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: Second Chief Brian Baptiste

Fri, 05/30/14
Second Chief Brian Baptiste of the Golden Star Hunters has passed away. Read more

In Memoriam: Big Chief Curtis "Suga" Williams, Sr.

Fri, 05/30/14
Big Chief Curtis "Suga" Williams, Sr. of the Cheyenne Hunters has passed away. Read more

In Memoriam: Big Chief Jackie J. Green, Sr.

Fri, 05/30/14
Jackie J. Green Sr., Big Chief of the Red, White and Blue Mardi Gras Indian tribe, passed away on May 21, 2014, at his home in New Orleans, LA. Read more

In Memoriam: Nelson Joseph Thompson, Sr.

Thu, 05/15/14
Nelson Joseph Thompson, Sr. passed away on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 in New Orleans at the age of 63. Mr. Thompson, Sr., a lifelong New Orleanian, was the Flag Boy of the White Eagles Mardi Gras Indian tribe and President of the Money Wasters Social Aid & Pleasure Club. Read more

In Memoriam: Big Chief Larry Bannock

Thu, 05/01/14
Larry Bannock, Big Chief of the Golden Star Hunters Mardi Gras Indian tribe, passed away on April 30, 2014. Chief Bannock and the Golden Star Hunters had just performed at The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on Sunday, April 27. Read more

In Memoriam: Dr. Isaac Greggs

Thu, 05/01/14
Dr. Isaac Greggs, who served as Southern University's Director of Bands for 36 years, passed away on April 28, 2014, aged 85. Over his long career, he was a huge influence on scores of important New Orleans musicians. A viewing and memorial service was held Friday, May 2, and ... Read more

In Memoriam: Jerod "Big Chief Rody" Lewis

Fri, 12/06/13
Jerod "Big Chief Rody" Lewis, chief of the Black Eagles Third Ward Calliope Tribe, passed away on November 25, 2013, aged 49. Big Chief Rody became chief of the Black Eagles, one of the oldest Uptown Mardi Gras Indian tribes, in 1981, succeeding his father, Percy "Big Chief ... Read more

In Memoriam: Dick LaPalm

Tue, 10/15/13
We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the family of Dick LaPalm The Jazz Lobbyist. He transitioned recently and is now in the realm of the ancestors with the likes of Nat King Cole. Knowing what a passionate supporter of jazz he has been, how could we begrudge him such a thrilli... Read more

Memorial Service: Mercedes Tucker Stamps, June 29

Wed, 06/05/13
A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 29 at 11 am in Lawless Memorial Chapel at Dillard University for Mercedes Tucker Stamps, a highly esteemed music educator, who taught for over thirty years at 10 different New Orleans schools. She passed away recently in North Car... Read more

In Memoriam: Bob French

Mon, 11/12/12
It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of Robert "Bob" French, a fine New Orleans musician and an irreplaceable member of the WWOZ family as host of “French Cooking” and other shows featuring New Orleans music. Read more

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