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Karmanos Sponsors Jazz Ensemble Concert to Promote Bone Marrow Donations, Awareness

The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute is the major sponsor of a jazz ensemble concert that will also educate the public about becoming donors to the National Bone Marrow Registry and how donations aid in treating various blood disorders.

Detroit-based jazz musician and composer Doug Halladay was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in November 2009, underwent a bone marrow transplant in May 2010, and is now in remission. He is coordinating the concert with his Doug Halladay’s New Beginnings Ensemble.

The ensemble will perform at 8 p.m., Friday, May 17 at the Kerrytown Concert House in Ann Arbor. Ticket prices are $30 for assigned rows 1-2; $20 for assigned rows 3-5; $15 for general admission and $10 for students.

The evening’s performance features all original compositions by Halladay. He characterizes his work as cutting edge and contemporary and highlights the talent of some of the areas’ finest artists.

Featured artists include Halladay, who will serve as composer; Dwight Adams on trumpet and flugelhorn; Leslie DeShazor-Adams on viola; Vincent Bowens on tenor sax; Vincent Chandler on trombone; Ursula Walker on vocals; Marion Hayden on bass; Buddy Budson on piano and Gayelynn McKinney on drums.

“The goal of the event is to raise awareness of the resources available through the Karmanos Cancer Center’s J.P. McCarthy Cord Stem Cell Bank and to raise awareness of the need for donors,” Halladay said. “It’s an opportunity to help the community understand what is involved in becoming a donor and why it is so important.

“I am continually amazed at how little people know about the treatment of blood disorders and how simple it is to become a donor.”

In addition to Karmanos’ sponsorship, the performance is supported by the Don Chisholm Friends of Jazz at Kerrytown Concert House. For tickets, call (734) 769-2999 or visit the Web site at       

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