Andrew H. Walker, Getty Images Nine days after the deadly tornado that touched…
- Posted on Aug 26th 2009 11:00AM by Scott Tomford
"You have to remember that there was somewhere in excess of ... 5,000 musicians that lived here in the city ... When you have that many musicians living in one place, they push each other's envelopes, they learn from each other, they take chances and that's what makes it a living musical tradition, still growing, even after 150 years," says David Friedman, general manager of local radio station WWOZ. "But the tragedy here is that we're going to lose that unless we find some way to institute it."
With this in mind, the organization Music Rising was formed with the mission of not only helping local musicians who lost everything, but saving the city's jazz and blues tradition as well. With the help of music stars like U2 guitarist the Edge, Dave Matthews, Arlo Guthrie and local legends like Walter "Wolfman" Washington have helped raise both money and awareness to bring back the city's local musicians. If you'd like to find out more about Music Rising and the state of music in New Orleans, check out this documentary, courtesy of our friends at SnagFilms, after the jump.