Sheryl Crow, Elvis Costello and Angélique Kidjo are among the many stars who will take part in the Jazz Foundation of America’s online video concert #TheNewGig. It will take place next Thursday (14 May) to support artists through the Foundation’s COVID-19 Musicians’ Emergency Fund.
Other notables taking part include Jon Batiste, Robert Cray, Stanley Jordan, Milton Nascimento, Davell Crawford, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ivan Neville and Kim Wilson. The live stream will be hosted by Keegan-Michael Key.
Proceeds from the event, which will be hosted by music site Relix, will go to the emergency fund that was set up in March to cover the basic living expenses of musicians and families affected by the pandemic.
“From standstill to freefall”
Jazz Foundation of America executive director Joe Petrucelli said in a statement: “An entire community of artists who live gig to gig has gone from standstill to freefall, financially speaking, but their music has continued to give us solace and comfort in quarantine. Support for #TheNewGig and the COVID-19 Musicians’ Emergency Fund offers them direct assistance and creates a sense of solidarity and hope in a time of despair and uncertainty.”
The two-hour event will run from 8pm to 10pm ET. A repeat videocast of the full fundraiser will follow immediately afterwards at 10pm. The performances will stay online for 24 hours, via Relix and its YouTube channel.
On Tuesday (5), Crow performed her at-home version of George Harrison’s ‘Beware Of Darkness,’ which she covered on her 2019 album Threads, for the new Play At Home segment of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. In late March, Costello played a pre-recorded set and conducted a Q&A with fans from his Vancouver home. He played in support of the UK foundation Artists4NHS, which enhances the wellbeing of NHS staff and volunteers who care for COVID-19 patients.