Bootsie Barnes

November 2010  Number 19               Forward to a Friend                

Don't Forget!

Jazz Bridge is giving out  its first "Making a Difference" award on Sunday December 5th at the Sunday Jam Sessions at the La Rose Jazz Club, located in historic Germantown. The board voted and one special person in the jazz and blues community will be receiving this award. The night is also a fundraiser for Jazz Bridge to replenish our fast dwindling general operating fund that helps our local musicians and vocalists. The Great Recession has increased the need, so please come out and show your support! Food and music in an intimate cabaret setting, and free on site parking at 5531 Germantown Avenue. Tickets are $15-No Advance sales. Lots of Door Prizes!The fun starts at 6 p.m!

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



Chelsea BaratzSaxophonist Chelsea Baratz will be appearing at our new concert series at the Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church, 13 E. Mt. Pleasant Ave, in Philadelphia  on Thursday November 11th, 7:30-9 p.m. Still in her 20s, Chelsea Baratz has already made a huge splash and her soulful sound is a fiery combination of be-bop swing and hip hop hooks. As a teenager, Baratz became a regular on the Pittsburgh jazz circuit, playing with the likes of legendary hard-bop drummer Roger Humphries, bassist Dwayne Dolphin and trumpet giant Sean Jones. She honed her craft with the guidance from the best of the Iron City's local musicians and then went on to a few stints with Branford Marsalis. Baratz moved to New York at 19 to attend the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music on a scholarship. Since then, she has recorded with trumpet virtuoso and producer Maurice Brown and joined him in the studio to record Mobetta & Soul'd U Out: The Official Mixtape, Brown's stellar 2007 release. Chelsea has played on Aretha Franklin's album Jewels in the Crown and performed at the Sisters in Jazz collegiate all-stars IAJE conference in New York, the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and the Costa Rica International Jazz Festival in San Jose, Costa Rica. Hal Galper
Grammy-award-winning pianist Hal Galper will be appearing at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 145 W. Rose Tree Road in Media, PA, on November 17th with bassist Tony Marino and drummer Billy Mintz for the first concert of our piano series. One Show: 7:30-9 p.m. Hal Galper is internationally known as an improviser, composer, and educator. His theoretical and practical articles have appeared in six Down Beat magazine editions and his scholarly article on the "Psychology of Stage Fright," in the Jazz Educators Journal, was highly influential. Galper has won a Grammy nomination and a Grammy for his recordings with the Phil Woods Quartet and Quintet, was awarded a Distinguished Alumni Award from the Berklee College of Music and been a grant recipient from the National Endowment of the Arts, the Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Foundation and the New School of New York. Hal is on the faculty of Purchase Conservatory and the New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music.
All Jazz Bridge Neighborhood Concerts start at 7:30 p.m. and are just $10/$5 for students. Free refreshments and free on site parking.

Very Sad News . . .

Sid SimmonsA mainstay of the Philly jazz scene died last Friday. James "Sid" Simmons must have played piano with thousands of musicians and singers from this area and around the world. He made his mark in a quiet way, always unselfishly giving his all to the other musicians on stage. Jazz Bridge has been a medical advocate for Sid for a few years and I have never known a braver person in my life. He was the epitome of grace under pressure, and I will never forget him. For those of you who are unaware of the wonderful contributions Sid made to jazz, please read a recent obituary beautifully written by Lee Mergner of JazzTimes magazine.  The viewing will be held Tuesday, Nov. 16th, at Pinn Memorial Baptist Church, 2251 N. 54th Street from 9-11 a.m. Music will be provided by his friends.