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Jazz for the Gulf 

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Eating local seafood and enjoying area musicians may be as self-serving as relief work gets, but thanks to events like this second Gulf Aid ( benefit, they're two of the easiest ways residents can make effective contributions out of everyday indulgences. The nonprofit organization's May 22 gala, with an all-star pop lineup strewn with past and present New Orleans part-timers (Allen Toussaint, Mos Def, Lenny Kravitz, Ani DiFranco), netted $300,000 for wetlands preservation and fisherman support. This follow-up is headlined by native heavyweights Ellis Marsalis (pictured), Leah Chase and Charmaine Neville, and it marks One Eyed Jacks' second significant trad-jazz concert in as many months, after Harold Battiste Jr.'s blowout book release party in June. It's another move in the 2010 crosspollination of Crescent City music venues, a yearlong genre mashup that's resulted in Preservation Hall hosting Louisville, Ky., rockers My Morning Jacket and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art becoming a home base for bounce. It's also a fitting analogy for the kind of cultural unity needed to combat this latest, potentially greatest threat to the forever-imperiled Gulf Coast. Tickets $25. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

July 31

Jazz for the Gulf

8 p.m. Saturday

One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St., 569-8361;

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