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Louisiana Music Artist Directory: Dave Badie to Henry Butler
Dave Badie multi-talented smooth groovin' New Orleans sax player

Barry Badon high energy Zydeco, Cajun, Swamp Pop performer and leader of The Bayou Boys Band

Bag of Donuts New Orleans band known for wild stage antics, outlandish costumes and strange renditions of popular songs

Vernel Bagneris noted writer, actor, director, producer, author and vocalist

Balfa Brothers pioneering Cajun group featured Dewey Balfa and his siblings; appeared in the documentary "J'ai Ete au Bal (I Went to the Dance)"

Dewey Balfa late fiddler and Cajun music legend from Mamou, LA (1927-1992); received National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1982

Balfa Toujours Cajun and traditional music group led by Christine Balfa, the daughter of late Cajun fiddler Dewey Balfa; Christine also performs with Bonsoir Catin

Marcia Ball Swamp boogie pianist from Orange, TX grew up in Vinton, LA

Ballzack alternative hip-hop artist from New Orleans; named Best Emerging Hip Hop Performer at OffBeat's "Best Of The Beat" awards

Bamboula 2000 New Orleans music & dance troupe combines traditional West African rhythms, reggae, bamboula, second line, contemporary jazz and funk

Lucien Barbarin noted trombonist was a longtime member of Harry Connick, Jr.'s recording and touring bands; catch Lucian regularly leading the Palm Court Swingsters at the Palm Court Jazz Cafe

Paul Barbarin famed composer, drummer and bandleader (1901-1969); father Isadore Barbarin was a long time member of the Onward Brass Band; his brother Louis Barbarin was also a musician; nephew Lucien Barbarin is a noted trombone player and bandleader

  • Paul Barbarin Bio, CDs, MP3 downloads, audio clips (

Danny Barker late New Orleans musician, historian and author (1909–1994); alumni of Barker's Fairview Baptist Church Brass Band (founded in 1970) included future trad jazz greats Leroy Jones, Gregg Stafford, Kid Merv, Lucien Barbarin, Herlin Riley, Joe Torregano, Anthony "Tuba Fats" Lacen, Greg Davis, Kirk Joseph, and among many others; married to singer Blue Lu Barker; received National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Fellowship in 1991; see book "Keeping the Beat on the Street: The New Orleans Brass Band Renaissance"

Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes multi-talented actor, blues & zydeco musician (and former NFL player)

Lauren Barrett New Orleans-born, Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter, musician and actress

Sweet Emma Barrett (1897-1983) singer/pianist noted for her performances at Preservation Hall, began her musical career in the 1920's with Papa Celestin's Original Tuxedo Orchestra; Barret and other PHJB members had a cameo in the 1965 film "The Cincinnati Kid"

Ronnie Barron (1943 - 1997) unsung New Orleans R&B keyboard player, singer and actor from Algiers was a protege of Dr. John; Barron also played with Paul Butterfield, Eric Burden & The Animals, Canned Heat, and many others

Joe Barry noted swamp pop vocalist from Cut Off, LA; biggest hits came in 1961 with "I'm A Fool To Care" (#15 on R&B Chart; #24 on Pop Chart) and "Teardrops In My Heart"; critically acclaimed "Been Down That Muddy Road" released in 2003; Joe passed away in 2004 at age 65

Dave Bartholomew legendary songwriter, musician, bandleader and producer was the man behind the New Orleans R&B scene of the 1950's

Basin Brothers Cajun band founded by musician, composer, vocalist Al Berard received a Grammy nomination for their 1990 album "Let's Get Cajun"

Basin Street Sheiks New Orleans' premier jugband

Alvin Batiste (1932-2007) New Orleans clarinetist and respected jazz educator; Batiste's students included Randy Jackson (of "American Idol"), Roland Guerin, Henry Butler, Branford Marsalis, Kent Jordan, Marlon Jordan, Wes Anderson, Ed Perkins, Charlie Singleton, Michael Ward, and many others

Jonathan Batiste pianist, composer, Juilliard School graduate, and rising star on the global jazz scene

Lionel Batiste AKA "Uncle Lionel" - everyone's favorite "relative" and bass drummer, who put the "unk" in "funk" - leads the Treme Brass Band with Benny Jones, Sr.; Uncle Lionel and Benny were both in the original Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Russell Batiste noted New Orleans drummer has worked with Funky Meters, Papa Grows Funk, Vida Blue, PBS (Porter Batiste Stoltz), and others; also fronts his own "Orchestra From The Hood"

Baton Rouge Jazz Ensemble 19 piece big band made up of professional and amateur musicians

Harold Battiste legendary New Orleans musician, composer, arranger, producer, educator and founder of A.F.O. (All For One) Records

