The legendary pianist died on June 6 at the age of 77, after a heart attack
Throughout his life, singer, pianist and guitarist have perpetuated and made alive the musical Métis heritage of NOLA. The true incarnation of the unbridled creativity and richness of the city's musical heritage, says Malcolm John Rebennack Dr. John created a personal and visionary work with Voodoo pulsations from his native New Orleans with zydeco, blues, jazz, boogie woogie, psychedelic rock or funk.
In 2011, he was initiated into the Rock and Roll of Fame and is the heir of artists like James Booker, Earl King or his mentor Professor Longhair, who according to him & # 39; the guardian angel of the roots of New Music & # 39; used to be. Orleans ". With his typical hoarse voice," The Night Tripper "sang in English or Creole, he was the soul and extravagant ambassador of Crescent City and was celebrated in 2017 by the cream of American artists on the live The Musical Mojo or Dr. John: Celebrating Mac & His Music.
Malcolm John Rebennack, born on November 20, 1941 in New Orleans, grew up in a musical environment shaken by the jazz of King Oliver and Louis Armstrong. Thanks to his record dealer he can attend recording sessions of Little Richard and Guitar Slim and rub the early cream of the city's musicians. At the age of thirteen he meets the man who becomes his mentor, the flamboyant bluesman professor Longhair, and then collaborates with James Booker and Earl King. During a shootout in Jackson, Mississippi, he lost a finger and gradually left the guitar in favor of the piano.
The artist has long been fighting his drug addiction that has driven him into a Texas prison for two years. Released, he moved to Los Angeles and created his voodoo character "Dr. John, The Night Tripper". He recorded for Sonny & Cher, Canned Heat of Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention before releasing his album Gris-Gris (1968) then Babylon (1969), the first phases of his famous fusion of blues, boggie, jazz, psyche rock, R&B and funk. A cocktail that he will develop on albums in the & # 39; 70 Dr. John's & # 39; s Gumbo and In the right place, produced by his pianist friend Allen Toussaint and recorded with The Meters.
Sideman Deluxe, Dr. John has recorded with Rolling Stones, Mike Bloomfield, Van Morrison, Leon Redbone, Donald Harrison, BB King, Marcus Miller … He records albums to pay tribute to his heroes Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer and Louis Armstrong on Ske-That-Of -That: The Spirit of Satch. In 2012 he met Dan Auerbach from the Black Keys who produced his album Locked Down. Arent defender of his city, John Rebennack invested a lot during the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina or in 2010 during the oil spill in Louisiana caused by the explosion of an oil platform. Dr. John is celebrated in the Treme series, guest in four episodes and in 2017 on the live double album Dr. The Musical Mojo. John: Celebrating Mac & His Music. The bayous wizard has joined the legendary pianists of his city as Fats Domino, Professor Longhair and Allen Toussaint.