Wynton at the Concert For Hurricane Katrina Relief on NBC

In response to the hurricane tragedy NBC Universal Television Group will air A Concert For Hurricane Relief, a live benefit special in high-definition on NBC, MSNBC and CNBC. The hour-long, music and celebrity driven broadcast will air live to the East Coast on Friday, September 2, 2005 at 8:00pm (ET). The telethon hosted by NBC’s Matt Lauer will broadcast from New York studios on NBC. The special will feature performances by artists with ties to the affected areas. These artists include Tim McGraw, Harry Connick, Jr. and Wynton Marsalis as well as a guest appearance by Leonardo DiCaprio, among others.

All funds raised will go to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which will provide humanitarian relief in the form of portable water, food, counseling, shelter, and other necessities. Throughout the telethon, viewers will be asked to donate by visiting the web at or calling 1-800-HELP NOW.

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  1. Thank You Kind Sir

    ellis on Feb 16th, 2009 at 4:56pm

    > I’m not the “email forward” type but please take 10
    > min to listen to this
    > see what the real deal is on the state of New
    > Orleans right now. Don’t just listen though for the
    > sake of “Govt Bashing”, be moved to do something for
    > these people this weekend, even if that only means
    > getting on your knees…..

    Kim on Sep 3rd, 2005 at 5:22am

  3. 1hi mo hayaku moto no
    seikatu ni modoreruyo
    kokoroyori oinori mousiagemasu

    cocoa-tea on Sep 3rd, 2005 at 5:20am

  4. I just heard Wynton say that watching what New Orleans was enduring was like watching your mother hurting and not being able to help her. He said that how we, as a nation, act in the face of this disaster will show the world who we really are as Americans. He said that we are so often seen as being more interested in those with money or status…how we as a country, embrace and help Americans of color is out there for the world to see. Who are we? I thought his comments were brilliant. I send prayers and love to all.

    Barbara Lampert on Sep 3rd, 2005 at 5:19am

  5. I am so sad for what has happened to a great city. I am even sadder that because of race and class that so many more people will suffer and die.

    Paula West on Sep 3rd, 2005 at 5:18am

  6. My thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims of Hurricane Katrina, and mostly to the Big Easy and those who love it and especially to the Marsalis Family

    M.Portess on Sep 2nd, 2005 at 5:18am

  7. My heart goes out to everyone in the area. What makes it all the more tragic is that most of the people really suffering are the ones who couldn’t escape the tragedy. I know it’s not much but I thought I could help as well.

    hey gang.

    I know that we’re not even close to realizing the devastation the hurricane has left on the Gulf Coast… I’m auctioning off copies of my Trumpet 101 CD on ebay and all the money raised after my listing fees/postage will go to the Red Cross.

    I will also be selling my cds on CD Baby with entire proceeds going to the Red Cross.

    I suggest everyone here who can donate to do so. If everyone in the US donated just one dollar we’d provide BASICS for these people who are suffering incredibly.

    For my CD baby site (more copies will be there within a week or so)

    Thanks for looking and I hope we can all do what we can to help these tragic victims who lost everything. My wife and I almost moved to NOLA two years ago and we have many friends in the area who are facing total losses (but fortunately they escaped without anyone getting seriously hurt).


    Trent on Sep 2nd, 2005 at 5:16am

  8. I am still reeling with sorrow for all those people. I really think no one had been able to absorb the enormity of what has happened – these poor people have struggled for 200 plus years and the reality for many is that there is no first or third world, they will be left alone to rebuild with what little we can give them. This is bigger than anything America has known and the social challenge is enormous. A ‘country’ has virtually disappeared.
    I was glad to read that Wynton and other have mobilised, I could heard Duke Ellington’s New Orleans suite in my head when I watch the pictures here in Europe -make sure your politicians deliver too.

    Dominique on Sep 1st, 2005 at 6:17am