Manship Theatre hosts memorial jam session for Tabby Thomas

Tabby Thomas
Tabby Thomas

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A memorial jam session for legendary Baton Rouge blues musician Tabby Thomas will be held Tuesday.

The Manship Theatre will host a memorial service beginning at 5 p.m. and those who choose to attend will hear from some of the musicians and friends who knew Thomas best.

Thomas passed away at home Wednesday morning, his family confirmed. He was 84 years old and would have been 85 on Sunday.

Thomas is best known for his Louisiana-style blues. He once opened a music club in downtown Baton Rouge on North Boulevard called Tabby's Blues Box. It was considered a mecca for blues talent from around the area. The club closed in November 2004.

Thomas was married to Jocelyn Johnson Thomas for over 50 years. She passed away on Dec. 2, 2005. The couple had eight children and 20 grandchildren. His son, Chris Thomas King, is also an influential musician known for his fusion of rap and blues. King also works as an actor and was featured in "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"

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