SOMETHING FOR JIM ROTHERMEL

Jazz musicians give us so very much.  And sometimes all they get back is our applause, thirty dollars at the end of the night, a burger, a beer.  It seems to me that there ought to be a way to do better, especially in the case of reedman Jim Rothermel. 

I missed the benefit held on January 17 for Jim — someone I’ve admired in a variety of jazz contexts although I’ve never had the opportunity to hear him in person.  But here’s what Scott Anthony of the Golden Gate Rhythm Machine wrote:

As you may know, Jim Rothermel, the Golden Gate Rhythm Machine’s fabulous reed-man since 1984, has undergone almost 6 months of chemotherapy to combat acute leukemia.  He has been accepted at Stanford Medical Center for a bone-marrow transplant as soon as an acceptable donor is found, probably early in 2011.  Recovery from this procedure will take a number of months, possibly up to a year, during which time he will be unable to work or have any income at all.  We are hoping this benefit will raise money for his support during his recovery period.

Click here https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=BJVUPK7HXLFGL to donate money for Jim: any amount will help!  And if you distrust online transactions, the old-fashioned method will do nicely, Checks made out directly to Jim can be sent to him at Jim Rothermel, 14 Seibel Street, San Rafael, CA 94901. 

Think of the music — and of the people who so heroically create it for us! 

4 responses to “SOMETHING FOR JIM ROTHERMEL

  1. We sent a donation but will come through from Sue Gordon, in fact it is from
    Bobby Gordon.

    Hope you get better soon. Thinking of you…..Bobby

  2. Robert Moyer

    it should be noted that Jim passed away this week

  3. Robert Moyer

    my wife’s sister is married to his son Dave…thats how I know this

  4. David Levin

    I had no idea he was gone. Whatta great reedman! Jim recorded redubbed tracks on my Swing jazz band’s CD tracks in 2004 over in Oakland. He was one of the greats and will be missed.

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