Bootsie Barnes

December 2011  Number 46                               

Jimmy Heath
The Jazz Bridge 2012 Calendar is ready and we are pleased to announce this year's honorees: Jimmy Heath (our cover), Jimi Odell, Tom Lawton, Tommy Gryce, Joey DeFrancesco, Christian McBride, Al Grey, John Blake Jr, Byard Lancaster, Gary Bartz, Ethel Waters, Myrtle Young, and Billy Paul.
Local photographers who contributed: Anthony Dean, L. David Hinton, Ben Johnson, and Howard Pitkow.
I'd also like to deeply thank the calendar sponsors this year: Chris' Jazz Cafe, the town of Collingswood, NJ; the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University; the Keswick Theatre; Mango Clothing; Regol Concerts, Somers Point Jazz Society, Tri-State Jazz Society; John Pastin, dean of performing arts at Rowan University; Dreambox Media and all the Friends of Jazz Bridge!
Jazz Doings 
 Check out a wonderful article about Philly jazz in Jazz Times - great list of jazz spots in our area.
January 6th will be the 4th Annual Somers Point Jazz Society Benefit Concert featuring George Mesterhazy trio with special guest Barry Miles. $20 at the Sandi Point Coast Bistro. Sets start at 8PM. For info: 609-927-6677
On Jan. 8th, saxophonist Larry McKenna will be featured at the Jazz Vespers at Christ Church Ithan in Villanova at 7 pm. For info: 610-416-1950


Check out Matt Feldman's Jazz's pretty darn comprehensive about what's happening around town. Support the music whenever you can!

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! 

Jazz Bridge Holiday Card

Give the gift of a donation to Jazz Bridge this season! You send us a check and tell us who you want to receive this beautiful card designed by Kathy Ridl and we'll send it out for you! Wouldn't it be nice to say to someone you love, "Honey, I donated $25 to Jazz Bridge this year in your name to help the musicians in our midst"?

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Appearing at Jazz at the Playhouse, 507 S. 8th Street, this coming Thursday, December 15th, will be saxophonist/composer Wade Dean and his band featuring pianist Neil Podgurski, bassist Jason Fraticelli, and drummer Anwar Marshall. Wade Dean *** Among the new generation of "Young Lions" invigorating the East Coast jazz scene these days, one of the most impressive voices interpreting the American classics belongs to 25-year-old saxophonist/composer Wade Fulton Dean.  Grounded in the rich traditions of jazz since his teen years, young Dean commands enormous respect from contemporaries and music critics for his soulful interpretations of jazz chestnuts and for his contributions to the literature of jazz. Dean and his band, The Wade Dean Enspiration, are developing a strong fan base at Philadelphia's hottest performance venues.  Acutely aware of the city's gifts to America's music legacy, Wade deliberately chose The City of Brotherly Love to showcase the lessons he learned as a sideman performing with exceptional musicians on a variety of bandstands. From those encounters come inventive improvisations that erupt from the depths of his soul.  Wade was born and raised in Orangeburg, S.C. within a strong family that encouraged his music aspirations.  With his mother's tutelage, he learned to play the piano, but soon took up the saxophone and never put it down.  During his apprenticeship on the instrument, Wade learned the nuances of the horn from his uncle, Johnnie Williams, a baritone saxophonist in the Count Basie Orchestra


Appearing at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Media, 145 W. Rose Tree Road, on Wednesday, December 21st, will be guitarist Charles Ellerbe and his band Matrix 12:38 featuring drummer Anthony Matthews, percussionist Tony Cosby, bassist Josh Machiz, and trumpeter Michael Ray.Charles Ellerbe *** 

Guitarist Charles Ellerbe was in Ornette Coleman's Prime Time band for 14 years (1975-1989) and appeared on such classic albums as Dancing In Your Head, Body Meta, and In All Languages. The Prime Time band, which combined ethnic sounds and danceable rhythms with Coleman's Harmolodic approach, was a seminal ensemble of the 1970s and 1980s. In addition to being a member of Ornette's band, Ellerbe has also performed with the Sun Ra Arkestra, Charles Earland, The Trammps, Catalyst, Noel Pointer, and Japanese opera singer Mari Okubo. A lifelong resident of Philadelphia, Charles first became interested in the guitar at the age of 15 after being blown away hearing the theme song to the Beverly Hillbillies television show. A few years later, Ellerbe was playing with the soul group the Ambassadors when he met guitarist Norman Harris at the Uptown Theater. Harris, the guitarist in MFSB, the legendary studio band at Philadelphia International Records, became Ellerbe's teacher. While working at the Uptown, Charles discovered that what interested him most was arranging and composing, and after some arranging lessons with Richard Rome and Tommy Bell of Philadelphia International Records, Charles enrolled in Combs College to study composition and arranging formally. Within a year, Ellerbe was called to New York to audition for Ornette and got the job immediately. Within a matter of weeks, he was off to France with Prime Time, the beginning of nearly 15 years of further musical education under Ornette Coleman. 


Coming Up!  Bassist Mike Boone and his band at the Kennett Flash on January 4th, bassist Ed Wise and his New Orleans Jazz Band in Cheltenham on January 4th, and trumpeter George Rabbai in Collingswood on January 5th.


As always, Jazz Bridge Neighborhood Concerts start promptly at 7:30-9 p.m. One show. $10/$5 students. No advance sales. For info: 215-517-8337 or 856-858-8914. Onsite free parking in Media and parking is available on the street or right across the street from Society Hill Playhouse. OR you can take the PATCO High Speed Line to 9th /10th and Locust Sts...walk two blocks and you're there!


And now, let's revisit a fabulous film that Jason Fifield did for Jazz Bridge three years ago. It features many great people from our community talking about our artform and the organization: guitarist Pat Martino, the late Trudy Pitts, Tom Leonard - owner of Philadelphia Eye Glass Labs, singer Ella Gahnt, Mayor Nutter, Byard Lancaster, Butch Ballard, and so many more. Narrated by WRTI host Bob Perkins and Wendy Simon, it brought a tear to my eye to see Butch and Trudy again.

Jazz Bridge - One Note at a Time
Jazz Bridge - One Note at a Time



Jason's film reminds us once again about how important Jazz Bridge has become to the community.


And here's something to think about this season from jazz giant and Philadelphia icon - Jimmy Heath. 
He is the 2012 celebrity spokesman for Jazz Bridge and made a beautiful statement when he was at the Kimmel Center a month ago.Jimmy Heath
Thanks Jimmy!! 
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