family and friends celebrated his life with prayer and song in Treme. WWOZ was there to capture some of the commemoration. Dr. Brice Miller on the passing of Norman Bat... Read more

In Memoriam: Charles "Action" Jackson

Sun, 08/08/21
Charles "Action" Jackson has become an ancestor at the age of 59. Action was a beloved long-time WWOZ show host best known for his work on Takin' It To The Streets, WWOZ's multi-platform program celebrating New Orleans' social aid & pleasure clubs, second lines, Black Maski... Read more

In Memoriam: Ike Stubblefield

Mon, 06/21/21
Hammond B3 virtuoso Ike Stubblefield has died at the age of 69, at his home in Georgia. He was a music industry legend with more than 50 years in the business.  Stubblefield began his career in the late 1960s, playing keys for Motown artists like the Four Tops, Martha Reev... Read more

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