Lloyd Hebert, well-known musician and longtime resident of Burbank, passed away from complications of Alzheimer’s on Wednesday, November 22, 2017.
Lloyd was born in New Iberia, Louisiana into a musical family, and at the age of 14 began traveling throughout the South with his uncle’s band.
On moving to Dallas, Texas he played trombone with the famous Levy Band and also with the Dallas Jazz Band under the leadership of Thom Mason. After about 10 years there he moved to Los Angeles, where he played piano at many of the Valley jazz clubs in the ‘80s. Also, he had a long-running piano bar gig in Redondo Beach where he became well-known by singers of the area, many of whom became longtime friends. He played for years with Chicago Six at jazz festivals along the West Coast.
More recently he was a regular at Sardo’s in Burbank and had his own band, The Blue Lagoon Band, for many years at Casey’s Tavern in Canoga Park, doubling on piano and trombone, until his illness forced him into retirement. The band continues under the leadership of Woody James.
He was an excellent teacher of jazz improvisation at USC for 16 years. A man of many facets, he authored several books.
On Monday, January 29, 7:30pm, a memorial jam session is being held at Casey’s. A number of musicians and singers are expected to visit and honor Lloyd’s memory. It is open to the public.
Casey’s Tavern is located at 22029 Sherman Way in Canoga Park.