“If the musicians ain’t got a chance to live, then what chance has the music got?” Dr John.

One Note at a Time is a beautifully crafted, feature documentary, rich with colorful characters. It is set in the iconic musical backdrop of New Orleans, where ten years ago the music stopped…when one of the most deadly and destructive hurricanes in American history struck.

The flood defenses failed, flooding the Crescent City for weeks. Lives were lost and lives were shattered. Many displaced musicians felt compelled to return to the chaos and bleak confusion to play again.

This is the story of some who made it back, told in their own words, with those who fought alongside to resuscitate the music scene; In particular the founders of The New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic, a unique medical facility with the motto… ‘Keeping the music ALIVE’.

One Note at a Time was filmed over four years. It pays homage to the musicians who courageously returned to their hometown of New Orleans after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Compelled to come back and determined to resuscitate the music scene, this is their story, told in their own words. It is also the story of the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic that evolved into the New Orleans Musicians’ Assistance Fund, whose mission is to keep New Orleans’ culture ALIVE by providing social services and outreach.







Dr. John,  
Ben Jaffe, 
‘Uncle’ Lionel Batiste, 
Kermit Ruffins, 
 Damien Neville, 
Charmaine Neville, ,
Al ‘Carnival Time ‘ Johnson, 
Ellis Marsalis, 
Barry Martyn, 
Herman ‘Roscoe’ Ernest III,  
Wardell Quezergue, 
Walter Payton Jr., 
Brian Quezergue, 
Irma Thomas, 
Shelton ‘Shakespear’ Alexander,  
Lionel Ferbos,
Clarke Peters, 
Donald Harrison, Jr.,  
Delfeao Marsalis,  
Johann Bultman, 
Bethany Bultman,


DISTRIBUTION:                   Available

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER:                Paul Woolwich

DIRECTOR & PRODUCER:                Renee Edwards

Co-PRODUCER:              Claire Reynolds

STORYLINE:     In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, music can save the soul of the city, but can the musicians save themselves?

RUNNING TIME:       90 minutes (approximate)