Jazz at Lincoln Center Sends New Orleans Musicians on International Tour

Classic Arts News   Jazz at Lincoln Center Sends New Orleans Musicians on International Tour
Jazz at Lincoln Center is producing an international tour featuring musicians whose livelihoods were disrupted by Hurricane Katrina, JALC announced.

The tour, which underwritten by the U.S. State Department, is intended to promote the reconstruction of New Orleans and support the city's musicians. The tour will travel to a number of countries that provided aid after the storm.

Among the musicians scheduled to perform are trumpeter James Andrew and the New Orleans All-Stars, clarinetist and vocalist Doreen Ketchens, trumpeter Marlon Jordan and his quartet, the New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian Collective, and the 44-year-old Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

They will perform in Senegal, Morocco, Eygpt, Qatar, Kuwait, Korea, Indonesia, Thailand, Japan, Romania, Germany, Lithuania, Ukraine, Sri Lank, India, and Saudi Arabia between now and mid-December.

Jackie Harris and Mike Kemp, both veterans of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and other New Orleans organizations, are producing the tour.

"Jazz at Lincoln Center remains committed in its efforts to help rebuild New Orleans and to keep jazz, America's music, alive," said JALC president Derek E. Gordon. "We are honored that Jackie and Mike are on staff to produce the tour."

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