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 


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

Chuck Carbo Passes

Tue, 07/15/08
Chuck Carbo, Rounder recording artist and original member of the Spiders, has passed. Funeral services are yet to be finalized. Hayward "Chuck" Carbo, the original lead singer of the 1950s R&B vocal group the Spiders, died in New Orleans on Friday, July 11, at age 82. The ... Read more

Ernest "Doc" Paulin Passes

Thu, 06/05/08
New Orleans’ oldest traditional jazz musician and performer, Ernest “Doc” Paulin, died on November 20th at his daughter’s home in Louisiana. He was 100 years old. Ernest “Doc” Paulin was born June 22, 1907. He grew up in Wallace, Louisiana, in a Creole-French speaking fam... Read more

John Brunious Passes

Tue, 05/20/08
Preservation Hall Jazz Band's leader and senior member, the silver-haired trumpeter who excelled in his singing and playing, John Brunious, died Tuesday in Orlando, Florida, after suffering an apparent heart attack. He was 67. When he was first hired at Preservation Hall ... Read more

Superintendent Warren McDaniels Passes

Tue, 05/20/08
  Superintendent Warren McDaniels President, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Foundation, 2002-2004 Chair, WWOZ Governance Board, 1995-2002 From: The President and Executive Committee of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc. To: Past Presi... Read more

Singer & Songwriter Michael Miller Passes

Tue, 05/20/08
Michael Miller, the lead singer and songwriter of the band Blue Stew died April 8, 2008, in Ventura, California. He was 56. A touring musician since the 1970's, Miller performed with Big Joe Turner, Joe Houston, and the Drifters, among many others. Blue Stew released fou... Read more

In Memory of George Brumat

Thu, 09/27/07
New Orleans Jazz Club Owner George Brumat passes away at age 63 George Brumat, owner of Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro, died peacefully in his sleep on Saturday July 7, 2007. George was more than a beloved figure on the New Orleans music scene. He opened Snug Harbor in 1983, an... Read more

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