New Orleans Needs Pianos, and Jazz Pilgrims Deliver
John "Klondike" Koehler is on a pilgrimage to New Orleans.
Like thousands of music fans from around the world, Koehler is planning to attend the annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, which runs from April 28 through May 7.
But with the city still devastated from the effects of Hurricane Katrina, this Jazz Fest aims to be a celebration like no other. Its lineup includes Bruce Springsteen, Fats Domino, Paul Simon, Allen Toussaint with Elvis Costello, and Bob Dylan.
Koehler is no ordinary pilgrim, either.
Today he left his Wendell, Massachusetts, home in a rental truck to pick up 12 donated pianos destined for the studios of New Orleans musicians who lost their livelihoods in the floods last September.
A story for National Geographic News on April 10, 2006. Photo by Steve Burtchael