Bob French (jazz musician)

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Bob French
French at Snug Harbor, New Orleans, in March 2008
French at Snug Harbor, New Orleans, in March 2008
Background information
OriginNew Orleans, Louisiana
United States
Died(2012-11-12)November 12, 2012[1]
GenresJazz, R&B
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, bandleader
Years active1960s - 2010s
Associated actsThe Tuxedo Jazz Band

Robert "Bob" French (c. December 27, 1938 – November 12, 2012) was an American jazz drummer and radio show host at WWOZ, from New Orleans, Louisiana. French led The Tuxedo Jazz Band from 1977 until his death in 2012. (The Tuxedo Jazz Band was formerly led by Oscar "Papa" Celestin and later by French's father, Albert "Papa" French from 1958 to 1977).


As a child French took drumming lessons from Louis Barbarin. He organized an R&B band in high school that included James Booker, Art Neville, Charles Neville (of The Neville Brothers), and Kidd Jordan, and Alvin Batiste. In the 1960s he recorded with Earl King, Snooks Eaglin and Fats Domino. He has also played and recorded with Dave Bartholomew, who is a relative on his mother's side).[2] Bob French & Friends played often on Frenchmen Street at the D.B.A. nightclub. French's best-known gig was the long-running Monday night jam session at Donna's, across from Louis Armstrong Park.


French died on November 12, 2012, after a long illness. He was 74 years old.


  1. ^ Greater New Orleans (2012-11-12). "Bob French, longtime Original Tuxedo Jazz Band leader and WWOZ deejay, has died". Retrieved 2012-11-13. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-03-30. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) BackTalk with Bob French, Alex Rawls, OffBeat Magazine

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