Bootsie Barnes

February 2011  Number 25                               

 Joey DeFrancescoGrammy Award-winning producer Joe Donofrio is starting up a series of jazz concerts in Atlantic City beginning this Tuesday, February 8th, at Redding's Restaurant and organist Joey DeFrancesco will kickoff this terrific idea with concerts at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Joe generously gave me four tickets to give away at our neighborhood concerts and the winners were Jeff Sorkin of Philadelphia and Chris Bullard of Collingswood. (Another reason why you should attend our concerts!)

CALL 609-348-3270 or buy online.

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!

Well, to all the folks who didn't brave the cold last Wednesday or last night to see Odean Pope in Cheltenham or Orrin Evans in Collingswood, you missed two concerts that were bursting with creativity and excellent musicianship. But you have another chance to get your jazz fix this February while you help support the musicians that make the music. Neil PodgurskiAppearing at the Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church, 13 E. Mt. Pleasant Ave in Philadelphia on Thursday February 10th will be pianist Neil Podgurski with bassist Brian Howell and drummer Wayne Smith. Known throughout Philadelphia as a prodigious piano player, Podgurski has been performing jazz for 19 years up and down the East Coast. A product of the New School in New York City, Podgurski studied under Reggie Workman, Joe Chambers and Jackie Byard. Currently, Podgurski is a member of the Tim Warfield Group, the Victor North Quartet, and Orrin Evans' Captain Black Big Band.  Podgurski's band, New Fire, released a CD called Revolutions on Dreambox, which was voted a listener favorite in 2006 on WRTI-FM.  Some lucky audience member will win tickets to trumpeter Chris Botti's concert on March 3rd at the Scottish Rite Auditorium courtesy of Bre Entertainment so don't miss this concert!  
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!

Wow...The Keswick is offering Jazz Bridge some free tickets to the Herb Alpert/Lani Hall Concert on February 18th, so here's the deal. The third, sixth, and tenth person who emails me the correct answer to this question will be going with a guest to the Keswick.


What are the albums by the first Miles Davis "classic quintet" that resulted from only two marathon recording sesssions?


Herp Alpert and Lani Hall

And those of you who don't win, please check out the Keswick - it's the best neighborhood performance space around with the cool vibe along with a comfy atmosphere.


Other Doings: Please take a moment to listen to an interview this Sunday that I pre-recorded with WRTI jazz commentator Bob Craig for his Voices in Jazz show It will be online at 5pm...I know, I know, the Super Bowl and everything. But step out of the brute competition scene for a sec and listen to some great music and the history of Jazz Bridge.

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.