Darryl Anthony Adams – 1957 – 2018

Darryl Anthony Adams

New Orleans saxophonist Darryl Anthony Adams entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, December 19, 2018, at age 61.

Darryl is survived by his mother, Eugenia Foster Adams; sister, Lynette Patrice Adams, cousin Kim Marie Adams-Hall, of New Orleans, LA., half sister Tammy White, of Montgomery, Alabama and brother Kevin Caliste. Father of Darryl Anthony Smith and Terrynce Anthony Tyler and Timeka Smith Banks. Grandfather of eight, great grandfather of two and uncle of two. Nephew of Ruby Stinson Adams, New Orleans, LA. and Mary Elizabeth Donate Proudy, Kemah, TX. Great nephew of Flora Bennett, Belize City, Belize, CA., Lorraine Green, New Orleans, LA., Almeta Stonum, LaMarque, TX, the devoted family of Rudolph and “Aunt Liz” Williams and a host of other relatives, musicians and friends.


Mary “Blue” (Everett) Andre (1943 – 2019)

Mary Andre

Mary “Blue” Andre passed away July 30, 2019, after a brief illness. She was born in Galveston, Texas, on December 18, 1943. She grew up in Atlanta, GA, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. She attended Biloxi HS and graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi earning a degree in Speech and Theater. She was briefly married to David Andre in 1964. Blue moved to the Los Angeles area in the 1970s and became a noted producer of film and TV. Her work earned 8 Emmy nominations, winning three awards. She was the recipient of numerous other film awards including two Golden Globe awards and a Writer’s Guild award. Blue was also honored with the Reel New Orleans Award for her tremendous commitment to creating opportunities for film in New Orleans. An activist at heart, her productions included such moving stories as “Video Voyeur: The Susan Wilson Story,” which led Blue to Washington where she met at the White House with Laura Bush to advocate for laws providing protection against video voyeurism. Her production of “Unnatural Causes” called to light the plight of Vietnam War veterans afflicted with illnesses resulting from exposure to Agent Orange and was previewed by Congress for permission to allow its release. Among her many other productions were “Identity Theft,” “Adrift,” “Pancho Barnes,” “Picnic,” “A Time To Live,” “Wait ‘Til Your Mother Gets Home,” “Rape & Marriage: The Greta Rideout Case,” “Christmas Comes To Willow Creek,” “While Justice Sleeps,” “Fugitive Among Us,” “The Accidental Witness,” “Nightmare,” and 13 episodes of “The Big Easy.” Her wit, creative talents, and charm will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Suggested memorial recipients are – New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic & Assistance Foundation or Le Petit Theatre Du Vieux Carre. (Published in the Los Angeles Times on Aug. 4, 2019)

Please donate to the Mary Andre Memorial Fund using the link below or by mailing a check to 1525 Louisiana Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70115 and note ‘Mary Andre Memorial’ in the memo line.

Leigh Harris (July 27, 1954 – September 21, 2019)

Leigh Harris

Leigh ‘Little Queenie’ Harris, the pixie powerhouse at the center of New Orleans’ 1970s-80s music landscape is gravely ill. Harris’ husband Rick Ledbetter said that the 64-year-old singer is suffering from late stage breast cancer that has spread to other sites in her body since it was diagnosed in 2016.

She is currently receiving hospice care at the couple’s home in Rural Hall, North Carolina. Chemotherapy to combat the cancer has been discontinued, Ledbetter said. Sadly, Leigh and her husband Rick, are struggling to manage the astronomical bills incurred by years of treatment and are having difficulties meeting their monthly expenses.

Harris is best known as the alluring front woman of Little Queenie and Percolators, a group that bridged the fading hippie era and the burgeoning punk scene in New Orleans. Like a fireworks display, The Percolators exploded brilliantly, but briefly. Their short creative lifespan has made them all the more precious in the Crescent City collective memory. Harris’s signature song “My Darling New Orleans,” is a passionate paean to the uniqueness of her hometown. Though the song is four decades old, it expresses many of the same anti-assimilation instincts that color cultural discussion in the contemporary Crescent City. Harris’s gritty rock and roll stage persona belied her upbringing in genteel Old Metairie. Little Queenie’s sister Sally Harris King recalled that Harris’s showbiz career began in childhood, with parts in backyard plays. Her love of rock and roll was galvanized when, at age 10, she saw the Beatles in City Park. As a teen she audaciously stepped to the mic during a breaks at Jed’s nightclub to perform novelty songs such as Tom Lehrer’s “The Old Dope Peddler.” (Words by Doug MacCash. Read the full article on NOLA.COM)

