Bootsie Barnes

July 2010  Number 13               Forward to a Friend                

Charles Ellerbe
Please join us at the 
La Rose Catering and Social Club on August 1st from 7-11 p.m. Drummer Rob Henderson is converting his jam session into a benefit for Daphne Fifield, the wife of bassist and jazz filmmaker Jason Fifield. She has breast cancer and needs help with medical bills. The Daphne Fund will be a permanent fund to aid our local jazz and blues women in crisis. Appearing that night will be saxophonist Odean Pope, pianist Trudy Pitts, Orrin Evans, the band Mischa Machez, and many of our local jazz artists. Donation at the door: $15

Pro Bono Shout Out

 Once again, I'd like to thank BRE Entertainment and the Keswick Theatre for their donation of tickets to our organization. Anyone at the Daphne Fund benefit on Aug.1st will have a chance to win two tickets to see hometown gal Rachelle Ferrell and Vivian Green at the Keswick on August 8th. Rachelle Ferrell

I am working on the Jazz Bridge 2011 calendar now. If you are a professional jazz or blues musician or vocalist who has been working in the Greater Philadelphia Metro area for at least five years, please contact me at to get your name on the calendar.

Daphne FifieldGuitarist Charles Ellerbe, who recorded with Ornette Coleman and the Trammps, is one client that Jazz Bridge has helped that we can boast about since most of our clients are confidential. Charles Ellerbe needed an advocate fast when the city-owned row home next to his was condemned, but not demolished. The house next door has been leaning on Ellerbe's house and has started to destabilize Ellerbe's basement and party wall. Garbage was piling up inside the condemned house and it's been a headache for over a year. After pleading with L&I and the fire department, Jazz Bridge finally contacted Councilman Darrell L. Clarke's office for help and his aide Mel Smith came over to inspect the situation. It looks like we'll be getting some action on this problem, but I'll keep you posted about further developments in this case. Just to press the message home: when you need help and have exhasuted the possibilities before your local legislator. That is why they are there. Check out the Jazz Bridge Provider page to "Find Your Legislator!" Oh, Charles Ellerbe just returned from a tour in Russia with some members of the Sun Ra orchestra and will be back in the studio after receiving a Subito grant from the American Composers Forum. Bravo Charles! The photo is by a terrific Philly photographer named Tony Dean.
Frank BeyRegister Now for the Pocono Jazz and Blues Party!
From October 1-3, you can relax at the Fernwood Hotel and Resort in the Poconos and listen to the terrific sounds of Frank Bey and the Swing City Blues Band, Denise King and Bootsie Barnes, Kevin Mahogany, John Blake, Duane Eubanks, and so many more great people.
Barbara Cooper, the CEO of Harvest Entertainment and a tireless worker for our local jazz and blues community, is donating part of the ticket sales to Jazz Bridge. So check out the site and register...anybody who is anybody will be there. You have to register before August 20th, so get in touch with Barbara about the tickets at or call her at 609-504-0423.
Summer Jazz  Happenings
Well, summer would not be summer without the spectacular Chicken Bone Beach series in Atlantic City. Director Henrietta Shelton, another tireless jazz booster, does an incredible job and books the hottest artists for a very cool show every Thursday evening on the boardwalk. Coming up: John Blake, Tim Warfield, and Ella Gahnt. Free events.
Don't forget the Sunset Jazz Series at Wiggins Park in Camden, NJ. Buster Williams will be coming in with his quartet and Billy Paul will be the special guest of the "Best of Camden Reunion Band."
Free Events.
Also, don't miss jazz at the Sandi Pointe Bistro in Somers Point, NJ where bassist Tim Lekan has been organizing some great sessions, including a Monday night jazz loft scene. Check out the Web site for show times. The Sandi Point has been a big Jazz Bridge supporter, and we appreciate it.
For your viewing pleasure, the great Ray Nance singing and dancing with the Duke Ellington Orchestra.