Comings & Goings

September 15
The Palm Court Jazz Café on Decatur Street in the French Quarter has announced that there will be a memorial for Jack Maheu on October 24. More as details become available.

August 27, 2013
I regret to report that acclaimed clarinetist Jack Maheu passed away peacefully at 3:30 pm today at Cuyuga Medical Center in Ithaca, NY. He was 83. After a long and distinguished career on the East Coast and in New York City, Maheu moved to New Orleans in 1990. He became a leading figure in the Crescent City jazz scene thereafter and remained so until suffering a stroke in 2006, essentially ending his music career. He then moved back to his native upstate New York to be near to his two sons. See Photos page.

August 9, 2013
It is will great sadness that I report the death of banjoist-guitarist Les Muscutt at his home today. He was 72.

Muscutt was born and raised in England, but he left there in 1966 and–after a brief time in New York–moved to New Orleans in 1968, where he and his wife Barbara have resided ever since. He had been very active in the local jazz scene for many years, traveling with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and serving a long residency at the Palm Court Jazz Café. He had quadruple bypass surgery in 2001 (see Photos page), and he has not been playing in the last few years.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.

July 30, 2013
Respected drummer Charlie Lodice passed away at the age of 86. Born in August, 1926 in Queens, New York, he began playing drums at an early age. By the time he was a teenager, he was playing professionally and ultimately moved to California. Eventually, he settled in New Orleans, where he held the drum chair for many years in Pete Fountain’s band until being replaced by Bryan Barberot. Lodice also played with the old Dukes of Dixieland in the 1960s, and I last saw him perform in a tribute concert to that band in October, 2004. A memorial will be held at the Palm Court Jazz Café on September 26 starting at 7 pm.

July 19, 2013
Guitarist/​banjoist Steve Blailock died at his residence in Pearland, TX. He was 69.

Blailock was preceded in death by both parents and his wife Jing C. Blailock. Survivors include his son Lloyd of McComb, MS; three brothers, Thomas, Joseph and Bernard; and a grandson, three nieces and two nephews.

Blailock lived in New Orleans for many years and played with numerous bands during that time. He was admitted to New Orleans Magazine’s All-star Honor-role in 1997, and he was inducted into the Mississippi Music Hall of Fame in 1998. His CD,
Mixed Bag, was released in 1996.

He had a number of health issues (including a liver transplant) and moved to Houston, where he was being treated and where his wife had a position in a law firm. Eventually, he managed to do some performing there and occasionally in New Orleans. He was scheduled to leave for a tour in Thailand with a New Orleans band on July 30.

The Blailocks were good personal friends of me and my wife and will be deeply missed by us as well as by his many other friends in the New Orleans area.

A memorial service is scheduled for Tuesday, July 30 at Jones Funeral Home in McComb, MS, where Blailock was born. Visitation will be from 4-6 pm with a service beginning immediately thereafter. See Photos page.

May 11
A memorial tribute was held in honor of Buzzy Podewell at Tulane University, where he had been a member of the Theater faculty for many years. See Photos page for photos of the occasion.

March 29, 2013
Banjoist and Tulane professor Buzz Podewell was lost to world, just short of his 70th birthday. Our deepest sympathy goes out to his widow, Banu Gibson, and their two children. A memorial was held at The Lupin Theatre on the Tulane University campus on May 11.

January 7, 2013
It is with great sadness that I report the death of longtime New Orleans trombonist Tom Ebbert. He was 94.

Ebbert retired from active playing after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city (2005) and moved to Indiana, where he passed away.

I will pass along further details as they become available.