Monday, September 24, 2007

Brice Miller, the successful survivor

The trumpeter Brice Miller was seen as one of the most promising young musicians in New Orleans, reports Erika Celeste for the Voice of America . Then Hurricane Katrina struck. He and his family escaped to Mississippi where he developed a school program about jazz and blues. In the first year this program was underwritten by the National Jazz Foundation of America, and could be offered for free to the schools in the state of Mississippi. Together with musicians from New Orleans and Mississippi Miller shows the kids how jazz and blues relate to the music they like to listen to such as hip-hop, rap and pop. In the last year the program reached about 8.000 to 10.000 children and employed nearly three dozen musicians.

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