New Orleans natives Wynton and Branford Marsalis are in town for separate concert appearances this weekend. Big brother Branford kicks off the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center's 2005-06 season at 8 p.m. Friday at Dekelboum Concert Hall. Wynton Marsalis will headline the second annual Silver Spring Jazz Festival with a free outdoor concert at 8:30 p.m. Saturday in downtown Silver Spring. Festival volunteers will accept donations to the Red Cross for the victims of Hurricane Katrina . . .
Michael Jackson has penned a song called "From the Bottom of My Heart," which he hopes to record in the coming weeks to benefit hurricane victims, according to his publicist. Jackson is reportedly soliciting other musicians to join him in the project and plans to release the song on 2 Seas Records, a label owned by Prince Abdullah bin Hamad Khalifa of Bahrain . . .
Singer Alex Chilton, of Big Star and Box Tops fame, had been missing since the hurricane struck, but the Memphis Commercial Appeal reports he is alive and well. Chilton was evacuated by helicopter from his New Orleans home on Sunday, the newspaper says . . .
Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight has been released from a Miami Beach hospital after treatment for a gunshot wound suffered at a party before the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 28. Miami Beach police have made no arrests in the shooting.
-- Compiled by K. Wilcox,
from Web and wire reports