In Memoriam

In the past, we have lost some of our most beloved musicians and friends who've shared their art with us and contributed richness to the musical tapestry of New Orleans and the world. Please join us in remembering their songs and their spirits, and use the Comments section below to add your own tributes to anyone we've missed.

In Memoriam: Deborah "Big Red" Cotton

Tue, 05/02/17
Action Jackson & Ed Buckner of Original Big 7 remember Deb Cotton Read more

In Memoriam: Lewis White

Thu, 03/23/17
Longtime WWOZ volunteer and show host Lewis White passed away earlier this month after a long bout with Alzheimer's Disease. Lewis hosted the Tuesday edition of Jazz From The Park for many years and was well-regarded for his impeccable musical taste and deep knowledge. Lewi... Read more

In Memoriam: Arnold "Sweets" DePass, Jr.

Sat, 03/04/17
Authored by Carrie Booher
Arnold "Sweets" DePass passed away on February 20, 2017 at the age of 87. Born July 28, 1929, DePass was a member of the legendary Dooky Chase Orchestra in the mid-1940s where he honed his skills as a celebrated jazz musician and stage performer - earning the name “Sweets” ... Read more

In Memoriam: Charlie Sims

Sat, 03/04/17
Charles L. "Mr. Charlie" Sims, former chef-owner of Donna's Bar & Grill, passed away Sunday, February 5 at the age of 81. Mr. Sims was born April 13, 1935, in Rome, Georgia, and grew up in Chicago. He was in the U.S. Navy for 13 years, serving on the U.S.S. Skate, the first... Read more

In Memoriam: Daniel Fitzgerald

Sat, 01/14/17
Daniel ‘Dan’ Fitzgerald June 8, 1953-January 6, 2017 We are deeply saddened to share news of the passing of longtime WWOZ volunteer and show host, Daniel Fitzgerald, on Twelfth Night, January 6, 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer. Dan was the second of Bill and Mar... Read more

In Memoriam: Carol Solomon

Mon, 12/05/16
Carol Solomon, a highly successful businesswoman and longtime WWOZ ally, passed away over the weekend at age 72. As CEO of Peoples Health since 1997, Carol built the company into a regional health care powerhouse with more than 55,000 beneficiaries. Carol was a vocal champ... Read more

In Memoriam: Herb Hardesty

Mon, 12/05/16
Saxophone great Herb Hardesty passed away Saturday, December 3 at the age of 91. Hardesty performed with Fats Domino for more than five decades, a career spanning all of Fats' major hits starting with 'The Fat Man' in 1949. His famous solos can be heard on the classics 'I'm... Read more

In Memoriam: Clinton Scott

Thu, 11/17/16
We've lost another notable member of the WWOZ family this week. Clinton Scott passed away Saturday, November 12, 2016. He was a longtime WWOZ DJ, hosting the Sunday afternoon jazz show, Sittin' In With Clint, for many years. Clint was part of the first group of DJs that sta... Read more

In Memoriam: Edwin Harrison

Mon, 12/19/16
Edwin Harrison, Sr. passed away on October 13, 2016. He lived a remarkable life as a central figure in the Mardi Gras Indian and Social Aid & Pleasure Club communities and as a pioneering black taxicab driver. Harrison began masking in 1957 with the Creole Wild West and bec... Read more

In Memoriam: Joe Clay

Tue, 09/27/16
"Father of rockabilly" and Harvey native Joe Clay passed away peacefully and surrounded by family on Monday, September 26, 2016. Clay was born Claiborne Joseph Cheramie in 1939 but it was under his stage name that he rose to prominence with hits like 'Ducktail,' 'Sixteen Ch... Read more

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