John Robichaux

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John Robichaux
Background information
Born(1866-01-16)January 16, 1866
Thibodaux, Louisiana, United States
Died1939(1939-00-00) (aged 72–73)
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Occupation(s)Bandleader, drummer, and violinist

John Robichaux (1866–1939) was an American jazz bandleader, drummer, and violinist. He was the uncle of Joseph Robichaux.[1]


He was born in Thibodaux, Louisiana, United States, on January 16, 1866.[1] John Robichaux moved to New Orleans in 1891, where he was the bass drummer for the Excelsior Brass Band from 1892 to 1903. During this time he also worked as a bandleader, playing violin in his own ensembles from 1893 until the time of his death.[1]

Among the ensembles he led was a 36-piece orchestra in 1913. Robichaux's bands were highly respected in his day and included many of the city's best musicians, such as Bud Scott, Lorenzo Tio, and Manuel Perez.[1] He wrote over 350 songs and wrote many orchestral arrangements, which are now kept at the William Ransom Hogan Jazz Archive located at Tulane University.

Personal life[edit]

Robichaux was raised Catholic.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 2106. ISBN 0-85112-939-0.
  2. ^ Koenig, Karl. Trinity of Early Jazz Leaders (PDF). Retrieved November 5, 2022. {{cite book}}: |website= ignored (help)
The John Robichaux Orchestra, 1896. Seated, left to right: Dee Dee Chandler, drums; Charles McCurdy, clarinets; John Robichaux, violin & leader, Wendell MacNeil, violin. Standing, left to right: Batiste DeLisle, trombone; James Wilson, cornet; James MacNeil, cornet; Octave Gaspard, string bass.

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