In tribute to Michael Brecker, the most renowned tenor saxophonist of his generation and among the most important contemporary jazz figures in the world today, the International Association for Jazz Education is sponsoring at their annual conference in New York City a bone marrow drive. The drive will take place on Friday, January 13 and Saturday, January 14 from 10AM to 5PM in the Hilton New York Hotel, 1335 Avenue of the Americas at 53rd Street, New York City on the 3rd floor promenade in front of the Grand Ballroom. Brecker, winner of 11-GRAMMY Awards, more than any saxophonist ever, was recently the recipient of an experimental half-matching blood stem cell (bone marrow) transplant to combat his affliction with myelodysplastic syndrome, a cancer-like disease.
I sure hope Michael’s with us for many years to come. He’s a huge influence on me.