Remembrances of a New Orleans (Music) Community: Henry Butler, Evan Christopher, Pete Alba


As we approach another Hurricane season in New Orleans nearly 5 years removed from Katrina, I am thankful that the dedicated efforts of Louisiana musicians to bring back the music, our city’s greatest asset. Many musicians have returned, many commuted from cities like Houston and Atlanta for occasional gigs until they could re-plant their roots here, and many remain displaced.

In May 2007, I interviewed pianist Henry Butler, clarinetist Evan Christopher, and guitarist Pete Alba, all of whom were displaced after the storm, and asked them to reflect on the New Orleans music community and to articulate what makes it so special and why they miss home (Christopher has since returned to New Orleans).

Here’s what they had to say about the wonderful community of New Orleans musicians.

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