[JPL] Gato Barbieri's Health Issues

tomthejazzman at earthlink.net tomthejazzman at earthlink.net
Thu Sep 14 13:36:41 EDT 2006

Legendary jazz trumpeter Gato Barbieri, whose "Europa" is smooth 
jazz's equivalent of "Stairway to Heaven," has been slowly going 
blind for the last six years from a form of macular degeneration and 
is now legally blind. Barbieri and his wife, Laura, are working 
closely with the Foundation Fighting Blindness to raise awareness of 
the disease and raise funds for ongoing research projects to find a 

His "Europa" certainly has not been limited to Smooth Jazz airplay.


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