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Re(new) Music

In the week before this issue was finalized, I traveled to southern Louisiana to attend music festivals in Lafayette, Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Considering that my trip was taking place less than five years removed from Hurricane Katrina, I expected to hear a succession of hard-luck stories from locals who have endured so much hardship and tragedy. Instead, it was rarely mentioned.

It wasn’t that they’d simply forgotten or moved on, but rather that they were moving forward with a sense of determination and self-reliance. And for many of the people I encountered, music was a big part of that process of renewal. Returning from that trip and reading through this issue one last time before going to press, I realized that several of the artists featured in this edition, which is also our annual saxophone issue, have likewise dealt with levels of adversity that would sideline most of us.

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