Restoring Your Faith Department: A very successful effort on the YouCaring.com fundraising site will help living legend Julian Priester get on his feet prior to (and hopefully after) a kidney transplant. Saxophonist and all-round good guy Anton Schwartz led the campaign, and the response was amazing. More info at YouCaring.com.
New Orleans loves Kickstarter: The New Orleans based Africa Brass Ensemble are dedicated to presenting cultural and jazz instructional classes for youth at Preservation Hall as a way of preserving traditional New Orleans jazz and its African roots. Their Kickstarter project details are here: Africa Brass Master Class.
Mo’ Gravy, Please: Elsa Hahn collects the crème de la crème from her popular, long-running OffBeat magazine series The Gravy: In The Kitchen With… featuring interviews and recipes from Louisiana musicians. This is truly a labor of love, and she’s looking to offset the printing costs of this book that’s sure to be a hit AND a hoot. I mean, Dr. John’s quote on the cover alone is worth a donation. Squirrel brains? Mac, please… Details here: The Gravy