October 22, 2004

Fund Established For Injured Smooth Jazz Saxophonist Hollis Gentry

A fund has been set up to help saxophonist Hollis Gentry, who was seriously injured in a car crash.

Hollis_Playing.jpgSaxophonist Hollis Gentry, a founding member of the veteran Smooth Jazz group Fattburger who was seriously injured in a car crash in San Diego, is now out of intensive care. After more than a month, Hollis has been moved to his own room.

Members of Fattburger, assisted by local smooth jazz radio station KiFM, held a benefit concert for Hollis on Oct. 10 that helped raise more than $12,000. All of the money will go toward Hollis’ hospital bills and recovery. Fans can now send donations to a fund established by Hollis’ family:

Hollis Gentry III Fund
P.O. Box 740441
San Diego, CA 92174

According to Fattburger guitarist Carl Evans Jr., Gentry was driving his SUV to a show on Interstate 805 in La Jolla when the vehicle veered off the road and flipped over several times. Hollis’ injuries included a broken leg, foot, jaw and severe facial injuries that required reconstructive surgery.

Alhough Hollis has a long road to recovery, you can hear his saxophone on five songs on Fattburger’s new album, Work To Do! The title track, which features Hollis, is the first single.

Evans says Gentry is showing signs of encouragement in the hospital.

“He has a long way to go, but I think he’ll be OK. He’s out of a coma, and he’s aware of what has happened to him and that he’s recovering. He was really pleased to see some footage on the news about the benefit concert for him, and he was just really touched by all of that. I heard he was in a wheelchair and they took him out of intensive care for a little while. He found a piano, in one of the little conference rooms, and played it for 45 minutes.”

Posted by Brian Soergel at October 22, 2004 4:47 AM