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October 11, 2005

New Orleans Jazz and Blues Artists Record Special Project

Written by
cindy mcleod

Blues and jazz music greats are currently recording new tracks to be donated to a compilation CD that will benefit those affected by the recent Hurricane Katrina tragedy. The project is due for release November 22, 2005 on Nonesuch Records, with proceeds from sales going toward Habitat for Humanity.

Featuring luminaries of the New Orleans music community, the compilation includes cuts by the Preservation Jazz Hall Band, the Wild Magnolias, Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Dr. John, and Buckwheat Zydeco, as well as other artists such as Randy Newman, who will donate tracks.

The project is being recorded in one day sessions held in various studios throughout the US, and will be completed over the next month. Warner Bros. Records, parent company to Nonesuch, are donating production costs and releasing the project, while liner notes for the album being contributed by New Orleans residents Nick Spitzer, host of the New Orleans weekly radio show American Routes, and Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Ford.

There will be other donations coming from within the artistic community, watch for future details to be announced.


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