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A STATEMENT FROM THE JAZZ FOUNDATION RE: KENNY BURRELL GOFUNDME CAMPAIGN

A STATEMENT FROM THE JAZZ FOUNDATION RE: KENNY BURRELL GOFUNDME CAMPAIGN
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May 10, 2019

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A STATEMENT FROM
THE JAZZ FOUNDATION
RE: KENNY BURRELL

GOFUNDME CAMPAIGN


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 May 10, 2019
 
The Jazz Foundation has received many inquiries over the past 24 hours regarding the legitimacy of the GoFundMe campaign for Kenny Burrell.

We would like to assure anyone concerned about Kenny that this campaign was indeed created by Katherine on his behalf.

Musicians close to Kenny have been in touch with him directly to confirm his situation, and the Jazz Foundation has been in contact with Katherine for months.

We operate with the utmost respect for client privacy and confidentiality, but given the questions that have come up, Katherine has kindly given us permission to share this information.

Kenny and Katherine had been dealing with this situation alone for several years, because, as always, musicians are proud and self-reliant and do things on their own. They did not even contact us to ask for help but were referred by friends.

The Jazz Foundation assessed the case, conferred with other helping organizations, and reviewed documents attesting to the financial need described in the GoFundMe post.

We couldn't possibly cover the full scope of the need, and other sources of funding were explored, including a GoFundMe campaign, given how successful and lifesaving they have proven for fellow musicians.

As we can see in this outpouring of love for Kenny and Katherine, it has worked.

This is a painful but inspiring example of what we see every day at the Jazz Foundation.

Many of our legends do not have a partner at home to help them. As we see here, even when they do, the Jazz Foundation is needed to give emotional and financial support. This is why the organization exists, and we handle 30 emergency cases every day.

Katherine wished to share these words with everyone who has giventheir kindness and support over the last day:
 
“Thank you to everyone at the Jazz Foundation and those who have responded with loving thoughts, prayers, and generosity. Kenny and I are overwhelmed by the compassion, support, and love of both friends and people whom we do not know, but revere his music. Even simple acts of caring and prayer are deeply appreciated during this difficult time, but the generosity in others’ hearts is far beyond anything we could have imagined. The outpouring of love and support, as well as the words of admiration and respect he has received through the campaign have tremendously lifted his spirit and touched his heart. It is my greatest joy to see his expressions, including tears, as he realizes he is respected, cherished, and loved beyond his comprehension. It is a deeply moving and humbling experience, challenging though it may be to expose ourselves and ask for help. Our deepest and heartfelt gratitude for your support, love, and light."
 
We applaud Kenny and Katherine for the courage it took to share the details of their crisis. It has opened up a world of such goodness and generosity, which they so richly deserve.

Yours in service,

Joseph Petrucelli         
Executive Director
 
Contact: (212) 245-3999 ext. 10
 



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Jarrett Lilien
    President
Joseph Petrucelli
    Executive Director
Wendy Oxenhorn
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B. Bonin Bough
Michael Devins
William A. Douglass, III
Steven Edwards
Dr. Frank Forte
Dr. Daveed D. Frazier
Ben Giordano
Danny Glover
Steve Jordan
Casey Lipscomb
Peter Low
Geoffrey D. Menin
Michael Novogratz
Robert Opatrny
Michael Pietrowicz
Lee Richards
Marc Roth
Abigail Scheuer
Stephen B. Siegel
Marlisa Vinciguerra
Bill Wurtzel
 
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Sandy Jordan
Quincy Jones
Stella Marrs
Hank O’Neal
Jimmy Owens
 
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Robbin Ahrold
Christian Alexander
Arthur H. Barnes
Joslyn Barnes
Glen Barros
Thurston Briscoe
Ron Carter
Judy Chambers
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Archibald Cox, Jr.
Ron Delsener
Jim Eigo
Lois Gilbert
Marius André Holzer
Michael Imperioli
Victoria Imperioli
Phyllis Lubarsky
Bruce Lundvall
Howard Mandel
Wynton Marsalis
Jill Newman
Jacques Nordeman
James Polsky
Bob Porter
Fran Richard
Phil Schaap
Steve Shapiro
Lew Tabackin
George Wein
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