Jeremy Walker Benefit Bash
Posted on July 23, 2013 in Featured Food Item
THE JEREMY WALKER BENEFIT BASH
FOR LOCAL JAZZ COMPOSER & MUSICIAN
Featuring NYC’s TED NASH (Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra) and DAVID
BERKMAN (new!), ANTHONY COX, singers from MINNESOTA OPERA, and JOSEPH
SCRIMSHAW at the Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant.
“Jeremy Walker may become the Duke Ellington of the early 21st century.” —Jazz Ink
7:00 PM | Thursday, July 25th, 2013
$50 | 612-332-5299 | www.dakotacooks.com
The Dakota warmly welcomes you to join us in support of not only a longtime friend, but patron and colleague Jeremy Walker. Jeremy was an integral part of starting The Dakota’s Late Night shows here at the club, and has become an incredible asset to not only the local jazz community, but to the Minneapolis music scene as a whole. We look forward to presenting a wonderful night of music that set’s the perfect example of how far reaching Jeremy’s talent goes in this town. Please take the time to read a little further about Jeremy and his health, and how you can help as he works on moving forward.
“Jeremy Walker is passionate about music. I first met ‘Boot’ after he drove several hours to see The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. At that time he was a bandleader and saxophonist determined to make a difference with his music. When his illness forced him to quit the saxophone, he opened a jazz club and worked against overwhelming odds to continue bringing music to the community. When circumstances ultimately caused the club to close, instead of packing it in and quitting, he took up the piano and explored his talents as a composer. Because of his determination, Jeremy Walker, still fighting his illness, has become a creative force, and his passion for playing and sharing his music is an inspiration to me.” —TED NASH
WALKER’S STRUGGLE WITH LYME DISEASE
Walker experienced his first symptoms fifteen years ago. With growing joint pain, weakness, and loss of balance, he was walking with a cane by the age of 35. Neurological challenges affecting his mobility, his speech, and his embouchure (how one holds his lips to the mouthpiece) finally forced him to quit the saxophone, his instrument of 25 years. He struggled through his last gig as a saxophonist at The Nomad Bar on Minneapolis’ West Bank in 2005.
As is the case with many suffering from Lyme Disease, Walker spent years seeking a diagnosis. Doctors explored rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Bell’s palsy, fibromyalgia, brain cancer, and even psychosomatic causes. Although tested for Lyme Disease, the doctors did not detect the illness at that
time. With thousands of dollars in medical bills, and the loss of his career as a saxophonist and instructor, Walker eventually gave up on a diagnosis and instead focused on managing his symptoms through acupuncture, acupressure, diet, and exercise. His mobility increased, and he began to teach himself a new instrument – the piano. In 2012, his symptoms worsened. Through the urging of an acquaintance who knew of advances in Lyme Disease testing, Walker was again tested and finally diagnosed with late stages Lyme Disease in March 2013.
“Jeremy Walker was a friend of Jazz before he was a friend of mine. I first met him and his wife, Marsha, when they were running the jazz club, Brilliant Corners and they brought my quartet to play for a weekend. They did it because they love music, were idealistic and willing to try to bring in music that they liked in spite of the financial obstacles. That club was a home for a small group of young players in Minneapolis and the energy and enthusiasm of the people who came out that weekend was great to experience. Financial obstacles forced that club to close, but Jeremy kept going. He’s a person that has overcome a lot of obstacles, especially when medical reasons forced him to switch from sax to piano. Happily, he found that his love of the piano had brought him to the instrument he was meant to play.” – DAVID BERKMAN
A Note From Our Marketing Manager:
I first met Jeremy Walker when he was booking artists at his innovative club in downtown St. Paul, Brilliant Corners – a late night coffee bar with live music. I was booking David Berkman at the time, working to get David a gig in the Twin Cities, and Jeremy jumped on board. A difficult prospect, running a coffee bar club, but Jeremy and Marsha made it work. Brilliant Corners was modeled after clubs like Smalls in New York City, but a little brighter (and cleaner), and Jeremy’s club drew the same level of talent way over here in our “fly-over” zone of Minnesota. Not only did Jeremy book David Berkman, but he also worked out a deal for me with Craig Handy and his band. One night even Wynton played, and Itzhak Perlman stopped in after his concert at Orchestra Hall. Working with Jeremy the club owner was fun, and we transitioned seamlessly to friends after hanging out at booking conferences, and we’ve became more like family over the years – that’s what happens when you share floors for crashing in Minneapolis and New York. But also, Jeremy is just so reserved yet hilarious; it’s impossible not to be drawn to him, love him and wish for the best for his health.-Meg Cadogan
THE COST OF TREATMENT
Walker’s medical team is comprised of medical and holistic doctors. Now uninsured, he is looking at potential treatment costs of up to $75,000. A volunteer committee of friends and family formed with the goal to raise funds so that Walker could begin his treatment plan. Ticket sales (minus fees) and on-site donations will be applied to the fundraising goal of $20,000.
$50 per person (not including fees.) To order, follow this link http://www.dakotacooks.com/event/jeremy-walker-benefit-bash/ or call 612-332-1010. The ticket price does not include food and beverage. A full menu is available. Ticket revenue (minus fees) and all on-site donations will be contributed to the cause.
To donate online, follow this link to Walker’s YouCaring page: http://www.youcaring.com/medicalfundraiser/help-boot-kick-chronic-lyme/51056