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YMCA Sponsors New Orleans Tribute Album

With support from a grant issued by the New York State Music Fund, a YMCA branch has partnered with several jazz and blues musicians to record a New Orleans tribute album. Based in Rome, N.Y., the YMCA of the Greater Tri-Valley hopes to raise money from album sales for scholarships and instruments for students who can’t afford them. Several tracks for the CD have already been recorded, including songs by clarinetist Doreen Ketchens, Topsy Chapman & Solid Harmony, and Cajun artist Jo-El Sonnier. Trumpeter Leroy Jones contributes three tracks to the album, including the world premiere of “Katrina,” and jazz educators and performers the Jordan Family (Kidd, Kent, Marlon, Stephanie and Rachel), along with Jason Marsalis, have also agreed to be a part of the record.

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