Jazz Festival - Giving Back
Topic Bonnie Raitt
Posted by Soulman on Oct 15, 2007 11:06 pm GMT + 1
Jazz Festival-Giving Back
by Elizabeth Reinholt
A lot of musicians performing at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival are also giving their time to a city still struggling after Hurricane Katrina.
The six-day festival, spread out over the last two weekends, wrapped up Sunday.
Singer Harry Connick Junior was at work with a paint brush at the Musicians' Village. That's a development he started with saxophonist Branford Marsalis to give displaced musicians a home. Connick's daughters swept up construction debris. He says he envisioned it as a place not just with homes, but also cafes, jazz clubs, shops and a music center for children.
Elsewhere, R&B heartthrob John Legend washed clothes as part of a free mobile laundry service for displaced families. Marcia Ball, Ivan Neville and Walter "Wolfman" Washington were among performers who helped raise money for instruments in New Orleans area schools.
Many others, including Joss Stone, Bonnie Raitt and Norah Jones, are doing their thing to promote volunteerism and help artists recover.