The Chicago Tribune has a story on Maurice Brown, the jazz trumpeter based in New Orleans. He was lucky enough to flee the city on Sunday at 2am after a gig... "Brown quickly drove to his home in the Treme neighborhood, grabbed a trumpet, flugelhorn, laptop and "enough clothes for four or five days." He then took his retooled 1989 Cadillac Brougham to a parking garage in suburban Metairie, where he left it for safekeeping, and jumped into his friend's truck to proceed to higher ground in Memphis.
"Though Brown said he's grateful that he got out in time, he nevertheless grieves for what he has left behind.
'My whole recording studio, tons of music, a lot of original scores that I can't ever get back, maybe 50 or 60 tunes I spent years working on - all gone," said Brown.
"He estimates the losses, which are uninsured, at $50,000, and he believes that his car has been sunk as well."
If you're in the area, I'm sure all MT readers are thinking of you today. And if you want to do more than just think, donate to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund or visit FEMA's help information.
UPDATE: Music Thing's favourite New Orleans band Quintron and Miss Pussycat are OK: "Our equipment is all we have right now, but we are alive and ready to ROCK the highlanders..."