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: Wendell Eugene

Fri, 11/10/17
Wendell Eugene passed away on Tuesday, November 7, at the age of 94. Mr. Eugene was one of the most well-respected and longest-serving trombonists in the traditional jazz community in New Orleans. Eugene was born in New Orleans in 1923 and served in the Navy during World W... Read more

In Memoriam: Fats Domino

Wed, 10/25/17
Antoine “Fats” Domino, Jr., a decades-long New Orleans cultural torchbearer and accomplished pianist and singer-songwriter, has passed away at the age of 89. Fats Domino is one of the most recognizable figures of 20th century music. His unique style contributed to the evol... Read more

In Memoriam: Lissa Driscoll

Fri, 09/15/17
Remembering a one-of-a-kind woman this morning-- rest in peace, Lissa Driscoll.  Lissa was a longtime performer at various spots throughout the French Quarter and befriended and influenced many musicians in New Orleans. She first came to New Orleans to see her heroine, Blu... Read more

In Memoriam: Dolores Marsalis

Mon, 07/31/17
We're sad to mark the passing of Dolores Marsalis, matriarch of one of the world's great musical families, who died earlier this month of cancer at the age of 80. She was married to legendary New Orleans jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis, and together they had six sons: Branford,... Read more

In Memoriam: Isaac “Mr. Ike” Edward

Fri, 07/07/17
Isaac “Mr. Ike” Edward, 94, the oldest living Mardi Gras Indian, died Wednesday, July 5, 2017, in Heritage Manor Nursing of Houma Nursing Home. Born in 1923, he said that he first became fascinated by the Mardi Gras Indians who danced through his Uptown neighborhood. Edward... Read more

In Memoriam: Dyan "Mama D" French Cole

Wed, 05/31/17
WWOZ would like to recognize the passing of Dyan "Mama D" French Cole, a longtime New Orleans community activist, leader, and supporter of New Orleans music and culture. Mama D passed away Saturday, May 20 at the age of 72 after a long battle with cancer.  Mama D was a fie... Read more

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

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