Jazz stars back New Orleans musicians village

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Tue Dec 6, 8:19 PM ET

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - New Orleans-born musicians Branford Marsalis and Harry Connick Jr. are backing a new housing program to lure blues and jazz artists who fled the city in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Emile Turner (L) and Michael Foster play live music at Bourbon Street in New Orleans, Louisiana September 12, 2005. New Orleans-born musicians Branford Marsalis and Harry Connick Jr. are backing a new housing program to lure blues and jazz artists who fled the city in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)
Reuters Photo: Emile Turner (L) and
Michael Foster play live music at Bourbon
Street in New Orleans

Marsalis, together with community building group Habitat for Humanity, unveiled on Tuesday plans to construct a Musicians' Village in the storm-wrecked city to restore one of the cultural mainstays that made New Orleans famous.

"We're going try to build as many (homes) as we can, because there are more than enough musicians here. There are musicians in the hundreds that need our help, in the high hundreds probably," Marsalis told reporters.

Habitat for Humanity said it had raised $1 million for the project from a jazz benefit concert held in New York in September titled "From the Big Apple to the Big Easy." The group hopes to raise additional funds from new recordings dedicated to Katrina survivors. ... [MORE]

                       


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