Bootsie Barnes

November 2010  Number 20               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. Terrific Door Prizes. Great Food and Music  Free onsite parking

 5531 Germantown Avenue.

Tickets: $15-No Advance sales.

The fun starts at 6 p.m!


 Pro Bono Shout Out!
Thanks to the Alpenhof Bed and Breakfast in Media, PA for supplying a room for pianist Hal Galper when he played our concert at the Universalist Unitarian Church. Hal loved the place and he got a complimentary breakfast too. Businesses like this keep the mission of Jazz Bridge going. Please patronize them and thank them for supporting our local  jazz and blues musicians.
For your viewing pleasure: Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble Playing Ridge Ave Swing courtesy of the Jazz Bridge You Tube site. Filmed by Jason Fifield from Slife Productions.
Blind Boys
AntFarmAppearing at the Collingswood Community Center, 30 E. Collings Ave, in Collingswood, NJ, on December 2nd will be AntFarm: featuring vocalist Paul Jost, pianist Jim Ridl, bassist Tim Lekan, and drummer Bob Shomo.  A review of their latest CD by John Barron of All About Jazz says it all: "The Antfarm Quartet is an ultra-hip ensemble of seasoned east coast jazz musicians with like-minded ideals. In an era of male jazz vocalists jousting for position as Rat Pack wannabees and angst-ridden, twenty-something posers, Jost is a sigh of relief. He possesses an abundance of convincing vocal qualities, most notably his ability to deliver fresh, uncontrived readings of overdone standards. Ridl is a dynamic force on the keyboard, and Lekan and Shomo swing along with unremitting energy, elevating the intensity of each groove and providing a relaxed foundation for Jost and Ridl to shine. High-level musicianship aside, the real charm of The Antfarm Quartet lies in their communal sensibilities-they sound like a real band full of give-and-take, humility and warmth."
Steve Giordano
Appearing at the Cheltenham Art Center, 439 Ashbourne Road in Cheltenham on December 1st will be guitarist Steve Giordano, and appearing with him will be vocalist/lyricist Carla Jenkins, bassist Steve Meashey, and John Mosemann on drums. In the 1970s, Steve Giordano burst on the scene playing with the Chico Hamilton Quintet; in the 1980s, he did his organ trio groove thing with legendary organists Jimmy Smith, Richard "Groove" Holmes and Don Patterson, touring Europe with Holmes.He's worked with violinist John Blake and recorded with Trudy Pitts and trumpeter John Swana. Giordano's debut album on the Muse label in 1980 drew raves and he has been busy ever since, releasing Timeline, Sea Dreams, and Utopia on the Dreambox label. With this concert, Giordano will debut his music with lyrics, written and sung by Carla Jenkins.
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.
The Bob Perkins2011 Jazz Bridge Calendars!
 We have some terrific honorees this year: trumpeter Al Harrison; saxophonists Morris "Mo" Bailey, Billy Root; Lynn Riley, and Grover Washington Jr.; Minas; drummers Albert "Tootie" Heath and Bryon Landham; pianist Beryl Booker; vocalist Pearl Williams; bassist Charles Fambrough; and violinist Joe Venuti. The one and only Bob Perkins is on the cover in a photo showing him young and in Detroit, ready to start a career in broadcasting. The calendar also features the wonderful work of photographers Anthony Dean, Bryan Moore, George A. Butler, Michael Donnella, and Kyle Ober. Thanks to all the sponsors who made it possible: The town of Collingswood, Tri-State Jazz Society, Keswick Theatre, Somers Point Jazz Society, Dreambox Media, the Maynard Ferguson of Jazz Studies at Rowan University, Northwind LLC, and Tad Hershorn at the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University.
Wendy only let me order 125 and more than half of them are sold get yours, click on Bob's photo and buy one. Maybe we'll go into a second printing? Gosh, I hope so.
Please check out our Web site to discover all that Jazz Bridge has been doing and email us if you have any questions, wish to volunteer, or want to help with fundraising. We sure could use the help! And make time to attend our neighborhood concerts around the area: Your support for the music, supports the musicians.