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Louisiana Music Artist Directory: Earl Palmer to Willis Prudhomme
Earl Palmer legendary New Orleans drummer and one of rock's top session men; from 1957 to 1966, Palmer played on 50 Top 10 hits, from Johnny Otis's "Willie and the Hand Jive", to Sam Cooke's "Shake" to The Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost That Loving Feeling"; Palmer passed away in Los Angeles in 2008

Panorama Jazz Band eclectic jazz band led by clarinetist Ben Schenck

Papa Grows Funk local funksters led by keyboard whiz John Gros (aka Papa Gros Funk)

Tony Parenti (1900-1971) New Orleans-born Dixieland jazz clarinet great

Bobby Parker blues guitarist from Lafayette, LA worked with Otis Williams, Bo Diddley and Little Richard before going solo

Passe Partout Band Cajun band formed by drummer Joe Lirette

Beth Patterson multi-talented musician, composer and vocalist; performs regularly at O'Flaherty's

Paula and the Pontiacs New Orleans based blues outfit led by the multi-talented Paula Rangell

Ernest "Doc" Paulin local trad jazz trumpet legend & nonagenarian has been fronting his own brass band for circa 70 years; Doc's kids are following in his musical footsteps.

Nicholas Payton noted New Orleans jazz trumpeter won a Grammy for his performance of "Stardust" with the late Doc Cheatham

Walter Payton Nicholas Payton's bass-playing dad has been active on the New Orleans music scene for 40+ years; Walter leads his own group, the Snap Bean Band

Hanna and Ashley Perez (aka Ha-Ash) teen-age sisters from Lake Charles, LA (residing in Mexico) perform in English and Spanish; signed by Sony Music in April, 2002

Spike Perkins New Orleans musician, songwriter and journalist

  • Spike Perkins web site features Spike's musical resume, upcoming gigs, samples of his journalism, fiction, and poetry, and more

Permagrin New Orleans-based contemporary music duo (Dan Sumner and Louis Romanus) combines impressionism with jazz improvisation, pop genres and New Orleans' grooves

Matt Perrine multi-talented bass & tuba player / sousaphonist has worked with dozens of local bands; recent projects includes the Tin Men.

The Pfister Sisters New Orleans vocal trio (comprised of Holley Bendtsen, Yvette Voelker Cuccia and Debbie Davis) resurrects the spirit of noted 30's jazz singers, the Boswell Sisters.

Phat 2's Day comedian & entertainer

  • Phat2sDay CD's and audio clips (LA Music Factory)

Loren Pickford veteran reeds and keyboard player, composer and session player

Billie Pierce and De De Pierce Billie (born Wilhemina Goodson; 1907-1974) and DeDe Pierce (born Joseph De La Croix Pierce; 1904-1973); husband and wife duo of the 30's - 60's; worked at Preservation Hall in the 60's; Billie's sisters Ida and Sadie Goodson were also piano players.

Pinettes Brass Band all female New Orleans brass band formed at St. Mary's Academy in the early 1990's

Pistol Pete and Popgun Paul New Orleans-based duo plays Louisiana country-fried rock

Players New Orleans Jazz Band vintage jazz and blues group led by Mitchell Player

Plunge jazz and groove ensemble led by the multi-talented Mark McGrain

The Poor Clares New Orleans based group plays traditional music of Ireland, Scotland, and America; formed by Betsy McGovern, Patrick O'Flaherty, Beth Patterson and Justin Murphy

George Porter, Jr. local bass guitar legend, session player, and original member of New Orleans music legends, The Meters

Potholes Brass Band hot & funky New Orleans brass band led by sousaphonist Rob Espino

Benny Powell New Orleans-born jazz trombone great, known for his 12 year stint with Count Basie, plus work with Abdullah Ibrahim, John Carter and Randy Weston

Preservation Hall Jazz Band music from the historic New Orleans trad jazz club

Kim Prevost & Bill Solley noted New Orleans jazz duo were winners of the BET On Jazz "Jazz Discovery" competition in 1999

Lloyd Price Kenner native and New Orleans R&B legend; later turned label owner and entertainment promoter; his many hits included "Lawdy Miss Clawdy", "Stagger Lee", "Where Were You (On Our Wedding Day)", and "Personality"

Roxanne Price urban artist/songwriter combines a mélange of funk, rock, blues, and gospel

Leon Prima (1907-1985) older brother of Louis Prima was also a trumpeter & band leader; Leon ran several Bourbon Street night spots, including the Shim Sham Club (229 Bourbon) and the 500 Club (whose house band was led by Sam Butera - before Sam headed to Las Vegas to join Louis Prima's band in 1954)

  • Leon Prima bio, cd's, audio clips (Barnes & Noble)

Louis Prima (1911-1978) late great trumpeter, singer, songwriter and swingin' bandleader; Prima's life was documented in the book, "Just A Gigolo - The Life and Times of Louis Prima"; his tomb at Metairie Cemetery reads "When the end comes I know, they'll say, 'just a gigalo', as life goes on without me"

Professor Longhair (Henry Roeland "Roy" Byrd) - New Orleans piano legend, 1918-1980

Profyle 4 man vocal group from Shreveport, LA dishes out "Gumbo Soul"

  • Profyle CD's and audio clips (

Johnnie Proby inspirational vocalist from New Orleans; debut album, "Life is Now," released in 2005

Proud Marys folk rock quartet featured Whitney Ann McCray, Barbara Jennings, Kay Lindsey and Portia Pollock; now known as Mary's Ex

Willis Prudhomme Zydeco accordionist from Kinder, Louisiana played in Leo Thomas's band before forming his own band, Zydeco Express

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