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In Memoriam: G.G. Shinn (1939-2018)

Gregg Martinez, the soul-singing bus driver from Opelousas, Louisiana, has rubbed shoulders with the late Ed Bradley of 60 Minutes fame, Ivanka Trump and other celebrities. But Martinez says those […]

In Memoriam: Lazy Lester (1933-2018)

“They call me lazy, goodness knows I’m only tired.” Leslie Johnson, better known as Lazy Lester, the last member of the pantheon of classic Louisiana swamp blues artists, died August […]

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 […]