I saw him at the Blue Note in NYC a bit before he left us . I saw how gaunt he looked and just knew he wouldn't be around to much longer . He played beautifully that night with Carmen Mcrae
I guess this is to the main thread instead of a particular poster. Double postings can happen otherwise, even when one removes the post (because the software does not alert that the message was posted).
Yes indeed, we are interested in Mr. Getz's cancer as well, because we don't know what type of lymphoma it was. We do, however, know just what disease means to jazz, thanks to this author:
The Lost Years: The Impact of Cirrhosis on the History of Jazz, Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology
'....Hepatitis B vaccination could improve longevity, but alcoholism and hepatitis C remain major health issues among jazz musicians....Hepatocellular carcinoma also claimed major saxophone stylists Stan Getz....and Steve Lacy....It is interesting to speculate where jazz may have gone if John Coltrane and Charlie Parker lived into their 80s rather than succumb to the ravages of liver disease in their 30s. If we assume an average life span of 75 years fo an adult man, the jazz musicians depicted in Figure 1 have lost a combined 461 years of jazz productivity as a consequence of cirrhosis.'
Coltrane died of HBV-induced hepatocellular carcinoma in 1967 at age 41. This was the year of the Marburg outbreak in Germany. MikeL was diagnosed with HBV in Dec 1996, though having cleared the virus sometime between then and June 2018 when diagnosed as HBV-free and eligible for vaccination. We also recall Cheryl Bentyne's bout in 2010 with Hodgkin lymphoma.
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