Bootsie Barnes

January 2011  Number 23               Forward to a Friend                

I know this is last minute, but I want to give a shout out to the Somers Point Jazz Society.
  They're holding their 3rd annual benefit concert tonight at the Sandi Pointe Coastal Bistro, 908 Shore Road, in Somers Point, NJ, and featuring the wonderful pianist George Mesterhazy and his trio. Mesterhazy has been a longtime area artist
who has had a brilliant career performing with Gary Burton, Mark Murphy, and especially, the wonderful Shirley Horn, later in her life.
Don't miss this terrific event with special guest Mike Pedicin. Sets start at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 and all proceeds go to this worthy organization. 
Geroge Mesterhazy
George Mesterhazy

Pro Bono Shout Out 

To the Steele City Coffeehouse because they're keeping jazz alive in Phoenixville, PA and supporting Jazz Bridge too!

Check out the Phoenixville Jazz Festival on January 28-29th. Performing are Downright and the Kevin MacConnell Trio featuring Tony Miceli and Gloria Galante, Tyrone Brown and Fusion House!

Wow! The Ralph Bowen and Denis DiBlasio concerts were a blast and the attendance was incredible. Denny had so many folks come out that Bill (our soda fountain guy) and I had to form a chair brigade to get everyone seated. Bootsie BarnesOur next concert, on Thursday January 13th, features the fabulous Bootsie Barnes and his band, which includes Duane Eubanks, Lucas Brown, and Byron Landham, at the Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church on 13 E. Mt. Pleasant Avenue in Germantown. This Neighborhood Series has been struggling in its first year, so we're giving out free CDs to everyone who attends Bootsie's concert.  I don't need to say what a Philly icon this man is (we all know that) and how many legends he's worked and recorded with (we all know that) and what a great player he is (we certainly all know THAT!) So do the right thing and be there.
Pianist Jim Ridl will be performing at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 145 W. Rose Tree Road in Media, PA, on January 19, 2011, with bassist Steve Varner and drummer Jim Miller for our Jazz Piano Series. Besides appearing with his trio, Ridl has worked and recorded with he Dave Liebman Big Band, the Denis DiBlasio Quintet, Pat Martino and the Antfarm Quartet. With five critically acclaimed CD releases of his own under his belt, Ridl is one of the most sought-after jazz artists along the NJ/NY corridor. Please come out and experience his fabulous musicianship on a baby grand piano in this bucolic setting hosted by singer Denise Montana. Jim RidlWe're planning on making this series a full blown Neighborhood Concert series next season: Check it out!

 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 at all concerts.

Charles FambroughThe Philadelphia area lost another jazz giant on New Year's Day--bassist and composer Charles Fambrough. Funeral arrangements have been finalized and the service will be held this Tuesday, 1/11/2011, at 11:00 a.m. at The Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion, 2010 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA. Musicians Stanley Clarke, Lenny White, Buster Williams, Aaron Graves, and many others will be providing the music. Following the service, the music will continue at the Philadelphia Clef Club, at Broad and Fitzwater Streets, Chris' Jazz Cafe, at 1421 Sansom Street. Complete details can be seen at the Jazz Bridge web blog. Condolences can be sent to the Fambrough family at 917 North 17th Street, Allentown, PA, 18104.

To get a sense of Charles Fambrough as a teacher and as a human being, check out this remembrance written by a former student, trumpeter Jon Crowley.

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.