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Kenny Burrell

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My name is Katherine Burrell. I am raising funds for my husband, Kenny Burrell. He is a legendary jazz guitarist who has contributed much to the world of music. Following his 85th birthday concert at Royce Hall, he suffered an accident that led to a two year medical leave. He is still in recovery, on sabbatical, and writing his autobiography, as well as two other books. I am taking care of Kenny at home. His medical expenses exceed our monthly income. Additionally, we were both victims of identity theft and bank fraud, and the bank has refused to return the stolen funds, which totaled more than $60,000. In the process of mismanaging our claim, the bank returned payments I made to creditors, seriously impacting our credit scores. We no longer qualify to rent an apartment or open lines of credit and/or loans. We are also currently in litigation with our HOA which has been costly, such that I have spent almost all of our savings and life insurance policy. We are facing foreclosure and consequent homelessness. I am fearful of homelessness for Kenny’s sake, and terrified of how I will care for him if left without a home. We will have to move out of our apartment in the next 1-2 weeks for demolition, which will include mold remediation, lead abatement, and major construction. None of this will be covered by insurance, and the HOA will pass all of the costs to us. I can’t maintain Kenny’s health and safety in that kind of environment, and have no place to relocate nor the funds to do so. It is my fervent, heartfelt desire to continue to care for Kenny as he deserves given who he is and all that he has given to the world through his music, and the beautiful spirit from which it emanated. It saddens and embarrasses me to desperately need and request help, but it is necessary at this point. If anyone is willing to help us at this time, I would deeply appreciate it, and I will do my best to pay you back in the future. Thank you, and God bless you.
 
 

This came from Jim Eigo at:

www.jazzpromoservices.com/

 

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The gofundme campaign has collected more than 23K. It better be legit. I posted it because it came from a source that's been around for a long time.

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Get well Mr. Burrell!  One of my favorites

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1 hour ago, jlhoots said:

The gofundme campaign has collected more than 23K. It better be legit. I posted it because it came from a source that's been around for a long time.

Not to be completely suspicious but can’t anyone post a GoFundMe appeal or does the identity have to be authenticated?

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37 minutes ago, Brad said:

Not to be completely suspicious but can’t anyone post a GoFundMe appeal or does the identity have to be authenticated?

Well over 500 people have donated & it's up to 30K. Jim Eigo sent this out originally from his website.

Jazz Times also sent it out & is now being cautious. Does anyone know Katherine Burrell?

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Here is Jazz Times' tweet:

"We now have reason to doubt the legitimacy of that supposed GoFundMe page for Kenny Burrell we posted about earlier today. If you've been thinking of contributing, please hold off until we can get the full story."

 

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Before I posted, I did a cursory Web search, and was surprised at how little personal information I could find about KB.  No mention of his wife's name or where he currently lives.  It does seem that his 85th birthday concert was his last one to date, but I couldn't find a mention of a subsequent accident.  The rest of the GFM story...I dunno, but I'd think that someone who's the director of UCLA's Jazz Studies program wouldn't be in such dire straits.  This, however, surprised me: https://news.allaboutjazz.com/david-burrell-son-of-kenny-burrell-dead-at-49.php

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This is truly terrible.

Should moderators block these kinds of posts going forward until they are verified as legit?

While I appreciate the opportunity to support musicians in need, we shouldn’t undermine the cause by unwittingly promoting fraud/theft

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Scary, if this is a fake. If you look at the go fund me donor list, a number of musicians have donated.

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One could just call the department at UCLA and ask if it is true.  He is faculty there.

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Renee Rosnes and many other musicians donated, so I joined them. Someone on a jazz guitar forum I take part in looked up Katherine Burrell's address, and it's the same as Kenny's.

Even if it's a fake, I owe him too much to not donate. 

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Ugh.

Awful if KB is really experiencing this dire situation.

Awful if this is a scam.

 

Be cautious, folks.

 

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Michael Cuscuna is looking into this and he has a call into Blue Note/Universal to see if they can do anything financially. He said that the Jazz Foundation is already involved too. I told him the Jazz Foundation should give the Burrells a lawyer to sue the bank that's telling them "Tough crap that somebody stole $60,000".

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Update. It’s all legit. Tweet from Jazz Times:

Update: The news about #KennyBurrell is in fact true, and the GoFundMe page is legitimate. An official announcement from the Jazz Foundation of America is on the way, and we'll post it on our website as soon as we get it.

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Sad to hear its legit but also glad so I can help out. I think the jazz world will step up for KB and hopefully they'll put this behind them soon. Would love to see his autobiography!

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I agree completely. As soon as I get home, I will make a donation. 

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I'll be donating, listening to his music and keeping him in my thoughts.  

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Now that I know it's legit, I donated. I hope that, between the Go Fund Me and the Foundation, we can prevent this terrible fate for one of our finest musicians.

 

 

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I donated. It's the least I can do for someone who has given me many hours of enjoyment.

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