Bootsie Barnes

April 2012  Number 58                             

Jazz Doings 
And we have tons of events, so print out every Jazz Bridge show for this month by clicking HERE.


 Henrietta Shelton and the Chicken Bone Beach Historical Foundation have cooked up some spring jazz concerts at the Tropicana every Thursday to May 10th. 


Regol Concerts is starting up a new Trad Jazz series! Al Harrison and his Dixieland Band will kick off this monthly series at Jack's Deli and Restaurant, 8500 Bustleton Ave in Philadelphia on May 17th - 6:30-8:30. Call 215-528-0582 to make reservations.

 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!


 Check out our new calendar, compliments of All About Jazz and all the jazz dates within 50 miles of the city!

Please support our Musicians Jerry Weldon Buy Your Tickets Now and the first 100 ticket buyers will get a $10 gift at the door!
Kim Tucker has booked saxophonist Jerry Weldon, Lucas Brown, Justin Sekelewski, and Rob Henderson for our Jammin' for  JazzBridge fundraiser at Chris' Jazz Cafe this Friday, April 27th and she's put together a dynamite jam session later that night. 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!

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For the record......

After our May concerts, the 2011-12 Jazz Bridge Neighborhood Concert Series season will come to an end, and I want to thank those of you who attended. These series and our benefit concerts - like the one this Friday at Chris' Jazz Cafe - enable us to do the outstanding work we do! With 5 venues, we've produced a total of 40 concerts in 8 months and paid over 160 musicians more than $18,000! In our last fiscal year, we spent $25, 241 helping local jazz and blues artists in crisis- assisting with medical, dental, housing, professional, funeral, and personal needs.

There are some popular beliefs about our organization that I'd like to take some time to dispell....

  • We've heard people say that "Jazz Bridge is such a great idea - people must be throwing money at you" -- NOT! We've done all this without large sums of money in the bank to carry out our mission - the cash flows in and out through our concerts, individual donations, small government grants, calendar & t-shirt sales, and program and calendar ads.
  • Jazz Bridge is primarily operated and run by whites. NOT! Our Board of Directors (and Advisory Board) is fully integrated regarding race, gender, ethnic, religious, socio-economic, and professional backgrounds. We are proudly committed to being the bridge that unites and celebrates the diversity of the jazz and blues communities of the Greater Philadelphia Area.
  • People have said that because we all work so hard that we must be getting paid. NOT! NO ONE GETS PAID - we're all volunteers spending anywhere from 1-70+ hours per week! (In fact, we need to raise more money so we can hire at least one paid staff person to qualify for larger grants that will fund our work.)
  • Coda....We are still pushing forward and raising our profile even as Jazz Bridge is becoming a victim of the slow economy - funding and individual donations are down and the attendance at the Neighborhood Concert Series has been very slow. YOU can help us to help others by attending concerts and donating to the organization, any amount helps our mission.  

Enjoy a Jazz Bridge Concert and save the musicians and the music!

Thanks - Wendy Simon Sinkler, President/Co-Founder


Coming Up! Jazz Bridge is closing out its 2011/2012 season with a thunderous roar: On Wednesday May 2nd: EVI player John Swana will be at the Cheltenham Center for the Arts and saxophonist Lynn Riley with World Mix will be in Kennett Square. On Thursday May 3rd, Jef Lee Johnson will be bringing in his trio to the Collingswood Community Center. (Free buffet at ALL locations - attendees are asked to bring a dish, but it is not required) On May 16th, singer Denise Montana will be appearing at the Unitarian Church in Media, and on May 17th, bassist Mimi Jones will be at the Society Hill Playhouse.  
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 


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. 
Sharon Sable - Jazz at the Flash
Sharon Sable - Jazz at the Flash
Sharon sings and talks about how she met her husband, guitarist
E. Shawn Qaissaunee. Also featured: bassist Andy Lalasis and drummer Butch Reed. Video is by Jason Fifield, board member and owner of Slife Productions.
Please check out our Web site to discover all that Jazz Bridge has been doing and email us if you have any questions, wish to volunteer, or want to help with fundraising.
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