It must be musician in the Hot 8 Brass Band.
You may recall the story of Joe Williams, T-bone player for the Hot 8; but new is Dinerral Shavers, snare drummer for the band. He was shot in the back of his head last night while driving through Mid-City with his wife and two children.
According to the band's website:
Three valued members of the Hot 8 Brass Band have been lost, two of them to the violence of the New Orleans streets. The band continues to honor them with their music: Demond "Bart" Dorsey (trombone), Jacob Johnson (trumpet), Joseph "Shotgun Joe" Williams (trombone).
Damn. I knew about Joe, I didn't know about Bart and Jacob.
Shavers was the snare drummer for the Hot 8 Brass Band and the music teacher at L.E. Rabouin High School, where he had recently begun the school's first-ever marching band. "I've got 80 kids marching -- we're making history at Rabouin," he said proudly in an interview earlier this week.
Dick was staying here in New Orleans, making a difference.
Here's what Dick said about reviving jazz funerals in NOLA:
"It's going to get back to normal eventually. We're going to bring the life back."
He also said about second lining:
“This makes you forget the city is shut down. If you don't pay attention to the houses, you'd never know.”
Not respected while alive, not appreciated while they're here.
He was loved, and he will be missed.
Godspeed Dinerral Shavers.
H/T Editor B.