- Bill Russell
- , revised by Barry Kernfeld
Family of musicians active in New Orleans.
(b New Orleans, Sept 24, 1872; d New Orleans, June 12, 1960). Alto horn player. He started playing cornet at the age of 14, then took up alto horn and became a member of the first Onward Brass Band . He also played with other groups, notably the Excelsior and the Tuxedo brass bands, for concerts, parades, funerals, and parties, while working as a coachman for undertakers. In 1945 he made some recordings with Bunk Johnson, including Didn’t he ramble/Tell me your dreams (AM 103), and in February 1946 he recorded with the Original Zenith Brass Band. Isidore had four sons who were musicians: (2) Paul and (3) Louis (see below), and also Lucien (b New Orleans, c1905; d New Orleans, before 1960), a drummer, and William (Willie) (b New Orleans, c1907; d New Orleans, 18 Dec 1973...