Bootsie Barnes

October 2011  Number 40                               

Jazz Bridge is  strong...we just finished up our fiscal year, and things are looking pretty good. Jazz Bridge helped a local drummer with dental work, went to the rescue of a singer who couldn't pay  her property taxes, advised a bassist on how to avoid foreclosure, and helped others survive in these difficult times. We'd like to thank everyone who makes this all possible - our board, donors, and volunteers! Two very bright spots: Jazz Bridge was chosen to partner with University of Pennsylvania Law School on a digital project and WHYY is doing a story on our organization! Thanks to folks who voted, I was chosen as a Creative Connector by Leadership Philadelphia - which will bring higher visibilty to the Bridge.

Jazz Doings


Violinist Andy Stein and pianist Conal Fowkes will perform at the Community Arts Center, 414 Plush Mill Rd., Wallingford, PA. on Sunday, October 16th, 2-5 p.m.

Sponsored by the Tri-state Jazz Society. For info: 856-720-0232 or email


The Keswick Theatre has been so good to Jazz Bridge by providing free tickets for giveaways at our concerts that we're happy to let folks know about the Pat Metheny concert this week.

Pat Metheny


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!


Jimmy HeathI am thrilled to announce that our new celebrity spokesman is the legendary Jimmy Heath!


This fabulous musician and Philadelphia icon (and one of our donors!) will graciously lend his name to Jazz Bridge's mission. Check out our home page to see him on our banner and come out to see him at the Perelman Theater on October 15th - he'll be with his brother Albert "Tootie" Heath.

Wow, did we get a nice write-up from Jonathan Takiff in the Philadelphia Daily News yesterday about our Neighborhood Concerts series! Check it out.  There was a big beautiful photo of Charlie Rice with the article too...I hope you all will come down to our Neighborhood Concerts this week in Collingswood, NJ., Kennett Square and Cheltenham, PA.



Save the Dates: Two Philadelphia favorites will be performing in two new Neighborhood Concerts series, so keep your calendars open. Saxophone legend Larry McKenna will be appearing with his band at the Universalist Unitarian Church in Media, PA on October 19th and pianist/composer Orrin Evans (who has been setting the jazz world on fire with his talent) will be hosting and appearing at Society Hill Playhouse on October 20th. More later on these fine musicians in our next newsletter!


Hey, we got a new board member! Mike Boone and Sarah Hopkins


Sarah Hopkins (seated here next to Mike Boone) came to Jazz Bridge through a United Way board member program. Mike and I met her at the Pyramid Club and we were immediately taken with her intelligence and sweet nature. And, she knows her way around a computer too! In fact, Sarah designed our brochure this year. So pick one up at the next concert, so you can keep track of ALL our concerts! Welcome Sarah!


Hey, we've gotten some heartfelt nominations for our "Making a Difference Award"so far...but we know there's more terrific folks out there to be nominated.
So, here's your last chance to get your nominee in to us! We need YOU to help us find someone who will be honored this year with $250 and an award in December.
Please send us an email with the name of the person you feel should receive the award for 2012 and include a paragraph on how you think your nominee has made a difference to our local jazz community.  
Your nominee does not have to be a musician!
One of Philly's jazz giants on the drums and as a person passed lastButch Ballard Saturday after a long illness - George Edward Butch" Ballard.
The service will be on Monday Oct. 10th at Second Baptist Church of Frankford, 1801 Meadow Road, Philadelphia, PA 19124. The viewing will be from 9-11 a.m./ the service will begin at 11 a.m.
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.
Also, "like" our Facebook Fan Page and sign up for our Twitter feed!Please take time to attend our neighborhood concerts around the area: Your support for the music
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