Bootsie Barnes

August 2010  Number 14               Forward to a Friend                

Daphne Fifield

You can see by the smile above on Daphne's face that the benefit at the La Rose Catering and Social Club on August 1st was a night to truly remember. (Read all about it at the Jazz Bridge blog.)
The Daphne Fund, which is named for Daphne Fifield who is battling breast cancer and will be a permanent fund to help other jazz women in need,  increased by $2,017! Drummer Rob Henderson was masterful as MC and the musicians who contributed their talents (most notably Odean Pope, Trudy Pitts and Mischa Machez) were fabulous. Also many thanks to the generous photographers who were there. Tony Dean, who shot the photo above, Howard Pitkow, and the Photo Work Shop.

Pro Bono Shout Out

These fine businesses have been supporting our jazz and blues community for quite a few years, as well as providing gift certificates for our events. Please support these people when you dine and shop.
Campbell's Place and Tavern on the Hill in Chestnut Hill,
Premier Designs in New Hope, the Chestnut Hill Business Association, and Mango!

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.

Denise Montana
Denise Montana
Neighborhood Concerts Update: Jazz Bridge has 35 concerts planned this season. In addition to our ongoing concerts in Collingswood, NJ, and Cheltenham, PA, we are adding three more, which will be hosted by three artists who are well-known in the area: saxophonist Michael Pedicin Jr., will be hosting in Ardmore, drummer Rob Henderson will be in Germantown, and singer Denise Montana will be hosting a special piano concert series at the Unitarian Church in Media featuring pianist Hal Galper on November 17th, Sid Simmons on January 19th, and Sumi Tonooka on March 16th.
Rob Henderson
Daphne Fifield
As usual, Jazz Bridge has booked some incredible artists next season: Odean Pope, Monnette Sudler, Moud Swing, John Swana, Bootsie Barnes, Larry McKenna, Terrell Stafford, Jimmy Bruno, and many more! Keep an eye on this space for more info.

Jazz Bridge Never Stops

It's been a busy summer for us. While running here, there and everywhere, Wendy and I attended the Montgomery County Arts Culture Summit and met some great folks who are giving back to the Philadelphia area music community. People like Helen Haynes, who is booking jazz and blues at Montgomery County Community College, and Michael Norris from Art-Reach, an organization who we are partnering with to encourage the disabled to attend our neighborhood concerts. There is so much being done out there that most folks don't even know about! Jazz Bridge is currently helping a musician with a brain injury, and another who needs important gastrointestinal surgery, but has no health insurance. Many musicians have received free eye care from our partnership with Philadelphia Eyeglass Labs or had their homes saved from foreclosure by Jazz Bridge advocating for them and steering them in the right direction  via our Web site. Our FYI Alerts via email and Facebook have let people know about important services available for free or low cost.
Your donations have helped us do this, and we are impressed at  your dedication to your community. As the old quote goes, "When it comes to giving, some people stop at nothing." That's how I feel when I think of the support Jazz Bridge receives. Soon, you'll be hearing from bassist Mike Boone about our first capital campaign....yes, we haven't forgotten about our dream of an assisted living facility for our local artists. Stay Tuned.
Linda Watkins-PattersonWe are very happy to announce that Linda Watkins-Patterson, who most of you have met at our Cheltenham concerts, will be the volunteer coordinator for Jazz Bridge. Her experience, kindness and intiative is phenomenal and our organization is lucky to have her. Linda will be the go-to person for anyone who wishes to be a volunteer, so if you've got an itch to make yourself useful, just email her at
For your viewing and listening pleasure, Count Basie and his incredibly swinging band on the CBS TV show "The Sound of Jazz" in 1957.
Don't forget to listen to WRTI-90.1 FM. Barbara Cooper and I will be on Jeff Duperon's show (6-9 p.m.) this Friday to talk up the Pocono Jazz and Blues Party! Don't miss the show and don't miss the event. You can still get tickets. Call 609-504-0423