New Orleans Jazz Celebration wishes to help our friend *Yoshio Toyama*, known as the Satchmo of Japan, and his *Wonderful World of Jazz Foundation* in the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that recently hit the island nation. Yoshio, his wife Keiko, and their band the Dixieland Saints, have been an essential part of the Satchmo Club Strut, NOJC’s annual fundraiser, almost since it’s inception over a decade ago. Yoshio donates his talent to the Strut every year, and also heads a foundation in Japan that collects musical instruments to send to children in Louisiana. Read an article about Yoshio and his foundation from the Japan Times
From the recent article *Time to help Yoshio Toyama, a great friend of New Orleans in Japan *by Sheila Stroup at The Times-Picayune NOLA.com: “Toyama and Keiko started the Wonderful World of Jazz Foundation in 1994 after visiting New Orleans and seeing how things had changed since they’d left.
The gleaming instruments they remembered in high school marching bands were old and patched together, and kids were carrying guns instead of trumpets.
So they started gathering instruments and donations, and every year when they come for Satchmo Summer Fest, they bring gifts to the young people of New Orleans. So far, their foundation has donated nearly 800 musical instruments to New Orleans schoolchildren. When they came to New Orleans in August 2006, they donated $1,000 and three horns to TBC Brass Band to replace the instruments lost in the storm. In the months following Katrina, the Toyamas held fund-raisers and raised more than $80,000 to help professional musicians get their lives back. “It was easy to get help because all the Japanese people worry about the musicians in New Orleans,” Toyama said.”
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Now the school children of Japan need for us to return the favor. Yoshio has communicated that a children’s band called the Swing Dolphins lost all of their instruments in the tsunami. There is a special tribute concert being organized to lift the spirits of the people in a school shelter there that survived the tsunami on April 24th (which is actually April 23rd here). The Swing Dolphins will play if they can get instruments in time. The instruments they are looking for are: AltoSax x2, TenorSax x2, BariSax x2, Trumpet x4, Trombone x4, El.Guitar x1, El.Bass x1, Piano(Keyboard) x1, Drums x1.
There is a jam session benefit being organized by band director Wilbert
Rawlins of O. Perry Walker high school and other New Orleans musicians on April 12 at 7 p.m. at the Suite Jazz Cafe, 3580 Holiday Drive, in Algiers.The Roots of Music kids will lead off the night. Other performers include Rebirth Brass Band, TBC Brass Band and The O. Perry Walker Jazz Ensemble..
The cost to get in is $5, but generous donations are encouraged. “Everything we raise will go to the Wonderful World of Jazz Foundation, and if you have instruments to donate, even if they need work, we’ll take them, too,” Rawlins said. “We want to help Yoshio and the Japanese people like they’ve helped us.”*
If you cannot attend this event, you may donate money for WWJF via a secure
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Jammin’ for Japan, a benefit concert for the NOLA Japan
Quake Fund announces A-list lineup of Kermit Ruffins, Papa Grows Funk, Jeremy Davenport, Bonerama and George Porter, Jr. All of the bands, four of which have one Japanese musician, and special guest Sunpie Barnes, will donate their time and talent to raise money for the people of Japan who are suffering from the catastrophic and heartbreaking effects of the earthquake and tsunami on March
11, and subsequent nuclear disaster. Also embracing the Japanese
culture, the event will feature the New Orleans Jazz Taiko Drummers, who will perform between sets and food from Ninja Restaurant.
Sunday, April 10
7:30 to 11pm
Rock ‘N’ Bowl, 4133 S. Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans, LA
Beneficiary: NOLA Japan Quake Fund (endorsed by Mayor Mitch
A-list Line Up:
7:30-8:00 Jeremy Davenport
8:15-8:45 Kermit Ruffins
9:45-10:15 Papa Grows Funk (Sunpie Barnes special guest)
10:30-11:00 George Porter, Jr.
Cost: $10 minimum suggested ticket donation
Celebrity bowling, silent auction, 50/50 raffle.