Cosimo Matassa (1926 – 2014)

From offBeat and Keith Spera.

Mr. Matassa helped facilitate the role of New Orleans in the birth of rock ‘n’ roll. He opened his first studio, J&M Recording, in 1945 in the back of his family’s record and appliance store at the corner of North Rampart and Dumaine streets in the French Quarter. Its pedigree is on par with that of Sun Studios in Memphis, Tenn.


Cosimo interview