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Helping Musicians in Texas

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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."

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Society Supports Jazz

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The New Jersey Jazz Society serves the New Jersey jazz community in many ways, including assembling some great talent for shows throughout the year. They just celebrated their 45th Anniversary with a Big Band to BeBop and Beyond concert at Drew University in Madison, NJ.

These anticipated anniversary events celebrate of the rich jazz history of our state. They host big bands and smaller ensembles, and always feature some great players. This year, the event celebrated the 75-year career of the Garden State's own legendary jazz guitarist, Bucky Pizzarelli. Now in his nineties, Bucky is still going strong.

For more information about the society and future events, click below or visit http://njjs.org

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The Jazz Hole Podcast

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Exit 0 Jazz Fest

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The 6th Autumn Edition of the Exit Zero Jazz Festival kicks off in Cape May, NJ, Nov 9-12. Festival Producer Michael Kline has once again crafted a world-class lineup of award winning artists.

Debuting this year, A Night in New Orleans: A Benefit Concert for Music Connects, the non-profit, educational outreach arm of the Festival. Thursday, Nov 9th, A Night In New Orleans features Grammy Award winners, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience. The Exit Zero Jazz Festival headliners kick off on Friday, Nov 10th with supergroup Fouplay that masterfully blends popular music elements with their unwavering jazz foundations. Saturday, Nov 11th, Grammy Award winner Gregory Porter, a soulful jazz singer-songwriter. Kline remarks, “With Gregory’s deep roots in jazz, soul and gospel, we believe he embodies what Exit Zero Jazz is all about, presenting great music that touches the soul.”

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Guitarists in Need

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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

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