Bootsie Barnes

March 2011  Number 28                               

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.
Jim Ridl
Jim Ridl

 Check out our last piano concert in Media with Jim Ridl - answering questions and playing some fabulous music! 

Videography courtesy of Jason Fifield at Slife and our Jazz Bridge You Tube site.


Nice Work If You Can Get It - A Damsel In Distress (1937)

Nice Work If You Can Get It - A Damsel In Distress (1937)

A drummer (who shall remain nameless) sent me this incredible clip of Astaire having his way with a drumset. Enjoy!



For the last piano concert of this season, Jazz Bridge presents award-winning jazz artist Sumi Tonooka in a rare piano concert in the Philadelphia area at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Media, PA.  Initiation, her most recent recording on the ARC label, earned a "Best of 2010" mention in the Village Voice. Critic Peter Watrous of Musician Magazine wrote of Tonooka: "Revelatory . . . reminds you that originality is possible.  She's made her phrasing and touch personal; her lines breathe. . . . Her compositions . . . are rock solid without a moment of indecision or mistake. Technique is mastered by imagination, inspiration by intellect. She comes to her own conclusions, which is what jazz is all about." Sumi TonookaTonooka is also one of the subjects of a documentary film "A Note of Hope," which follows the journey of five American jazz musicians who are musical ambassadors for the cause of children left parentless by HIV/AIDS in Africa. In fact, Tonooka's most recent compositions are inspired by this emotionally-charged concert tour to Uganda, Ethiopia, Zambia and Ghana. Sumi Tonooka is dedicating this concert to the people who were the greatest influence on her: Mary Lou Williams, Bernard Peiffer, Kenny Barron, Hank Jones, Abdullah Ibrahim and Thelonius Monk, and to those great Philadelphia musicians we have recently lost, including Sid Simmons, Trudy Pitts, Charles Fambrough, and Emmanuel Thompson. 
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!
Vivian Lewis
A very happy lady in her new home!

Singer Vivian Lewis (aka Lizzie Brown) is in her new house after a devastating fire thanks to some wonderful Jazz Bridge donors like bassist Jerome Hunter, fan Martin Brown, percussionist Doug "Pablo" Edwards, drummer Steve Difilipo, board member Kim Tucker, and the Riddlesbrood Touring Theatre Company - not to mention ALL the offers and donations we received from many of you!

Read the whole incredible story at the Jazz Bridge blog Adventures in Jazz Advocacy!

A photo researcher needs help!

Photographer Tad Hershorn at the Rutgers Institute of Jazz Studies is trying to help a friend find a photo of Trane playing a concert at Temple University in 1966 for new releases for Verve and Impulse. If you've got a lead on this please contact Donna Ranieri at  

212-759-8959 or email her at

Tad really helps Jazz Bridge a lot with our annual calendar, so if you can help, please do! 


Who coined the term "sheets of sound" to describe Coltrane's playing on Giant Steps?

The fifth person who gets back to me with the right answer gets two tickets to see the Tim Warfield Organ Group at La Rose on April 2nd!

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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