Bootsie Barnes

October 2010  Number 17               Forward to a Friend                

Michael RayTrumpeter Michael Ray found himself with a string of rehearsals in front of him when his only trumpet became corroded and ceased to function. What to do? He called Jazz Bridge for help and within a week, Jazz Bridge had partnered with MusiCares, the nonprofit association created by the Grammy Association, to get him a new trumpet. Ray, who leads his own group Cosmic Krewe, will be in Quebec, Canada, performing with Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie. Michael Ray emailed me: 

"Thanks to all the people at MusiCares and special kudos for Jazz Bridge for assistance in helping me get a horn!!!"
Jazz Bridge and MusiCares have partnered before to knit a few safety nets together in the past, and we'll probably be doing some knitting in the future as well!


Dr. Gerald Convissar

Many thanks to Dr. Convissar for lending his superb talents to helping Dot Watkins. He is a great example of what professional generosity can do to help a fellow human being in crisis. Are any more of you out there who want to help Jazz Bridge? Let us know, and maybe someday you'll see your photo in the Pro Bono Shout Out box!

Keswick Theatre
Jazz Bridge at the Keswick on Nov. 12th!

Don't miss John McLaughlin, one of the champions of jazz fusion guitar, at the Keswick on Nov. 12th. Come on up to the Jazz Bridge table and say hi! Maybe buy

 a t-shirt?


Click on the banner to the left and go straight to the Keswick Theatre Web site and buy a ticket...they ain't gonna last folks!

Ninety-year-old organist Dot Watkins needed a new smile
Dot Watkins
Dot Watkins
badly because the years had left her front teeth in need of extensive work. Drummer Henry Miller (a frequent sideman of Dot's) rode in on a white horse and called Jazz Bridge and his dentist Dr. Gerald Convissar of Mt. Laurel, NJ to see if we could all partner up and make Dot smile again! Well, we did!! Jazz Bridge contributed $1200 to the project and the generous doctor took care of the rest. He said he was happy to help. So, thanks to Dr. Convissar, Henry Miller, and your generous donations to Jazz Bridge, we made life just a bit easier for Ms. Watkins. Maybe one of these days you'll catch Dot accompanying saxophonist Bob Pollitt; she's been improvising on many gigs in Burlington County with him lately.

There is still time to be a sponsor of our 5th Anniversary Jazz Bridge 2011 Calendar!

 Don't miss this opportunity to get your name, organization or business out to over
 1,500 jazz and blues fans locally and all over the world!  
 You can have your logo on the calendar, sponsor a page, or just get your name or business listed under
"Friends of Jazz Bridge."  
 Reasonable prices. Please contact me ASAP
Hal Galper
Hal Galper 
Don't Forget our Neighborhood Concert Series

Monnette Sudler in Cheltenham, PA on 11/3
Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble in Collingswood, NJ on 11/4
Chelsea Baratz in Mt. Airy on 11/11

Pianist Hal Galper in Media, PA on 11/17

All concerts are only $10/$5 for students and there are free refreshments!
For more info: Upcoming Events

Hot Off The Presses!!!!
I am pleased to announce that the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance awarded a $2750 grant to Jazz Bridge for the Cheltenham concerts. This money will allow us to film more of our concerts and the wonderful talent in this area. I just finished another grant application (keep your fingers crossed) and I'm working on another.

For you viewing and listening pleasure . . . Herbie Hancock playing Cantaloupe Island with . . . first one to email me with his sidemen gets a free t-shirt! Click for the video!