Bootsie Barnes

March 2012  Number 55                             

Jazz Doings 
 Check out our new calendar, compliments of All About Jazz and all the jazz dates within 50 miles of the city! 
All kinds of jazz events at the Free At The Kimmel Series: 3/31 Belleville Quartet at 6PM and "Sittin' In" hosted by Luke O'Reilly on 3/28 at 8 pm.
And of course, Jazz Bridge's "Philly Jazz: A View Through the Lens" starting 4/3!
On April 22, the Somers Point Jazz Society will be giving their 2012 Jazz Master Award to WRTI Jazz Host (and Jazz Bridge board member!) Bob Perkins. Festivities start at 4 pm at the Sandi Point Coastal Bistro. 
Congrats Bob!
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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Doc Gibbs 
Appearing at Jazz in Media! at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 145 W. Rose Tree Road in Media, PA, on March 21st will be percussionist Doc Gibbs and his band featuring bassist Nimrod Speaks and pianist Jeff Knoettner. *** He may not be a practicing physician, but Philly native Leonard "Doc" Gibbs approaches his craft with the precision of surgeon. His informal medical standing came about in the mid-seventies when the percussionist was gigging with famed saxophonist Grover Washington Jr. Legend has it that, on a break, Grover complained he wasn't feeling well and Gibbs not only diagnosed the problem, but prescribed a herbal remedy so effective that it prompted the sax player to exclaim to the crowd upon returning to the stage, "There are two doctors in Philly: Dr. J (the 76ers) and Doc Gibbs." Gibbs was also a major (on camera) presence on the Emeril Live! television show on The Food Network as musical director from 1997 until the show ended in 2007. In the early seventies, Doc studied music at the Pennsylvania School of Fine Arts, but was soon on the road with the likes of Anita Baker, Ricki Lee Jones, Bob James, George Benson, Nancy Wilson, and later with Erikah Badu and Wyclef Jean. An affable percussionist who lays down exquisitely comfortable grooves, Doc is a first-call studio player and has over 200 albums to his credit, but finally, Doc released his own CD in 2002 entitled Servin' It Up Hot! 

Coming Up! April 4th - The Sharon Sable and E. Shawn Qaissaunee Quartet at the Kennett Flash, the Rob Swanson Quartet at Cheltenham Center for the Arts, and Miller Time with saxophonist Michael Pracher, organist Nick Simonini and guitarist Brian Betz at the Collingswood Community Centeron April 5th.
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 already to launch "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!

Jerry WeldonBuy Your Tickets Now! Kim Tucker is continuing to build our fabulous fundraiser in April. She 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, Denise Montana, and Rhenda Fearrington, drummer Vince Ecter, saxophonists Ben Britton and Victor North, and 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! Umar Raheem
Don't miss Jazz Bridge underneath Billy Penn's hat when our organization 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!
Jazz Bridge was in the news again! Here's a terrific interview and video with Denise Montana on her Media jazz series and a story about the organization by the Delaware County Times.
And for your listening and viewing pleasure, check out Mike Boone's gig at the Kennett Flash below.
Mike Boone in Kennett Square
Mike Boone in Kennett Square
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