New Orleans and jazz are synonymous, and a decade after Hurricane Katrina, a church destroyed by the storm is getting help from Jazz Legacy Productions (JLP).
On the 10th anniversary of the killer storm, the label is re-releasing tenor sax great Tim Mayer’s 2011 CD, Resilience, with all profits going to Mount Nebo Bible Baptist Church to assist with the rebuilding of the iconic house of worship.
Reverend Charles Duplessis and 50 worshippers – a fraction of the pre-storm congregation – have been praying and worshiping at his home as they try to raise $500,000 with the assistance of the Premier Foundation.
Duplessis described what happened when his family returned to New Orleans four months after the storm: “When we saw the church, our hearts just sank.’’
But they believed that God sent them back to rebuild. The church has received a $237,000 grant from Flossmoor Community Church in Illinois, which has so far paid for a foundation, architectural plans and a roof. The grant also helped in the rebuild of his home.
JLP COO Frank Moten said he was moved to pitch in after seeing Rev. Duplessis in the video, Resilience: A Journey Back to the Lower Ninth Ward.
He chose this particular CD from JLP’s 21-title catalogue because “that CD is a title match to the video, which inspired me to donate future proceeds from its sale to the church. Our music family and the music itself has major connections to New Orleans, and 10 years later some of its key ingredients have not returned.’’
Tim Mayer – tenor saxophone
George Cables – piano
Dezron Douglas – bass
Willie Jones III – drums
Claudio Roditi – rotary trumpet
Mark Whitfield – guitar
Greg Gisbert – trumpet
Michael Dease – trombone
Dominick Farinacci – trumpet
Robert Edwards – bass trombone
Tim Mayer, who studied jazz at Florida State University and the Berklee College of Music, has played in big bands backing Al Martino, Vic Damone, Diahann Carrol, Bobby Rydell, Connie Stevens, Jack Jones, and others.
Since opening for Chucho Valdez at the Baranqui Jazz Festival in Colombia in 1998, Tim has played with Jon Faddis, Arturo Sandoval, Nick Brignola, Phil Wilson, Slide Hampton, Ed Calle and Danilo Perez.
The critically-acclaimed Resilience marked Tim’s debut as a leader, with George Cables on piano, Dezron Douglas on bass, and Willie Jones III on drums; guests Greg Gisbert, Dominick Farinacci, and Claudio Roditi on trumpet, Mark Whitfield on guitar, and co-producer Michael Dease on trombone.
Order the CD at jazzlegacyproductions.com/tim_pages/timmayer.html
Contribute directly to the Mount Nebo rebuilding fund at gofundme.com/rebuildmountnebo
Watch Resilience: A Journey Back to the Lower Ninth Ward at vimeo.com/118085190
For more information, contact the Premier Foundation at 864-343-4297 or visit premierfoundation.com
If you prefer to donate with a check, mail to:
PO Box 51482
Piedmont, SC 29673