Warren Battiste New Orleans jazz guitarist born in 1925 has performed with Illinois Jacquet, George Benson, and many others

Brian Francis Baudoin solo singer & songwriter from Kaplan, Louisiana

Camile Baudoin guitarist for NOLA funk-blues-rock band The Radiators

Ray Bauduc (1909-1988) noted New Orleans-born jazz drummer

  • New Orleans-born drummer Ray Bauduc worked with Bob Crosby, Jack Teagarden, Benny Goodman, Wingy Manone, Louis Prima, Glenn Miller, Jimmy Dorsey & many others; compositions include the trad jazz staple, "South Rampart Street Parade"; appeared in the 1947 film, "The Fabulous Dorseys"; read more on Ray at

Germaine Bazzle famed New Orleans jazz diva

Kenyatta Beasley New Orleans trumpeter and composer was a semifinalist at the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in 1997; he has gone on to work with Dee Dee Bridgewater, Roy Ayers, Carlos Santana, Lauryn Hill, Ben Harper, P. Diddy, Roy Hargrove, the Saturday Night Live Band, and many others

beatin path New Orleans roots rock band featuring Mike Mayeux, Skeet Hanks, Craig Legendre and Eddie Ecker

Beau Jocque and the Zydeco Hi-Rollers Kinder, Louisiana accordionist Beau Jocque (born Andrus Espre) gained national prominence by infusing traditional zydeco with the contemporary beats of R&B, rock and funk; Beau Jocque passed away unexpectedly in 1999 at age 43

BeauSoleil popular traditional Cajun band led by Michael Doucet
  • BeauSoleil Bio, CDs, MP3 downloads (
  • BeauSoleil Bio, tour dates, discography (The Rosebud Agency)

Sidney Bechet New Orleans-born clarinet legend (1897-1959)
Becky Sharp late great rock band out of Baton Rouge, LA (see The Myrtles)

Beelow Baton Rouge rapper (born Bruce W. Moore)

Al Belletto noted New Orleans alto sax player and big band leader

Marc Belloni New Orleans singer, songwriter, actor (and lawyer)

Lee Benoit Cajun Band Cajun musician from Rayne, LA

Tab Benoit swamp blues guitar great based in Houma, LA; founded Voice of the Wetlands in 2004 to raise awareness of coastal erosion in south Louisiana; Tab was featured in the 2006 documentary "Hurricane on the Bayou"

Al Berard Cajun fiddler, guitarist, mandolinist, vocalist, composer, and studio owner; Berard founded The Basin Brothers and also performs with the Berard Family Band, Al Berard Cajun Combo, and The Traiteurs

Al Bernard upright bass player and bandleader has worked with Santo Pecora, Al Hirt, Dukes of Dixieland, Original Dixieland Jazz Band, and many others

Rod Bernard swamp pop legend, songwriter, deejay noted for his 1959 hit "This Should Go On Forever"

Richard Berry Extension, Louisiana native (1935-1997); R&B vocalist and composer of the rock classic "Louie Louie"

Better Than Ezra popular New Orleans alt-rock group got together at LSU in 1988; debut national album "Deluxe" (1995, Elektra Records) went Platinum, driven by the hit single "Good" (watch the "Good" video)

B.G. New Orleans rapper aka Baby Gangsta, aka B.Gizzle; born Christopher D. Dorsey; made his debut with "True Story" (1995, Cash Money records); left Cash Money in 2002 to form his own label, Chopper City Records; 11th solo album "Too Hood 2 Be Hollywood" due out late 2009

B GOES: atmospheric roots/rock band led by Andi Hoffman; Andi founded Green Light New Orleans, a program that provides donated Compact Fluorescent Lights to low and middle income families

Big Al & the Heavyweights Gumbo-infused blues, rock and zydeco band; features Big Al on drums & vocals and noted guitar slinger Elvin Killerbee

Big Blue Marble - great New Orleans indie pop/rock band led by David Fera

Big Daddy 'O' (Owen Tufts) - acclaimed folk/blues singer, songwriter and musician from New Orleans

Big Sam's Funky Nation rockin' funk & brass outfit led by trombonist Big Sam Williams (ex Dirty Dozen Brass Band)

Big Tymers Cash Money Records hit making hip-hop duo of Mannie Fresh and Bryan "Baby" Williams

Barney Bigard New Orleans-born clarinet legend (1906-1980) played with King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and many others

The Bingemen defunct New Orleans roots / rock band

Bingo! (New Orleans Bingo! Show); eclectic cabaret & music show led by Clint Maedgen of Liquidrone fame

Ed Blackwell famed New Orleans drummer (1929-1992) and educator played with Ornette Coleman, Eric Dolphy, Randy Weston, Archie Shepp, Don Cherry, and many others

Brian Blade drummer and Shreveport native has worked with Joshua Redman, Kenny Garrett, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Joni Mitchell & many others; brother Brady Blade, Jr. is also a drummer who has worked with Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Jewel, and with Dave Matthews; their father, Reverend Brady Blade, Sr., is a pastor and Gospel performer

Edgar Blanchard (1924 - 1972) noted New Orleans guitarist, bandleader (Edgar Blanchard & The Gondoliers), and session player; he was a fixture on the music scene from the 40's to 60's at hot spots such as the Down Beat Club and Dew Drop Inn.

