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Florida Musicians Gather for One of Their Own

More than 50 performers support Julie Royal, wife of pianist Michael Royal

John Lamb and Michael Royal
Jack Fanning (vibes), Mark Neuenschwander (bass), Dick Hyman, Jim Wellen

The Southwest Florida music community rallied Sunday, April 15 to support pianist Michael Royal and his wife Julie. A three-and-a-half-hour jazz jam brought together more than 50 area musicians and scores more music fans who packed the Floribbean Restaurant & Lounge in downtown Sarasota.

Julie Royal was diagnosed with breast cancer, has had three surgeries and faces significant radiation and medication treatments. The estimated cost for all of this is into six figures and, as sometimes the case with musicians and their families, the Royals have been facing this with no health insurance.

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