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"Mississippi Rising" benefit

Loyola press release - October 10, 2005



John Mahoney, Ph.D., professor of music and coordinator of jazz studies, performed in a telethon entitled "Mississippi Rising," carried by MSNBC, in an effort to raise money for Mississippians who were affected by the disaster of Hurricane Katrina.
Sponsored by UnitedHealth Group Foundations' Mississippi Hurricane Recovery Fund, and produced on the campus of the University of Mississippi in Oxford, the event was broadcast live by MSNBC. Co-chaired by native Mississippians Morgan Freeman, Archie and Eli Manning, John Grisham, Brett Favre and Sela Ward, the show had numerous Mississippi musicians perform, some with their own bands and some with an orchestra.
John Mahoney performed for six years throughout the United States with artists such as Sal Nistico, Joe Ramono, and Andy Fusco. As a performer and composer, he has participated in studio recording sessions and film scoring sessions. Mahoney has several original compositions published by Walrous Music Publishing and is the director of the award-winning Loyola Jazz Band. Mahoney's first compact disc recording In From Somewhere,which was released in the Spring of 2001, features all original material performed by the John Mahoney Big Band. He has been with the College of Music faculty since 1978.
For additional information, please visit www.mississippirecovery.com.