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 


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

A Memorial for the Great Wilson Turbinton a.k.a Willie Tee

Wed, 09/19/07
Authored by David Kunian
A 6-minute piece about Willie Tee, the late great keyboardist, producer, writer, and singer for the Gaturs and the Wild Magnolias, among others. Read more

A Tribute to Thorny Penfield, R.I.P.

Fri, 09/07/07
Authored by David Kunian
This is a radio tribute to the late Thorny Penfield, music fan and catalyst extrordinaire. Read more

A Mighty Oak Has Fallen

Thu, 07/26/07
Douglas Redd Memorial On Wednesday, July 18, 2007 at 9:23 a.m. Douglas Redd, beloved founder and Artistic Director for Efforts of Grace, Inc. and Ashé Cultural Arts Center, was welcomed to the realm of the ancestors. His spirit and legacy lives on and will be remembered ... Read more

Radio Tribute to George Brumat of Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro

Tue, 07/17/07
Authored by George Ingmire
George Brumat, owner of Snug Harbor, a jazz bistro in the Faubourg Marigny, passed away on July 7th, 2007, at the age of 63. He opened Snug Harbor in 1983, well before Frenchman Street (where the club is located) was the music oasis it is today. His dedication to the cont... Read more

Remembering Alvin Batiste

Tue, 05/22/07
Authored by Jason Songe
Father, Son and Students Honor the Memory of Alvin Batiste "Mr. Bat was a model musician. Every day we'd see him before class, always shedding, always practicing. He embodied the spirit of the ideal musician because even at the age he was, he was always trying to get bette... Read more

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