StoryCorps: Jim Atwood and Patti Adams

May 20, 2010

New Orleans musicians Jim Atwood and Patti Adams were at their Colorado cabin, off the electricity grid, trying to keep track of what was happening in New Orleans, as Hurricane Katrina approached. They clung to their two-inch screen, battery-operated television to decipher what they could expect to see on their return home.

In this conversation recorded March 19, 2010, Jim starts off with remembrances of what he feared Katrina had done not only to his home, but also to the cooperative classical orchestra he and Patti consider their family. And they recall reuniting with the musicians for performances-in-exile, and finally performing again in New Orleans.

ALSO: In this extended conversation, Jim Atwood talks with his wife of 35 years, fellow musician Patti Adams, about how she chose the artistic path, where it's taken her over the years and what the future hold for her artistic endeavors.

StoryCorps New Orleans interviews were recorded by StoryCorps, a national project to record and collect stories of everyday people. This excerpt was selected and produced by WWNO producer Eileen Fleming, with support from the WWNO Productions Fund and from Villere & Co., managing the investments of New Orleans' families for almost 100 years. Listen again at or at