Many of you know Julian Priester...
personally, then as one of jazz's living treasures. He's performed and
recorded with the likes of Duke Ellington, Max Roach, Dinah Washington,
John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Sun Ra... and has been a key member of
the Seattle jazz community for the past 35 years.
Priester recently retired from his longtime faculty position at Cornish
College of the Arts, and was hit with a "perfect storm" of events.
He sufferred serious kidney troubles, incurring expenses and forcing
him to stay near Seattle - both for treatment and to be available for a
transplant should the opportunity suddenly arise. That prevents him from
touring which, for lack of a pension, is his main source of income. He
and his wife have already had to give up their home and put most of
their posessions into storage. Even so, it has been a struggle to keep
up with the costs of storage, and they cannot reclaim their belongings
until the mounting fees are paid off. Soon their things will be
auctioned off - not only practical posessions but a lifetime of artwork,
music and family history.
Prof. Preister and his wife are wonderful people,
and it does not come naturally to them to talk about their personal
issues, much less ask for financial help. But they do need our help.
They have been working hard to line up a good long-term home for
themselves and their belongings, and to delay the confiscation of their
posessions until they have the money to pay their storage bills and
Anything you can contribute now will be of immediate help.
We hope to raise enough money to reclaim all their belongings and help
with their medical costs, at least until they are able to get back on
Julian Priester has given so much to the jazz community for decades, through his music and his teaching. Let's come together to help him through this time of need.