Preservation Hall’s Ernest “Doc” Watson Passes

The saxophonist (photo credit- Shannon Brinkman) who was the last surviving member of the second generation of the Olympia Brass Band died at the age of 77 on February 19, 2010.  He was born on June 2, 1932.  The legendary Harold Dejean recruited him to join the Olympia in the mid-1970s after a long stint with the Young Tuxedo Brass Band in the 1960s.  He continued playing with the Preservation Hall band until late last year.  A funeral will be held Saturday, February 27, 2010 at St. Catherine Drexel Church on Louisiana Avenue.  There will also be a musical memorial service at the church Friday evening beginning at 7 PM.  Musicians are encouraged to come out and pay tribute to this icon.

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