Blues legend FATS DOMINO was forced to cancel a fundraising autograph session for musicians displaced by Hurricane Katrina on Monday (01MAY06), after being taken ill. The BLUEBERRY HILL singer was set to sign copies of his new album ALIVE AND KICKIN' just before the Tipitina Foundation benefit concert, but pulled out at the last minute. However, the 78-year-old star is determined to recover from the undisclosed illness in time for his performance at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on Sunday (07MAY06). Music director for Tipitina's nightclub ADAM SHIPLEY says, "It's not any major ailment, but he wanted to rest up for Sunday. "He is not feeling well, and his first priority is getting ready for Jazz Fest." The new album was released to raise money for Tipitina's Foundation which helps local musicians find housing and new instruments after the Hurricane Katrina disaster, which struck America's Gulf Coast region last August (05). Funds raised from the Tiptina concert and silent auction will go towards providing instruments for the city's school music programmes. Foundation director BILL TAYLOR said one of Domino's biggest concerns has been the future of the next generation of musicians. Taylor says, "He's always asking about the kids, how they're doing." So far the foundation has provided more than $500,000 (GBP286,000) worth of donated instruments to young musicians affected by the disaster. Domino's own New Orleans home was also flooded by the hurricane.