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In memoriam: Jerome “Jerry” Jumonville (1941 – 2019)

New Orleans saxophonist, arranger and composer Jerry Jumonville passed away on December 7, 2019 after a long illness. Originally from New Orleans, he was based in Los Angeles for much […]

In Memoriam: Earl Bernhardt (1939-2019)

Earl Bernhardt, an entrepreneur, co-proprietor of the Tropical Isle chain of French Quarter clubs (with longtime partner Pam Fortner), friend and employer to many working musicians, and long-time president of […]

In Memoriam: Leigh “L’il Queenie” Harris (1954 – 2019)

Leigh “L’il Queenie” Harris, vocalist and frontwoman of 1970s and early ’80s rock band Li’l Queenie and the Percolators has passed away at age 65 from cancer. Harris grew up […]

Art Neville Memorial

Grief is not an emotion that invites comparisons. It is an overwhelming, supernatural sense of loss that is an essential part of human consciousness, the realization that a part of […]

In Memoriam: Art Neville (1937 – 2019)

Arthur Lanon Neville—“Poppa Funk”—a keyboardist, New Orleans music icon and downright great individual, died July 22 after several years of declining health. He was 81. Jerry Wexler once described Neville’s […]

In Memoriam: Andrew Cormier (1936 – 2019)

During his 60 years on stage, Cajun music legend Jo-El Sonnier enjoyed rare crossover success, with two top ten country hits, and performances at the Grand Ole Opry. Sonnier’s career […]

In Memoriam: Nolton Semien (1939-2019)

Joe Hall is a happy anomaly. In zydeco’s homeland of southwest Louisiana, Hall swims in a sea of zydeco players who mix their sounds with R&B, rap, and other mainstream […]

In Memoriam: Dave Bartholomew (1918 – 2019)

Described as a pioneer, an innovator, a genius, and a slave driver in the recording studio, Dave Bartholomew died at a suburban hospital June 23, 2019. He was 100. Forever […]

In Memoriam: Spencer Bohren (1950 – 2019)

You had to be there. Spencer Bohren’s extensive catalog of recordings present him in all his strengths as a singer-songwriter, a guitarist who knew how to frame a song and […]

In Memoriam: Paul “Lil’ Buck” Sinegal (1944 – 2019)

Dubbed “the gentle giant of guitar” by the esteemed producer Allen Toussaint, Paul “Lil’ Buck” Sinegal died at his Lafayette home June 10, after a lengthy illness. He was 75. […]