George H. Buck, Jr., an unabashed devotee and supporter of traditional New Orleans jazz and an astute businessman and entrepreneur in the mercurial milieu of music and radio, passed away on Wednesday, December 11, 2013. He was 84 years old.
Buck was best known in New Orleans as the co-owner of the Palm Court Jazz Café on Decatur Street, which is run by Nina Buck, his British-born wife of nearly 30 years who survives him.
But behind, or rather above, that lively scene, which has presented some of the greatest purveyors of the traditional jazz idiom including Doc Cheatham, Danny Barker, Percy and Willie Humphrey, Pud Brown, and more recently a burgeoning next generation of trad players, stands a veritable kingdom of jazz recordings and old radio archives presided over with a gentle touch by Buck.
Buck moved to New Orleans in 1986 and purchased the building which houses the Palm Court, a former French Market warehouse, to house his vast inventory of records and to function as the headquarters for his many record labels. A recording studio is also part of the complex. The jazz club and Creole restaurant occupies the ground floor. Read More