[JPL] Gato Barbieri's Health

Steve Hahn SHahn at kuat.org
Thu Sep 14 14:10:36 EDT 2006

Fabulous tenor player. Check out his early recordings with Don Cherry.

Steve Hahn/KUAZ-FM

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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