Galvanizing free-jazz tenor saxophonist David S. Ware, who just released Shakti (Aum Fidelity)–not only the first album by his new quartet (with bassist William Parker, guitarist Joe Morris, and drummer Warren Smith) but his first new studio record in six years–is suffering from kidney problems that recently took a turn for the worse and could cut short his life.

The following message was sent out earlier today by Steven Joerg, who owns Aum Fidelity and has long served as Ware’s manager:

Dear friends,

This is an urgent notice on David S. Ware’s health. David needs to find a kidney donor.

David S. Ware was diagnosed with kidney failure in 1999 and he began dialysis that fall. He had an intensive three week hemodialysis regime toward beginning peritoneal (self-administered) dialysis, which would allow him to travel. David has been on this self-administered dialysis regime multiple times every day and night since October 1999. While certainly difficult, he has been able to travel, and perform his music undiminished, since then.

However, late this past December, David called to say that after 9 years this treatment was no longer working as it had been, and that a kidney transplant is the only viable option for his survival.

Since then a number of friends and family members have offered to give him one of their kidneys. Unfortunately, they have all been disqualified due to health reasons or not having David’s blood type, O.

Some basic/initial requirements for viable donors are that they must be under 60 years of age, do not have diabetes or high blood pressure, are in general good health, and have blood type O (either O+ or O- is fine). 

The hospital where a transplant would take place is the very highly regarded Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ.

Willing and able potential donors should please get in touch with us as soon as possible:

Steven Joerg / David S. Ware management
aum [at] aumfidelity [dot] com
telephone: 718 854 2387

We will then get them directly in touch with the Kidney Transplant Center at RWJU Hospital to begin the screening process for donor viability.

Thank you on behalf of David S. Ware; please feel free to forward this notice.

Steven Joerg
AUM Fidelity

Today’s playlist:

Ivo Papasov, Dance of the Falcon (World Village)
Sonny Rollins, Road Shows Vol. 1 (Doxy/Emarcy)
Stephan Mathieu, Radioland (Die Schachtel)
Microscopic Septet, Lobster Leaps In (Cuneiform)
Shot x Shot, Let Nature Square (High Two)