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March 2011  Number 27                               

Blues singer Lizzy Brown is moving into her new home with her kids next week, folks...finally, she'll be out of the Red Cross shelter (which is very nice, BTW, but everyone needs their own place). Lizzy is the musician whose home burned down on New Year's Eve and many of you stepped up and offered some needed things to get her life started again. Thanks!! But she still needs additional stuff to get her going, like beds, living room furniture, a dining room table. Contact me if you've got something Lizzy might need. Remember, it's tax deductible! Also...anybody out there got a van?
Odean Pope 
There will be a benefit and tribute concert for saxophonist Odean Pope on March 21st at the Philadelphia Clef Club and Lifeline Music Coalition is bringing some fabulous musicians in to help out - Pat Martino, Gerald Veasley, Ravi Coltrane, and many more! Jazz Bridge has set up The Odean Pope Fund You can donate online (and write a memo that you want your donation to go to Odean) or send your checks to our office made out to the fund.


Just a little flavor of what'll be happening on Fat Tuesday!

Al Harrison and his Amazing Band

Al Harrison and his Amazing Band


Fat Tuesday is finally on the immediate horizon!

Al HarrisonTrumpeter Al Harrison and his Dixieland Band will be playing a benefit concert for all of our local jazz and blues musicians in crisis at a mega-event called the "Mardi Gras For Musicians!" at the Collingswood Community Center on Fat Tuesday, March 8th to raise money for Jazz Bridge and two other local nonprofits that bring music to the Greater Philadelphia Metro area - the Tri-State Jazz Society and Regol Concerts. Little Stevie and his Jazz Termites will usher in guests at 6 pm and then Al takes the stage at 7 p.m. Cash bar. Silent Auction (see items online here). Fabulous Door Prizes such as theatre tickets, Al Jarreau concert tickets, and items from local stores such as Arts Plus. Tickets: $25 (buy at the Jazz Bridge online store) For info: 215-517-8337 or 856-858-8914. Free on site parking. Lots of great food donated by some terrific eateries such as Collingswood's Thai Basil, Westmont's Cork Restaurant in NJ and Rollers Restaurant and Drakes Catering in Chestnut Hill (the last three establishments also feature jazz, don'tchaknow), Beck's Cajun Cafe will bring gumbo, and Valenzano Winery of New Jersey is providing the fruit of the grape! 
March 8th will also be a CD party for the release of Harrison's third CD, Side by Side on the Dreambox Media label! WRTI jazz host Bob Perkins will be interviewing Al Harrison this Sunday at 1:15 pm...listen to the show to hear cuts from his new CD.
Craig McIverDon't forget! This Thursday, March 10th, percussionist Craig McIver will be performing a Jazz Bridge Neighborhood Concert at the Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church, with his incredible band featuring pianist Aaron Graves, bassist Mike Boone, and John Swana on EVI. Hailed by JazzTimes, Jazz Review, and the Philadelphia Inquirer, Craig McIver is Philadelphia's premier percusisionist and composer, and this will be a rare date to see him leading his own band in concert. According to Cadence Magazine, McIver's latest CD, A Horse of a Different Ryhthm, is a revelation. "Drummer Craig McIver has been making waves as the drummer of choice for a number of Philadelphia's finest including Odean Pope, Bobby Zankel, Khan Jamal and others...This is definitely a drummer's date...But McIver is going for something a little different with this release. ..this is one heck of a good record with first rate playing all around."
- Cadence    
Do NOT miss this concert, folks. 
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 appreciated!

Cindy LeBlanc and Jim HoltonHey Folks, don't miss this Sunday's service at St. John's Lutheran Church in Ambler, PA. Flutist Cindy LeBlanc and pianist Jim Holton are conducting their annual Blessing of Musicians at 7 pm and a lot of terrific musicians will be sitting in, including singers Barbara Walker and Denise Montana, who will be talking about Jazz Bridge and the upcoming Neighborhood Concert she hosts in Media that will feature pianist Sumi Tonooka on March 16th. Cindy and Jim help a lot of folks and are big supporters of Jazz Bridge. Check out their jazz vespers tomorrow!

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.
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