Bootsie Barnes

January 2012  Number 49                               

Jazz Doings 
 Check out Jazz Times - link has a great list of jazz spots in our area.
Tri-State Jazz Society is featuring John Breslin's Philly Waterfront Dixieland Jazz Band in Brooklawn, NJ on Sunday, January 15th from 2-5 p.m. $10 first-time attendees!
Check out the January calendar at Chris' Jazz Cafe and especially the show on Jan. 21st - Francisco Mela and Cuban Safari. Two tickets to that concert will be given away at Society Hill Playhouse this Thursday!

Check out Matt Feldman's Jazz Calendar...very comprehensive about what's happening around town. 


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! 



Rob Henderson's

Sunday Sessions at the LaRose Jazz Club every Sunday from 6-10 pm.

Bring your ax!

Jimmy Heath
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 Thanks to everyone for supporting our musicians by buying a calendar - they went quick. Thanks also to the sponsors, the photographers and, especially, our honorees. 

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Pianist and educator Suzzette Ortiz wants to take 25 junior high and high school, Camden choir students to compete in the "Young Prague Festival" competition at the end of March. They still have to raise funds for the kids to make the trip: contact Suzzette for details at 856-883-4142 or email her at

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Violinist John Blake Jr. will be heading up "The Art of Strings" at Jazz in Media! at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Media, PA, on January 18th, 2012. With him will be the astonishing guitarist Jimmy Bruno and the fabulous bassist Gerald Veasleymoney***  Native Philadelphia John Blake, Jr. has been one of the world's leading jazz violinists for over four decades.  A four-time winner of the Down Beat Critics' Poll "Violinist Deserving Wider Recognition" category, Blake first gained recognition on the early, 1970s recordings he made with Archie Shepp and by the mid-70s, Blake reached a global audience for his years recording and touring with Grover Washington, Jr. and his popular "crossover" jazz band.  Blake then spent five years working extensively as a member of various ensembles led by pianist McCoy Tyner. John Blake Jr. has also performed and/or recorded with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Turtle Island String Quartet, Quartet Indigo, the Steve Turre Sextet, the Billy Taylor Trio, Avery Sharpe, Cecil McBee, and James Newton. Blake released his recording debut as a leader and composer - Maiden Dance - in 1984, the first of five well-received projects on Gramavision Records including one that teamed him up with fellow jazz violinists Michal Urbaniak and Didier Lockwood. He released his sixth album, Quest, which reunited him with Grover Washington and featured Joe Ford, Charles Fambrough, Ben Riley, Omar Hill, and Joey Calderazzo, on Sunnyside Records in 1992. Blake's first recording with his current quartet, The Traveler, was released in 2007. In addition to lecturing on campuses throughout the US, Blake is on the faculty of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, and has been a guest lecturer at Berklee College of Music in Boston. In 2004 he was appointed to the Basler Chair of Excellence for the winter semester at East Tennessee State University and that year also was awarded a Chamber Music America Jazz Composer Grant. Don't miss this one-of-a-kind concert! ****
Jonathan Michel Jazz at the Playhouse will be featuring bassist Jonathan Michel and his band, featuring pianist Wilerm Delisfort, drummer Anwar Marshall and special guest, the soulful singer Zenia McPherson at the Society Hill Playhouse in Philadelphia on January 19th. Born and raised in Waterbury, CT, Jonathan Michel has spent the past 8 years earning a reputation as one of the East Coast's most in-demand bassists. Along with his work on the local Philadelphia and New York scenes, Jon has spent much of the past few years touring and serving residencies around the world. Recently, Michel has been holding the bass chair in singer Billy Paul's band and has performed regularly with pianist Orrin Evans, Aaron Goldberg, Tim Warfield, and Denise King. In addition to co-leading an original music project called The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Jon is musical director for Zenia & The Natural Experience.   
Never Loved A Man - Zenia McPherson, aka Lady Z
Never Loved A Man - Zenia McPherson,

 Coming Up!  Alfie Moss and Dexter Koonce Project at the Kennett Flash and the Venissa Santi Quartet at Cheltenham Center for the Arts on 2/1. And singer/guitarist Jimi Odell at the Collingswood Community Center on 2/2.


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. On-site free parking for the Media concerts and parking is right across the street from the Society Hill Playhouse. Jersey folks can take the High-Speed Line to 9th-10th and walk two blocks to0!

Check out our latest videos on the Jazz Bridge You Tube site and sign up - that way you'll get the videos as Jason Fifield posts them. For this video we had some help from a wonderful filmaker - Dave Jannetta of 32-20 Productions. Check out Charles Ellerbe and Matrix! 
Charles Ellerbe - Jazz in Media
Charles Ellerbe - Jazz in Media
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