Sept. 16, 2005
The Morningside College Music Department is organizing an effort to benefit the members of Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans, who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina and the ensuing flood.
The ensemble has performed across the country and in Canada, Europe, South America, and the Far East.
“They lost nearly everything,” said Dr. Gerry Bouma, chair of the music department. “They performed on our campus during the 2004 Morningside College jazz festival, and we contacted them to see what we could do to help them.”
Members of the ensemble, Doreen and Lawrence Ketchens and drummer Dwayne Nelson, will arrive in Sioux City on Monday evening, Sept. 19, and spend at least a week in the area, conducting workshops and performing concerts. They will reside with a Morningside professor during their stay.
At Morningside College, a workshop and a concert, both open free of charge to the public, are planned. The trio will conduct the workshop “Roots of Jazz in New Orleans” at 12:45 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 21, at Eppley Auditorium, 3625 Garretson Avenue. They will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 22, at Eppley Auditorium. A freewill offering will be received for the ensemble during the concert.
Both Dordt College and Northwestern College will also sponsor concerts. The ensemble will be performing at Northwestern’s Christ Chapel on Friday, Sept. 23, at 7:30 p.m. and at Dordt’s Campus Center on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 8 p.m. A freewill offering for the ensemble will be received at both colleges.
The ensemble will also be conducting workshops for middle school students in the Sioux City Community School District.
Ray’s Midbell Music, 2442 Transit Avenue, will provide a drum set for the ensemble, and Ray Guntren, president of Midbell, will play guitar with the ensemble.
Sioux City’s First Presbyterian Church, 608 Nebraska Street, provided transportation for the ensemble.
Find out more about Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans at the group’s Web site, www.doreensjazz.com.