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.

Art Neville | Dave Bartholomew | Dr. John

Fats Domino | Pete Fountain | Allen Toussaint 
 

 

In Memoriam: Tammy Lynn

Sun, 07/05/20
Tammy Lynn (also known as Tami Lynn), New Orleans soul singer and an original AFO Records artist, died June 26, 2020. She was best known for her song 'I'm Gonna Run Away From You,' which hit #4 on the UK Singles Chart in 1971. Lynn was born in Gert Town in 1942. As a child,... Read more

In Memoriam: Dwight Miller

Tue, 05/05/20
Dwight Miller, one of the  co-founders of the Pinstripe Brass Band, died Monday, March 16, 2020, at the age of 70. Miller was born Uptown on December 15, 1949. As a student at James Durham Junior High School, he played trumpet in the school band before switching to saxopho... Read more

In Memoriam: Alfred "Uganda" Roberts

Tue, 05/05/20
Alfred "Uganda" Roberts died this morning at the age of 77. Roberts first came to prominence in New Orleans music as the percussionist with Professor Longhair.  Roberts was born and raised in Treme where, due to the close proximity of sailors, he took an interest in calyps... Read more

In Memoriam: Tony Allen

Sun, 05/03/20
Authored by Logan
On Thursday April 30, human music suffered a loss that was felt around the world. Tony Allen, the source of afrobeat rhythm, passed away at his home in Paris. Tony grew up in Lagos, Nigeria, and spent his years as a young man immersed in a thriving live music scene. Having... Read more

In Memoriam: Jesse Hathorne

Sun, 05/03/20
WWOZ has lost one of our own to COVID-19. Jesse Hathorne, known on the airwaves as The Midnight Creeper, The Creeper, or Brother Jess, depending on which show he was hosting, died Saturday, May 2, 2020, at the age of 71. Most recently, he held the Thursday 2-4 pm slot with ... Read more

In Memoriam: Big Al Carson

Sun, 04/26/20
Blues singer Alton “Big Al” Carson has passed away at the age of 66.  A native New Orleanian, Carson played tuba with multiple jazz and brass bands in New Orleans, including Doc Paulin’s, Young Tuxedo Brass Band, Dejean’s Brass Band, Teddy Riley’s Royal Brass Band, Lars Ede... Read more

In Memoriam: Counsel Chief Joe Jenkins

Thu, 04/16/20
Joe Jenkins, Counsel Chief of the Guardians of the Flame Maroon Society, became an ancestor today, at the age of 90.  His passing was announced by Maroon Queen Cherice Harrison-Nelson of the Guardians. It was not COVID-related. Chief Joe was one of the oldest living Mardi ... Read more

In Memoriam: Ellis Marsalis

Wed, 04/01/20
Jazz great Ellis Marsalis, Jr. has passed away on April 1, 2020 at the age of 85. Marsalis was an influential player and educator in the jazz world for decades. He is survived by his sons Branford, Wynton, Ellis III, Delfeayo, Mboya, and Jason. Born November 14, 1934, Mars... Read more

In Memoriam: Ronald W. Lewis

Fri, 03/20/20
Ronald W. Lewis, founder of the Original Big Nine Social and Pleasure Club, and director of the House of Dance & Feathers in the Lower 9th Ward, has died at the age of 68. Lewis was a highly respected member of the New Orleans cultural community for decades.  Lewis started... Read more

In Memoriam: Henry Gray

Tue, 02/18/20
Blues pianist Henry Gray has passed away at the age of 95. He is credited with helping create both the distinctive Chicago blues piano sound and the Louisiana swamp blues sound. Gray was born on January 19, 1925. He spent his early childhood on a farm in Alsen, Louisiana, ... Read more

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