Jazz at Lincoln Center hosts the Higher Ground Hurricane Relief Concert

Jazz at Lincoln Center announced plans to produce the Higher Ground Hurricane Relief Benefit Concert. Premiering on Saturday, September 17 at 7pm, the event will be held in the Rose Theater on 60th street and Broadway. The concert will seek to raise funds for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. Bill Cosby will host the concert with Wynton Marsalis, Peter Cincotti, Elvis Costello, Paquito D’Rivera, Abbey Lincoln, Diana Krall, Jon Hendricks and more to be announced.

XM Satellite Radio will carry this concert live on their network from coast to coast on the Real Jazz channel (channel 70). Higher Ground will also broadcast live via radio partner WBGO Jazz 88.3FM in the New York City area. This broadcast will also be offered nationally and internationally via National Public Radio and its 807 member stations in the US, NPR Worldwide, and streamed live on,, More broadcast information to follow. The event will be recorded by Jazz at Lincoln Center and a CD will be produced and released by Blue Note Records with all profits going to relief funds. (buy the album on

Concert tickets will be available beginning on September 8th at the Jazz at Lincoln Center box office on Broadway and 60th St., by calling CenterCharge at (212) 721-6500 or via CenterCharge service fees will be donated to hurricane relief efforts. Ticket prices are set at $50, $100, $500, $1000, $5000, $10,000.

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  1. Where can I buy a DVD of the Higher Ground Hurricane Katrina Relief Concert. This was a very moving, persoanl, amazing and historical event?
    Thank you for a reply.

    Lola Love on Feb 19th, 2008 at 5:21pm

  2. Carole,
    still no news about the DVD release of that concert.

    Luigi Beverelli on Jul 20th, 2007 at 5:11pm

  3. Is there any source for DVD of the Higher Ground concert boradcast in its entirety? Proceeds could go to the hurricane fund. I long to see/hear the poetry readings by the various performers again (and again).

    It was a spellbinding event aiding a mindbending, heartwrenching disaster. Don’t let it be lost.

    Carole Traks on Jul 20th, 2007 at 4:49pm

  4. Deary Mr Marsales,

    I watched all of Higher Ground on Saturday. It was a true testament to New Orleans, I would like to know the name of the first song you played as you came on to the stage, and if I can get a recording of it.

    Thank you for all you do.

    Colleen Kratowicz

    Colleen Kratowicz on Sep 19th, 2005 at 4:55am

  5. Dear Wynton, I saw you tonight on CNN.You said what is on all of our minds. The whole world saw the suffering in new orleans as did I.No one could ever convince me that water,pedialyte for those babies, juice,diapers, fruit,some peanut butter sandwiches couldn’t have been dropped by helicopter at the super dome and other locations before it was to relieve those people.I share the same ethnic background as most of the victims at the super dome. call it psychic memory or maybe it is in our dna but i,like you know the face of racism when i see it. i am proud of how you stood up and let the world know that the response was slow and deadly. i went online www.shareyourhome and asked if I can help a young single mother with an infant by having them live with me.we have to help our own because there by the grace of God go I.

    florence fox-walker on Sep 5th, 2005 at 4:55am