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: Herman Leonard

Mon, 08/16/10
Authored by Mike Kobrin
Herman Leonard, whose iconic photos of Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Dexter Gordon and many more helped define the world's view of this American art form, passed away on August 14. The former New Orleans resident lost his print archive after Hurricane Katrina, but the negat... Read more

In Memoriam: Lena Horne

Sun, 05/09/10
Authored by Zachary Young
Lena Horne, a singer and actress who became one of the most popular entertainers of the last century, died May 9 at age 92. Horne’s musical career continued into the late ‘90s. One of her final recordings was a duet with Frank Sinatra on the song “Embraceable You.” Thousands a... Read more

In Memoriam: Hank Jones

Sun, 05/16/10
Authored by Zachary Young
Hank Jones, a pianist, composer and bandleader with one of the most storied careers in the music world, died on May 16, 2010, at age 91. The list of musicians with whom he collaborated reads like a history of jazz: swing icons like Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw, beboppers like ... Read more

In Memoriam: Brandon Franklin

Wed, 05/12/10
Authored by Mike Kobrin
Brandon Franklin, saxophonist with TBC Brass Band and assistant band director at O. Perry Walker High School, was murdered on May 9 at the age of 22. There will be a Peace Walk in his memory on Wednesday, May 19, at 6:30 p.m. in the Hollygrove neighborhood. Read more

In Memoriam: Alex Chilton

Wed, 03/17/10
Authored by Mike Kobrin
Songwriter, guitarist, singer and producer Alex Chilton (b. 1950) passed away on March 17, 2010, here in New Orleans. He was scheduled to play with the latest version of Big Star at this year's South By Southwest festival in Austin, TX. The show was replaced with an all-sta... Read more

In Memoriam: Rockie Charles

Fri, 03/12/10
Authored by Mike Kobrin
Rockie Charles, known as "The President of Soul" thanks to his early 1970's hit of the same name, passed away on March 12 at the age of 67. The Louisiana native backed up Percy Sledge, Otis Redding, and others, and recorded gems like "Show My People Around The Curve". After de... Read more

In Memoriam: 2010

Fri, 03/26/10
WWOZ honors the fallen heroes of New Orleans music who passed away in 2010, including Herman Leonard, Brandon Franklin, Albert "June" Gardner, Walter Payton, and many more that are sorely missed. During their lives, they made New Orleans and jazz music better for their dedicat... Read more

In Memoriam: Bernard “Bunchy” Johnson

Sun, 03/21/10
Authored by Mike Kobrin
We are sad to report that drummer Bernard "Bunchy" Johnson passed away on Sunday, March 21. A native of both the Uptown and Treme neighborhoods of New Orleans, Bunchy Johnson had plenty of childhood experience second-lining with Mardi Gras Indians and brass bands. While s... Read more

In Memoriam: Marva Wright, Blues Queen of New Orleans

Tue, 03/23/10
Authored by Mike Kobrin
On March 23, Marva Wright, the Blues Queen of New Orleans, suffered a stroke and passed away. Our sincerest condolences go out to her loved ones. She will be deeply missed by blues lovers all around the world, and by her friends and supporters here at 'OZ. There will be a wake... Read more

In Memoriam: 2009

Wed, 01/06/10
During 2009 we lost some amazing musicians and friends, including Snooks Eaglin, Eddie Bo, and Antoinette K-Doe, who've contributed richness to the musical tapestry of New Orleans and the world. Join us in remembering their songs and their spirits, and add your own tributes to... Read more

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