It's 25 years since my first visit to the New Orleans Jazzfest and over the years I've had the pleasure of seeing some of the greatest R and B, rock and roll, swamp pop and soul musicians perform, many of whom are sadly no longer with us. Here are a few of my photos from the early 1990s showing some of the all time greats.
Here is Allen Toussaint
, playing at Irma Thomas's Lion's Den club in New Orleans in 1991.
Here is Irma Thomas
herself, also at the Lion's Den in 1991.
This is swamp pop singer Tommy McLain
at Jazzfest in 1991.
On board the Creole Queen riverboat in 1991, here is Barbara George
Also on board was the great Ernie K-Doe
As was the originator of Ooh Poo Pah Doo, Jessie Hill
Providing backing to some of the acts, this is one of the world's greatest blues guitarists Wayne Bennett.
At Mulate's in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, in 1989 I caught Richard Thompson
(left) playing with Beausolei
This is Koko Taylor
at Muddy Waters club in New Orleans in 1991.
Back in London, here is Big Jay McNeely
at the Jazz Cafe in 1991.
Here is R and B great Charles Brown
performing, appropriately enough, at Charlie B's in New Orleans in 1992.
This is the Tan Canary, Johnny Adams
, at the Rock 'n' Bowl in New Orleans in 1991.
Finally, in this batch of photos, here are a couple of New Orleans music landmarks. This is the Dew Drop Inn
, photographed in 1991,where many R and B and rock and roll greats performed in the 1950s. I believe the building was destroyed by Katrina.
And here is the iconic Tipitina'
s music club in New Orleans.