Morgan Blanchard Swamp pop singer & musician from Pierre Part, LA
Terence Blanchard noted New Orleans trumpeter and composer
Blessed four member Gospel group from New Orleans

Bleu Orleans nu-jazz / fusion ensemble featuring Edward Anderson, Darrell Lavigne and Aaron Fletcher

The Bluebirds Shreveport blues rockers led by guitar great Buddy Flett have been together since 1986

The Bluerunners Lafayette, LA-based roots band formed in the mid-eighties by Mark Meaux and Steve LeBlanc

Eddie Bo nee Edwin J. Bocage; legendary New Orleans producer and R&B singer/songwriter/pianist; Eddie passed away on March 18, 2009 at age 79

John Boehmer singer/songwriter from New Orleans now based in Salem, Mass.

Spencer Bohren New Orleans-based blues & roots musician; he is the dad of local musician Andre Bohren (of Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes fame)

Charles Buddy Bolden (1877-1931) early jazz pioneer was the first "trumpet king" of New Orleans; unfortunately Bolden never recorded

Bonerama New Orleans funk / rock / brass group led by trombonists Mark Mullins and Craig Klein; Bonerama was the house band for HBO's "Comic Relief" special in 2006; they teamed with rock band OK Go for the Katrina benefit EP "You're Not Alone" in 2008, which led to an appearance on the "Late Show with David Letterman" show on 02/22/08

Bonsoir Catin all-female Cajun group features Christine Balfa, Anya Schoenegge, Yvette Landry and Kristi Guillory

The Boogie Kings classic swamp rockers have been at it since the mid-fifties!

The Boogie Men: New Orleans horn-powered dance band

James Booker "gonzo" New Orleans piano king (1939 - 1983)
Sandra Booker modern jazz diva (and former NOCCA student) hails from New Orleans

The Boondoggles defunct New Orleans rock group
Connee Boswell popular jazz singer (1907-1976) of the 30's also performed with siblings Martha and Helvetia in the Boswell Sisters (for a current take on the music of The Boswells, check out the New Orleans vocal group The Pfister Sisters).

The Boudin Cajun Band Cajun ensemble from Baton Rouge

Helen Boudreaux guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and author from Cajun country (Catahoula Lake)

John Boutté noted jazz, soul and gospel vocalist from New Orleans; brother of Lillian Boutte; John also performs with bluegrass/country group Uptown Okra

Lillian Boutté NOLA musical ambassador, actress, and gospel/jazz/R&B vocalist

Tanya Boutté great R&B, jazz and gospel vocalist; niece of Lillian and John Boutte

Tricia Boutté multi-talented New Orleans vocalist (aka "Sista Teedy"); niece of Lillian and John Boutte

Gregory Boyd singer, songwriter and funky steel drum master; now based in Denmark

Jesse Boyd jazz bassist has backed many local artists, fronts his own band, and teaches bass at Loyola and Delgado

Vanessa Boyd modern acoustic singer/songwriter

Terry Bradshaw NFL Hall of Fame quarterback, sportscaster, and occasional (thank goodness!) country and Gospel singer

Tony Brantley rising country star from Bossier City, LA is the nephew of guitar legend James Burton

Betsy Braud multi-talented musician & composer (and registered nurse) leads her band the Jazz Nurse Prescription in an eclectic mix of jazz, Brazilian, dance, reggae, rock and soul

Mark Braud talented New Orleans jazz trumpeter & band leader

Lisa Pertillar Brevard New Orleans-based singer, songwriter, poet and producer

Brides of Jesus New Orleans funk & soul group

Eugene "Hideaway" Bridges blues guitarist & vocalist is the son of New Orleans blues man Hideaway Slim (Otheneil Bridges)

Bright Star Male Chorus gospel ensemble from Shreveport, Louisiana have been performing together for 25+ years

Brock n' Roll New Orleans band plays original classic rock

Broken Bread Band contemporary Christian classic rock and high-powered praise and worship

Kix Brooks Shreveport native is half of the famed country duo Brooks & Dunn

Lonnie Brooks noted blues guitarist born Lee Baker, Jr. in Dubuisson, Louisiana on 12/18/33; sons Ronnie Baker Brooks & Wayne Baker Brooks are also noted blues artists.

