Jazz Musician Bob French Dies At 74 By Steve Inskeep & Renee Montagne • Nov 13, 2012 ShareTwitter Facebook Google+ Email Bob French at Snug Harbor in 2008, with the Charmaine Neville band. Dan Lang / Flickr Listen Listening... / 1:41 Bob French passed away yesterday. He was 74. Bob French was one of the legends of New Orleans' jazz. French was a drummer and singer, and bandleader of the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band. He died Monday of complications from diabetes. He was 74. Related Programs: Latest NewsMorning EditionTags: musicin memoriambob frenchView the discussion thread.