Scott Jordan interview collection is open for access

Tulane University Special Collections (TUSC) is pleased to announce the processing and finding aid publication of the Scott Jordan interview collection, part of the holdings of the Hogan Archive of New Orleans Music and New Orleans Jazz.

The archival collection includes 120 audio cassettes and 23 microcassettes of interview recordings, circa 1993-2008, with New Orleans and Louisiana musicians and other public figures and celebrities. The interviews were conducted by writer Scott Jordan, whose award-winning work in journalism covered Louisiana music, arts, and culture for nearly three decades.

Interviewees with music artists born or based in New Orleans or Louisiana represent blues, rhythm & blues, jazz, zydeco, swamp pop, and roots rock. Among the interviewees are Fats Domino, Dr. John, Clarence "Jockey" Etienne, Sena Fletcher aka Mary Jane Hooper, Little Freddie King, Sonny Landreth, Wynton Marsalis, the Neville Brothers, Anders Osborne, The Radiators, Tommy Ridgley, Bobby Rush, Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, and more.

Additionally, the collection includes interviews with non-Louisiana artists such as Solomon Burke, Rosanne Cash, Ray Charles, Olu Dara, John Fogerty, Arlo Guthrie, Levon Helm, Bruce Hornsby, Syl Johnson, B.B. King, Randy Newman, and more.

Interviews with music-affiliated and non-music related personalities and public figures are also featured, such as record producer Scott Billington, actor Nicolas Cage, actor George Clooney, journalist Stanley Crouch, sportscaster Bernard "Buddy D" Diliberto, businessman John Georges, cartoonist and writer Bunny Matthews, entrepreneur and Seafood City founder Al Scramuzza; and members of sports teams including the New Orleans Brass, New Orleans Hornets, and New Orleans Saints, among others.

Because the Scott Jordan interview collection (HJA-099) consists of audiovisual materials that require reformatting prior to access, users interested in listening to one or several interviews may request digitization via the TUSC AV Digitization Form. More information about AV digitization requests is available on the “Duplication, AV Digitization & Permissions” page of the TUSC website.

For more information, contact Melissa A. Weber at or 504-247-1807. To learn more about Tulane University Special Collections, visit the TUSC website at, email, and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

Published: April 18, 2024

Photo caption: Cassettes (detail) from the Scott Jordan interview collection, HJA-099, Tulane University Special Collections.

Cassettes (detail) from the Scott Jordan interview collection, HJA-099, Tulane University Special Collections.