March 23, 2010
At 6am this morning, Marva Wright passed away. She was 62 years old
Our heartfelt sympathies go out to her family, friends & loved ones.
Information about services will be made available soon.
Dominic Massa WWL News
NEW ORLEANS - Funeral arrangements have been finalized for blues singer Marva Wright, who died last Tuesday.
Her body will lie in state at Gallier Hall, 545 St. Charles Avenue, on Tuesday, from noon until 6:00 p.m., according to a statement from Duplain W. Rhodes funeral home. A musical tribute will be held from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Funeral services will take place on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. at New Home Baptist Church, 1807 LaSalle Street. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the Friends of Marva Wright Fund c/o any Capital One Bank
MARVA WRIGHT 3/20/1948 - 3/23/2010 R.I.P.
As many of you know, Marva suffered 2 debilitating strokes a few months back. To help with her mounting medical bills, a benefit will be held Sunday, Oct. 18, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Rock 'n' Bowl following the Saints game.
George Porter Jr. is assembling a house band from his and Wright’s bands. They’ll back a still-growing list of artists that thus far includes Irma Thomas, Irvin Mayfield, Charmaine Neville, Tab Benoit, Rockin’ Dopsie Jr., the Wild Magnolias, the Soul Rebels and more.
An account has been established in Marva's name at Capital One Bank for anyone wishing to help out with donations.
Marva's latest CD, The Blues Queen of New Orleans was released during Jazz Fest 2004! Marva Fans have been asking for these songs to be recorded for a long time. Thanks to Warren Hildebrand and Mardi Gras Records the time has come. Some of her most requested songs will be on the cd. Some of them are:
Built For Comfort
Back by popular demand --- Marva Wright's first Gospel CD!
Benny Turner, Bass and Vocals, and Bandleader
Jeffery (Jelly Bean) Alexander, Drums
Keiko Komaki, Keyboards
Guitars, Anthony Brown
Derwin "Big D" Perkins, guitar & vocals
Tracy Griffin, Trumpet
Charles (Chucky "C") Elam, III Saxophone and Vocals
Earl J. Smith, Jr. Drums and Vocals
Josh Paxton, Keys
Gregory Dawson, Sax
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