Narvin Kimball RIP

Published: 2006-03-20
The last founding member of the New Orleans Preservation Hall Jazz Band has passed away.

97-year-old Narvin Kimball played banjo with the band, which was made up of 120 old timers from New Orleans. Joining the original band at 57, Kimball was the youngest member. He would play in the band at night and deliver the mail during the day.

Born and raised in New Orleans, Kimball passed away at his daughter's home, where he had been staying since Hurricane Katrina hit.

Kimball began playing banjo in the 1920's on Mississippi riverboats with the Fate Marble Band. He later founded his own band, Narvin Kimball's Gentlemen of Jazz.

According to the Associated Press his final performance was in 1999, broadcasted on PBS. Soon afterwards he suffered a stroke that rendered him unable to play.

Kimball is survived by his wife, two children, four grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren.

Writer: Michelle Garcia



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