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Kenny Burrell Responds to GoFundMe Campaign

Total raised for the financial support of the guitarist and his wife now more than $150,000

Kenny Burrell
Kenny Burrell

UPDATE 7/11/19: A second statement sent to JazzTimes by Kenny Burrell and a subsequent report in The Washington Post have added many more layers of complication to this story, which we will continue to follow.

Today (May 15), as the total amount raised for the “Support Kenny Burrell” GoFundMe page inched past the $150,000 mark—well beyond its initial goal of $100,000—a new message was posted on the page, attributed to the 87-year-old guitarist himself. It reads:

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Mac Randall

Mac Randall

Mac Randall has been the editor of JazzTimes since May 2018. Prior to that, he wrote regularly for the magazine. He has written about numerous genres of music for a wide variety of publications over the past 30 years, including Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, The New York Observer, Mojo, and Guitar Aficionado, and he has worked on the editorial staffs of Musician, LAUNCH (now Yahoo! Music), Guitar One, Teaching Music, Music Alive!, and In Tune Monthly. He is the author of two books, Exit Music: The Radiohead Story and 101 Great Playlists. He lives in New York City.