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.