In a better-regulated world, he’d be living comfortably off his royalties. Instead, he’s feeling the pinch—hard. According to his GoFundMe page:
I pulled out my wallet as soon as I heard the word. I urge you with all my heart to go here and do the same. Please help a true artist live out his days in the dignity he deserves.
Over the last few years, you may have noticed that your old pal, jazz legend Dave Frishberg, hasn’t graced the stages near you, nor tickled your ear drums and funny bones with new music. That’s because he’s suffered a series of setbacks to his health—some minor, some not-so-minor—that have kept him off the road and out of the studio, and steered him more or less into retirement.
We know; if only you’d been aware that Dave had retired, you would have given him a gold watch and a nice cake, right? Well, now you can give him an even better gift.
As it happens, coming along with Dave’s health setbacks are expensive new medical realities. And though the spirit is more than willing, there’s only so much the wallet can do. In other words, those royalties from his work are nice, but they can’t cover everything.
Your donations will help provide long-term health care to keep Dave comfortable at home.
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Dave Frishberg sings and plays “My Attorney Bernie” on The Tonight Show in 1983:
Faith Prince sings Frishberg’s “Sweet Kentucky Ham”:
Blossom Dearie performs “I’m Hip,” by Frishberg and Bob Dorough:
Diana Krall performs Frishberg’s “Peel Me a Grape”:
Rosemary Clooney sings Frishberg’s “Do You Miss New York?”: