Please Help Julian Priester

For: Julian Priester
Organizer: Anton Schwartz
of $17,500 goal.
Raised by 597 donors
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Donations are still greatly appreciated!

Now that this online fundraiser has technically ended, please contribute directly to Julian Priester via PayPal:

Many of you know Julian Priester...
...if not 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.

Professor 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 possessions but a lifetime of artwork, music and family history.

Professor Priester 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 reclaim them.

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 their feet.

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.

All proceeds go directly to an account held by Prof. Priester, with the exception of PayPal's credit card fee (approx. 3%).

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on February 15, 2014 by Anton Schwartz
Great news about Julian Priester. He finally received a kidney transplant several weeks ago and is doing much better!

He will even be performing with Buster Williams at the PDX Jazz Festival (Feb 22) and Dimitriou's Jazz Alley (Feb 25-26) - his first major-venue public performances in a long time.

It hasn't been an easy journey, but he couldn't have done it without the generous help of so many friends and fans. Thank you for your support!

PS Dr. Priester now has a web site:

Posted on February 4, 2013 by Anton Schwartz
Anyone have a lead on an affordable Seattle rental?The storage units are paid off, and it feels great. Rather than consolidate their contents into another remote storage unit, Prof. Priester and his wife would like to find a rental apartment in Seattle that will hold most of their belongings. Do you have any suggestions for resources or particular apartments? (Please use the "comment" tab, above.) Many thanks!

Posted on January 17, 2013 by Anton Schwartz

The response has been wonderful! Heartfelt thanks to all who have contributed so far!! While the official "goal" has been reached, Prof. Priester's actual needs will depend on the availability of a kidney transplant, and may far exceed the amount we specified. So we are keeping the campagin active. Your continued donations are invaluable!

Posted on January 15, 2013 by Anton Schwartz

We met the initial goal of $10,000 in the first 48 hours. This is tremendous! Prof. Priester wishes to express his profound gratitude. He is floored by the rapidity and the generosity of everyone's response, and he looks forward to the opportunity to thank you all himself.

As people continue to learn of Prof. Priester's situation and contribute, we are raising the goal - just this once - to $17,500. The additional amount will assist Prof. Priester and his wife with living expenses until he is able to receive a kidney transplant and resume touring. In light of the great uncertainty of when the transplant will become available, the donations will be invaluable.

Thank you!!

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