Wynton on hurricane Katrina’s anniversary
Wynton Marsalis will return to New Orleans to produce a television special marking the hurricane’s anniversary.
Wynton and his production partner Lisa Marie Hoggs will team with producers John Cossette and Don Mischer to helm “New Orleans: Rebuilding the Soul of America One Year Later,” a live television special taking place at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center.
Wynton is expected to announce the venture during a June 6 taping of the Food Network’s “Emeril Live”, where he will also perform with the show’s house band.
He is also planning a three-day tribute to New Orleans, from August 27 through the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina on August 29, to include in the television special. The event will feature the Ambassador of Swing Talent Search at Harrah’s New Orleans Theater, including performances by Wynton Marsalis, jazz vocalist Cassandra Wilson and some of the hottest local talent in Louisiana and Mississippi; and Cooking with Music, an event featuring Lagasse and Marsalis to welcome back New Orleans school children.