Brother Keyle and the Funky Beans one of New Orleans' hottest cover bands

Brother Tyrone & The Mindbenders funky New Orleans blues band

Brotherhood of Groove energetic jazz/funk/groove ensemble from New Orleans

Jeffery Broussard accordion player & bandleader from Lafayette, LA started off playing drums in his father's band (Delton Broussard & The Lawtell Playboys) and later played in his brother's band (Clinton Broussard & The Zydeco Machines); Broussard later played with Zydeco Force before forming his own band

Jules Broussard sax player from Alexandria, Louisiana has worked with Ray Charles, Boz Scaggs, Van Morrison, Carlos Santana, and Art Garfunkel, among many others

Lelia Broussard talented young (in her teens) singer songwriter from Lafayette, now based near Philadelphia, PA; Lelia has had several songs featured on the CBS series, "Joan of Arcadia"

Marc Broussard soulful singer and songwriter made his major label debut in 2004 with critically acclaimed "Carencro" (Island Records); the Carencro High School Hall of Fame member (All-State Choir, 1996-97) comes from a family of musicians, including his dad Ted Broussard (of Boogie Kings)

Sam Broussard noted singer & songwriter from Lafayette, LA is also a member of Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys

Van Broussard swamp pop pioneer is the brother of Grace Broussard (of Dale & Grace fame)

Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown legendary blues & swing artist from Vinton, LA; Gate
passed away in Orange, Texas in September 2005 after his Slidell, LA home was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

Gary Brown & Feelings New Orleans favorite saxophonist can be found at the 544 Club on Bourbon Street when not on the road; Gary has recorded with The Bee Gees, Joe Cocker, Dionne Warwick, and Dr. John, among others.

Maggie Brown acclaimed singer & songwriter from Ferriday, Louisiana has been compared to Bonnie Raitt, Lucinda Williams and Jackson Browne among others.

Maurice Brown New Orleans-based trumpeter (from Chicago) is a rising star on the national jazz scene; debut solo CD due out in August, 2004

Norman Brown jazz guitarist & Shreveport, LA native picked up a 2002 Grammy for his album, "Just Chillin'"

Pud Brown born Albert Francis Brown; (1917-1996); trad jazz clarinet and saxophone player.

  • Pud Brown CDs, audio clips (
  • Pud Brown tribute site features bio, audio, and more
  • Pud Brown obit from The Independent (UK)

Richard "Rabbit" Brown street performer recorded 6 tracks in New Orleans in 1927; street singer Rabbit sang on the streets, and was a regular performer at Mama Lou's Restaurant

Roy Brown late bandleader and R&B pioneer had a hit with Good Rockin' Tonight

Brown Sox hard rock straight out of the swamps & gutters of New Orleans

Tom 'Red' Brown early trad jazz trombonist / bassist (1888-1958)

Hal Bruni & the High Rollers country rock band led by Morgan City, LA native Hal Bruni

Wendell Brunious noted New Orleans trumpeter is the son of late jazz man John Brunious; brother John Brunious Jr. (1940-2008) was the leader of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band for many years

Kurt Brunus multi-talented musician leads the Kurt Brunus Project

Buckshot Lefonque 1990s experimental jazz group led by Branford Marsalis

Bucktown All-Stars: popular nine-piece R&B band based in Metairie, LA

Buckwheat Zydeco (Stanley Dural, Jr.) - noted zydeco accordionist (and organist) has been at it for 30+ years
Burgundy 9 piece band has been together since 1977; they are available for private parties, weddings, etc.
  • Burgundy web site with band bio, audio clips, booking info, etc.

Dwayne Burns New Orleans trad jazz trumpeter

Ryan Burrage New Orleans trad jazz clarinetist and band leader

James Burton legendary session guitarist started in his teens, working at the Louisiana Hayride; he has backed Dale Hawkins (hear James twangin' on "Suzie Q"), Elvis Presley, Ricky Nelson (and appeared on the "Ozzie & Harriet" TV show), Jerry Lee Lewis, and dozens of others; he also recorded on his own, and under the names Jimmy Dobro, Jimmy Burton, etc.; he was a member of the Shindogs (house band on 1960's ABC TV show Shindig!); inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.
Sam Butera (1927-2009) swinging tenor sax player, vocalist and arranger noted for his work with Louis Prima; Butera also played with Frank Sinatra, Jerry Vale, Al Hirt, Tommy Dorsey, Sammy Davis Jr., and others

  • Sam Butera CDs, bio, audio clips, etc. (
  • Sam Butera detailed obit from the Las Vegas Sun

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