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: 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

In Memoriam: Lucien Barbarin

Thu, 01/30/20
Beloved New Orleans trombonist Lucien Barbarin died of cancer on Thursday, January 30, at the age of 63. Barbarin was a part of the famous Barbarin New Orleans musical family. Lucien was born July 17, 1956. His great uncle was Paul Barbarin, the leader of the Onward Brass ... Read more

In Memoriam: Robert Parker

Mon, 01/20/20
Singer and saxophonist Robert Parker has died at the age of 89. He died Sunday, January 19 of natural causes at his home in Roseland. Parker was born in New Orleans on October 14, 1930. He was best known for his 1965 breakout hit, 'Barefootin',' recorded at Cosimo Recording... Read more

In Memoriam: 5th Ward Weebie

Thu, 01/09/20
New Orleans rapper, producer, and actor Jerome Cosey, better known as 5th Ward Weebie, has died from complications after a heart attack at the age of 42. He was a prominent part of the first wave of bounce musicians in New Orleans in the 1990s and went on to have a fluorish... Read more

In Memoriam: Jerry Jumonville

Tue, 12/31/19
Saxophonist Jerry Jumonville passed away December 7, 2019, at Passages Hospice in New Orleans. He was 78. He was born December 5, 1941 and grew up in Carrollton. In high school, he formed The Matadors. Jumonville moved from New Orleans to Los Angeles in the late 1960s on t... Read more

In Memoriam: Clancy "Blues Boy" Lewis

Mon, 12/30/19
Clancy "Blues Boy" Lewis died on December 1, 2019 at the age of 83. A New Orleans native, Lewis was active in the local blues community for decades. Lewis began playing blues after he constructed an amplifier from a radio as a teenager. He performed at every Jazz Fest from ... Read more

In Memoriam: Damas "Fanfan" Louis

Tue, 12/17/19
Haitian-born New Orleans local Damas "Fanfan" Louis transitioned from this life on Tuesday, December 10, 2019. A master drummer and Vodou priest, Damas Louis was commonly called Fanfan by those who knew him. Those who knew him best called him Papa Fanfan. He was born in the... Read more

In Memoriam: "Jelly Roll Justice" David Averbuck

Tue, 12/17/19
Longtime WWOZ show host "Jelly Roll Justice" David Averbuck passed on Sunday, December 15, 2019, at his home in California, after a long illness. He was 76. David and his wife, Patti, came to their first Jazz Fest in 1990, and instantly fell in love with New Orleans. They ... Read more

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