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In Memoriam: Wesley Schmidt (1951 – 2019)

Wesley Schmidt played many diverse roles in his hometown of New Orleans. As the owner of the Frenchmen Street jazz mecca Snug Harbor, he worked quietly during the day in […]

In Memoriam: Margaret Lewis Warwick (1940-2019)

Margaret Warwick, an acclaimed Shreveport, Louisiana singer, songwriter, producer, publisher, and trail blazing music executive, died March 29, after a brief illness. She was 79. Lewis was a former chairperson […]

IN MEMORIAM: Eric Traub (1947 – 2019)

“The more flexible you are, the more you work—that’s the way it’s done down here,” saxophonist Eric Traub once said. He lived his life by those words, adeptly blowing modern […]

IN MEMORIAM: Ricky Paulin (1959 – 2019)

Ricky Paulin, the seventh of 13 children of trumpeter Ernest “Doc” Paulin and his wife Betty, loved the clarinet, traditional jazz music and people. That was evident in the joy […]

IN MEMORIAM: Connie Jones (1934 – 2019)

The singular trumpet/cornet player Connie Jones passed away in New Orleans on February 14 at age 84. Jones played with giants of traditional jazz, joining Jack Teagarden’s band at age […]

IN MEMORIAM: Alvin Fielder (1935 – 2019)

“I have Max Roach dancing in my head,” drummer Alvin Fielder once said when asked about his approach to his instrument. Fielder, is most recognized for co-founding, along with saxophonist Kidd […]

IN MEMORIAM: Todd Duke (1970 – 2019)

Todd Duke was a fine guitarist and, importantly, a musician who listened. Those qualities made him a much sought after and appreciated sideman and carried through to his work as […]

IN MEMORIAM: Tony Joe White (1943 – 2018)

Tony Joe White, the singer-songwriter from north Louisiana whose steamy, swampy “Polk Salad Annie” became a top 10 hit, died October 24 at his home in Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee. “He […]

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 […]