Two upcoming benefits in California will aid Carl Evans Jr., a founding member of the veteran San Diego-based Smooth Jazz group Fattburger. Evans is currently in the middle of some serious health challenges. On Dec. 10, he underwent surgery to remove his left leg below the knee. This surgery was necessary to continue his ongoing battle against diabetes. On Jan. 1, doctors performed another operation.
To help with medical costs and future care, the Anthology club in San Diego will be hosting two benefit concerts on Jan. 20. Numerous San Diego musicians will performing, including bassist Nathan East of Fourplay, a longtime friend who Evans has known since elementary school. Also on board is saxophonist Charles McPherson, trumpeters Brian Lynch and Gilbert Castellanos, and keyboardist Rob Whitlock. All net proceeds will benefit the Carl Evans Jr. Health Relief Fund through Washington Mutual. Donations can be made directly to this fund at any time at any Washington Mutual bank. For more information on the show, go to fattburger.com.
Fattburger itself � which now features guitarist Evan Marks, bassist Mark Hunter, drummer Kevin Koch and percussionist Tommy Aros, plans a benefit show for Evans on Feb. 10 at Humphrey�s in San Diego.
This is the second setback for Fattburger in recent years. In September of 2006, Fattburger saxophonist Hollis Gentry died two years after being involved in a serious automobile accident.