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1 May 25, 2013 Music & Arts Day keepsake
2 August 10, 2012 Music & Arts Day keeps

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.

Click on a piece's image to jump to our Store.

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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.

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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."

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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

Pedrito Martinez.

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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!

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John Bukaty


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!

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John and Amanda Day-Vance

Bukaty and their children.

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David Amram

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.

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David Amram and Dizzy Gillespie in Havan

David and Dizzy in Havana, 1977.

'The angelic, sunny Joyce Johnson at the
Jack Kerouca reading from On the Road at

Jack Kerouac reading from On the Road, 1958.

Joyce Johnson in the Cedar Tavern, 1957

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William Parker

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.

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Dr. John, Alani Neville, and Don Paul

DR. JOHN signed this pair of drumsticks-as-art, painted by then five-year-old Alani Neville at an early Music & Arts Day hosted by Sticking Up For Children. Dr. John's contributions to music are great and numberless. Please listen here to what he does with "When The Saints ..." as part of an instructional series on New Orleans piano

that he did for Happy Traum in Woodstock.

Breath-taking intervals and heart-grabbing

soulfulness .... What the Dr. laid out ... He was

and is, as he said of Professor Longhair,  "up


Shadow-box painted by Don Paul. The combinative piece's price is $500.

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