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5:47 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Thomas Hale Boggs Jr., Washington Lobbyist And Son Of Hale And Lindy Boggs, Dies At 73

Thomas Hale Boggs Jr., a son of congressional royalty who evolved into a top-tier lobbyist and prolific Democratic fundraiser and embodied what it meant to have Washington clout, died Monday He was 73.

His brother-in-law, journalist Steve Roberts, said Boggs died Monday morning at his home in the Washington suburb of Chevy Chase, Maryland. The cause of death has not been determined, but the family suspected a heart attack, Roberts said.

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5:29 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Legendary New Orleans Music Studio Owner Cosimo Matassa Dies At 88

Matassa's famous J&M Recording Studios in the French Quarter where many popular musicians recorded albums.
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Cosimo Matassa, owner of J&M Recording Studios in the French Quarter where Fats Domino recorded his first album in 1949, has died. Matassa was 88 years old.

Matassa recorded music with many popular musicians including Fats Domino, Dave Bartholomew, Little Richard and Lloyd Price. Smiley Lewis, Professor Longhair, Roy Brown and countless others also created magic at Matassa's studio.

He opened the J&M Record Shop in 1945 and since there were no other recording studios in New Orleans at the time, his studio became a popular gathering place for musicians. 

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7:17 am
Fri August 1, 2014

New Orleans Saying Goodbye To Lionel Ferbos

The late Lionel Ferbos.
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New Orleans will be saying goodbye Friday and Saturday to jazz trumpeter Lionel Ferbos. 

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Latest News
8:06 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Funeral Services Set For Jazz Musician Lionel Ferbos

Lionel Ferbos.
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Funeral services are planned for Lionel Ferbos — the 103-year-old New Orleans jazz trumpeter and tinsmith who died July 19.

Ferbos will be buried August 2 — the same weekend the Satchmo Summerfest celebrates the legacy of another New Orleans trumpeter, Louis Armstrong.

Charbonnet Labat Funeral Home will host a wake for Ferbos on August 1 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visitation is from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on August 2 at Corpus Christi Epiphany Catholic Church.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports Archbishop Gregory Aymond will preside over a funeral Mass at Corpus Christi.

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6:04 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Jazz Musician Lionel Ferbos Dies At 103

Lionel Ferbos, performing at the Satchmo Summerfest in 2010.
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New Orleans has lost one of its oldest jazz musicians. Lionel Ferbos passed away Saturday — two days after he turned 103 years old.

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WRKF
1:59 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Remembering John Maginnis

It was just a couple of months ago that John Maginnis appeared on WRKF’s “The Jim Engster Show,” talking about Governor Bobby Jindal’s presidential aspirations.

“Outside Louisiana, there’s no serious talk about Jindal being a serious contender,” Maginnis told Engster and WRKF’s listeners. “But I think he’s still a viable vice-presidential contender, a running mate.”

Longtime political reporter John Maginnis passed away unexpectedly Sunday, at the age of 66. 

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In Memoriam
9:13 am
Tue April 8, 2014

New Orleans Artist George Dureau Dead At 83

Artist George Dureau

George Dureau is widely acclaimed as one of New Orleans' most significant artists in the latter part of the 20th century and early 21st. He died Monday after a several-year struggle with Alzheimer's Disease.

Dureau was 83, and internationally recognized for his classically-inspired, mythology-infused paintings — and his humane photographs of some often very odd (think dwarfs and multiple amputees) male figures.

Dureau spoke with artist Jacqueline Bishop in 2005 for her WWNO series "Louisiana Artist".

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Red River Radio
8:38 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Cliburn memorial concert marks anniversary of pianist's death

Exactly one year ago, legendary pianist and Shreveport native Van Cliburn died. Tonight in downtown Fort Worth, where the International Piano Competition named for him is held every four years, past winners will pay tribute by performing at a free, outdoor concert.

A month ago, Cliburn Foundation President and CEO Jacques Marquis says the emails went out to all past finalists of the competition. It was an invitation to play for tonight’s anniversary.

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5:00 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Blues Musician Ernest 'Rockin' Tabby' Thomas Dies In Baton Rouge

Noted blues musician Ernest “Rockin’ Tabby” Thomas has died in his native Baton Rouge. Thomas was a few days shy of his 85th birthday.

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In Memoriam
1:38 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Blues Musician Tabby Thomas Dies At 84

Chris Thomas King plays on the House of Blues stage with his father, Tabby Thomas, in 2001, at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
Douglas Mason AP

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 7:33 am

Legendary bluesman Tabby Thomas died Wednesday at the age of 84.

He would have celebrated his 85 birthday on Sunday.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports that Thomas was probably best known for opening Tabby's Blue Box in Baton Rouge, La. He opened the club in the late 1970s, giving Louisiana blues musicians, who had lost opportunities because of the disco craze, a place to play.

Blues-lovers from around the globe flocked to Tabby's.

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