Bootsie Barnes

December 2010  Number 21               Forward to a Friend                

The 2011 Jazz Bridge Calendars!
Wow, we're almost sold out of our first printing. If you want one to give for the holidays, you better get one now.
Buy them online or get them at our Neighborhood Concert at the Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church this Thursday.
Click on Bob Perkin's photo to go to buy online.
Bob Perkins

Maryanne McDevitt

Weaver and all-around-nice-person Mary McDevitt saw my remembrance of Sid Simmons in the Philadelphia Inquirer and was moved to contact us and donate 196 beautiful winter scarves. Maryanne is president of the Philadelphia Guild of Hand Weavers: Check out their events and drop her a line to say thank you for her wonderful gift--the scarves are selling like crazy. Click on Maryanne's photo and enjoy the goofy photo taken at a party at Wendy's recently! Yes, all those musicians are wearing the scarf!

Blind Boys

Lauren LarkAppearing at the Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church, 13 E. Mt. Pleasant Ave, Philadelphia, PA, on Thursday December 9th will be singer Lauren Lark and her trio. Lauren Lark has worked with such greats as Nneena Freelon and saxophonist Dave Koz and toured Japan  with hip-hop artist Steph Pockets. Lark has been featured at the Philadelphia Film Festival and performed with J.D. Walter, Gerald Veasley and Christian McBride.The Philly Pops tapped her to be a featured soloist, and Lauren has performed at prestigious events such as the Cape May Jazz Festival, The Rehoboth Beach Autumn Jazz Festival, and The Coltrane Jazz Festival. Lauren's background is firmly rooted in Philadelphia; as a student, she won a full scholarship to the University of the Arts. Come and check out another one of the Philadelphia area's newest contributions to the jazz scene. Appearing with Ms. Lark will be pianist Adam Faulk, bassist Nimrod Speaks, and drummer Joe Truglio.

Free Refreshments and Free CDs for everyone attending this concert from the Philadelphia area's only jazz label: Dreambox! 

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.
Last Sunday Was Fabulous!!!!! 
To all the wonderful people who contributed door prizes for our fundraiser last Sunday: Iron Hill Brewery, Koffee Korner, Eck's Jewelers, CDs from Orrin Evans, Mike Boone, Pearl Williams, and Denise Montana, and all the other wonderful musicians who sat in at our All-Star Jazz Jam that wonderful night: Vocalists Taxi Joe, Barbara Bey, Mike Andrews and Denise King ; guitarists Tony Hughes and Matt Richards; Duke Wilson on congas; drummers Earl Curry, Eddie Jones, Rob H., Tom Cohen and Jim Miller ; bassists Steve Beskrone, Mike Boone, Dylan Taylor, and Jon Michel; Kyle Ober on harmonica, saxophonist Larry McKenna and trumpeter Charles Washington. The "Young Ones": bassist Bruce Ketterer & pianist Julian Horner. Seen, but not heard  Thelma Anderson (bringing almost everyone over from Old Pine!), Ms. Justine (celebrating her birthday), Jason Fifield, Charlie Rice, Charles Ellerbe, Barbara Montgomery, Dawn Evans, Al Brealand (96 years young), Tony Williams and Dr. LaRose for his donation of the LaRose Jazz Club
Organist Trudy Pitts was recognized and given the first annual Jazz Bridge "Making a Difference Award" for her selflessness, her musical excellence, and her incredible community spirit. The award was accepted on her behalf by Kim Tucker because Trudy is in the hospital at this time. Here is a reprise of Jason Fifield's video capturing Trudy's beautiful musical gifts on display (and Mr. C's too!) at a benefit in August for Jason's wife. It truly is a wonderful world with Trudy in it!
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.