I'll never turn down any opportunity to go to New Orleans, so was grateful to be asked to photograph a fundraiser concert for the The New Orleans Musicians Assistance Foundation (NOMAF). NOMAF evolved from the New Orleans Musicians' Clinic following Hurricane Katrina in 2005 to expand its mission and promise to keep New Orleans music alive by sustaining New Orleans' traditional music cultures.
The organization provides comprehensive health care and mental health/social services for more than 2,000 local musicians - allowing cost-efficient access to high quality healthcare and wellness programs regardless of anyone's (in)ability to pay.
On October 20, the fundraiser included performances by Irma Thomas (the blues hall-of-famer "soul queen" of New Orleans) and the Hot 8 Brass Band.
A few of my favorite photos are below. There is an obvious bias here for the trumpet players. That is because I played trumpet for 12 years before becoming a photographer...