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Jazz Cares Supports Attack Victims, Jazz Artists

The direct effects of the terrorist attacks of September 11th are still being felt around the nation, but one indirect effect-America’s newfound propensity for staying home-is taking its toll on the livelihoods of jazz musicians. These musicians, particularly those based in New York City, have found their fees reduced and their gigs canceled in recent weeks. Now Jazz Corner has set up the Jazz Cares initiative, whereby you can help both those directly affected by the attacks and the jazz musicians who are feeling the pain as well-and get some cool autographed CDs in the process.

Numerous artists already affiliated with Jazz Corner, including luminaries such as Joe Lovano, Steve Turre (pictured left), Billy Harper and Rufus Reid, have donated their CDs and their John Hancocks to the effort. The CDs will be sold online from a Jazz Corner secure server. At least $14 from each CD sale will go to the artist, and at least $4 from each sale will go to the September 11th/United Way Fund; the latter contribution is spiked by a guaranteed $2 per CD from Jazz Corner itself.

Unless buyers prefer anonymity, the names of all the donors will be listed on Jazz Corner’s Speakeasy message board. On Nov. 11th, a check with all the names attached will be sent to the September 11th Fund.

To check out and order the available merchandise, go to Musicians and record labels with an interest in participating should e-mail [email protected]

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