David S. Ware Needs a Kidney Transplant

Here’s a letter being circulated, reportedly from Steven Joerg of the AUM Fidelity label. Sad news.

David S. Ware is a giant of the saxophone, blowing with a passionate, fierce sound. According to Cooper-Moore, Ware and David Murray are among the few saxophonists Sonny Rollins hand-picked to carry on the tradition.

Now, his journey may be ending prematurely. Read on …

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Dear friends,


Photo: Eddy Westveer

This is an urgent notice on David S. Ware’s health. David needs to find a kidney donor.

David S. Ware was diagnosed with kidney failure in 1999 and he began dialysis that fall. He had an intensive three week hemodialysis regime toward beginning peritoneal (self-administered) dialysis, which would allow him to travel. David has been on this self-administered dialysis regime multiple times every day and night since October 1999. While certainly difficult, he has been able to travel, and perform his music undiminished, since then.

However, late this past December, David called to say that after 9 years this treatment was no longer working as it had been, and that a kidney transplant is the only viable option for his survival.

Since then a number of friends and family members have offered to give him one of their kidneys. Unfortunately, they have all been disqualified due to health reasons or not having David’s blood type, O.

Some basic/initial requirements for viable donors are that they must be under 60 years of age, do not have diabetes or high blood pressure, are in general good health, and have blood type O (either O+ or O- is fine).

The hospital where a transplant would take place is the very highly regarded Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ.

Willing and able potential donors should please get in touch with us as soon as possible:

Steven Joerg / David S. Ware management

aum at aumfidelity.com

telephone: 718 854 2387

We will then get them directly in touch with the Kidney Transplant Center at RWJU Hospital to begin the screening process for donor viability.

Thank you on behalf of David S. Ware; please feel free to forward this notice.

Steven Joerg

AUM Fidelity

Playlist: Jan. 16, 2009

KZSU playlist for Friday, Jan. 16, 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Haven’t posted for five days as I’ve been under the weather — partly because our unseasonably 70-degree days have kicked my allergies into gear. Achoo.

Some highlights:

UPDATE (1/19): Fully annotated playlist is now on my non-Wordpress page here.   Plain playlist is below the fold.

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