Jazz for Prostate Cancer Awarenesswas birthed in honor of NYC’s Jazz legend, trombonist James “Jimmy” Stowe, who succumbed to prostate cancer at the end of a five year battle at age 61. During his treatment, his brothers Phillip, Ralph, and Wendell, respectively, at ages 53, 46, and 61, each had undergone a successful prostatectomy, precipitated by the benefits of an early cancer screening.


Encouraged by his urologist, Dr. Isaac Kim, Ralph quickly became an advocate for the education and early detection of this men’s health epidemic. Conclusively, it was his brother James’ influence within the jazz community that impelled Ralph to launch the Jazz for Prostate Cancer Awareness fundraising campaign in his honor.