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Charlie Lee Sims, 1935-2017

When the jazz classic “On Green Dolphin Street” emanated from Donna’s Bar & Grill, you could bet that trumpeter Leroy Jones was blowing on stage. Charlie Sims, the beloved chef […]

Thomas W. Jacobsen (1935-2017)

Thomas W. Jacobsen, OffBeat contributor and author, died at home in St. Louis of lung cancer on January 15. Jacobsen was devoted to jazz music since he was a teenager, […]

John Boudreaux Jr. (1936-2017)

John Boudreaux Jr., the drummer who perhaps embodied the sound of New Orleans most      perfectly, and who played on many of the most successful early ’60s New Orleans records, died […]

Herb Hardesty, 1925-2016

Herb Hardesty, one of the architects of the Fats Domino sound and a cornerstone of Domino’s fabulous band for nearly six decades, died December 3 at his Las Vegas home. […]

Joan Marie Johnson, 1944-2016

Dixie Cups founding member Joan Marie Johnson passed away in New Orleans on October 5, 2016 of congestive heart failure. She was 72. The Dixie Cups were formed at a […]

Joe Clay, 1938-2016

One of the pioneers of rockabilly, Gretna’s Joe Clay, died September 26 after losing a battle with cancer. He was 78. Clay, whose given name was Claiborne Joseph Cheramie, recorded […]

Stanley Dural Jr. (Buckwheat Zydeco), 1947-2016

Friends, family and fans gather at Buckwheat Zydeco’s funeral in Lafayette to honor their hero. “There lies a national treasure,” Nathan Williams says softly. Williams gestures to the front of […]

Obituary: Pete Fountain (1930–2016)

New Orleans clarinetist Pete Fountain passed away from heart failure on August 6, 2016. He was 86. Peter Dewey LaFontaine, Jr., was born in New Orleans on July 3, 1930. […]

Obituary: Jo “Cool” Davis (1953–2016)

Gospel singer, performer and Central City’s pride and joy Jo “Cool” Davis passed away at his home after coming back from the hospital on Friday, August 5, 2016. He was […]

Obituary: Michael James Joseph (1967–2016)

New Orleans musician Michael James Joseph passed away Monday, July 11, at the age of 49. Joseph was known as the bass guitarist for legendary New Orleans rock ’n’ roll […]