[Dixielandjazz] Jazz Refugee Project having success in Phoenix
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Fri Sep 30 09:20:07 PDT 2005
The work goes on........the following is from Bart Saltzman:
Russ named the project, and they are refugees per Webster dictionary
definition. (I know that's a hot potato). I have email to treasurer for talley of
funds raised, but we have raised around $9,000. and yes, much has gone to
Treme guys. JIA (Jazz N' AZ) is in process of cutting checks for $2,000 to
cover hotel bills (Chandler Hosp donated $1500 of bill), already paid them $600
in performance fees, and will be paying for condo rent for three months,
assuming we raise enough more money...two condos are $1800/mo for 6 guys. now
they need beds, some furniture (a lot has been donated) , dress suits/sport
jackets, and JIA jia will also be paying $1000/mo rent for van (got wholesale
Avis rental price $27/day plus taxes for new 7 passenger van,)unless we find
a sponsor or couple cars donated.
spoke to Irvin Mayfield , and his quartet will play in major fundraiser
where we hope to raise another $25,000 (auction/raffles/sponsors) in late
Nov/Early Dec. mtg with Center for the Perfrorming Arts on Fri am to see if we can
use that venue or will move it maybe to Hamilton HS.
in a message dated 9/28/2005 9:42:42 P.M. US Mountain Standard Time,
Bart ...several folks have asked how much money has been donated to the
project so far and has it reached the Treme band guys and/or others?
By the way.....the name is a bad one...they are not refugees........just a
Yesterday two HUGE boxes arrived at my home. BRAND NEW beatiful Selmer
Tenor for Shep, a brand new Baritone Sax for shep, and a gorgeous silver bach
strad for Will Smith (he's still in Miss...but needed horn...I'll be calling him
and arranging to ship to him, unless he comes out here for a few gigs like
he promised, then take back with him)... The cases say "with love, Wendy,
JAzz Federation of America"... (Benny and I have been talking to her weekly
with requests...much more coming in next month or so....they have a NY "angel"
buying lots of new instruments for famous players from N.O., and Treme was
very high on list.
it is simply amazing to see the jazz community, and others pulling together
for these guys!!!!
and the sleepless nights have been worth it.
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