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 


Street Talk Goes to Snooks Eaglin's Jazz Funeral

Sun, 03/15/09
Authored by Gianluca Tramontana
On February 27, 2009, the Howling Wolf held a viewing followed by a funeral service for Snooks Eaglin. Friends, family and members of the musical community gathered to salute the artist formerly known as Blind Guitar Ferd, Ford Eaglin, Baby Snooks or Li’l Snook but forever kno... Read more

Antoinette K-Doe, 1943-2009

Thu, 02/26/09
Authored by Mike Kobrin
Antoinette K-Doe, widow of R&B singer Ernie K-Doe, passed early Mardi Gras morning at the age of 66. "Miss Antoinette" ran the Mother-In-Law Lounge after her husband's death and was dedicated to rebuilding New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Read more

Snooks Eaglin, 1936-2009

Wed, 02/18/09
Authored by Mike Kobrin
After a long illness, Snooks Eaglin passed on Wednesday, February 18. For over five decades, Snooks dazzled audiences with his unique guitar style and vast repertoire. Please join WWOZ in remembering this profoundly influential New Orleans musician. Read more

Remembering David "Fathead" Newman

Tue, 01/27/09
Authored by Mike Kobrin
Tenor saxophonist David "Fathead Newman" passed last week at the age of 75. Best known for his work with Ray Charles in the '50s and '60s, Newman recorded prolifically as a sideman and leader through 2008. Read more

Remembering Musicians We Lost in 2008

Fri, 01/09/09
The musicians we lost in 2008, including jazz trumpeter Freddie Hubbard and session drummer Earl Palmer, are gone but not forgotten. Please join us in remembering them, and add your own tributes in the Comments section. Read more

Jazz Trumpet Great Freddie Hubbard Passes

Sun, 01/04/09
Authored by Mike Kobrin
Jazz trumpet great Freddie Hubbard passed away in California on Monday, December 29, at the age of 70. Read more

Happy Birthday, Jerry Wexler (In Memoriam)

Fri, 12/12/08
Authored by Tom Morgan
The great Jerry Wexler, best known as a producer with Atlantic Records, played a key role in the careers of Aretha Franklin and Bob Dylan, as well as local luminaries like Professor Longhair, Guitar Slim and Champion Jack Dupree. In celebration of his birthday on January 10, w... Read more

Crescent City Blues & BBQ Fest: Oct. 18 - 19

Tue, 10/14/08
WWOZ will be broadcasting live from the Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival this weekend, when the N.O. Jazz and Heritage Foundation presents its third annual celebration of the blues. Legendary bluesman Honeyboy Edwards is one of the many top performers from southern Louisia... Read more

In Memoriam: The Great Earl Palmer

Sun, 09/21/08
Authored by Tom Morgan
The brilliant Tremé-born drummer Earl Palmer passed on Friday, September 19 at the age of 83 in Los Angeles. Palmer's contribution to rhythm and blues and rock and roll as a session drummer is incalculable. Read more

Big Queen Barbara Sparks Passes

Thu, 07/24/08
Barbara Sparks, born Barbara Joiner on November 11th, 1943, died peacefully after a lengthy illness. Ms. Sparks was well known in the Mardi Gras Indian community and was inducted in the Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame in 1999. Read more

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