"For 22 years, the Jazz Foundation of America has been the only national organization dedicated to saving the homes and lives of elder jazz and blues musicians in crisis – musicians who have made our world richer through their music". Providing affordable housing, health care and employment opportunities; "As the cases grow, so does the need".
JFA President Jarrett Lilien talks with host Bonnie Johnson about the foundation's ongoing work, "saving jazz and blues one artist at a time" and the rebirth of New Orleans ten years after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Lilien is credited with spearheading the campaign that “directly assisted in rebuilding New Orleans by re-housing and creating work for over 1,000 of the city's most beloved musicians, while helping hundreds of their children as well..." He's pictured above with celebrity jazz supporter and master of ceremonies Danny Glover and Executive Director Wendy Oxenhorn after being honored at the 24th Annual Jazz Loft Party benefiting the foundation. Courtesy Photo (WENN/Derrick Salters)
Watch JFA's 2014 promotional video