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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 […]

In Memoriam: Stanley J. Lewis (1927 – 2018)

For nearly three decades Shreveport was known as “The Record Center of the South.” The man who was single-handedly responsible for Shreveport earning that designation was Stan Lewis. Stanley J. […]

In Memoriam: Theryl “Houseman” DeClouet (1951 – 2018)

Singer Theryl DeClouet, born in the Hollygrove neighborhood of New Orleans, passed away on July 15 at age 66. Up until Galactic (he appeared on Galactic’s first four studio albums), […]

In Memoriam: Clarence Fountain (1929-2018)

  Clarence Fountain, the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner who led the Blind Boys of Alabama for nearly 70 years, died June 3 in Baton Rouge. His death leaves Jimmy […]

In Memoriam: Scotty Cathcart Hill (1947-2018)

“The trombone is a fascinating instrument,” Scotty Hill declared in a 1999 interview when he was inducted into New Orleans Magazine’s Jazz All-Stars. The love of the instrument never dimmed […]

In Memoriam: Charles Neville (1938-2018)

Saxophonist Charles Neville — forever known to fans as “Charlie, the horn man”—was the secret ingredient in the Neville Brothers’ mix, the brother whose jazz instincts took them to another […]

Wendell Albert Eugene (1923 – 2017)

When Wendell Eugene was 13 years old, his brother, Homer, gave him his first trombone. By the time he was 15, he was a member of the musicians’ union. For […]

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 […]