D'Jalma Garnier


D'Jalma is a seasoned Creole fiddler dedicated to preserving the history and tradition of his upbringing. Living amongst a family of musicians in New Orleans, D'Jalma began a musical legacy at the age of five, training first on the violin. By age 18, he become an accomplished guitar player and played with some of south Louisiana's most well-known bands and musicians, including the band Filé and Terrence Simien. 

Following in the footsteps of his late grandfather, the renowned New Orleans Jazz bandleader and fiddler, "Papa Garnier.” D'Jalma adopted the art of the Creole fiddle, a passion he has embodied for over 20 years. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in Music Media and a Texas Folklife Resource Grant to study Creole fiddle with NHA Master Creole fiddler Canray Fontenot in 1993. D'Jalma's most recent accomplishment is authoring the book, "Louisiana Creole Fiddle Method" published by Mel Bay Publications.