[JPL] Bring the IAJE back to New Orleans ASAP

dave roberts droberts at loyno.edu
Tue Sep 26 19:45:58 EDT 2006


Since Ray has asked for comments from New Orleanians, I
would like to reply by adding my thanks and deep gratitude
to what he experienced on his visits. 
     I am a New Orleans tour guide, who loves to talk about
our music and music history, now living in "exile" in San
Diego.I am going back to New Orleans for October and
November ( my second visit ) and am looking forward to doing
as many tours as possible. I would be glad to comp Ray and
his wife, on their twentieth anniversary, on a half-day
customized tour of their design. I have no problem showing
the devastation - I think most residents would agree. When
visitors do see it, they generally react in disbelief at how
bad it was, and how bad it still is. But, also, they are
amazed at how much has been done, how strong is the will of
the people, and how much gratitude we have for any and all
assistance. The blame game is a huge waste of time and hot
air - on the other hand, we are overwhelmed at the money,
effort, and volunteer hours of individuals and church groups
and activist organizations, college kids on spring break and
Christmas break gutting and rebuilding houses, and so many
others.
      Monday Night Football was the best thing that happened
to the city since Stormy Monday. The message is clear. If we
ever hope to get our city back; if I can hope to ever get my
house rebuilt, we need tourism to return to some normal
level !  
      Thank each and every one of you that comes to New
Orleans , and thank you for every drink, every meal, every
tour, every tip, every cab ride, and every beignet !
     Dave Roberts  ( droberts at loyno.edu )    (619) 846-2334 
- cell




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From: "HighNote Records" <jazzdepo at ix.netcom.com>
To: "Jazz Programmers Mailing List"
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Subject: Re: [JPL] Bring the IAJE back to New Orleans ASAP
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2006 13:12:32 -0400

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> I have visited New Orleans several times since Katrina to
> leave some of my  disposable income with the community. 
> Every time I would speak to a local  and mention that I
> was from New York, I would get stopped in mid-sentence, 
> receive a handshake, a smile and a heart-felt, "Thank
> you....thank you for  coming."  Of course, I gave to local
> charities from the comfort of my home  and continue to do
> so.  But if you really want to feel good about yourself, 
> go to New Orleans, eat in the restaurants, buy in the
> shops and tell the  people you haven't forgotten them.
> 
> I did not visit the hardest-hit areas.  I chose to leave
> these people with  their dignity and not put them in a
> fish-bowl.  Perhaps I was wrong.  Perhaps they needed to
> see that we still care.  Any New Orleanians care to 
> comment?
> 
> I am going back next month for I can think of no other
> place my wife and I  would rather spend our 20th
> anniversary.  Be there, or be square.  I'm  buying the
> Pimm's Cups.
> 
> Ray Osnato
> HighNote Records
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> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: <dkunian at bellsouth.net>
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> <jazzproglist at jazzweek.com> Sent: Tuesday, September 26,
> 2006 12:51 PM Subject: Re: [JPL] Bring the IAJE back to
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> >>From someone who lives in New Orleans and is dealing
> with the calamity  >>every day, I second that.  Please
> come and visit.  You will have a great  >>time and do a
> good service, I garontee! >
> > And you can see the illustrious new studios of WWOZ.
> >
> > thanks
> > dk
> >>
> >> From: OntheBeach at aol.com
> >> Date: 2006/09/26 Tue PM 12:44:51 EDT
> >> To: jazzproglist at jazzweek.com
> >> Subject: [JPL] Bring the IAJE back to New Orleans ASAP
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> >> Understanding that IAJE schedules some years in advance
> , here's hoping >> there's a plan to return it to New
> Orleans ASAP. >>
> >> The previous IAJE in NOLA was memorable.  Now more than
> ever- as last >> night's MNF broadcast served to remind
> us-NOLA needs the support of  >> tourists and
> >> professional associations to help facilitate the long
> road back to  >> rebuilding
> >> this national treasure.
> >>
> >> Kudos to ESPN for not being shy about pointing out the
> current state of >> affairs in NOLA, thirteen months post
> Katrina.  Despite promises from our >> president that we
> would be witness to "the greatest reconstruction  >>
> project ever"  the >> state of things in NOLA remains
> beyond belief, a national embarrassment  >> on a
> >> par with the Native American reservation system.
> >>
> >> How many tens of billions of dollars? for what? where?
> IMPOSSIBLE!!! >> kudos to spike lee, harry connick et al.
> >>
> >> Rethink your next vacation or two--and try to include
> NOLA and Louisiana  >> [or
> >> Mississippi]
> >> in your plans. What our government wont do, the tourist
> dollar can begin  >> to.
> >>
> >> ricky schultz
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