Bootsie Barnes

January 2011  Number 24                               

 Wow, those wonderful scarves that were donated to Jazz Bridge have been snatched up like crazy. Wendy's stash is already gone, but I still have some left if you need a nice warmer for your neck in this icy weather we're having. Here's drummer Rob Henderson in a photo by L. David Hinton. Rob Henderson
Rob is carrying his drums into the LaRose Jazz Club (and wearing our scarf!) for the terrific jam session he hosts every Sunday. Now that's product placement Rob!
Al HarrisonTickets are now on sale for our Fat Tuesday Celebration Benefit. Al Harrison and his Dixieland Band will be appearing on March 8th at the Collingswood Community Center to raise money for Jazz Bridge, Tri-State Jazz Society and Regol Concerts. Cash Bar. Fabulous door prizes and a silent auction. Tickets are $25 and seating is very limited, so get 'em now!

Pro Bono Shout Out 

to Bre Entertainment for contributing free tickets to Jazz Bridge for the Chris Botti concert on March 3rd, the Randy Newman concert on March 6th, and Al Jarreau with the George Duke trio on March 25th at the Scottish Rite Auditorium in Collingswood. For tickets call


Some lucky attendees at our neighborhood concerts (or hard working volunteers) will be enjoying these concerts! 


Odean PopeSaxophonist Odean Pope will be appearing at the Cheltenham Center for the Arts on Feb. 2nd with his band featuring pianist George Burton, bassist Lee Smith, and drummer Craig McIverPope, after absorbing several musical influences during his youth in Philadelphia - such as the church choir, jazz and R&B of the 50's and classical woodwind chamber music - helped form Catalyst in the 1970s, a jazz fusion band of musicians (including Tyrone Brown and Eddie Green) who were making music way ahead of their time. In 1979, Odean joined the Max Roach Quartet and was a regular member for more than two decades. It was with Max Roach that Odean perfected the techniques of circular breathing and multiphonics, both allowing him to stretch his solo improvisations from dazzling elevations to the throbbing, husky sounds for which he is so well known, to all kinds of delicacy in getting from one to the other. Odean has won acclaim from Australia to Japan, winning "Best Tenor Saxophone Player" at the North Sea Jazz Festival. Odean is also known for his famous saxophone choir, which he premiered in 1985 with a Soul Note album called "The Saxophone Shop." This artist has been dazzling critics around the world for a long time. Don't miss this rare appearance by a jazz giant. Photo by John Abbott.
Orrin Evans
Appearing at the Collingswood Community Center on February 3rd will be pianist Orrin Evans, bassist Mike Boone, and drummer Anwar Marshall.  Heralded by jazz critic Ben Ratliff of the New York Times as a musician to watch in 2010, pianist Orrin Evans has been recognized nationally as one of America's best jazz pianists, composers/arrangers, and bandleader. The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage recently awarded him a large grant to continue his work and Jazz Bridge is lucky to have him in February. This is going to be one special evening folks! Photo by Anthony Dean

Remember, all Jazz Bridge Neighborhood Concert times are 7:30 - 9 p.m. $10/$5 for students. No advance sales. Free refreshments and free on-site parking. Your support for the music is fact, check out this review of Bootsie Barnes at our concert in Mt. Airy this month!

I was sent these two beautiful photos by photographer Thaddeus Govan Jr. who attended the life-affirming funeral service for Charles Fambrough at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion. I had to share them. One is of Dolores Fambrough with a lovely  little girl and the other is of Bunny Sigler when he broke out into song, astonishing and delighting the whole crowd. Dolores Fambrough


Our local photographers and videographers are so important - they document the story of the jazz and blues community in their own special way - without them the song of Philadelphia would be wholly incomplete.

Bunny Sigler If you wish to post some thoughts, memories, or good wishes to the family, please feel free to write on the Jazz Bridge blog and take a moment to read what others have said. Or if you wish to write your own story or article about anything you want, let me know and I'll gladly help you.  


Thanks once again to filmmaker Jason Fifield of Slife Productions for this film of Denis DiBlasio in January at the Neighborhood Concert Series in Collingswood with a snip of student advice thrown in. With him is bassist Steve Varner, guitarist Brian Betz, and drummer Jim Miller. Tune Up!

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.