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Louisiana Music Artist Directory: Al "Lil Fats" Jackson to JW
Al "Lil Fats" Jackson New Orleans style piano player and vocalist; if you are a fan of Fats Domino, check out "Lil Fats"


Mahalia Jackson late, great New Orleans-born "Gospel Queen"


Jean-Baptiste 'Illinois' Jacquet tenor sax great was a native of Broussard, LA; brother of musicians Julius, Linton, and Russell Jacquet; Jacquet came to fame with Lionel Hampton's big band in 1941 with his classic solo on "Flying Home"; he passed away on 07/22/2004 at age 81.


Jambalaya Cajun Band popular Cajun band led by fiddler Terry Huval


Robert Jardell Cajun singer and accordionist is a former sideman of the late Dewey Balfa; appeared in the file, "The Big Easy"


Anita Jarrell Minister, author and Gospel recording artist from Baton Rouge


Jeff & Vida acoustic folk/roots duo (Jeff Burke and Vida Wakeman)


Mable John R&B and Gospel vocalist from Bastrop, LA


Johnny J. New Orleans-based rock & roll guitarist & band leader (Johnny J. and The Hitmen)


Al "Carnival Time" Johnson (Alvin Johnson, Sr.) wrote and performed the Mardi Gras classic "Carnival Time"


Alonzo "Lonnie" Johnson New Orleans-born blues guitar pioneer (1889-1970)


Bunk Johnson (William Geary Johnson; 1889-1949); trumpet player from the early days of New Orleans trad jazz


Clarence Johnson III rising jazz star / saxophonist


Eddie Johnson legendary Chicago tenor sax player and sideman is a native of Napoleonville, LA


Joseph "Smokey" Johnson legendary New Orleans drummer (born in 1936) was a member of Fats Domino's band for 23 years; session work included backing up Professor Longhair's "Big Chief" and Earl King's "Trick Bag"; Johnson had a regional hit in 1964 with his N.O. classic, "It Ain't My Fault".


Kirk "Jelly Roll" Johnson Lake Charles born harmonica player is one of Nashville's top session musicians; he has recorded with Trisha Yearwood, Kathy Mattea, Etta James, Randy Travis, The Judds, Hal Ketchum, and many others


Plas Johnson noted tenor sax great & sideman has recorded with Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, B.B. King, and dozens of others; you have more than likely heard Plas many times and didn't know it - it's his purring sax featured in the title theme of 1963's "The Pink Panther" soundtrack.


Wallace Johnson powerful R&B and soul vocalist


Renee Jolene young, up & coming singer and songwriter spent a year in Branson, MO before returning to the Lafayette area (and breaking the attendance record at the 307 Jazz and Blues Club); debut CD is due circa August, 2004


Connie Jones New Orleans cornetist has worked with Basin Street Six, Santo Pecora, Jack Teagarden, Pete Fountain, Dukes of Dixieland, and others


Joe Jones New Orleans R&B vocalist had a top 10 R&B and pop hit with the classic "You Talk Too Much" in 1960; he later produced The Dixie Cups and Alvin "Shine" Robinson

  • Joe Jones CD's and audio clips (amazon.com)


Johnny "Little Sonny" Jones late R&B vocalist opened for Fats Domino; worked with Dave Bartholomew, David and Melvin Lastie, and other NOLA greats


Leroy Jones one of New Orleans great trumpeters; led Danny Barker's Fairview Baptist Church Brass Band in his early teens; Leroy has toured & recorded with Harry Connick, Jr. and he leads his own quintet at gigs here and abroad; catch him at Donna's, Preservation Hall, Palm Court, and other local venues when he's not on the road


Richard M. Jones pioneering early jazz pianist and composer; Donaldsonville, LA native played tuba and cornet with the Claiborne Williams Band and Eureka Brass Band before reaching his teens; Jones moved to Chicago in 1919 and worked for Clarence Williams' publishing company, and later worked for the Okeh and Mercury labels; his compositions include "Trouble in Mind" and "Lonesome Nobody Cares".


Jonno (Jonno Frishberg) Cajun fiddler & accordion player was with Mamou before joining Charivari; also fronts his own band.

  • Jonno official web site
  • Jonno CD's and audio clips (LA Music Factory)


Jonny Was Los Angeles based rock band led by actor, musician and Baton Rouge native Shane West; his film credits include "A Walk To Remember" (he also has a song on the soundtrack) and "The League of Extraordinary Gentleman".


Edward "Kidd" Jordan noted sax player and music educator worked with Ornette Coleman, Sun Ra, Ed Blackwell, David Murray, Julius Hemphill, Alvin Batiste and many others; father of jazz artists Marlon, Kent and Stephanie Jordan; another daughter, Rachel Jordan, is a violinist with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra


Kent Jordan jazz flute player has 3 solo albums to his credit; has also toured with Elvin Jones; 3 albums for Columbia are currently out of print


Marlon Jordan jazz and classical trumpeter, band leader and NOCCA graduate is the son of Kidd Jordan


Kirk Joseph noted tuba/sousaphone player with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band has worked with countless other local artists (e.g. All That, Anders Osborne); also leads his own ensemble, Kirk Joseph's Backyard Groove


Papa John Joseph early jazz musician (born in St. James Parish, LA in 1877) played with Kid Ory, the Original Tuxedo Orchestra, and Claiborne Williams Band in the 20's; after a long layoff, Joseph began playing again at Preservation Hall; Joseph collapsed and died there in 1965, at age 88, shortly after finishing a bass solo on "When The Saints Go Marching In".


Pleasant "Cousin Joe" Joseph New Orleans blues pianist (1907 - 1989)


Waldren "Frog" Joseph (1918-2004) legendary New Orleans trombonist was the father of tuba/sousaphone great Kirk Joseph


Joy Buzzer former New Orleans alt-rock band


Juice fresh groove-based concoction of New Orleans funk, jazz & rock (aka "New Orleans Juice")

  • Juice official web site
  • Juice CD's and audio clips (LA Music Factory)


Steve Juno singer & songwriter from Houma, LA backed Jean Knight and Chubby Carrier before going solo


Just Bill folk artist and Baton Rouge native (born Bill Wise) now calls Japan home

  • Just Bill's web site features his bio, audio clips from his new CD, upcoming shows, etc.


Juvenile multi-platinum selling rapper (nee Terius Gray) hails from the Magnolia housing project in New Orleans; he came to fame with Cash Money Records as a solo artist and member of the Hot Boys; Juve left Cash Money Records in 2001 to start his own UTP Records label; signed to Atlantic Records in 2004 and has since released "Reality Check" (2006) and "Cocky and Confident" (2009)


JW (aka J Wes); soulful young R&B singer & songwriter from Baton Rouge; now based on the West Coast

  • JW at MySpace


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