Online Fundraiser to Aid Ken Peplowski

Reedman Ken Peplowski is a virtuosic clarinet and sax player who has notably enlivened his jazz gigs with his wry humor. But what Ken has endured of late has hardly been cause for mirth. He’s been experiencing some serious health and personal issues and is going through a really difficult time. In a post on Facebook recently he let his friends know the extent of his current problems. “I haven’t been very active on Facebook for the last six months or so, and here’s why—we’ll start with massive depression, divorce, moving out of my apartment, and being accidentally, by some bureaucratic glitch, put on Medicaid (the insurance no doctor will accept) and not being able to change it or even buy health insurance until this coming December. . .I worked through all of this and believe me, folks, the music has really kept me going. Then I did the Jazz Cruise—on the last night I saved a woman from falling down a metal ladder and in the process broke my knuckle on my right pinkie finger. “I had a solid month of work that would have been extremely hard to give up, including running the Sarasota Jazz Festival, playing in Newport Beach, and performing Dick Hyman’s clarinet concerto that he wrote for me, with orchestra in Flo
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