RIP: Pete Fountain, jazz clarinetist – LOUIE of the Week

“Pete Fountain, the goateed clarinetist who became a global ambassador of New Orleans jazz with his flawlessly slippery technique and joyful sound, died Saturday of heart failure while in hospice care in New Orleans.”

I borrowed that opening sentence from Randy Lewis’s fine obituary that was shared on August 6th in the Los Angeles […]

Remembering Those We Lost in 2015

Last year, we lost quite a few people in the LOUIE universe. Click on their names to read more about them.

Jack Ely, the original lead singer of the Kingsmen, was one of the two people that inspired this documentary project. I met Jack at the same event where he first met Richard […]

RIP: Allen Toussaint / LOUIE of the Week

Allen Toussaint, an extremely talented musician, passed away on November 10, 2015 while on tour in Madrid, Spain. He was 77 years old.

Emerging from the fertile hotbed of New Orleans R&B during the 1950s, Toussaint was the guy that could do it all – a singer, a gifted piano player, a prolific songwriter […]

September 11 and the LOUIE LOUIE Connection

Mention the day “September 11,” and you cannot help but be reminded of certain events that took place in semi-recent American history.

For some of us, September 11 is a day to celebrate the birthday of loved ones, like my sister Ann, for example.

As this is “the website for all things LOUIE LOUIE,” this […]

Victoria Williams with Pappy & Harriet’s All-Stars – LOUIE of the Week

Sometimes, in the course of my adventures, I literally walk into unexpected LOUIE LOUIEs. Last month, I attended a comic book convention where I witnessed Spider-Man dancing to Iggy Pop‘s version of LOUIE LOUIE.

This time, it was a just a casual little mention of my project that led to an entirely new version of […]

RIP: Sam Butera, singer/saxophonist with Louis Prima

We just lost another musical icon. Sam Butera, a singer/ saxophonist with of the LOUIS Prima band, has passed away at the age of 81 years old.

Sam Butera was born Aug. 17, 1927, in New Orleans, LOUISiana. At the age of 7, his father took him to see a big band and asked […]

Solidarity with New Orleans Musicians

Passed on by my friends at Rock ‘n’ Rap Confidential, here’s something for our comrades in New Orleans:

HIGH NOON August 26 Sunday we are organizing a Silent second line in protest of the lack of local, state and national support for our local musicians. We will be paying 2 brass bands to march without […]

Not the same Kingsmen

Contrary to certain rumors floating around cyberspace, the upcoming movie “All the Kings Men” starring Sean Penn is NOT the story of Lynn Easton, Jack Ely, Mike Mitchell, Dick Peterson, Barry Curtis, Don Gallucci, Bob Nordby, or even Norm Sundholm. It is based on a former governor of LOUISiana, but that’s probably the only […]

What about today?

Today, anyone that reads a newspaper, watches television, or surfs the web will be bombarded by commemorative tributes to the tragedy that happened five years ago. It was a terrible moment in the history of the United States, which can never be forgotten.

While many folks will forever link September 11 to the tragedies […]

Portland Opens It’s Doors to Displaced New Orleans Musicians

The city of Portland, Oregon demonstrates the type of charity that makes me very, very proud of my Northwest neighbors:

As part of our nation’s concern for the recent catastrophes along the southern gulf ports in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana, we are very concerned for our extended jazz family and the history of Jazz as […]