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Masters of Louisiana Music: Harold “Duke” Dejan

In 1966, when the NAACP and the Zulu Carnival Club condemned the New Orleans second line tradition as demeaning to the African-American race, bandleader Harold “Duke” Dejan bucked the tide […]

Masters of Louisiana Music:
William Geary “Bunk” Johnson

Born: December 27, 1879 or 1889 New Orleans, LA Died: July 7, 1949 New Iberia, LA   In this month’s installment of OffBeat’s “Masters of Louisiana Music” series, historian Jerry […]

Notes on New Orleans Brass Bands

The history of brass bands is not unique to New Orleans, but this city certainly adds a special chapter to the story. Brass band music is one of the longest […]

Ms. Hadda Brooks

This past April, overshadowed by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Hadda Brooks made her first appearance in New Orleans at the Shim Sham Club. On October 29th and […]

Antoine “Fats” Domino, House of Blues, January 30, 1999

The crowning glory of the fifth anniversary celebration at the House of Blues was the Fats Domino show on January 3rd, 1999. This was the first time in two years […]

Obituary: Louise “Blue Lu” Dupont Barker

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Obituary: Allison Miner

Allison Miner, a major contributor to New Orleans music for over 25 years, passed away Saturday, December 23, 1995, after battling multiple myeloma, a form of bone cancer. There are […]

On the Road with Preservation Hall

The French Quarter’s Preservation Hall is known around the world as a famous traditional jazz club. What is not so well known in New Orleans is just how big Preservation […]

Save the Bones: A Conversation with Danny Barker

Danny Barker is a jazz legend. He has spent his life in the jazz hothouses of New Orleans and New York at times when these scenes were exploding in critical […]