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: Lil Buck Sinegal

Mon, 06/10/19
We are sad to report that guitarist and bandleader Paul "Lil Buck" Sinegal, "Master of the Stratocaster," has passed at the age of 75. For decades, he was a major player in Louisiana R&B, Blues, and Zydeco. He may be best known for playing with Clifton Chenier and Buckwheat... Read more

In Memoriam: Spencer Bohren

Sun, 06/09/19
It is with heavy hearts we share that Spencer Bohren has passed away after a strong battle with prostate cancer.  Called a “modern day troubadour,” his experiences shaped his music, which always showcased his great love for America’s wealth of traditional folk, blues, gosp... Read more

In Memoriam: Mac "Dr. John" Rebennack

Thu, 06/06/19
Malcolm John “Mac” Rebennack, (Dr. John) a decades-long New Orleans cultural torchbearer and accomplished pianist and songwriter, passed away on June 6, 2019, at the age of 77. Dr. John was a pioneering icon of the New Orleans style of R&B, rock and funk. His music has beco... Read more

In Memoriam: Leah Chase

Mon, 06/03/19
New Orleans Music Show host George Ingmire shared a special tribute to the late Leah Chase on Wednesday, June 5. The show is now available on our 2-week archive. George aired audio excerpts and outtakes from Chasing Dreams, a documentary film directed by William Sabourin a... Read more

WWOZ pays tribute to the late Andre Williams

Thu, 03/21/19
Authored by Carrie Booher
A number of WWOZ show hosts have paid tribute to the recently deceased Andre Williams on their shows. DJ Swamp Boogie will be doing so tonight, 7-10p, or hear more on our 2-week archive: Tuesday's The Kitchen Sink with host David Kunian Wednesday's The Kitchen Sink with ho... Read more

In Memoriam: Connie Jones

Thu, 02/14/19
New Orleans trumpeter Connie Jones has passed away at the age of 84.  Connie is a New Orleans native who began his musical career at the age of five on piano. He first picked up a bugle while in military school and began playing trumpet when he was ten years old. After high... Read more

Remembering those we lost in 2018

Sun, 12/30/18
The New Orleans music and cultural communities lost a number of talented and influential individuals in 2018. Here, we remember those who passed away in the last year. Johnny Jackson, Jr., d. January 24 Arthur "Mr. Okra" Robinson, d. February 15 Johnny Vindigni, d. March 5 ... Read more

In Memoriam: Billy Delle

Thu, 11/15/18
Longtime WWOZ show host Billy Delle has passed away at the age of 76. His family announced his cause of death as Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. He hosted Records From The Crypt on WWOZ, hours of "scratchy 45s," as he referred to them, of New Orleans R&B from the 1950s and 1... Read more

Henry Butler memorial second line to be held 10/21

Sun, 10/14/18
Authored by Carrie Booher
New Orleans piano great Henry Butler passed away July 2, 2018, and a second line in his honor will be held on Sunday, October 21. Led by the New Orleans Nightcrawlers, the parade will start at 6p at the Funky Butt club site and end at Snug Harbor on Frenchmen, where a memor... Read more

In Memoriam: Leslie "Lazy Lester" Johnson

Thu, 08/23/18
Leslie Johnson, better known as Lazy Lester, passed away Wednesday, August 22 at the age of 85 after a battle with stomach cancer. He was a wonderfully gifted blues musician and performer who is widely known as a pioneer of the swamp-blues genre.  Lazy Lester was born June... Read more

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