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Louisiana Music Artist Directory: Derek Dabbs to Champion Jack Dupree
Derek Dabbs local jazz piano/keyboards player
Ted Daffan (1912-1996) singer, songwriter, steel guitar player was a native of Merryville, LA; songwriting credits include "Truck Driver's Blues" (the first truck driver song, and a 1939 hit for Cliff Bruner), and the Ray Charles classic "Born To Lose"; his band, Ted Daffan and His Texans, had eight Top 10 country hits between 1944 and 1946.
Tony Dagradi jazz saxophonist with Astral Project
Bruce Daigrepont Cajun songwriter, accordionist and guitarist

Grace Darling vocalist and saxophone player has performed with everyone from the Neville Brothers to Bonnie Raitt

Dash Rip Rock rockabilly/roots rockers have been at it since 1984; had a hit in '96 with "Let's Go Smoke Some Pot"

Jeremy Davenport jazz trumpeter studied under Ellis Marsalis; has worked with Harry Connick, Jr., Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Eric Reed, Marcus Roberts and Nicholas Payton

David & Roselyn acclaimed folk/blues/jazz music duo from the streets of New Orleans; daughter Arlee Leonard is a popular NYC-based jazz vocalist

Benjy Davis young singer, songwriter, musician from Baton Rouge

Humphrey Stewart Davis New Orleans jazz bassist (1918-1985) worked with Clyde Kerr, Oscar "Papa" Celestin, Albert French, Andrew Hall's Society Jazz Band, and many others; he was the father of local saxophonist Humphrey Davis Jr. (see below)

Humphrey Davis Jr. New Orleans saxophonist worked with Fats Domino, Dr. John, Irma Thomas, and many others; Davis passed away in 2007 at age 57

Jesse Davis noted alto sax player worked with Illinois Jacquet before leading on his own; Davis appeared in the 1996 Robert Altman film "Kansas City" (w/ Nicholas Payton and others)

Governor Jimmie Davis Country music legend served as Governor of Louisiana from 1944 to 1948 and 1960 to 1964; he wrote hundreds of songs, most notably the American classic, "You Are My Sunshine"; Davis was a member of the Louisiana Hall of Fame, Country Music Hall of Fame, Gospel Music Hall of Fame and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame; Davis passed away on 11/05/2000 at age 101.

Paulette-Wright Davis acclaimed New Orleans Gospel singer

Daydreams and Curry NOLA band plays feel-good and get-dirty rock; on hiatus as of Sept. 2002

dbop rock band formed in new orleans in 2004

  • dbop official web site

Deacon John (John Moore) legendary New Orleans band leader (formed Deacon John & The Ivories in the late 50's), guitarist and session player.

  • Deacon John audio clips and CD's (LA Music Factory)
  • Deacon John's Jump Blues concert special released on CD and DVD in June, 2003

Deadboy & the Elephantmen rock duo comprised of Houma, LA based Dax Riggs (Acid Bath, Agents of Oblivion) and Tessie Brunet; debut CD "We Are Night Sky" released in 2006 to rave reviews (e.g. Rolling Stone: "if rocking hard is a crime, Deadboy are headed straight for the electric chair"); Riggs' follow-up album, 2007's "We Sing of Only Blood or Love", was released under his own name.

Deadeye Dick 90's New Orleans power-pop trio led by Caleb Guillotte

  • Their cult hit "New Age Girl" was featured on the Dumb and Dumber soundtrack.

Phil deGruy acclaimed jazz guitarist

Dejan's Olympia Brass Band traditional brass band founded in 1958 by the late Harold Dejan; later led by the late Milton Batiste, Jr.

