Louis Nelson - trombone (1902 - 1990)
Louis Nelson, a jazz trombonist who was the last surviving musician from the original Preservation Hall Band. At the time of his death, in 1990, age 87, Nelson was still playing at Preservation Hall twice a week with the Kid Sheik band, as well as leading his own band on Saturdays. His style ranged from the unbridled energy of traditional New Orleans jazz to the sweet, lyrical sliding melodies of the swing era.
''He was the last personal link to the original tailgate style,'' said the jazz historian Dick Allen. ''That's the way trombonists used to play in New Orleans - sitting on the tailgate of the wagon as they advertised dances.''