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Monnette Sudler: A Musician in Need

Suzanne Cloud on benefit for ailing Philadelphia jazz guitarist

John Blake

On October 13th at the 7165 Lounge in Philadelphia something extraordinary happened. It wasn’t extraordinary because it was a jazz benefit organized to help one of Philly’s own. It wasn’t extraordinary because lots of people showed up to see and be seen. It was extraordinary because it’s been a very long time since so much love was showered on one person in one evening. Tears of joy mingled freely with the tears of worry and desperation everyone felt for guitarist Monnette Sudler,.

Physically a shadow of herself, she sat tucked in the corner of the club with oxygen running and a face mask on because her immune system is depressed from her battle with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) lung disease. She’s waiting for a lung transplant.

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