Narvin Kimball, the last founding member of New Orleans’ Preservation Hall Jazz Band, died March 17th at his daughter’s home in South Carolina.
Kimball, 97, known for his banjo playing and vocal stylings, started his career in the 1920s performing with the Fate Marable Band.
He later formed Narvin Kimball’s Gentlemen of Jazz, which performed around New Orleans for 40 years.
Kimball joined the Preservation Hall band around 1961. He last performed with the group during a 1999 PBS special.