With the devastation of New Orleans came the musical diaspora, spreading the city’s players throughout the U.S. The following is a resource list for the Crescent City music scene, pointing out places that are keeping track of where musicians moved to and how you can contribute to charities providing shelter, money, gigs and instruments.
The Portland Jazz Festival is willing 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 February 17-26, 2006. For more information, check pdxjazz.com, or e-mail Bill Royston at [email protected] or Sarah Bailen Smith at [email protected]