[Dixielandjazz] Fwd: [StreetBand] New Orleans brass solidarity
tubaman at tubatoast.com
Fri Sep 2 21:22:17 PDT 2005
This is an "authorized" forward from the Street Band list a few of us
DJML folks are on. The 2nd and 3rd parts of the message are more
generalized for all musicians in the area.
While some of us might not be into the more modern New Orleans brass
bands style, many these mostly young musicians are direct descendants
of the great New Orleans jazz families...
Begin forwarded message:
From: michele lee <michele at riseup.net>
Date: September 2, 2005 9:02:50 PM PDT
To: streetband at yahoogroups.com
Subject: [StreetBand] new orleans brass solidarity
(please do forward to yr people)
First, if you have people in NOLA you're trying to find, Joe Tuba has
been maintaining an up-to-date list of list/found folks. Email him at
joseph_k (at) riseup.net.
Second, a headcount of members of brass bands from Rebirth's site:
Third: 2 opportunities for aid for displaced musicians. Something to
keep in mind if your band is doing benefits/fundraising (HMB has
already been asked to do 3 benefits, one which is all brass bands. It
would be great to publicize this stuff, or at least tell the list about
your fundraising ideas. The Houston this below sounds like such a good
NOAH: a new houston/nola musicians support project (from Rebirth's
Hello y'all -- I'm the music editor of Houston's alt-weekly paper the
Houston Press. (It's the equivalent of Gambit.)
I received this press release today. I hope it helps. (If you're in
Houston you need help with anything else, feel free to call me at
Anyway, here's the release. This people are legit, so pass it on to
whoever it an help.
Everyone knows that a huge part of New Orleans' culture is its music.
But how can this be preserved so that it will be ready when the city
rebuilds? A group of Houston musicians led by prominent pianist Paul
English, vocalists Gigi Hill and Tianna Hall, Johan Keus andothers have
formed a group called "NOAH" (New Orleans and Houston) whose mission is
to reach out and support the displaced New Orleans musicians by
providing them with housing, venues in which to perform, instrument
replacement, etc. The project is named: SHONOF (pronounced “sho’nuff”:
Safe Harbor for Our New Orleans Friends). Primary goals are:
1. To contact New Orleans musicians, wherever they are, and let them
know there is a support group in Houston ready to help them, provide
housing, get gigs, etc.
2. To line up apartments, rooms, etc. for these people to live in
until they can get on their feet.
3. To organize an instrument clearing house whereby the musicians can
get access to needed instruments in order to perform and make a living.
4. To urge local venues--clubs, restaurants, hotels, etc.--to expand
their use of live musicians.
5. To organize and hold benefit concerts featuring the New Orleans
musicians, supplemented by the best of Houston musicians, to raise
money to help the musicians and the project.
6. To share their current gigs with the New Orleans musicians, either
by adding a player or two to their performing group or by relinquishing
an entire gig.
While several government agencies and aid groups are focused on the
thousands of people at the Astrodome and elsewhere, this important
segment is largely ignored. It is NOAH's aim to not only help from a
humanitarian standpoint, but to preserve an importantpart of the New
Orleans culture and music scene.
The concept, barely two days old, has started catching on like
wildfire. MSNBC has already contacted them, but more publicity is
needed. A few musicians from New Orleans have landed in Houston but
hundreds more have likely scattered and may welcome a chance to come
togetherin a more cohesive environment.
Besides, it makes for a very interesting story in the midst ofthis
Gigi Hill may be contacted on (713) 503-3518, gigi at noahleans.org. Their
new website is www.noahleans.org
MusiCares Hurricane Relief Fund
Also: take a look at musicares.com (part of the Recording Academy - you
know, the grammys). Another promising possibility for donations. Anyone
know anything about them? They have a specific hurricane fund you can
Academy Statement On Hurricane Katrina
The Hurricane Katrina disaster has been devastating, profound and life
altering for its victims, their families, friends and the nation. This
is the time when we must come together and take care of those who need
our help. Therefore, The Recording Academy, the nonprofit organization
that is the voice of thousands of music makers nationwide, along with
its MusiCares Foundation, which provides a safety net of critical
services for music people in crisis, is committing an initial donation
of $1 million for music people affected by Hurricane Katrina.
The MusiCares Hurricane Relief Fund has been set up so these people in
crisis can get help. Assistance includes basic living expenses such as
shelter, food, utilities, transportation; medical expenses including
doctor, dentist and hospital bills, medications; clothing; instrument
and recording equipment replacement; relocation costs; school supplies
for students; insurance payments and more.
Along with this donation, each of The Academy's 12 regional Chapters
will designate local programming that will continue the fundraising
efforts to help the thousands of music people whose lives and
livelihoods have been impacted by these tragic events. The Recording
Academy, The Latin Recording Academy, MusiCares Foundation and the
GRAMMY Foundation also have created a matching fund with their
employees to help ensure that music continues to be the thread that
brings people together and helps us all heal. We encourage the industry
and the world to help in any way they can.
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