Bootsie Barnes

March 2012  Number 54                             

Jazz Doings 
 Check out our new calendar, compliments of All About Jazz and all the jazz dates within 50 miles of the city! 
 Coming up on March 18th at the Community Center in Wallingford, PA will be Emily Asher's Garden Party with Dan Levinson and Bria Skonberg - Sponsored by the Tri-State Jazz Society - 2-5 pm.
Also, coming up on March 18th will be a concert by Cyrus Chestnut at the Ware Center in Lancaster, PA, sponsored by the Central Pennsylvania Friends of Jazz. Lots of other stuff going on with this organization too.
Henrietta Shelton and the Chicken Bone Beach Historical Foundation have cooked up some spring jazz concerts at the Tropicana every Thursday from April 5th to May 10th. 
The Painted Bride is having their Black Cat Brew fundraiser on April 13th honoring their Jazz on Vine series that has brought some wonderful folks into town. Check out the festivities!
Shout out to the Lucky Old Souls Concert Series at Robbins Bookstore in March - some wonderful artists on the bill!


 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!


Shout out to the Firecreek Restaurants in Downington, PA, and Voorhees, NJ, for having jazz on a regular basis - check out the lineup. Another commercial enterprise supporting local jazz and Jazz Bridge!!!

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Appearing at Jazz at the Playhouse, will be the organ trio Three Blind Mice featuring saxophonist Victor North, organist Lucas Brown, and drummer Wayne Smith Jr. at the Society Hill Playhouse in Philadelphia this Thursday - March 15th.  Three Blind Mice

Formed in the early 2000's by saxophonist Victor North, the trio's chemistry was immediate and thus began what would become Three Blind Mice: a modern jazz organ trio. North, originally hailing from Alaska but now long-time Philly transplant, teamed up with Philadelphia's Lucas Brown and Wayne Smith, both of whom exemplify the great tradition of rhythm section players from their hometown. Together the three have forged their own sound and feature an expansive repertoire that is constantly growing with new original compositions by the band members. On any given night, you may hear them paying homage to their many influences, playing the music of greats like John Coltrane, Hank Mobley, Larry Young or Wes Montgomery, as well as contemporary artists such as Peter Bernstein. But what is really unique about this group is the dynamic interplay, the intent listening, the infectious swing of the entire unit, each part moving separately but always together as one. In 2011, their long-awaited debut album, The Outsider, packed full with original music penned by Mr. North and Mr. Brown, was hailed as a critical success. The trio have been together for eight years and the album showcases their cooperative sound as well as the high degree of communication they share resulting from their long tenure together. Rhenda FearringtonStepping in to guest host this concert will be singer Rhenda Fearrington, a mainstay of the current Philly jazz scene, a number one fan of this group - they even wrote a song about her! It's going to be a great night of music. . .
Coming Up! Percussionist Doc Gibbs and his band in Media on March 21st. 
There is parking right across the street from Society Hill Playhouse or folks can take the High Speed Line to 9th/10th and Locust stop and walk two blocks to 8th street to the venue. Free parking in lot at Kennett Flash and on street. Metered parking in Collingswood.Onsite free parking Cheltenham and Media. 
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 610-745-3011 

Boy with a drumJazz Bridge and the Kimmel Center are partnering to present "Philly Jazz: A View Through the Lens" - the first time that our own jazz photographers will be put in the spotlight. An April 3rd reception from 6-8 pm will kick off the month-long exhibition and will feature the work of Anthony Dean, L. David Hinton, Ben Johnson, Howard Pitkow and video by Jason Fifield. You've probably seen them at jazz shows trying to get just the right shot, but now they'll be front and center! I hope to see you there. For more info on the show, jazz host Jeff Duperon from WRTI interviewed all the guys. Download the MP3 HERE!

Kim Tucker has booked saxophonist Jerry Weldon with Lucas Brown, Justin Sekelewski, and Rob Henderson for our Jammin' for Jazz Bridge fundraiser at Chris' Jazz Cafe on April 27th and she's also putting together a dynamite jam session that same night that includes some wonderful artists including pianist Dennis Fortune, singers Suzanne Burgess and Denise Montana, drummer Vince Ecter, saxophonist Ben Britton, trombonist Don Collins and more to be announced! Don't miss this close out to National Jazz Appreciation Month and the kick-off to that weekend's Center City Jazz Festival and the union reunion (local 274) at the Philadelphia Clef Club! Tickets will go on sale soon.

Good News! Jazz Bridge will be featured in the mayor's reception room on April 11th from 5:30-6:30 pm. for City Hall Presents! We'll be featuring saxophonist Umar Raheem, pianist Jim Holton, bassist Mike Boone and drummer Jim Miller and a wonderful film by Jason Fifield. FREE!
Jeannie Brooks at the Cheltenham Center for the Arts!
Jeannie Brooks sings and talks about her music at the Cheltenham Center for the Arts
Many thanks to Joe Harrison for this video, another one of our tireless volunteers!
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