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The beginning of a Big Easy comeback?

The broadcast originates live from New Orleans tonight. Joining Brian will be musicians Harry Connick, Jr. and Branford Marsalis, with an exclusive look at a proposed community for jazz musicians who've been made homeless by Hurricane Katrina. Can it help bring music back to New Orleans? 

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I second Mr. Bennett's commendation of NBC's much-appreciated work in New Orleans. You have no idea how much comfort your coverage has given those of us who are here, working to restore hope and renew the spirit of our home. I would also like to mention that the University of New Orleans -- the only university in the city that actually conducted a Fall 2005 semester -- is "helping to bring the music back" as well. Students in our Jazz Studies program, founded by Branford's father, jazz great Ellis Marsalis, were able to continue their studies when we re-started our semester on October 10 -- along with 7000 some-odd fellow students who enrolled in courses at our satellite locations and online. This past Friday night, we graduated 766 students in a ceremony at the Hilton Riverside's Grand Ballroom -- a fairly stunning feat which went largely unreported and unrecognized in the media. But then, we're kind of used to that now. We did what no one else thought we could, and what no other university in the city even tried to do. We did it for our students and our city. And we did it to help bring back the music.

God bless that NBC remains somewhat interested in our plight here. Insurers are delaying payment of claims, FEMA and other forms of governmental assistance are denied to homeowners whose homes have been completely destroyed, and our government officials at all levels have no answers to our questions. Yet we still love our city enough to come back in and rebuild with our own hands and money - even though no one in Congress seems remotely interested in providing adequate levee protection for our city which was destroyed due to the poor design and neglect of our levees by the Army Corps of Engineers and not the storm itself.

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