Roger Spiecher Former Kitchen Designer For Siematic
In 2014, the New Orleans arts and ball association acquainted the accident of above contributors to the city's culture. Those who died spanned the spectrum of the cultural scene, from the bandstand to the skyline, and from the date to the kitchen. Some larboard us way too early. Others larboard a connected bequest of adorning the city.
Here, in alphabetical order, we action this account of men and women and their contributions to the New Orleans' scene.
Johnny Ray Allen: The aboriginal bassist for the soulful Americana bedrock accumulation the subdudes from New Orleans, Allen wrote or co-wrote best of the band's songs amid the aboriginal 1980s and its dissolution in 1996. He was 56.
Larry Bannock: The longtime and admired big arch for the Golden Brilliant Hunters Mardi Gras Indians already served as admiral of the Mardi Gras Indian Council and had become one of the added accessible faces of a ability that still maintains a assertive clandestineness to its attitude and ritual. He'd been a affiliate of the Golden Brilliant Hunters back the 1950s. He was 66.
Dave Barnes: Along with his admired assignment as a astrologer for WWL-TV, Barnes additionally formed as arch of the bounded National Weather Service appointment and served as a South Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East commissioner. He was 78.
Jonah Bascle: The amateur and activist aloft acquaintance of the plight of wheelchair-bound citizens who could not admission the streetcars on St. Charles Avenue. He launched a mayoral advance in 2010 on that issue, and staged a accessible beef that briefly brought streetcar cartage to a halt. He was 28.
Bruce Brice: With alive colors and an about map-like presentation, the artisan captured New Orleans artery activity as arena a bout guide, from parades to adjacency scenes. He was 72.
John Clemmer: The able artisan was accepted for three-dimensional work, including sculptures and fountains; he is accepted primarily as a painter whose appearance acquired throughout a seven-decade career. He was 92.
Gloria Dillon: As Tajmah, "Pearl of the Orient," the caricatural aerialist became a featured ballerina in New Orleans' acclaimed caricatural arena of the 1950s and '60s -- sometimes assuming with her mother (Tina Marie) in the acclaimed "The Spider and the Virgin" act. She was 77.
George Dureau: With its mix of romantic, classical-revival self-image and its abrasive realism, the artist's assignment seemed to arise everywhere in New Orleans, whether in the anatomy of a Mardi Gras array corrective beyond a bank at Gallier Hall, cast-bronze nudes at the gates of Burghal Park, or a apprehension of Artemis at Harrah's New Orleans Casino. He additionally corrective Professor Longhair for the 1999 New Orleans Applesauce Fest poster. He was 83.
Mickey Easterling: The baroque philanthropist, socialite and arts activist was accepted for her signature hats, but additionally formed in abutment of accommodating causes, including the New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness, Children's Hospital, Easter Seals and St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in Memphis. She was 83.
Lionel Ferbos: The aftermost actual affiliate of the Works Progress Administration applesauce bandage of the 1930s, the trumpeter enjoyed a late-in-life celebrity as the oldest alive applesauce artisan in New Orleans. He acclaimed his 103rd altogether at the Palm Court Applesauce Café, a admired venue, two canicule afore his death..
Paul Ferrara: The adept applesauce bagman who performed with some of New Orleans' greatest bandleaders, including Louis Prima, Al Hirt and Pete Fountain, amid others. He additionally was a affiliate of the Dukes of Dixieland. He was 76.
Mary S. Fitzpatrick: An author, editor and cultural activist, Fitzpatrick formed for years with the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans. She edited the group's affiliate magazine, Preservation in Print, and wrote three books for the PRC. She was 64.
Robert Guthrie: Accepted for his silkscreen prints and bright watercolor cityscapes, the artisan was a longtime artist and illustrator, and advised the 1992 New Orleans Applesauce and Heritage affiche of Irma Thomas. He was 56.
Mary Stuart Kellogg: Co-founder of the Maple Artery Book Shop, Kellogg hosted readings by such advisers as Walker Percy, William Styron and Willie Morris -- and coined the shop's accepted bonanza sticker with the byword "Fight the Stupids." She was 89.
Ryan Knight: A affiliate of the 2010 "Real World" casting in New Orleans, Knight had appear while on the appearance that he was convalescent from an addiction to painkillers. He was 29.
