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.

  Charles "Action" Jackson | George Wein

  Ellis MarsalisArt Neville | Dave Bartholomew | Dr. John

Fats Domino | Pete Fountain | Allen Toussaint 


In Memoriam: Diana Pinckley

Thu, 09/27/12
WWOZ Family, for those of you who did not know Diana Pinckley passed away last week. She was not only one of WWOZ’s most generous supporters but also an active volunteer at the station. The Times-Picayune did a wonderful article about her life and her involvement within the co... Read more

In Memoriam: Uncle Lionel Batiste

Sun, 07/08/12
Authored by Leslie Molson
WWOZ is deeply saddened by the loss of Uncle Lionel as we keep his family and bandmembers in our prayers. Whether you saw him performing with the Treme Brass Band, hat tipped to the side, or strolling through the Quarter, cane in hand, he was always a true gentleman. Read more

In Memoriam: Gary Hirstius

Mon, 06/04/12
Known as the “rock and roll detective,” New Orleans native, guitarist, singer-songwriter and private investigator Gary Bruce Hirstius died at his home in Metairie on May 25. Gary was well-known for his soulful lyrics and sandpaper vocals. He left behind an expansive musical ca... Read more

In Memoriam: Phoebe Jacobs

Wed, 05/23/12
We, at WWOZ, wish to add our expression of recognition to those honoring Ms. Phoebe Jacobs at this time of her passing. Her work on behalf of one of our most beloved native sons—Louis Armstrong—will always be deeply appreciated by those of us who feel blessed by his cultural l... Read more

In Memoriam: Frank Wills

Tue, 05/15/12
Jorge Fuentes reflects on our friend Frank: "A reliable volunteer at the station, Frank Wills quickly took a liking to recording 'spots,' the announcements that we play on air at the station. I liked to use his voice because he had natural delivery and an unmistakable New Orle... Read more

In Memoriam: 2012

Sun, 02/12/12
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. Read more

In Memoriam: Gloria Powers

Fri, 02/10/12
Gloria Powers, a long time supporter of the art, music and culture of New Orleans, passed away on February 7th. She will be sorely missed by the New Orleans music community as we celebrate her favorite time of the year. Read more

Hoodoo Bluesman Coco Robicheaux Passes

Sat, 11/26/11
Apple Barrel regular and bluesman about town, Coco Robicheaux, passed on the Friday after Thanksgiving, on Frenchmen St., where he was a beloved regular musician and friend. Two jazz funerals/second lines are currently planned to honor Mr. Robicheaux. Read more

Legendary New Orleans arranger, Wardell Quezergue, dies

Wed, 09/07/11
Authored by Maryse Dejean
Known for his arrangements for musicians like Dr. John, the Dixie Cups, Professor Longhair and more, Wardell Quezergue died Tuesday morning of congestive heart failure. Read Volunteer Coordinator Maryse Dejean's reminiscences of Wardell at WWOZ. Click through for information a... Read more

Mass & Jazz Funeral for Mickey "Slewfoot" McLaughlin

Thu, 04/21/11
On Wednesday April 27, a full funeral mass will be held at St. Anna’s Episcopal Church, at 6:00 PM. Following the service, the community will step off in a Second Line tribute led by the famed Tremé Brass Band. Continue reading to learn more about the beloved Apple Barrel regu... Read more

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