Bunchy Johnson- 1952-2010

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Bernard “Bunchy” Johnson, an acclaimed New Orleans drummer, businessman and actor was laid to rest on Saturday, March 27, 2010.  His funeral was held at Trinity Episcopal Church on Jackson Avenue in the heart of the Garden District.  The Tremé Brass Band was hired to perform and numerous other musicians joined in tribute.

Several drummers joined the venerable “Uncle” Lionel Batiste (pictured) and Benny Jones of the  Tremé Brass Band in paying their respects to the deceased drummer including Kerry Brown, Frank Oxley, Gerald French and Anthony Bennett along with assorted hand drummers and percussionists.

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Other musicians including the banjoist Carl LeBlanc and the trumpeter Wendell Brunious also  joined in the jazz funeral.

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After parading up Jackson Avenue, the ensemble paused at the corner of Prytania Street for the ritual of cutting loose the body.  They proceed to make a U-turn and returned to the church.  The jazz funeral concluded with a fitting raucous percussion jam in the church’s circular driveway.

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Photo credits- Kim Welsh

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