Bassist Kermit Driscoll is best known for his association with guitarist Bill Frisell, but he's long been a presence with other venturesome outfits, having performed with John Zorn, John Hollenbeck, and Ben Monder among others. And don't forget New and Used with Dave Douglas. After about a decade of suffering its symptoms, Driscoll was recently diagnosed with Lyme disease. In an effort to meet the costs of medicine and care, there will be a benefit concert for him Monday at Tonic in NYC for those who can attend. The lineup includes Frisell's 858 Quartet, Zorn, Hollenbeck's Refuge Trio, John Patitucci, Kendrick Scott and saxophonist John Ellis.
Dr. Jazz, Ph.D of the Jazz Clinic spoke to Driscoll earlier this month who said he was paying about $5,000 a week on antibiotics. That's no way for things to be.
Jambase has the story, and here's a brief Kermit Driscoll bio via Gerry Hemingway.
For the Love of Kermit
A Benefit Concert for Bassist Kermit Driscoll
Mon., Jan. 29, 2007, 7:30pm
107 Norfolk St.
New York, NY 10002
If you can't attend, consider sending a tax-deductible donation to:
Kermit Driscoll Emergency Relief Fund
ATTN: Bill Dennison
Musicians Union Local 802
322 W. 48th St.
New York, NY 10036
(Write "Kermit Driscoll" on the memo line on the check.)
And tell your friends.