For many new nonprofit organizations, the first fund-raiser often sets the tone for galas to come. “Music for Tomorrow,” a group founded by Kabir Sehgal and Brent Reidy, definitely took the concept up a notch for its inaugural event—a benefit concert at Tulane University’s Dixon Hall featuring Irvin Mayfield and members of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. That alone is notable, but what made this benefit such a must-have ticket was the host—actor Jude Law. He was in town for the
premiere of “All the King’s Men” with other castmates, some of whom—such as local gal Patricia Clarkson and James Gandolfini—attended. (And from the looks of things, they’re all pretty good dancers.) Author Douglas Brinkley, who was an event co-host with Sehgal and Reidy, was also on hand, though honorary chair Wynton Marsalis was not present. Yet, even though the star sightings were exciting, what thrilled the audience was the great music—there was a surprise appearance by Kermit Ruffins—and dancing in the aisles was encouraged.
“Music for Tomorrow” is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving musical heritage through direct grants and fund-raising events. It is currently focusing on helping displaced New Orleans musicians return to the city and to supplement the newly proposed National Jazz Center, which will be the homebase for the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra.
James Gandolfini, Irvin Mayfield and Jude Law
Patricia Clarkson dancing with Leon Brown
Jude Law with Donald Harrison
Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and Steve Walker