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Last month’s Jazz Festival in New Orleans saw artists such as Harry Connick Jr. and Joss Stone taking time out to participate in community projects reviving the city after the damage it sustained in the 2005 Katrina hurricane.

R&B star John Legend washed clothes as part of a free mobile laundry service for families still living in trailers.

Singer Connick Jr and his daughters helped clean and paint a new house in the “Musicians’ Village”, a new development he conceived with saxophonist Branford Marsalis.

Joss Stone gave her time to promote volunteer work after her performance on the festival’s final day.

Further performers helped fundraising efforts to buy musical instruments for local schools, in part by recording a Fats Domino tribute. Domino himself recorded an album to raise funds for a Katrina relief charity.

Actor Danny Glover and politician John Edwards were also in the city on the same weekend helping with rebuilding work.

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