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Additional Hurricane Relief Opportunities and Resources

There are innumerable hurricane relief efforts and benefits taking place throughout the country, many of which has written about already written about.




The following are additional events and resources:

  • Jazz at Lincoln Center has announced that they will hold a Higher Ground Hurricane Relief Benefit Concert to take place on Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Rose Theater. Bill Cosby is set to host while musicians Wynton Marsalis, Peter Cincotti, Elvis Costello, Paquito D’Rivera, Abbey Lincoln, Diana Krall and Jon Hendricks are scheduled to appear. The concert will be broadcast live on XM Satellite Radio’s channel 70, WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM in the New York City area, and nationally and internationally via National Public Radio. The three stations will also stream the concert live on their respective sites (, and Blue Note Records plans to produce a CD of the concert with all profits going to relief funds.

    Tickets to the event, ranging from $50 to $10,000, will be available on Sept. 8 at the Frederick P. Rose Hall box office, through CenterCharge at (212) 721-6500 or online at
  • The Portland Jazz Festival has announced that it is offering to transport the New Orleans jazz scene to Portland, Ore. The invitation, which is extended to all New Orleans jazz musicians and their families, includes transportation to Portland, temporary housing for up to three months, transportation within the city of Portland, public education for their children and an active jazz network with performance and workshop opportunities. The festival has also said that there will likely be a benefit concert to raise money for the artists performing.

    The Portland Jazz Festival is set to take place from Feb. 17-26, 2006.

    For more information, please email Bill Royston at [email protected] or Sarah Bailen Smith at [email protected]
  • In a similar relief effort, Kim Nalley from Jazz at Pearl’s in San Francisco, Calif. has offered to establish a temporary musical residence for a full-time New Orleans jazz musician that has been dislocated by Katrina. Nalley is offering three to four gigs per week (depending on instrument) at Jazz at Pearl’s and lodging. For more information, please contact Kim at [email protected]
  • The International Association for Jazz Education has launched a Hurricane Relief Zone as part of their IAJE Community Bulletin Board. The board is a forum to post fundraising events, offers of assistance and respond to requests for assistance, including employment, calling cards, instruments and housing. It can be found at
  • Although his negatives are safe, jazz photographer Herman Leonard, who was living in the Lakeview area of New Orleans prior to Katrina, has lost all of his digital work and equipment from the last ten years. Leonard lived with his granddaughter, India, who has cerebral palsy and microcephaly and is without the medical equipment she used on a daily basis. India’s medical equipment must be replaced as soon as possible. Rana Joy Glickman, Jo Winett and Hillary Bratton have formed the Leonard Family Fund to assist the family.

    Checks can be made payable to:

    Leonard Family Help Fund

    c/o Jo Winett

    10716 Esther Ave.

    Los Angeles, CA 90064

    To pay via paypal: [email protected]
  • Online record store CD Baby announced that hundreds of musicians, bands and independent record labels have banded together to donate their entire wholesale price on music sales to the American Red Cross disaster relief fund. To see what musicians are helping with the hurricane relief effort, visit
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