NOMAF established the Leigh Harris Fund to help the family cover expenses relating to Leigh’s care.  Leigh passed on from this world Saturday, September 21, 2019.  Donations to this fund after that day, are now memorial contributions to support the care of musicians in the care of the New Orleans Musicians Assistance Foundation.  All donations are tax deductible and donors will receive donation documentation. If you wish to provide a check, please make it out to NOMAF, note ‘Leigh Harris’ in the memo and mail to 1525 Louisiana Ave., New Orleans, LA 70115.

Todd Duke

Todd Duke

While in recent years, guitarist Todd Duke was, rightfully, most recognized as the tasteful guitarist with vocalist John Boutte’s band, the New Orleans-born artist enjoyed a rather stylistically diverse career.

His resume includes playing rhythm and blues with Yufus Hawkins at Basin Street’s Colt 38 in the early 1990s and recording with the renowned vocalist Germaine Bazzle on her 2017 release, Swingin’ at Snug. “Jazz guitar really bit me,” Duke remembered in a 2009 interview when he was inducted into New Orleans magazine’s Jazz All-Stars. The well-loved and highly respected Todd Duke died on January 6, 2019 at the age of 48.

Duke’s interest in music was sparked by his parent’s record collection that ranged from Fats Domino to the great Bobby “Blue” Bland and the modern jazz of trumpeter Miles Davis. He took up the guitar, naturally going the rock and roll direction of the time. “I liked the sound of the guitar and thought it looked cool and like a lot of fun,” he once said. It was during his tenure at Slidell High School and while attending the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA), where he studied with guitar master Hank Mackie that Duke’s interest turned to jazz. The discovery of such guitar greats as George Benson and Kenny Burrell sealed the deal.The guitarist gained greater recognition when he began playing at the now defunct Donna’s Bar & Grill. Duke was onboard at drummer Bob French’s popular Monday night sets and it was at the club that he met and eventually performed with musicians including trumpeter Leroy Jones and drummers Shannon Powell and Bunchy Johnson. Through Johnson, he was introduced to bandleader and composer Wardell Quezergue that led to a spot in his big band.

It was 20 years ago that Boutte met Duke through one of the guitarist’s student. It was a relationship that took the two around the world and led to Duke’s fine guitar on some five of the vocalist’s albums. “I loved his musicality and versatility,” Boutte offers. “Todd wasn’t stuck in one style because he couldn’t do that with me. The first thing I told him was ‘Man, you have to listen to some Danny Barker.’ He adhered to Danny Barker’s advice: ‘Keep all your pockets open.’ That’s your gospel pockets, your jazz pockets, bebop and country western pockets. He was just able to switch over where some guys are just like, ‘I’m not playin’ that.’”

Todd Duke was truly a humble man who knew how to listen and let all those around him and the music shine. See the Legacy.Com obituary.

All donations are tax deductible and donors will receive donation documentation. If you wish to provide a check, please make it out to NOMAF, note ‘Todd Duke’ in the memo and mail to 1525 Louisiana Ave., New Orleans, LA 70115.

Kris Hoogenstryd

Kris Hoogenstryd

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything…”

On December 10, 2018 Kris Hoogenstryd was taken from us way to soon. He left behind his son Kristian, brothers William and Robert, their wives, nieces and nephew and many friends. Kris was loved by everyone that knew him. Unfortunately, there are so many people in different states that it is just too hard for everyone to get together to remember him in the traditional way.

Kris was very passionate about music and how it affected people so deeply. Kris’s family with the help of his friends decided this would be the perfect way to remember Kris. Kris would want his musician family to remain healthy so they can continue making music. He had a passion for music and was self-driven. Words cannot say enough about a man who was respected and loved by so many. Kris will be missed but will never be forgotten.

Rest in paradise.

Please make a donation in Kris’ honor to the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic by clicking the donate button below or mailing a check to:

New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic
1525 Louisiana Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70115
noting “in memory of Kris Hoogenstryd” in the memo.

George Hocutt