Stanley "Happy" Mendelson

New Orleans and the Real Dukes of Dixieland Family have lost a true musician and long time friend with the death of Stanley 'Hap' Mendelson on Friday, October 4, 2002. 'Hap' as he was called toured with and recorded many albums in his 10 plus years with the Assunto led Dukes of Dixieland. Stanley played piano on all the Audio Fidelity recordings. Those recordings consist of highlites such as; the first Jazz Band to record in stereo, first true Jazz Band to play and record an album in Carnegie Hall and their recording sessions with Louis Armstrong...just to name a few. As Stanley's recordings on Audio Fidelity were in many ways musical landmarks on their own, 'Haps' lifetime relationship with our family meant so much more....thank you Stanley 'Happy' Mendelson.

Below are a few photos of Stanley we would like to share with you.