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New Orleans trumpeter Warren 'Porgy' Jones, who played with some of the biggest names in jazz, soul and R&B during a lifelong career in music, died Aug. 21. He was 74.

The list of musicians Jones performed with over the years reads like a who's who of music: Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight, Otis Redding, Smokey Robinson, and Curtis Mayfield, as well as local stars Ernie K-Doe, James Rivers, Germaine Bazzle, Eddie Bo,

Born in the French Quarter in 1939, Jones was a product of the New Orleans public school system, attending Craig Elementary, McDonogh 41 and Clark Senior High schools. By age seven, he also began taking private lessons with the well-known music educator, Yvonne Busch.

During his teenage years, he began playing with some of the greats of local rhythm and blues, including K-Doe, Lee Dorsey, Johnny Adams, Eddie Bo, and Tommy Ridgley, recording at Cosimo Matassa's studios.

Jones attended Southern University in Baton Rouge on a full scholarship. He played in the concert and marching bands before leaving college for a life on the road. As a professional musician he performed at the Apollo and Regal Theatres, as well as other nightclubs and concert venues playing with Ray Charles, Art Blakey and the Slide Hampton bands.

When he returned home to New Orleans, he formed his own band, Porgy Jones plus Three. He was a regular performer at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival as well as at concert venues across town. He also appeared in many commercials, movies and music videos.

Jones is survived by his wife, Floragene Mays Jones, a granddaughter and two great-grandchildren, as well as a host of nieces and nephews.

According to The New Orleans Advocate, a viewing and musical memorial in honor of Mr. Jones will be held on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Charbonnet-Labat Funeral Home, 1615 St. Philip St.

A funeral service will be held, also at Charbonnet-Labat, on Saturday at 11:30 a.m., with visitation starting at 10:30 a.m. and a traditional second-line procession following the service.

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