A Benefit Concert for Bassist KERMIT DRISCOLL
Featuring performances by John Zorn, Bill Frisell's 858 Quartet
John Patitucci, Refuge Trio

Monday, January 29, 2007
Tonic: 107 Norfolk Street New York City
Showtime: 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $23/$25 Ticket Info: 212-358-7501

Kermit Driscoll
"I met Kermit on the first day I got to Berklee. When I was first trying to write music, he encouraged me every day. I love Kermit. He's a great musician. If I hadn't met him, I don't know where I'd be." -Bill Frisell

"If any good has come out of this illness, it has shown the impact that Kermit Driscoll has had on the music world. Personally, I love playing with Kermit, because his unbridled enthusiasm oozes out of every soulful note." -John Hollenbeck

On January 29, "FOR THE LOVE OF KERMIT" will feature performances by John Zorn, Bill Frisell's 858 Quartet, John Patitucci and the Refuge Trio in a benefit concert for bassist Kermit Driscoll at Tonic in New York City. The event is a direct campaign to raise funds for the ongoing medical expenses Kermit Driscoll is incurring for the treatment of his late-stage Lyme Disease.

Kermit Driscoll would be quick to admit that he's had a lot of good luck in his life. After dropping out of high school in Sumner, Nebraska, Driscoll made his way to the University of Miami in 1974 where he had the extravagant good fortune to spend a full year studying with the great Jaco Pastorius. He subsequently graduated cum laude from Berklee School of Music, where he fatefully met Bill Frisell on the emerging guitarist's first day of school. The chance encounter would result in a quartet formed in 1986 with Joey Baron (drums) and Hank Roberts (cello), and would last a decade, turning American jazz on its ear.

Fortune continued to smile on Driscoll as he performed and recorded with an astonishing variety of music-makers including John Zorn, Buddy Rich, John Hollenbeck, Dave Douglas, Chet Baker, Ben E. King, Don Byron, David Johansen and the New York Philharmonic. Over the years, Driscoll established a lasting impression on the musicians he collaborated with, and in his own intriguing way, left an inimitable imprint upon the music and musicians themselves.

In the mid-90's, Driscoll's luck had started to run thin. Upon walking in the wilds of New Jersey, he was bitten by a Lyme Disease-carrying deer tick. He spent several years searching for explanations for the fatigue, fever, headaches and aching joints. By the time a correct diagnosis was in place (August 2005), the disease was in its third stage, making it increasingly difficult for Driscoll to earn a living through his typical means.

With exasperated medical bills and a weakening vitality, close musical compatriots of Driscoll's have gathered together to help raise funds in a great time of need. In Driscoll's own words, "the amount of good will from the other musicians truly shows me how lucky I've been to meet such wonderful people along the way. It shows you the good community we are in, the alliances that were made..." "FOR THE LOVE OF KERMIT" marks a special evening where loving friends donate their talents and time in an effort to offer support to their longstanding colleague.

Donations can be made to Kermit Driscoll via his Musicians Union - Local 802 by writing a check to the Emergency Relief Fund and writing "Kermit Driscoll" in the memo line. Send checks to Bill Dennison, Local 802, 322 West 48th Street, New York, NY 10036. Contributions are tax deductible.

[Published on: 1/16/07]

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