Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Advent Day 5: Studio 60 Christmas Tribute to New Orleans Musicians

Last night's episode of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip had a moving subplot about New Orleans musicians who are displaced because of Hurricane Katrina. The highlight was a moving all brass version of O' Holy Night (interrupted only by Danny's cute declaration of love for Jordan).


The music will be available for free download from the iTunes music store, but as of this writing isn't available yet. (The current limited-time-only free Christmas single of the week is James Taylor singing Jingle Bells.) You can also watch this week's entire episode for free at NBC.com, or watch the rebroadcast on December 18.

According to the NBC web site, the musicians are Troy Andrews, Trumpet; Kirk Joseph, Sousaphone; Roderick Paulin, Saxophone; Frederick Shepherd, Saxophone; Stephen Walker, Trombone; Mervin "Kid Merv" Campbell, Trumpet; Bob French, Drums - all New Orleans musicians.

They were playing on behalf of Tipitina's Foundation. From their website:
The Tipitina's Foundation a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has worked diligently to uplift the music community of New Orleans. After Hurricane Katrina devastated the city, the Foundation responded by rebuilding New Orleans' music culture. Initially, the Foundation addressed the immediate needs of our exiled musicians and allowed them to carry on with their lives. Now the foundation is using the legendary music club, Tipitina's Uptown, as the center of its relief efforts by hosting a newly-opened Music Co-op Office that allows musicians to conduct their business activities during the daytime, free legal and accounting seminars, free music lessons for music students, regular Master Seminars, and help with housing information. An important aspect of the rebuilding process has involved finding replacement instruments for both professionals and music students alike. So far the foundation has given away over $500,000 of new instruments. Through these efforts, the Tipitina's Foundation is saving the musical traditions of New Orleans.
I have a soft spot for musicians, and this sounds like a worthwhile charity.

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4 Comments:

Blogger doctorj2u said...

Thank you for posting a link to the show. I am a native New Orleanian and yes I cried. Here is a link to a New OrleansChristmas. Thanks again.

http://timsnamelessblog.blogspot.com/2006/12/bright-little-fema-travel-trailer.html

5:57 PM  
Blogger Peggy said...

I'm not even from New Orleans and I teared up. Thanks for the link. The fact that people keep their spirits up even though they lost almost everything is inspiring.

(If anyone doesn't want to copy and paste the link, click here)

8:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I found myself drawn into the louisiana disaster by mistake. Commercial fishermen in Plaquemines Parish had their boats washed ashore like toothpicks and we worked to ship a surplus boatlift there to help get them back to work.

It is amazing how hard the residents of New Orleans and surrounding areas have worked to be back to square one and have kept at it. I hope the Tipitina Foundation is a successful venture.

I did download the Jame Taylor single from iTunes, they did a segment about him on NPR recently. I'm not sure what to think about his version of Jingle Bells :)

10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I found myself drawn into the louisiana disaster by mistake. Commercial fishermen in Plaquemines Parish had their boats washed ashore like toothpicks and we worked to ship a surplus boatlift there to help get them back to work.

It is amazing how hard the residents of New Orleans and surrounding areas have worked to be back to square one and have kept at it. I hope the Tipitina Foundation is a successful venture.

I did download the Jame Taylor single from iTunes, they did a segment about him on NPR recently. I'm not sure what to think about his version of Jingle Bells :)

10:03 PM  

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