• DaveNY5

    Great interview. My brother and I were members of “Dunc’s Honky Tonks” for several years although I think it was after John left. I was 9 years old, played the trumpet and was the youngest member of the band. He let me in because my brother had been in the band for about a year and I already knew most of the songs. We played in Jackson Square on weekends and would get paid from the money people put in a derby in front of the band. We were even on the cover of New Orleans magazine in April 1968 with Mr. Duncan. I have a framed copy on the wall of my home office. He was a wonderful man: a great teacher and very patient. I was in the band until he retired and then we formed our own group called “The Cabarets” (get it? Honky Tonks…Cabarets) which eventually became more of a wedding band as we got older, but we always played a lot of the Dixieland songs Mr. Duncan taught us. He even wrote a few originals, “Dunc’s Honky Tonks” (our theme song) and “Red Beans and Rice”. Some great memories there.

    I’m sure I saw John with James Booker at the Maple Leaf (back in the 70s) which I used to frequent along with Lou and Charly’s. I also have a Bunny Mathews poster on my wall that was done for Loyola Alumni for the Louisiana Foundations of Greater New York Homecoming Picnic. A lot of coincidences here…. 

  • DaveNY5

    Great interview. My brother and I were members of “Dunc’s Honky Tonks” for several years although I think it was after John left. I was 9 years old, played the trumpet and was the youngest member of the band. He let me in because my brother had been in the band for about a year and I already knew most of the songs. We played in Jackson Square on weekends and would get paid from the money people put in a derby in front of the band. We were even on the cover of New Orleans magazine in April 1968 with Mr. Duncan. I have a framed copy on the wall of my home office. He was a wonderful man: a great teacher and very patient. I was in the band until he retired and then we formed our own group called “The Cabarets” (get it? Honky Tonks…Cabarets) which eventually became more of a wedding band as we got older, but we always played a lot of the Dixieland songs Mr. Duncan taught us. He even wrote a few originals, “Dunc’s Honky Tonks” (our theme song) and “Red Beans and Rice”. Some great memories there.

    I’m sure I saw John with James Booker at the Maple Leaf (back in the 70s) which I used to frequent along with Lou and Charly’s. I also have a Bunny Mathews poster on my wall that was done for Loyola Alumni for the Louisiana Foundations of Greater New York Homecoming Picnic. A lot of coincidences here…. 

  • DaveNY5

    Great interview. My brother and I were members of “Dunc’s Honky Tonks” for several years although I think it was after John left. I was 9 years old, played the trumpet and was the youngest member of the band. He let me in because my brother had been in the band for about a year and I already knew most of the songs. We played in Jackson Square on weekends and would get paid from the money people put in a derby in front of the band. We were even on the cover of New Orleans magazine in April 1968 with Mr. Duncan. I have a framed copy on the wall of my home office. He was a wonderful man: a great teacher and very patient. I was in the band until he retired and then we formed our own group called “The Cabarets” (get it? Honky Tonks…Cabarets) which eventually became more of a wedding band as we got older, but we always played a lot of the Dixieland songs Mr. Duncan taught us. He even wrote a few originals, “Dunc’s Honky Tonks” (our theme song) and “Red Beans and Rice”. Some great memories there.

    I’m sure I saw John with James Booker at the Maple Leaf (back in the 70s) which I used to frequent along with Lou and Charly’s. I also have a Bunny Mathews poster on my wall that was done for Loyola Alumni for the Louisiana Foundations of Greater New York Homecoming Picnic. A lot of coincidences here…. 

  • DaveNY5

    Great interview. My brother and I were members of “Dunc’s Honky Tonks” for several years although I think it was after John left. I was 9 years old, played the trumpet and was the youngest member of the band. He let me in because my brother had been in the band for about a year and I already knew most of the songs. We played in Jackson Square on weekends and would get paid from the money people put in a derby in front of the band. We were even on the cover of New Orleans magazine in April 1968 with Mr. Duncan. I have a framed copy on the wall of my home office. He was a wonderful man: a great teacher and very patient. I was in the band until he retired and then we formed our own group called “The Cabarets” (get it? Honky Tonks…Cabarets) which eventually became more of a wedding band as we got older, but we always played a lot of the Dixieland songs Mr. Duncan taught us. He even wrote a few originals, “Dunc’s Honky Tonks” (our theme song) and “Red Beans and Rice”. Some great memories there.

    I’m sure I saw John with James Booker at the Maple Leaf (back in the 70s) which I used to frequent along with Lou and Charly’s. I also have a Bunny Mathews poster on my wall that was done for Loyola Alumni for the Louisiana Foundations of Greater New York Homecoming Picnic. A lot of coincidences here…. 

  • DaveNY5

    Great interview. My brother and I were members of “Dunc’s Honky Tonks” for several years although I think it was after John left. I was 9 years old, played the trumpet and was the youngest member of the band. He let me in because my brother had been in the band for about a year and I already knew most of the songs. We played in Jackson Square on weekends and would get paid from the money people put in a derby in front of the band. We were even on the cover of New Orleans magazine in April 1968 with Mr. Duncan. I have a framed copy on the wall of my home office. He was a wonderful man: a great teacher and very patient. I was in the band until he retired and then we formed our own group called “The Cabarets” (get it? Honky Tonks…Cabarets) which eventually became more of a wedding band as we got older, but we always played a lot of the Dixieland songs Mr. Duncan taught us. He even wrote a few originals, “Dunc’s Honky Tonks” (our theme song) and “Red Beans and Rice”. Some great memories there.

    I’m sure I saw John with James Booker at the Maple Leaf (back in the 70s) which I used to frequent along with Lou and Charly’s. I also have a Bunny Mathews poster on my wall that was done for Loyola Alumni for the Louisiana Foundations of Greater New York Homecoming Picnic. A lot of coincidences here…. 

  • leond

    This is where I got my start. I played with Johnny and have a group picture with Warren Duncan. I started on the tub bass, but Duncan would not allow me to play my string bass. Anyway about one year later I move on with Teddy Ludwig. Played through high school with Teddy and then move into a Jazz Trio in the quarter. Dunc’s Honky Tonks was great beginning, where I studied music, major in music, played in the Army Band during Vietnam in stead of caring a rifle.
    I am still playing with a big band and I wish I could tell Mr. Duncan thanks so much for a great kids group. It’s ironic that my last name is Duncan, but when he was introducing the members, he would always say, Leon Duncan is no relation.
    I have loss my copy of Dixie magazine from Hurricane Betsy . where Duncan arrange a photo of myself as a Donkey. It was a novelty of one of the songs we played which I cannot remember, but had to the wear getup for the act.
    Great memories.
    Leon Duncan