by: George V Johnson Jr.
Twins Jazz would like to personally thank the Washington DC JAZZ Community for supporting the JAZZ MARATHON FUNDRAISER for the Victims of Hurricane Katrina. Many area musicians in the Nations Capitol went above and beyond the call of duty to assist in making this event a success. Beautiful jazz music was played 12 hours non stop. Ten hours of this event was recorded live on video. At the door were two 5 gallon water bottles. Jazz listeners who attended the event generously gave from their hearts to two organizations of their choice.
TOTAL AMOUNT RAISED: $3,842.00$2,473.00 for Higher Ground Relief Fund (Wynton Marsalis)
$1,369.00 for Habitat For Humanity (Harry Connick Jr, Honorary Spokesperson)
A MESSAGE FROM GEORGE V JOHNSON JR
As an American and a jazz musician, it was an honor to organize the fundraiser for the musicians and citizens of New Orleans. After watching all the news accounts I felt I had to do something to help. It was actually Willard Jenkins of WPFW who emailed and informed me that Wynton Marsalis was planning the "Higher Ground Relief Fundraiser" to replace musical instruments and other emergency needs for musicians that were lost during Hurricane Katrina at the Lincoln Center in New York City on September 17th. I have been invited to NYC at the Lincoln Center to present Wynton Marsalis with the proceeds that were collected for the 'Higher Ground Relief Fund at the event. I look forward to occasion and glad I could assist.On the news I watched Harry Connick Jr make a plead for donations to benefit "HABITAT FOR HUMANITY" to help rebuild homes that were destroyed. It was very touching as well. After imagining New Orleans the birthplace of jazz with no jazz clubs, musicians with no instruments and people with no place to live. I put myself in the place of the musicians and citizens and immediately took action. I approached Kelly & Maze Tesfaye, proprietors of Twins Jazz about the idea. Without hesitation, they donated the club and a percentage of proceeds from that day as well. I had 5 days to pull it off and was up day and night throughout the week planning, networking, personally calling musicians, emailing & faxing radio stations, newspapers, television stations and jazz listeners etc.
By the grace of God everything fell into place. I'd also like to thank the staff at WPFW and other radio stations for announcing the event many times throughout the week reaching many jazz listeners, which also contributed to the success. This is a start in the right direction. Hopefully, it will mushroom and other jazz venues in the Washington DC area who have been presenting jazz music throughout the years will follow suit. The musicians and citizens of New Orleans are in desperate need of our help. I'd also like to thank Dr. Gabou Mendy, Board member of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation & WWOZ Radio host for eloquently speaking at the engagement as well.
Thank you for your support and listening to America's Classical Music "JAZZ" the Original Art Form of America.
Tears of Joy & Jazzically yours,
George V Johnson Jr
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