E. W. Wainwright's African Roots of Jazz Benefit Concert to Help Fight Prostate Cancer
My name is E. W. Wainwright I, and for the past 54 years, I have been an internationally acclaimed jazz drummer. I have had the honor and pleasure to perform with some of the greatest names in jazz, popular and spiritual music. Names and events includes a 1974 tour with Earl "Father" Hines; 1975 performance at Carnegie Hall with Mccoy Tyner and Rahsaan Roland Kirk; nine years with Pharoah Sanders; and recording "Welcome to Love" with him, Merl Sanders and Jerry Garcia and their group "Aunt Monk". I'm the drummer on "When a Man Loves a Woman" made famous by Percy Sledge. More recently, in February 2012, I returned to Carnegie Hall with the great Dr. Jacqueline Hairston and an ensemble of 300 voices along with the New England Symphony Ensemble. The list goes on, and I thank God for these blessings.
I am currently an education consultant with Education for Change, in Oakland, CA.
I am producing this benefit concert to help fight prostate cancer, both for myself and to raise awareness nationally.
In July 2011, I was diagnosed with stage three prostate cancer, and if left untreated, I was given 18 months to live. This January will mark the end of my 18th month.
Since that time, I have undergone a very radical treatment which included 45 radiation treatments and an injection in the stomach every 28 days for two years. The second year of treatment will end in July 2013.
The radiation treatments removed all the cancer cells from my body and the injections are securing a long and healthy life for me. However, there is more to be done. The cost of this treatment plus raising a family of five on a limited income is challenging, to say the least.
There is always hope and there are new treatments being tested everyday. I am among the fortunate, as I have a great team of doctors who are visionaries as well as practitioners, so I am humbly asking you to join me in this celebration of hope for the fight against prostate cancer.
Star Attractions Include:
Frederick Harris, Piano
Richard Howell, Horns & Percussions;
Destiny Mohammed, Harp;
Brenda Schuman-Post, Oboe;
Alison Bailey Streich, Violin;
Gary Brown, Bass;
E.W. Wainwright, Drums
Featuring "Fix Me Jesus, Fix Me", Richard Howell & Destiny Mohammed Vocalists and Special Arrangement by E. W. Wainwright and Frederick Harris
The benefit concert I am producing will do little financially against this enormous problem, but will help raise awareness of the epidemic in Oakland, California, among African American men.
So, I am humbly asking you to join me by attending this concert, both by celebrating the fact that I will live longer than 18 months, and enjoy a celebration of good music, good friends, and the knowledge that there is an energy greater than all of us, and that is Love.
Floyd Pellom's 57th Street Gallery (View)
5701 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609
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