Frieda Dewald LaBreche (aka Wild Cherry): The accepted Bourbon Artery caricatural ballerina was a abreast of such acclaimed dancers as Blaze Starr, Evangeline the Oyster Girl, Lilly Christine the Cat Girl and Tajmah "Pearl of the Orient," in the 1950s. She additionally performed as Torchy. She was 79.
Rudy Lombard: The arresting New Orleans civilian rights activist and columnist was already a Freedom Rider. He additionally championed New Orleans' African-American chefs. He was 75.
Paul Longpre: The above big arch of the Golden Blades Mardi Gras Indians masked for bristles decades afore backward but connected to advice others appearance their suits. He additionally became a admired antecedent of Mardi Gras Indians for researchers. He was 97.
John T. Martin: The bright above administrator of the New Orleans Historic Allure Museum additionally was a allure priest, and acquired apprehension for his affection of pythons. He was 72.
Cosimo Matassa: The allegorical flat owner, artist and bedrock 'n' cycle avant-garde was acclaimed for his J&M Flat on the bend of the French Quarter, which helped accord bearing to hits by Fats Domino, Little Richard, Irma Thomas, Professor Longhair, Lee Dorsey, Lloyd Price, Aaron Neville and Dr. John. He was 88.
Michael Mizell-Nelson: The historian of the po-boy additionally produced a documentary about the New Orleans' streetcars that aired on PBS stations, and helped actualize websites for about New Orleans culture. He was 49.
Idris Muhammad: One of New Orleans' best affecting drummers, Muhammad toured or recorded with several acclaimed artists including Roberta Flack, Grover Washington, George Benson, Sonny Stitt and John Scofield. He was 74.
Ed Nelson: The adept TV and blur amateur got his alpha on Roger Corman's B-movies afore become a brilliant on the caliginosity TV soap opera "Peyton Place," and anguish up bringing several Hollywood celebrities to Mardi Gras, including Bob Hope. He was 85.
Raymond Charles Newman: The buyer of the Chart Room in the French Quarter, Newman acquired noticed when, in 2007, David Wondrich of Esquire annual dubbed the Chart Room as one of the abundant confined of America. He was 79.
Nicky da B: The ascent New Orleans animation brilliant acquired apprehension for the Diplo-produced 2012 song "Express Yourself." He was 24.
August Perez III: The acclaimed artist helped adapt the city's skyline with designs for such projects as the 1984 World's Fair, the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Harrah's Casino, One Canal Place and Zephyr Stadium. A founding affiliate of the Krewe of Bacchus, he served as captain from 1982 to 1989.
August "Duke" Robin: The architect of Restaurant August ahead had been a accoutrement in the St. Bernard borough and political scenes. He was 72.
Jim Russell: The almanac impresario, accepted as the "Music Man," was an affecting DJ in the 1950s and '60s afore affective to New Orleans and aperture Jim Russell's Rare Records. He was 94.
Veronica Russell: A able amount on the cultural scene, Russell was at assorted times an actress, apparel designer, writer, administrator and roller-derby enthusiast, who additionally spearheaded the Louisiana History Alive activity and advised floats for the micro-krewe 'tit Rex. She was 44.
Claudia Speicher: A aptitude agent, Speicher formed with bags of actors she represented during a four-decade career as the buyer of New Orleans Model & Aptitude Agency Orleans. She was 65.
Doug Talbot: The buyer of the now-iconic Lucky Dogs vending-cart authorization acquired added acclaim back the carts aggressive a agnate adventure in the atypical "A Confederacy of Dunces." Talbot additionally was a much-loved philanthropist for several bounded causes. He was 77.
Tabby Thomas: The Baton Rouge swamp-blues guitarist recorded on the Excello Records in Crowley, including the hit "Hoodo Party," and is accepted for accepting opened Tabby's Dejection Box in Baton Rouge -- which enjoyed visits from dejection lovers the apple over. He was 84.
Chris Anthony "Bozo" Vodanovich: The restaurateur took over Bozo's, the ancestors business, while he was still in aerial academy afterwards his ancestor died of a affection attack. The restaurant eventually confused from New Orleans to Metairie in 1979. He was 86.
Jesse Winchester: A songwriter, Winchester was a protégé of The Band's Robbie Robertson and wrote songs covered by Elvis Costello, Jimmy Buffett and Joan Baez, amid others. He was 69.