Bootsie Barnes

March 2011  Number 29                               

The Odean Pope benefit on March 21st was fabulous and we made over $7000 for him and his family. It seemed like everyone who is anyone was there, but if you missed it, you can still get a piece of the fabulous vibe by visiting our Adventures in Jazz Advocacy blog which features "Three Views of a Tribute" by Graziella D'Amelio of the Lifeline Music Coalition , who stage managed the whole event; Deena Adler, Odean's manager, and Jason Fifield who shot the whole thing (see below).
  The Odean Pope Fund is still open for you to donate online or send your checks to our office made out to the fund.


Benefit for Odean Pope

Odean Pope Tribute 



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JazzTimes magazine asked me if I wanted to contribute a column to their web site about the Philadelphia jazz community and my first humble attempt at understanding this wonderful, soulful group I've been involved with for over 30 years is online now.

For future columns, though, I'm going to need your help.

Let me know what's happening in your neck of the woods in  our greater metro area.

Who is doing something special? Who has been overlooked over the years? I'm not going to do any music reviews, just interesting stuff about the folks who make the music and make the music possible.

 Let me know!


Jazz Bridge will be at the Keswick Theater on April 7th to see Michel LeGrand -Come see us!


Latin jazz pianist Suzzette Ortiz will be appearing at the Collingswood Community Center on April 7th, and with her will be bassist Rob Hagopian, saxophonist Frank Machos, and drummer Francois ZayasSuzzette Ortiz
Originally hailing from Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Ortiz is a gifted pianist, singer, arranger and composer, who studied with the piano master teachers Jimmy Amadie and Cesar "Pupi" Pedroso (from the renowned Cuban ensemble Los Van-Van) and, in the past, she has been an in-demand opener on tour for the late Tito Puente, Compay Segundo (Buena Vista Social Club), Eddie Palmieri, and Hilton Ruiz. Ortiz has headlined locally at the West Oak Lane Jazz Festival, Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, Chicken Bone Beach Summer Jazz Series, Robin Hood Dell East, Mann Music Center, and the Wilmington Opera House. Suzzette Ortiz has also wowed folks at the "La Paz" Jazz Festival in Bolivia and the Per Cuba Jazz Festival in Cuba. She has a CD coming out and will be playing compositions from her new project!
Phyllis ChapellSinger Phyllis Chapell and Siora will be appearing at the Cheltenham Art Center on April 6th and the band will feature pianist Dave Posmontier, bassist Chico Huff, and drummer Jimmy ColemanChapell performs a unique mix of originals, jazz and international music from the U.S., Brazil, Latin America, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. She has performed in concert all over the world and has released two solo CDs: World Songs and Voice in Flight and she has released several CDs with her World Jazz ensemble Siora, including her 2010 CD Vision of the Dry Bones, which received rave reviews nationally and internationally. The death of Ms. Chapell's partner, bandleader Dan Kleiman, was a real turning point in the life of Siora, and Chapell's newest CD The Other Side of the River includes two compositions produced by him before he died. This performance will be a CD release party for the new project.

The Cheltenham Neighborhood Concert series is partially supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.
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!

Just a little fun, folks, from trumpeter Bobby Shew . . . Have you ever heard a child sing - unaccompanied - with such great intonation on a song like "Just Friends"?

Well, here's little Tommy "Butch" Bond from the Little Rascals

Too Cute!

Too Cute!


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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