18th annual Bill Russell Lecture
A Tribute to John Robichaux

In the 1890s, the John Robichaux Orchestra was the premier society orchestra of New Orleans. Robichaux (1866–1939), a native of Thibodaux, is considered to have been the most continuously active dance bandleader in New Orleans.

The Historic New Orleans Collection presents
the 18th annual Bill Russell Lecture

“A Tribute to John Robichaux”
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 • 6:30 p.m.
Williams Research Center • 410 Chartres Street
Admission is $15. Reservations are suggested, as seating is limited. Reservations will be held until 10 minutes prior to the start of the program. At that time, any unclaimed seats will be released to the public. For more information or for reservations, call (504) 523-4662 or email

For 32 years, from 1895 until 1927, the John Robichaux Orchestra thrilled audiences with European dance music such as quadrilles, waltzes, and schottisches, as well as music for African American dances such as the cakewalk. Eventually such music would evolve into the ragtime that would in turn evolve into jazz. The New John Robichaux Society Orchestra, led by Tom Hook and Wendell Brunious, will join forces with Louisiane Vintage Dancers to recreate an evening with the John Robichaux Orchestra. This year’s lecture is sponsored by the Derbes Family Foundation.

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