Bootsie Barnes

January 2012  Number 50                              

Jazz Doings 
 Check out our new calendar, compliments of All About Jazz. Not only do you get all of our dates, but you also get all of the jazz gigs within 50 miles of Philly! And, you can submit your own gigs from right there on our page!
The Lively Arts Series at Montgomery County Community College will present the legendary NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston and his ensemble African Rhythms on February 4, 2012 at 8PM.
Space is limited. Call: 215-641-6535.


Monnette Sudler is having another guitar summit with Kala Jojo at the Arts Sanctuary on February 11th from 2-4 pm. For info: 215-232-4485
Hey we got two free tickets to give away to the Boney James concert on March 31 at the Scottish Rite Auditorium in Collingswood if you come out to the Jimi Odell concert this week! You may be the lucky one..


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.

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Appearing at the Cheltenham Center for the Arts on Wednesday February 1st will be singer Venissa Santi and her band, featuring pianist John Stenger, bassist Madison Rast, and percussionist Francois Zayas.Venissa's artistry stems from the many influences that have nourished her spirit as a Cuban American. Born in Ithaca, New York, she hails from a long line of Cuban artists, including her grandfather, Jacobo Ros Capablanca, the well-known Cuban composer who instilled in her a life-long passion for music. Santi moved to Philadelphia when she enrolled at the University of the Arts and became actively involved in Philadelphia's Latin community and music scene with AMLA, the Asociación de Músicos Latino Americanos.Venissa Santi
Later, mentored in Cuba by Master Gregorio "El Goyo" Hernandez, Arturo Clave y Guaganco, and Afro-Cuba de Matanzas and Irosso Oba, Santi began composing and in 2008, she won the prestigious Pew Fellowship for Folk and Traditional Arts. A year later, she was signed to Sunnyside Records and released Bienvenida. She has been praised by Latin icon Ruben Blades and pianist Danilo Perez who called her treatment of the classic tune, Como Fue, "Audacious!" And Blades said, "I think we are going to be hearing a lot from this young lady." (This concert is partially supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts) ****
Alfie Moss/Dexter Koonce ProjectAlso appearing on Wednesday, February 1st at the Kennett Flash will be the Alfie Moss and Dexter Koonce Project. One of Delaware's premier jazz vocalists, Alfie Moss has a smooth style of singing that blends standards with reggae and calypso. Together with her partner, keyboardist Dexter Koonce, Moss and her group have well-earned their recognition by Delaware Today as "Best Jazz Band" and readers chose Moss as the "Best Jazz Vocalist" in the tri-state area in Big Shout Magazine. This fabulous group has opened for Stevie Wonder, Bonnie Raitt, Grover Washington Jr, and many more artists with their appearances at the Clifford Brown Festival, Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival, Citywide Fest in Birmingham, Alabama, and the Grand Opera House in Wilmington. Alfie Moss' discography includes: Alfie Moss: New Beginnings, and her earlier work - Livin' in the City with the Melton Brothers Band and Live at Harringtons. A recent review said, "Alfie's soaring vocals dance above and below the melody with an astonishing range and self-assured grace that is distinctly reminiscent of the legendary jazz vocalists." ****
Jimi OdellAppearing at the Collingswood Community Center on Thursday February 2nd will be guitarist/singer Jimi Odell and his band featuring organist Luke O'Reilly, bassist Pete Colangelo, and drummer Rob HendersonGuitarist Jimi Odell has been playing clubs and festivals in the Philly area so long, most fans don't know that he was born in Richmond, Va. Over the years, Odell has played Zanzibar Blue, The Philadelphia Clef Club, and Ortliebs' JazzHaus as well as being a fixture at the Cape May Jazz Festival. In 1957 Odell worked with the Redd Foxx show at the Cotton Club and has since played with almost every musician from the Philadelphia/New Jersey area from "back in the day" like Dottie Gayle Smith, Bootsie Barnes, Shirley Scott, Tyrone Brown, Larry McKenna, to current powerhouse players such as Terrell Stafford, Joey DeFrancesco, and Duane Eubanks. Most recently, Jimi can be heard scatting on the CD Jazz Praise II, produced by Invisible Touch Music.Odell's television credits include the Bill Cosby Show; Quintessence, hosted by Bob Perkins, and The Guitar Academy, hosted by Bob Miles. Jimi's CD Jamming at 23rd Street was heralded by critics as one in which "the guitar speaks volumes, and his vocals range from heartbreaking tenderness to danceable scat." - Tempo Magazine
Coming Up! Singer Karen Rodriguez in Media on February 15th and Singer Denise King at the Society Hill Playhouse in Center City Philadelphia on February 16th.

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 metered parking in Collingswood, free onsite parking in Cheltenham, and free onsite parking and metered street parking in Kennett Square.

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This video features violinist John Blake Jr., guitarist Jimmy Bruno, and bassist Gerald Veasley at a very well attended concert in Media!
John Blake - Jazz in Media
John Blake - Jazz in Media
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