Jazz drummer Robert French, Sr. has died, aged 74.
The former Original Tuxedo Jazz Band leader died on Monday (12Nov12) after a lengthy battle with dementia and diabetes.
French was the son of revered banjo player Albert 'Papa' French, who originally led the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band.
The drummer was also a controversial radio Dj for New Orleans, Louisiana jazz station Wwoz Fm. He made a name for himself on air in the wake of Hurricane Katrina by listing elected officials he believed had failed the city.
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