With her twenty-fifth year living in Germany, the native New Orleanean Singer Lillian Boutté, has more than earned the title: Jazz Ambassador of New Orleans, an honor held previously only by Louis Armstrong. Boutté packs clubs and stadiums across the US and Europe to share her culture's easy warmth and a message: "The levee problem remains and each August is another hurricane Katrina just waiting to happen!" The spirit of the '20's jazz greats is alive and well in a crowded club filled with the sounds of Dr. Michael White's clarinet. White possessed one of America's most rare collections of jazz artifacts including original sheet music written in the hand of Jelly Roll Morton and a mouth piece blown many a night by Sidney Bechet. This collection now lies in moldy heaps on the floor of White's home, yards from a major levee breach. The energetic Armand "Sheik" Richardson, part photographer, part activist, part whirlwind, shoots thousands of photos of his city, "to preserve what's left ...
26 September 2009 (Switzerland)
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