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Jamison Ross,

a jazz studies student at the University of New Orleans, won the annual Thelonious Monk International Jazz Drums Competition at Washington D.C.'s Kennedy Center Sept. 23. Ross, who gigs regularly with saxophonist Wess Anderson, will receive a $25,000 prize and a recording contract with the Concord Music Group. He performed at a gala honoring former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.



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The Flora-Bama,

the Gulf Coast landmark roadhouse that straddles the Alabama-Florida state line near Pensacola, Fla., raised $3,400 for the New Orleans Musicians' Relief Fund at a Labor Day fundraiser. Emissaries from the beach bar presented the donation at a ceremony at Tropical Isle on Bourbon Street Sept. 25.



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New Orleans Musicians Aid Lincolnshire (NOrMAL),

a UK-based charity set up to help local musicians after Hurricane Katrina and the federal floods, has reactivated and is now taking donations again to help victims of Hurricane Isaac. After Katrina, NOrMAL held a concert featuring New Orleans music and sold CDs of the live show to raise money. The group was able to donate £2,350 to the New Orleans Musicians' Clinic in 2006 — approximately $3,800.



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Benson December Coriolant

was found guilty by a federal jury in New Orleans on four counts related to child sex trafficking. Coriolant met a 14-year-old girl in Florida and sent her back and forth between Orlando and the metro New Orleans area over several years to work as a prostitute. After witness testimony that included taped phone calls, Coriolant was convicted. He faces life in prison and a $250,000 fine at his December sentencing.

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