JazzBuffalo and MusicalFare Theatre announce a donation is being made to the Mental Health Advocates of Erie County in the name of Angelo Di Loreto. A little over $1,300 was raised from the memorial jazz concert tribute to Angelo held on December 4. The memorial was live-streamed from the Premier Cabaret Lounge of MusicalFare Theatre.
The memorial featured music and stories remembering the life of Angelo Di Loreto. Philippe Lemm and Jeff Koch of the Philippe Lemm Trio and Adam Kromelow of the Genesis Piano Project performed as a trio. In-between songs, anecdotal videos by friends and mentors sharing personal stories were shown. The three friends and co-musicians of Angelo donated their earned fee to the National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI) New York City chapter.
Angelo Di Loreto passed away on October 17th of this year. Making an enormous contribution to the jazz music community. Doing so despite living a life consisting of a lifelong battle with anxiety and depression.
Randy Kramer, Executive Director of MusicalFare Theatre, states: “as an outcome of the memorial, it is special during this time of the pandemic to be two non-profits helping out another non-profit. We were honored to be a part of the experience and to make this contribution. Truly grateful to those who participated.”
Tony Zambito, Executive Director of JazzBuffalo, says: “it was a remarkable and beautiful memorial that enabled people to remember the special individual Angelo Di Loreto was. It also gave many a chance to learn of Angelo and hear his music for the first time. For both our organizations, we thank all who contributed with ticket purchases and contributions to give us the opportunity to make a donation in his name.”
The donation to Mental Health Advocates of Erie County comes at a time when the nation is in the midst of a mental health crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic has intensified the crisis as well as the need for treatment resources. Available treatments for substance abuse and mental health illnesses are being stretched thin. Causing those in need of support to experience long wait times.
It is hoped the donation will be able to provide a small measure of support to the non-profit health association during a difficult time. While at the same time, honor the life and music of Angelo Di Loreto.
(Photo Credits: Jack Zuff)