This is the report on The Jazz Foundation's work in Houston:
"The musicians are starting to pour in, and we need you dearly now to give whatever you are able so we can begin to help in the weeks and months ahead. Our success in saving these musicians depends on you.
Your donation will provide miracles like basic necessities, clothing, bedding, instrument replacement, home cleaning and decontamination, rent/mortgage payments, car repairs, home reconstruction and financial support.
We brought over 1,000 musicians back after Katrina, by rehousing families, creating paying gigs, and donating top shelf instruments. We were there for hundreds affected by Superstorm Sandy and rebuilt the homes of the musicians who lost everything in last year's devastating floods in Baton Rouge."
Called Qwest TV, the video-on-demand service will offer exclusive, original content including concerts, documentaries, interviews and archival footage to its subscribers on their mobile devices and computers in HD or 4K for a monthly fee starting at $7.49. The service touts itself as a vast source of jazz and the many artists the genre has influenced, stating that it will explore music from “Billie Holiday to Esperanza Spalding, Sun Ra to Kamasi Washington, Bill Evans to Flying Lotus, and Ravi Shankar’s soaring sitar solos to the traditions of Cuban Santería.”
“The dream of Qwest TV is to let jazz and music lovers everywhere experience these incredibly rich and diverse musical traditions in a whole new way," says Jones.
Celebrating 60 years, the Monterey Jazz Festival is the longest running Jazz festival in the world. It is held annually on the 20-acre, oak-studded Monterey Fairgrounds located at 2000 Fairgrounds Road in Monterey, California. More than 500 top jazz artists perform throughout the weekend on 8 stages spread throughout the grounds and local clubs and theaters.
True to its founding principles, each year the Monterey Jazz Festival continues to focus on the festival side as well as presenting an array of clinics, conversations, exhibitions, shopping, food, fun and festivities. The Monterey Jazz Festival is a nonprofit organization and has donated its proceeds to musical education since its inception.
A guitarist central for many years to the jazz scene in Philadelphia, Jimmy Bruno, has had a terrible fall at home, which has left him on a respirator. His family is bracing for a long rehabilitation with considerable medical bills and a dramatic loss of needed family income. His wife, Peg, and his children are at his side 24/7 and hoping that Jimmy regains consciousness. You can help by making a tax-deductable donation at www.jazzbridge.org (designate your amount is for "The Jimmy Fund").
Well known jazz guitarist, Frank Vignola had an accident that will leave him out of work for about a year. To date, he has had several surgeries and will need more in the near future. Frank and his family must spend all of thier time focusing on his full recovery, but they are also facing the burdens of living and medical expenses. To help, friends and fans are raising funds through a gofundme appeal at GoFundMe for Frank