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"If you can walk you can dance. If you can talk you can sing." Zimbabwe Proverb                                          “There is two kinds of music, the good and the bad.  I play the good kind.” Louis Armstrong                                          “If you play a tune and a person don't tap their feet, don't play the tune.” Count Basie                                          “I don't care much about music. What I like is sounds.”  Dizzy Gillespie                                          “I don't know what would have happened to me if I hadn't been able to hear.”  Ray Charles                                          “Art, like life, should be free, since both are experimental.”  George Santayana                                         “If ya ain't got it in ya, ya can't blow it out.”  Louis Armstrong                                          "Music has to breathe and sweat. You have to play it live. " James Brown                                            “When people hear good music, it makes them homesick for something they never had and never will have.”  Edgar Watson Howe                                          “Do not fear mistakes. There are none.”  Miles Davis                                          “Jazz is the music of the body.”  Anais Nin                                          "Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music." Angela Monèt                                          “Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn.”  Charlie Parker                                           “It isn't where you came from, it’s where you're going that counts.”  Ella Fitzgerald                                         “If you play more than two chords, you're showing off.”  Woody Guthrie                                          “Once I was checking into a hotel and a couple saw my ring with Blues on it. They said, 'You play blues. That music is so sad.' I gave them tickets to the show, and they came up afterwards and said, 'You didn't play one sad song.'”  Buddy Guy                                          “Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.” Victor Hugo                                         "We need magic, and bliss, and power, myth, and celebration and religion in our lives, and music is a good way to encapsulate a lot of it." Jerry Garcia                                         “I went to see the Jackson Five when I was a kid, and they all wore flat shoes and it didn't work.”  Prince                                         



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The city that Katrina devastated is a unique cultural institution.  Out of  the streets of New Orleans emerged Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Domino, James Booker, Professor Longhair, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Dr. John, the Neville Brothers, Irma Thomas, the Marsalis family, the Wild Tchoupitoulas, Guitar Slim, the Dixie Cups, Huey "Piano" Smith and the Clowns and many more.  Jazz, R&B, funk, rock n roll and zydeco were all shaped by the Crescent City, where cultural influences from Africa, Europe, the Caribbean and the deep South were all thrown in the pot, stirred and simmered.   

Now New Orleans and its musicians need our help.  Please consider contributing to one or more of the causes above.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc. presents the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival -- Jazz Fest (the best music festival on the planet) -- and the foundation works to promote and encourage music and arts in the city. 

The Mystic Knights of the Mau Mau puts on the Ponderosa Stomp each year to showcase all-but-forgotten seminal musicians from rockabilly, blues, R&B and soul. 

Tipitina's Foundation is working to save the musical heritage of New Orleans in multiple ways -- finding replacement instruments for local musicians, partnering with Habitat for Humanity to provide housing for musicians and hosting a Music Co-Op Office to provide a variety of services to local musicians. 

Music Rising Fund is providing instruments and equipment to replace those lost by musicians in the Gulf Coast area. 

WWOZ 90.7 FM is a listener-supported, volunteer-operated radio station playing blues, jazz, gospel, zydeco, Cajun, Caribbean and world beat music, and broadcasting live each year from Jazz Fest -- quite simply, one of the best radio stations in the country, and an important cultural institution in the City of New Orleans. 

Please help.





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