Got some news today about writer Tom Terrell:
Sad news to report this afternoon. Just got a call from journalist Amy Linden and she tells me that Tom Terrell has stage 3 prostate cancer. It's a very aggressive form of cancer and it's far along. Tom got the diagnosis a week ago.
Like many journalists, Tom doesn't have medical insurance. So Amy is
getting together with some folks to stage a benefit for Tom. A venue hasn't
been announced but it will likely take place on Sept. 12th. Many of Tom's
favorite artists will be performing. Giant Step and the American Cancer Society are taking part.
Amy wanted me to put out the word to all of you, so you could share the info
with others who know Tom. She also would love for us to step forward with
any auction items we might be able to offer. She doesn't want anything that
could be easily bought at retail. Instead, she's looking for autographed
guitars, high-end box sets, autographed posters, etc.
Amy didn't know how to get a hold of Jerry Rappaport, but she asked that we
let him know. I don't have his current info, so if somebody could let him
know, that would be great.
If you would like to make a donation, or have auction items to offer, please
(I don't know what else to say. I don't know Tom personally.
But I've read some of his world music reviews and I'd marveled
where he got his good taste in music --
he'd cover the greats he loved -- Dom Um Rumao, Christina Branco --
This is the closest I got to knowing him, reading a remembrance he
wrote about his Aunt Shirley Horn ...
Cafe C'est What: Death and Music
I didn't know he'd been associated with Mango/Antilles, which at one
glittering transcendant moment in time was *the* hippest of them all,
Anyway, half a dozen years ago when I recognized my complete and utter failure to grasp the fiscal reality of journalism, I started believing that if you enjoyed reading an article by someone, you should send that person a little bit of money. This seems like a most appropriate time.)
[update: Forward regarding journalist Tom Terrell:
Please notify all these beautiful friends of mines out there that if they
want to USPS donations to me to offset all the medical expenses that are
guaranteed to come that they should make out checks and money orders (no
cash) to: "The Tom Terrell Benefit Fund"]