Bootsie Barnes

June 2011  Number 35                               

Jazz Doings


The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts  at Broad and Fitzwater Sts. will host a benefit concert tomorrow night at 6 PM for three of our young musicians who will be attending a Berklee summer program (They got the scholarships folks, now they need room and board!). Frank Bey and other accomplished stars are on the musical menu. Tickets: $20 For more info: (215)893-9912. 

Here's a new nonprofit arts group called the Fourth Wall Salon that you may want to check out this Saturday...they do some diverse stuff and I love to see this kind of mixing of artists and their offerings.  


The Chicken Bone Beach Jazz on the Beach series will be in full swing starting July 7th with saxophonist Dahi Divine opening for Bootsie Barnes and Friends. Free! Chill out between Mississippi and Georgia Avenues on the Boardwalk.  For info call, 609-441-9064 


The Blue Moon Brewery Summer Jazz Series sponsored by the Somers Point Jazz Society continues!


And don't forget Ed Dennis' jazz vespers every third Sunday of the month at Philly's "Jazz Church" - the Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion, 2110 Chestnut Street.  5 PM Free!


Mickey RokerJazz Bridge is Celebrating the Life of Philly Joe Jones on his Birthday and you're invited!


The celebration begins at 8 p.m with the Sticks & Tones Percussion Ensemble, featuring Randy Sutin, Harold Smith, Doc Gibbs, Craig McIver and Jim Miller. Then at 9:30 p.m. the Mickey Roker Quartet with Bootsie Barnes, Lee Smith and Lucas Brown take the stage. There will be film clips of Philly Joe Jones and folks will be on hand to talk about this great drummer's impact on Philly and jazz. 
Tickets are $20 and ALL proceeds go to benefit local jazz and blues musicians in crisis because the owners of the club, Maureen and Mark Deninno and Glen Gerber, have generously donated their entire club for the evening! Tickets can be purchased at Chris' Jazz Cafe and online or at our Online Store.
 For info: call  Jazz Bridge 215-517-8337 or Chris' Jazz Cafe (215) 568-3131.
Important! If you buy tickets from the Jazz Bridge online store, you must call Chris' to make a reservation for seating too.

Photo of Mickey Roker is by photographer Bernhard Ley

Our Guidestar Report is available for everyone to see and a glimpse of our 990-report (what we have to send to the IRS yearly) will tell you that we spent over $17,000 on client services last fiscal year. That money (your contributions) paid for doctor visits, instrument repair, burial costs, replacement beds for a blues singer who lost everything in a fire, dental work - anything you can think of we did it! If you care to write a testimonial to our organization, feel free to do that too at the Guidestar site.Wendy Simon and Dr. LaRose

 Yes, Wendy and I were at the West Oak Lane Fest (nice job Graziella and Warren!) this year and guess who walked up to say hello? Dr. La Rose, owner of the LaRose Jazz Restaurant in Germantown. Note - Wendy's got some bookmarks we were giving out to let people know about the Mickey Roker concert. 


There is still time! Please advocate for Arts Funding...PA folks, your state representatives just voted to CUT 70% arts funding out of the state budget. Please contact your local state senator before the end of the month and tell them you want the funding restored. They will be voting on it before the month is out, so CALL. Find your legislator by clicking here.  And now here is why you need to call, please read my commentary in the Philadelphia Inquirer the Sunday before says it all.  


Oh, and after percussionist and businessman Steve Weiss saw my piece in the Inquirer, he sent us a check for $3000! Steve owns Steve Weiss Music in Willow Grove, PA, so I'm asking all the drummers that read this newsletter to please support him for his generosity. Thanks Steve!!!

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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