Yoshio Toyama’s Jazz Foundation fundraises for ‘Louisiana Music Experience’ exhibit



Yoshio Toyama and members of his entourage from Japan stand near Louis Armstrong’s first cornet during a reception at the Old U.S. Mint in New Orleans Friday, August 1, 2014. Toyama presented $10,000 to the Louisiana Museum Foundation from jazz lovers in Japan during the event. The money will go towards reopening the Jazz Museum that was damaged during Hurricane Katrina. (Photo by Brett Duke, Nola.com | The Times-Picayune)


Jazz&Jazz’s good friend Yoshio Toyama emailed me about a very special New Orleans venture he is involved in. Don Marquis, head of the Jazz Museum when Yoshio and Keiko lived in New Orleans back in the 1970s, contacted them last year and asked if they could help raise funds for a new venture in The Crescent City.

Yoshio and Keiko raised $10,000 from Japanese jazz fans and friends to go toward creating a state-of-the-art exhibit to replace the Jazz Museum, which has been closed since Hurricane Katrina damaged the Mint and part of the collection.

Sheila Stroup tells the full story in the New Orleans Times-Picayune: Yoshio Toyama’s Jazz Foundation launches fundraising effort for ‘Louisiana Music Experience’ exhibit

For his Japanese colleagues who follow Jazz&Jazz and who so willingly supported the venture, Yoshio sent me this:
We Remember Satchmo.

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