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New Orleans Jazz Musician Jacques Gauthe’ 1939-2007
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(Published in The New Orleans Times-Picayune on July 15, 2007)

   Jacques Gauthe’ passed away on Sunday, June 10, 2007, in Gaujac, France. Age 67. Born on June 12, 1939, Gauthe’ was laid to rest on Friday, June 15, 2007, in Gaujac, France, where funeral services were held, followed by burial in Espaon Cemetery, where he rests alongside his parents.

   Beloved husband of Nelly Gauthe’. Cherished father of Marc, Nathalie and Marie-France. Grandfather of Jessica, Julian, Jenessa and Nicolas. Great-grandfather of Alexis, Madeline and Kaelyn. Also survived by a host of loving family members in France, and dear friends in the United States and abroad, and not to forget, his best friend, his dog, “Alex.”

   Gauthe’ was a native of Gaujac, France and maintained dual citizenship with the U.S. and France for 37 years. In France, he studied New Orleans Jazz with such international luminaries as Sidney Bechet, Albert Nicholas, Claude Luter, and many others. He and his family moved to New Orleans, LA in 1972 to pursue his career in the culinary arts and his first passion, the jazz music of New Orleans. Gauthe’ served as the executive chef at The Plimsoll Club, before pursuing this dream of playing New Orleans jazz, performing on clarinet and saxophones.

   Gauthe’ is most known for his recent musical accomplishments, notably his leadership of Jacques Gauthe’s and his Creole Rice Jazz Band at Le Meridien Hotel in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Also a sought after clarinetist and soprano saxophonist, Gauthe’ performed regularly at Preservation Hall, The Palm Court Cafe’, Fritzel’s European Jazz Pub, among many others, in the U.S. and abroad. His family and friends will always remember him for his approachable and jovial personality. His family regards him not only as a great father figure and mentor, but as the epitome of fatherhood itself.

   As a musician, Gauthe’ easily became a mentor to many other local musicians, of all ages, and welcomed many of them into his life as immediate family members. His ability to capture an audience musically with an unusual, relative ease is unprecedented, and his expertise in the culinary arts can only be described as legendary.

   In lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations be sent to The New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic (NOMC), ATTN; Dr. Catherine Lasperches, 2820 Napoleon Ave., Suite 890, New Orleans, LA 70115, phone: 504-412-1366.
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