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!