If you’ve ever wanted to enjoy some of the biggest names in music performing live and also help make a difference, then we know where you should be on January 20, 2015. That’s when the “The Nearness of You” benefit concert–with proceeds going to help fund both cancer AND myelodisplastic syndromes (MDS) research at the at Columbia University Medical Center in honor of jazz saxophonist Michael Brecker–is going down at the Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. Set to take the stage that night, among many others, are James Taylor, Paul Simon and Bobby McFerrin.
A 15-time Grammy Award winner, Michael Brecker passed away in 2007 due to leukemia, which can be related to MDS (Brecker was diagnosed with MDS in 2005). His search for (and inability to find) a matching bone marrow donation, which would have saved his life, spurned an effort to raise awareness of the issue that has continued on after his death, with bone marrow drives at jazz festivals and other fund-raising performances. Brecker’s battle with leukemia and final recording work were featured as part of the 2010 documentary More to Live For.