From the great singer Debbie Davis on FB 09/21/2018:
I have few words for this. My mentor, my confidant, cheering section, intellectual ninja, emotional gibraltar, musical beacon, one of my truest and bluest friends is not long for this world. Leigh ‘Lil Queenie’ Harris is going into home hospice today. Anyone with a deity that is currently taking your calls, put in a word for her that she be granted enough time in this mortal coil (in appropriate comfort) for her to see those who love her one more time. How we will ever tell her how much she did? How much it all meant? How grateful we are? How?
Leigh Harris is a legend in the New Orleans music scene and a lovely, funny, fierce woman. Let’s show her how her home town loves her in her difficult time.
As of September 2018, the GoFundMe page has been joined by The New Orleans Musicians’ Assistance Foundation which now has a fund setup for Leigh Harris. They are a non profit, and donations to the NOMAF are tax deductible. The donations will help her family with the costs.
They will accept checks – mail them to:
New Orleans Musicians’ Assistance Foundation
1525 Louisiana Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70115
Attn: Lizz Freeman, Donor Advised Funds
and include a note of “donation to the fund for Leigh Harris” on the check.
They also will accept credit card and paypal donations.
One of those Facebooks ” you said this a year ago” posts today about the movie on James Booker:
I just saw Bayou Maharajah-enjoyed it, was moved by it at moments and remain pleased to have been a Kickstarter backer of this project. Back when I was a teenager in the French Quarter, I had the great luck of making friends with smart and wise older people who said to me, “you gotta hear Booker” and “you gotta hear Lil Queenie” and “you gotta hear the Nevilles” and so on…and took me to places to hear it all, see it all, to explode my Midwestern head apart. Booker in particular personified and played the song of New Orleans to me, which was sophisticated and street at the same time, with every melody and rhythm ever played by man inserted and some nutty talk before and after for good measure. GO see this movie when it comes to your town and know why we say he was the “the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced.”Actually, you could just say the best piano genius New Orleans has ever produced, and that’s saying something. As our own Leigh Harris sings beautifully on the tribute album on “Providence Provides:” “Ray Charles in his left hand, Beethoven in his right…”
Project Update from Little Queenie:
we’ve had great week! people have joined the campaign from all over the USA, as well as from canada and australia, and some of you have increased your pledge amounts, for all of which i am SO very grateful. the clock ticks on, so please urge friends and family to join us in the coming days, and when you do, please remind them that every pledge is eligible for rewards.
speaking of those…most of y’all already know i’m a louisiana girl; in my birth land, the vast majority of people feel nekkid roaming around unless they have a vessel on/in hand filled with some refreshing beverage or other. last week, as i read one email and social media post after another from the sportsman’s paradise complaining of this seemingly endless cold season, i realized i couldn’t let any of my backers welcome the heavily-anticipated springtime without something special to tote their potables in style–so everybody who contributes receives at least one Little Queenie go-cup. they bear the LQ logo designed for me by nola artist mark andresen printed on 12-ounce cups in some lovely hey-that’s-MY-drink colors.these are not available anywhere else on earth. you know you’ll be wanting some up in your patio/pirogue/picnic!
for just one lucky high-roller, a shrine featuring st louis di prima will be part of your package! this handmade piece honoring the seminal new orleans musicmaker is one of a kind, just like da man himself, and is available with a $750 pledge.
i’ve been asked about the vintage LQ cds offered at the $100-and-up levels.in order to make sure you don’t receive something you might already own, i’ve created some discs containing material NO ONE has. more about those later.
thanks again to each and all for your support.
link to Kicktstarter campaign
When I moved to the French Quarter as a teenager, I was instantly immersed in a music scene that represented the very best live music available in the U.S. Some of those names included (among many others) Germaine Bazzle, Irma Thomas, Dr. John, The Nevilles, The Meters, The Radiators, The Cold, James Booker and my favorite, Little Queenie and the Percolators. Little Queenie herself (Leigh Harris) remains the type of performer that gives it all and does it with enormous style. Her musicians are always the best at what they do and her respect for them and the songs themselves is so evident that you know you can relax and enjoy the show ‘cuz you are in good hands.
Since the levee breaks of 2005, Leigh has physically left her city of New Orleans to find some peace and stability in North Carolina, but her roots and her heart remain in New Orleans, as evinced by her new project seen below. I recommend that you kick some cash to our Leigh, for your own good in the long run. You’ll receive the new album, maybe an old one and some other goodies from our brilliant Little Queenie.
WAKING UP IN DREAMLAND~the new Little Queenie CD by Leigh “Little Queenie” Harris — Kickstarter.
Little Queenie and the Percolators (Circa 1980s)