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Royce Osborn, 1958-2017

“This is the story of New Orleans’ black Mardi Gras,” says filmmaker Royce Osborn at the beginning of his award-winning 2003 documentary, All on a Mardi Gras Day. Focusing on […]

“Washboard Lissa” Driscoll, 1963-2017

When I rolled into town twenty-some odd years ago as a teenager with nothing but a busted-up old saxophone and a blown gasket in my hatchback “apartment,” I was as […]

D.L. Menard, 1932-2017

Cajun music lost its most beloved and colorful character, Doris Leon “D.L.” Menard, on Thursday, July 27, 2017, after he succumbed to multiple ailments. The legend was 85. At his […]

Dolores Ferdinand Marsalis, 1937-2017

Dolores Marsalis was a remarkable woman—beautiful, intelligent, determined and funny. She and her husband, pianist/educator Ellis Marsalis Jr., raised six boys—Branford, Wynton, Ellis III, Delfeayo, Mboya and Jason—on the salary […]

Obituary: Isaac “Mr. Ike” Edward

When Isaac “Mr. Ike” Edward sat in a chair on Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard watching the 2015 and 2016 Uptown Indian Super Sunday parades, his continued love of the […]

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 […]