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In Memoriam: Robert Parker (1930-2020)

Bandleader, sideman, artist and composer Robert Parker died at his Roseland, Louisiana home on January 19 from natural causes. He was 89. Best known for the infectious, international hit “Barefootin’,” […]

In Memoriam: Jerome “5th Ward Weebie” Cosey (1977-2020)

On January 9, 2020, New Orleans lost a regional hip-hop legend when producer and rapper 5th Ward Weebie died. Reigning supreme as the city’s “Bounce King,” the 42-year-old born Jerome […]

In memoriam: Jerome “Jerry” Jumonville (1941 – 2019)

New Orleans saxophonist, arranger and composer Jerry Jumonville passed away on December 7, 2019 after a long illness. Originally from New Orleans, he was based in Los Angeles for much […]

In Memoriam: Earl Bernhardt (1939-2019)

Earl Bernhardt, an entrepreneur, co-proprietor of the Tropical Isle chain of French Quarter clubs (with longtime partner Pam Fortner), friend and employer to many working musicians, and long-time president of […]

In Memoriam: Leigh “L’il Queenie” Harris (1954 – 2019)

Leigh “L’il Queenie” Harris, vocalist and frontwoman of 1970s and early ’80s rock band Li’l Queenie and the Percolators has passed away at age 65 from cancer. Harris grew up […]

Art Neville Memorial

Grief is not an emotion that invites comparisons. It is an overwhelming, supernatural sense of loss that is an essential part of human consciousness, the realization that a part of […]

In Memoriam: Art Neville (1937 – 2019)

Arthur Lanon Neville—“Poppa Funk”—a keyboardist, New Orleans music icon and downright great individual, died July 22 after several years of declining health. He was 81. Jerry Wexler once described Neville’s […]

In Memoriam: Andrew Cormier (1936 – 2019)

During his 60 years on stage, Cajun music legend Jo-El Sonnier enjoyed rare crossover success, with two top ten country hits, and performances at the Grand Ole Opry. Sonnier’s career […]

In Memoriam: Nolton Semien (1939-2019)

Joe Hall is a happy anomaly. In zydeco’s homeland of southwest Louisiana, Hall swims in a sea of zydeco players who mix their sounds with R&B, rap, and other mainstream […]

In Memoriam: Dave Bartholomew (1918 – 2019)

Described as a pioneer, an innovator, a genius, and a slave driver in the recording studio, Dave Bartholomew died at a suburban hospital June 23, 2019. He was 100. Forever […]