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To All Friends and Family,

A Message from Gigi
My dear family and friends we are raising the last bit of money to complete my treatments for colon cancer. My oncologist stated it has become almost undetectable. However I still need your help and appreciate any amount you can spare via my GoFund Me page.
Thank you and God bless you! 

Update

March 2019

$6,305 of $17,000 goal


As some of you may or may not know, I was diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer in December 2017. Although the tumor was removed and the doctors said there was no more cancer, unfortunately, a few weeks ago they discovered that it spread to both lobes of my liver showing several lesions and in my pelvic area as well, and is now Stage 4. The doctor stated that unless I begin immediate treatment, liverfailure would occur in 3 months. THIS IS A VERY AGGRESSIVE CANCER THE ONCOLOGIST STATED.

My Oncologist wanted to place me on a new Immunotherapy drug treatment and was very optimistic about it, but after looking at the P.E.T. scans, the Board of medical doctors decided I was no longer a candidate for the treatment.

The good news is there is an Alternative medical treatment available, which has been proven effective on cancer patients, and even in those who are in late stages successfully. However, the treatments are very expensive and are not covered by insurance. My doctor is quite confident in the life saving benefits of the treatment and the eradication of the cancer as a whole. 

Please help me save my life for my daughters and family, by donating whatever amount you can afford to help with the costs of medical expenses, travel, etc. Every amount helps even if it's $1!

Always with Love & Gratitude,

Gina "Gigi" Brooks

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This morning I woke up to see all of the wonderful donations from so many of you!

I can't tell you what it means to me to have people loving me and helping me get through this fight!

We are now at  $6,305.00

Our goal is $17,000 I know we'll make it.

NO GIFT IS TOO SMALL!
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ABOUT GINA "GIGI" BROOKS

Emcee for many jazz festivals and concerts.

Gigi Brooks, producer, programmer and host of GG’s Steamin’ Greens formally aired for three years on NPR affiliate station, WUCF 89.9 Jazz and more in Orlando, Florida has been collecting jazz records since the age of 8 years old. Her first jazz radio show, “Gina’s Jazz”, aired on WHPK 88.5 in Chicago, at the age of 15.

Gigi is a well respected jazz aficionado. Her current series “GG’s Jazz Greats and Legends” has been noted as “The #1 Jazz Series in America and The World” which features weekly live interviews with some of the greatest jazz musicians alive today. Her featured guests have included: Dr. Benny Golson, Christian Mc Bride, Alphonse Mouzon, ‘Little’ Jimmy Scott, Jimmy Heath, Wallace Roney, Dr. Yusef Lateef, Toots Thielemans, Jimmy Cobb, Cassandra Wilson, Bennie Maupin, Cyrus Chestnut, Dave Liebman, Stanley Clarke, Patrice Rushen, George Duke, Delfeayo Marsalis, Regina Carter, Bobby Watson, Marlena Shaw, Randy Brecker, Paul Carr, Carmen Lundy, Ron Carter, Marcus Miller, Herbie Hancock, Dr. Bill Cosby and more. She writes columns for JazzTimes and other publications.

LISTEN TO GIGI'S STEAMIN GREENS INTERVIEWS


Now Gigi is expanding her audience to Europe and beyond and brings four hours of GG's Steamin' Greens to the Global City Radio weekend schedule. 11 am to 3 pm EST Saturdays, repeated on Sundays and available on demand. If you like Jazz you will love GG's Steamin 'Greens. Listen to her classic interviews in the music player below.

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Please support my dear friend Gigi Brooks.

She's one of the most talented Jazz Programmers on the Airwaves and needs our assistance asap!

Click on the link below and give what you can.  No gift is too small.

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GiGi has been collecting jazz records since the age of 8 years old.

Her first jazz radio show, “Gina’s Jazz”, aired on WHPK 88.5 in Chicago, at the age of 15.

She's dedicated her life to the music and needs our help immediately!

Every little bit helps - large or small.

Please give today! Thank you!

I love GIGI!

George V Johnson Jr

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I love Listening to GG's Steamin Greens~~~Little Jimmy Scott

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I love listening to GG's Steamin Greens~~~Christian McBride

 

I Love listening to GG's Steamin Greens~~~Alphonse Mouzon

We love listening to GG's Steamin' Greens mmmm..mmm...mmm Good!

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Outstanding!  What a wonderful interview, 

ought to be manditory listening for the entire planet.

Lets at least say that it was amazingly informative~~~Ian Dylan

 

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Great interview with Benny Golson on Dec. 18.

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Hi Gigi, I am listening with great interest to your Legends interviews.

If I may. Jimmy Heath was speaking like a statesman.  His description of his relationship with his friends in Philly and San Fran was very telling. Particularly the way he talked about how the comaraderie of musicians collaborated for the sake of music and music only.  The reed men loved to walk around with their mouthpieces only all day, just to see how they could develop a tone uniquie to themselves.  I ran with a number of them in my San Fran days.

Mr. Heath was right, i don't see that anymore.  Just like the jam session this most important component of jazz has eroded.  Biting but true.  Jimmy touched upon our relationship with the arts and government.  He is so right.  I was interviewed by the Orlando Sentinal once.  I made simliar remarks about the Florida scene.  The late great legend, Panama Francis read it and invited me over to his house with he and his wife to discuss this.  We who have the fire in the belly recognize each other. This is for all of the American art forms.  I just had discussions over the holidays in NY with
family and friends about how Aaron Copland tried to correct this at the Yaddo in Saratoga Springs NY, My hometown! He invited all of the major American artists to retreat at the Yaddo, Stipend free.  It was a 20 year endeavor that spawned our existing art progams in the greater US today.

Here for the first time Afro-American artists enjoyed the blessings of an environment that allowed the development of art for art's sake.  I mean 18 pulizer prize winners. People like Paul Robeson. Booker T. Washington, A Phillip Randolph, (one of my mentors) Marget Walker, Langston Hughes, our  jazz and classical greats in all the artist disiplines.  Last month I uncovered these records and told the story to the astonishment of my community.  This was a secret program.  J Edgar Hoover tried to shut it down.  They did not want this information to suface.  But it's here now.  Anyway, Jimmy Heath touched that nerve. Why can't we do that in the open
here like they do in Europe and elsewhere.

Well, after you read that mesmeriizing poem my eyes welled up. A pause,.  I waited to see how Mr. Heath handled it.  He did so graciously.  But when you played a song dedicated to Percy, there was not a dry eye in the house. 

 

Well done Ms Gigi. I have listened to Benny Golsen.  We had a day together in NY. By ourselves. The same with Billy Taylor.  Cobi Narita of the New York Jazz Coalition had a program similar to Steamin Greens.  Each week Cobi invited a guest to speak at an organized event, similar to what Christan McBride is doing with his Harlem Museum discussions too.  I was the only one that showed up during
their visits. I learned of their greatness then and there.  I was the scibe for the coalition so I got to be privy to a lot.  " I Remember Clifford" The great bassist  Reggie Workmen had me learn it as a bass bowing lession in Brooklyn. When Christian started talking about Billy Taylor I got teary eyed again.  You're shows are so emotional to me.
Little Jimmy Scott loved him some Paul Robeson.  You asked him twice to make sure.  Suprising that a man with a contra-alto voice deems his role model a deep bass.  But Jimmy explained it well, it's the way he told the story and  of course he was the ultimate statesmen for the American arts. 

 

To quote Mr. Golsen. "GIgi, you are famous!" I don't know what gives me the authority to say this Gina, but, I'M PROUD OF YOU!  I look forward to your year in broadcasting. 

 

Thanks,
your friend, Bill

William Lee Jones

 

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