Family members and friends of Travis ‘Trumpet Black’ Hill gathered at the Orleans Ave. I-10 offramp to greet the hearse, which had just retrieved his body from the airport, and second lined him past his family’s bar ‘Ooh Poo Pah Doo’, through his Treme neighborhood to Charbonnet-Labat-Glapion Funeral Home. Travis died in Japan May 4th from in infection that followed a dental procedure some days prior. He was 28 years old.
When a brass band musician dies in New Orleans, the community pays tribute to their fallen star every night until the body is laid to rest. After almost three weeks of nightly musical tributes, Travis’ funeral services will be held May 23rd.