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Bob French is an American drummer and a radio show host at WWOZ from New Orleans, Louisiana. He has led The Tuxedo Jazz Band since 1977. 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 he took drumming lessons from Louis Barbarin. He organized a R&B band in high school that included James Booker, Art Neville, Charles Neville, and Kidd Jordan, Alvin Batiste. In the 1960’s he recorded with Earl King and Fats Domino. He has also played and recorded with Dave Bartholomew (he is a relative on his mother’s side). Bob French & Friends can be heard often on Frenchman Street at the D.B.A. nightclub.

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  • BigChoupique

    It's laughable that, with some of the shit bands that are on here with would-be cognoscenti tripping over themselves to make meaningless "comments" about, Bob French sits here without one comment. Of course without 15 or 20 other musical Einsteins saying he's "cool", you might have to actually know something about what you're talking about to put your neck out. If you did nothing more than read the little two paragraph blurb above you ought to b e g i n to get a clue, Folks. Bob French is the real deal.

    5 Oct 2009 Reply

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