bob french Bob French, New Orleans Drummer And Bandleader, Has Died By editor • Nov 15, 2012 Bob French, an iconic New Orleans drummer who led the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band for decades, died Monday, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. He was 74. Jazz Musician Bob French Dies At 74 By Steve Inskeep & Renee Montagne • Nov 13, 2012 Dan Lang / Flickr 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.