From our first month, back in March 2013, Sticking Up For Children has been blessed by supporters' contributions. Drummers Cyril Neville, Stanton Moore, Idris Muhammad, Johnny Vidacovich, Alfred Roberts, Steve Smith, John Paris, Pedrito Martinez, and Hamid Drake, gave to our efforts within our first half-year.
Here we offer pieces by Big Queen Cherice Harrison-Nelson (co-founder of the Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame), prodigious composer and musican David Amram, and painter John Bukaty, We have, too, a drumhead painted by William Parker, and drumsticks signed by Dr. John and painted by Alani Neville in a shadow-box painted by Don Paul.
All these things came to us for free. ALARATT, you may know now, is an SUFC motto. All Love, All Real, All The Time--ALARATT!
Your purchases benefit our youth-education partners in Haiti and New Orleans.
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Big Queen Cherice Harrison-Nelson
'Tribute to Smokey Johnson'
adorns a 36"-long Giant Stick given
to SUFC by the ProMark brand and
the D'SAddario Foundation. Cherica is Big Queen of the Guardians of the Flame tribe of Mardi Gras Indians in New Orleans.
Smokey is himself among the
Giant Drummers of New Orleans.
Baby Dodds, Zutty Singleton,
Earl Palmer, John Boudreaux,
Idris Muhammad (Leo Morris),
Zigaboo Modeliste, Alfred Roberts,
Herlin Riley, Stanton Moore,
Simon Lott, ... too many more
to name. Enought to say that
American popular music would
be much less rich without
drummers from and of New Orleans.
Big Queen Cherice and her
mother Herreast Harrison
began the Mardi Gras Indian
Hall of Fame after the passing
of Big Chief Donald Harrison Sr.
Donald Harrison Jr., the fabled
composer and saxophonist,
succeeded his father as a Big
Chief. Cherice's son, Brian, is
a further Big Chief, a graduate
of USC's film school, and director
of "Keeper of the Flame."
Giant Sticks are themselves a
gift--contributed to SUFC by
the ProMark brand and the
D'Addario Foundation that's
headed by Suzanne D'Addario
Brouder. And that association
came to SUFC through our
Board member Paul Siegel,
a founder of the legendary Hudson Music efforts in
teaching drums to students
and the current manager of
You can buy Cherice's tribute to Smokey and its accompanying Giant Stick of signatures by
many of Smokey's friends
and admirers for $750. You'll have something unqiue and something emblematic of the fire and love
that's shared within Mardi Gras Indian traditions. ALARATT!
jOHN BUKATY is a painter
and lover of music and the Midwestern son of an
NFL player and a former
college football player himself.
He excels at evoking essences of musicians in
their moments of performance. To your left
is John's portrait of Neil
Young, playing in some rain at the 2016 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. (DP note: Neil's father and my mother used to double-date, deep in Manitoba, mid 20th-century.)
'Neil in the Rain' by John Bukaty can be yours for $500.
John Bukaty and his then Gallery on Carondelet in New Orleans
came to Sticking Up For Children through Anders Osborne and
Johnny Vidacovich. Anders and John were doing a joint show at
the Gallery coincident with Anders' annual Christmas concerts at
Tipitina's. Johnny was playing free-form drums-set for the Opening.
Somehow they all invited SUFC to participate. Anders and John
collaborated on "action-painting" of two Giant Sticks that they subsequently contributed to SUFC. It was a great night!
John and Amanda Day-Vance
Bukaty and their children.
DAVID AMRAM is a world-wonder. He's an author, composer, and multi-instrumentalist. He wrote the scores for "Pull My Daisy", "The Manchurian
Candidate", and "Splendor
in the Grass." He's collaborated with Pepper Adams, Bob Dylan, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonius Monk, and Los Munequitos de Matanzas. He still tours
at age 88.
David gave his drawings
of Jack Kerouac, Dizzy, and Joyce Johnson to SUFC. You can have a
fine print for $30 each.
David and Dizzy in Havana, 1977.
Jack Kerouac reading from On the Road, 1958.
Joyce Johnson in the Cedar Tavern, 1957
WILLIAM PARKER, author, bandleader, bassist, composer, and organizer,
is among the most prolific
and right-on-time of creative musicans over the past quarter-century.
He leads the bands In Order to Survive and Raining on the Moon and
Stan's Hat Flapping in the Wind and several more. He and dancer Patricia
Nicholson Parker, his wife, are catalyists for culture
in New York City. He often
performs with Hamid Drake.
William painted this drumhead to benefit Sticking Up For Children.
We call it '1, 2, 3, 4, ... The
Notes Are Loose All Up
and Down the Universe.'
Its price is $500.
Dr. John, Alani Neville, and Don Paul