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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 2343
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Monday, September 12, 2005 - 5:29 am:   Edit Post

In the aftermath of Katrina.
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Username: dela217

Post Number: 543
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Monday, September 12, 2005 - 6:12 am:   Edit Post

I will certainly miss Clarence. One of the good guys. He was an incredible performer too. There are LOTS of master musicians in New Orleans. He was one of the best in my opinion. Very humble in spite of his fame. Check out some of his recordings if you can. But, of course it does not come close to the real performance, or sharing a stage with him.

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Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 655
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Monday, September 12, 2005 - 12:21 pm:   Edit Post

I saw Gatemouth in S.F. a few years back, I believe he was opening for Bonnie Raitt IIRC. I wasn't all that familiar with his music, but I loved his set. Real old fashioned. Band starts without him, then he walks on stage as a band member introduces "CLARENCE GATEMOUTH BROWN!". Then, afer each and every song, the loud "CLARENCE GATEMOUTH BROWN" gets repeated. Everything short of a band member covering him with a cloak as he walkks off, then throws the coat aside and comes back for more (ala James Brown - I actually saw Junior Walker do this routine back in '82).

Bill, tgo
Username: smichaels

Post Number: 44
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Monday, September 12, 2005 - 12:35 pm:   Edit Post

I saw him in 98 at the NO Jazz Fest at the Praline Connection Gospel & Blues Hall in a tribute to the old Dew Drop Inn. Many a great performers were seen that night! He will be missed.
Username: foth

Post Number: 33
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Monday, September 12, 2005 - 2:31 pm:   Edit Post

Gate was the perfect blend of jazz and blues. Real feisty too! He was his own genre.
Username: hankster

Post Number: 21
Registered: 6-2004
Posted on Sunday, September 25, 2005 - 4:39 am:   Edit Post

The obituary in Toronto's Globe and Mail noted that "...The first half of his career was spent in strip clubs and honky tonks. After a period of professional decline, he was discovered by European jazz and blues afficionados..."

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