March 11, 2009

Smooth Jazz Contributor Needs Transplant

Armsted Christian, a professor of music at Berklee School of Music in Boston and a frequent contributor to smooth jazz projects, is in need of a double lung transplant. The 57-year-old singer and songwriter, who has performed with Gerald Albright, Walter Beasley, Marion Meadows, Chieli Minucci, Najee, Will Downing and others, has what is usually a fairly benign illness called sarcoidosis, which was first diagnosed in him in 1976.

But doctors say Christian, whose lungs are badly scarred and constantly infected, is one of the rare patients whose life is threatened by the disease. His condition qualifies him to be placed on an organ donor waiting list for a double lung transplant. To help raise money for Christian’s medical costs and to support his sarcoidosis research foundation, a benefit is planned March 14 in his hometown of New Bedford, Mass.

To learn more, or to make a donation, go to berklee.com.

Posted by Brian Soergel at March 11, 2009 7:23 PM