Eddie Dejean funky New Orleans drummer (with Michael Ray and many others)

Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie son of late Cajun & Zydeco music legend John Delafose

John Delafose late Cajun & Zydeco music great (1939-1994) from Duralde, LA

Tony Delafose Zydeco musician; brother of Geno

Charlie Dennard talented keyboardist w/ Quintology, The Seeger Dennard Thing, and others

Linda Dickson folk/rock singer and songwriter from Natchitoches, LA; now based in Asheville, NC

Monica Dillon up and coming local jazz pianist/vocalist/composer; keep an eye on her and her debut cd, "All I Have Is A Moment"

Dimorphodon New Orleans-based group into the funk-rock-jazz-jam style

Dirty Dozen famed New Orleans brass band pioneers founded in 1977 mix trad jazz with modern sounds to create their own a unique jazz/funk

The Dixie Cups 1960's trio (Barbara Ann Hawkins, sister Rosa Lee Hawkins, and their cousin Joan Marie Johnson) hit #1 on the Billboard Pop Chart in 1964 with "Chapel of Love" (bumping The Beatles from the top spot)

DJ Jubilee New Orleans bounce & hip-hop pioneer (born Jerome Temple) is also a high school Special Ed teacher; also see Take Fo' Records

Doctor a' Go-Go rocking organ combo comes complete with two gyrating go-go girls!

Doctor Bone & The Hepcats New Orleans ensemble plays a variety of jazz, R&B, swing, Brazilian and Caribbean music

Warren 'Baby' Dodds noted trad jazz drummer (1898-1959)

Johnny Dodds noted jazz clarinetist (1892-1940)

Bo Dollis (Theodore Emile Dollis) Big Chief of the Wild Magnolias Mardi Gras Indian tribe

Anatie Natty Dominique noted trad jazz trumpet player (1896-1982)

Fats Domino legendary R&B singer of the 50's and beyond; inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986

Dwayne Dopsie (David Rubin) son of Rockin' Dopsie, Sr. was named "Hottest Accordionist in America" in 1999; leads his band, the Zydeco Hellraisers.

Rockin' Dopsie Sr. (born Alton Rubin; 1932-1993) late, great Zydeco accordionist and bandleader AKA the "Crown Prince of Zydeco"; recorded with Bob Dylan and Paul Simon among others.

Rockin' Dopsie Jr. (David Rubin) assumed leadership of his father's band, The Zydeco Twisters, after his passing in 1993; the 'Twisters feature brothers Tiger Dopsie (Alton Rubin, Jr.) and Tony Dopsie (Anthony Rubin).

Doreen's Jazz New Orleans traditional New Orleans music ensemble led by clarinet great Doreen Ketchens can often be heard performing in Jackson Square.
Lee Dorsey late New Orleans R&B singer had hits in the 60's with "Ya Ya", "Ride Your Pony", "Working in the Coal Mine", etc.
  • Lee Dorsey discography, audio clips (

Camey Doucet deejay, performer, songwriter, and member of the Cajun Music Hall of Fame

David Doucet cajun musician is the younger brother of Michael Doucet

  • David Doucet discography, reviews, audio clips (

Michael Doucet noted cajun fiddler with Beausoleil, Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band, and Fiddlers 4

Derek Douget Gonzales, LA-born sax player studied under Ellis Marsalis at UNO; debut solo album released in 2002

Down hard rock band from New Orleans features Phil Anselmo (of Pantera) on vocals

Johnette Downing multiple award-winning singer and songwriter performs lively, original music for children

  • Johnette Downing official site features her CD's plus resources for teachers, kids and more

Dr. Cookie & Louisiana Dan blues duo (Cookie & Dan Garner) from Shreveport

Dr. John (born Malcolm "Mac" Rebennack), aka The Night Tripper; legendary New Orleans fonk pianist and prolific session man.

Lynn Drury talented singer, songwriter and musician; Lynn has been compared to Bonnie Raitt, Rickie Lee Jones and Lucinda Williams, among others

Dukes of Dixieland the oldest continually operated professional jazz band in the country founded in the late 1940's by Frank and Fred Assunto; their dad, Jacinto "Papa Jac" Assunto, joined in 1955; band made many TV appearances in the 50's and 60's; recorded with Louis Armstrong in 1950.

Dukes of Dixieland current incarnation of the famed group received a Grammy nomination in 2000 for their "Gloryland" album; catch the Dukes regularly on the Steamboat Natchez.

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