NPR logo 'Higher Ground,' a Show for Hurricane Relief

Music

'Higher Ground,' a Show for Hurricane Relief

Highlights of the Night

Renee Fleming, 'Amazing Grace'

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/4837922/4853172" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Aaron Neville, 'Go to the Mardi Gras'

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/4837922/4853686" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Laurence Fishburne on New Orleans' History

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/4837922/4853174" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Bette Midler, 'Is That All There Is?'

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/4837922/4853176" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Meryl Streep Reads an 1877 Tribute to New Orleans

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/4837922/4853178" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Diane Krall, 'Basin Street Blues'

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/4837922/4853184" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

A Robin Williams Riff

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/4837922/4853186" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Paul Simon, 'That Was Your Mother'

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/4837922/4853217" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Dianne Reeves, 'The House I Live In'

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/4837922/4853219" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Norah Jones, 'I Think It's Gonna Rain Today'

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/4837922/4853221" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Freedom for the Stallion

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/4837922/4853223" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

James Taylor, 'Never Die Young'

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/4837922/4853253" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Cassandra Wilson, 'Come Sunday'

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/4837922/4853688" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Hear the Whole Show

Hour 2: Midler, Krall

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/4837922/4853189" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Hour 3: Simon, Jones, Costello

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/4837922/4853232" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Hour 4: Taylor, Blanchard

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/4837922/4853248" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Hour 5: Cincotti, Wilson

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/4837922/4853250" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Organized by Wynton Marsalis and graced by a bevy of outstanding performers — Norah Jones, Paul Simon, Elvis Costello, James Taylor, Dianne Reeves, Robin Williams and Bill Cosby, to name but a few — the "Higher Ground" concert held Saturday at New York's Rose Theater put the full force of many of America's most talented performers behind hurricane relief.

Norah Jones performed 'I Think It's Gonna Rain Today.' Reuters hide caption

toggle caption Reuters

The concert was presented by NPR Music, WBGO Jazz 88 in Newark, N.J., and Jazz from Lincoln Center. The benefit also included an auction, with all proceeds going to aid victims of Katrina.

Laurence Fishburne hosted the five-hour extravaganza. NPR's Korva Coleman and WBGO's Gary Walker anchored the radio broadcast with special guest commenator Nick Spitzer, a New Orleans resident and host of American Routes. PBS televised the event with Performance Today host Fred Child.

Hour One

Wynton Marsalis helped organize the concert, and spent a fair part of the five hours on stage. Reuters hide caption

toggle caption Reuters

Wynton Marsalis Septet: 'Ain' No'

Renee Fleming with Mark O'Connor and Eric Reid: 'Amazing Grace'

Shirley Caesar: 'You're Next for a Miracle,' 'He's Working It Out for You,' 'This Joy'

Aaron Neville: 'Go to the Mardi Gras'

Herbie Hancock: 'Eye of the Hurricane'

Wynton Marsalis & Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra

Hour Two

Bette Midler, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra: 'Is That All There Is?'

Abbey Lincoln: 'For All We Know'

Joe Lovano: 'Blackwell's Message'

Diana Krall: 'Basin Street Blues'

Marcus Roberts: 'New Orleans' Blues"

Hour Three

Paul Simon played the Zydeco-influenced 'That Was Your Mother.' Reuters hide caption

toggle caption Reuters

Paul Simon: 'That Was Your Mother'

Dianne Reeves: 'The House I Live In'

Irvin Mayfield, Ronald Markham: 'Just a Closer Walk With Thee'

Norah Jones: 'I Think It's Gonna Rain Today'

McCoy Tyner: 'Trane-Like'

Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint: 'Freedom for the Stallion'

Hour Four

Buckwheat Zydeco: 'I'm Gonna Love You Anyway'

Wynton Marsalis Septet: 'Dippermouth Blues'

James Taylor: 'Never Die Young'

Toni Morrison reading various passages from her novel Jazz

Jordan Family: 'Here's to Life'

Terence Blanchard: 'Over There'

Marsalis Family: 'Twelve's It'

Hour Five

Jon Hendricks: 'This Love of Mine,' 'Tell Me the Truth'

Peter Cincotti: 'Bring Back New Orleans'

Lincoln Center Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra: 'Havana Blues with Salt Peanuts'

Cassandra Wilson w/Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and Mark O'Connor, violin: 'Come Sunday'

Closing: Music from Duke Ellington's 'New Orleans Suite'

Numbers to Call

1-800-833-2660

1-800-HELP-NOW

1-800-435-7669

1-800-SAL-ARMY

1-800-725-2769

We no longer support commenting on NPR.org stories, but you can find us every day on Facebook, Twitter, email, and many other platforms. Learn more or contact us.