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: 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

In Memoriam: 2010

Mon, 03/28/11
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

Willie "Pinetop" Perkins

Mon, 03/28/11
Authored by Danielle Small
Willie "Pinetop" Perkins passed away in his sleep at the age of 97 at his home in Austin, Texas. Willie Perkins born in 1913 on a cotton plantation outside of Belzoni, Mississippi left home at an early age and supported himself by playing guitar in juke joints. Playing with th... Read more

In Memoriam: Albert "June" Gardner

Fri, 11/19/10
Authored by Jennifer R. Leslie
On November 19th, Albert "Gentleman June" Gardner passed away. Known by his friends and onstage as June Gardner, he was one of a small group of band leaders that lead from the back, behind the drums, or the "boom boom" as he would call them. The memorial service will be held o... Read more

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