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IN MEMORIAM: Eric Traub (1947 – 2019)

“The more flexible you are, the more you work—that’s the way it’s done down here,” saxophonist Eric Traub once said. He lived his life by those words, adeptly blowing modern […]

IN MEMORIAM: Ricky Paulin (1959 – 2019)

Ricky Paulin, the seventh of 13 children of trumpeter Ernest “Doc” Paulin and his wife Betty, loved the clarinet, traditional jazz music and people. That was evident in the joy […]

IN MEMORIAM: Connie Jones (1934 – 2019)

The singular trumpet/cornet player Connie Jones passed away in New Orleans on February 14 at age 84. Jones played with giants of traditional jazz, joining Jack Teagarden’s band at age […]

IN MEMORIAM: Alvin Fielder (1935 – 2019)

“I have Max Roach dancing in my head,” drummer Alvin Fielder once said when asked about his approach to his instrument. Fielder, is most recognized for co-founding, along with saxophonist Kidd […]

IN MEMORIAM: Todd Duke (1970 – 2019)

Todd Duke was a fine guitarist and, importantly, a musician who listened. Those qualities made him a much sought after and appreciated sideman and carried through to his work as […]

IN MEMORIAM: Tony Joe White (1943 – 2018)

Tony Joe White, the singer-songwriter from north Louisiana whose steamy, swampy “Polk Salad Annie” became a top 10 hit, died October 24 at his home in Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee. “He […]

In Memoriam: G.G. Shinn (1939-2018)

Gregg Martinez, the soul-singing bus driver from Opelousas, Louisiana, has rubbed shoulders with the late Ed Bradley of 60 Minutes fame, Ivanka Trump and other celebrities. But Martinez says those […]

In Memoriam: Lazy Lester (1933-2018)

“They call me lazy, goodness knows I’m only tired.” Leslie Johnson, better known as Lazy Lester, the last member of the pantheon of classic Louisiana swamp blues artists, died August […]

In Memoriam: Aretha Franklin (1942 – 2018)

Aretha Franklin sounded relaxed and happy during a phone interview that took place while she rolled down the highway in her tour bus—she disliked flying—on her way to New Orleans […]

In Memoriam: Henry Butler (September 21, 1948 – July 2, 2018)

Henry Butler once described himself as “a work in progress,” as his aim was to continually challenge himself and the status quo. The brilliant pianist, vocalist and composer accomplished that […]