Bootsie Barnes

May 2012  Number 60                          

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

AMLA will be presenting Papo Vazquez Pirates Troubadors on TONIGHT from 7:30-9 pm, 191 Hunting Park Ave. Tickets: $15 (advance). for info call 800-838-3006 All Philadelphia Jazz Musicians admitted FREE!


The Charles Albert Tindley Institute is presenting the Organ Sanctuary of Jazz with drummer Webb Thomas and vocalist Ruth Naomi Floyd at the historic Tindley Temple United Methodist Church on South Broad Street. May 13th 4- 6 pm, donation $20. For info: 215-735-0442


 Also, the Chicken Bone Beach Historical Association will be presenting Sonny Fortune and his Quartet on May 19th at Dante Hall at Stockton College of New Jersey - all proceeds go to Chicken Bone Beach!

For info: 609-347-2167 or email 


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.


Saxophonist Bobby Zankel and percussionist Craig McIver will be performing the Coltrane composition "Ascension" for the Ascension Eve Jazz Vespers on Wednesday, May 16th, at the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields in Philadelphia at 7:00 p.m. Free will collection will go to help restore the John Coltrane House. For info: 215-247-7466.


The Tri-State Jazz Society is presenting Ed Wise and his New Orleans Jazz Band at the Silverside Church in Wilmington, DE, on May 20th 2 - 5 pm.

 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 axe!


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

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 Doris Duke Artist Residencies- Deadline June 1st
PA Project Stream Grants - Deadline June 29th

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Denise MontanaAlas, and woe R us!! The Jazz Bridge Neighborhood Concert Season is ending this coming week, but not without some blowout concerts. On Wednesday, May 16th, singer Denise Montana will be closing the Media series at the Unitarian Universalist Church with Tony Miceli on vibes, bassist Steve Beskrone and percussionist Jim Hamilton. Denise Montana is a vibrant and spirited performer, born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Karl Stark from the Philadelphia Inquirer called her a "brassy presence" - a vocal stylist who traces her roots from jazz to blues, to the great American songbook. Montana's recording "Merry Christmas All"  went double platinum and has become one of the top 100 Christmas songs of all time. Previously on Atlantic Records with a hit called # 1 Dee Jay in the 1970s, Montana struck out on her own and into jazz. She has a well-received, self-produced CD called In My Life and Montana has been a ubiquitous presence on the scene performing at the Academy of Music, Copacabana in NYC, New Freedom Theatre, Trenton, Prince Theatre, Odette's Cabaret, and festivals in Italy, Colorado, Willingboro, Somers Point, NJ, Cape May, Jenkintown and Media.Mimi Jones

 Mimi Jones, a multifaceted bassist, vocalist and composer, brings to the stage an eclectic mix of genres based on a strong jazz foundation that leaves room for funky bass grooves, world beat rhythms, and gentle textures. Her inspiring debut release CD A New Day bursts with original compositions seamlessly melting from one song to another and caressed by the warmth of Mimi's sultry voice. Jones recieved a degree from the Manhattan School of Music and was mentored by the likes of Ron Carter, Barry Harris and Guillermo Edgehill. Mimi Jones Band has performed at the Jazz Standard, the Blue Note, and the Kennedy Center, Dizzy' s Coca Cola. Appearing with her at the Society Hill Playhouse on May 17th will be drummer Shirazette Tinnin and pianist Rachel Eckroth. Jazz critic, David Metcalf said, "This Ms. Mimi is someone you'll be hearing from for a long time to come, and remember, you heard it here first!" 

FREE BUFFET at all locations to celebrate the season: Please bring a dish with you to the concert for all to enjoy or just bring yourself!
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.  Onsite free parking in Media. 
It's that time again when drummer Scott Shore gets his blues peeps together to celebrate the life and music of the late Zan Gardner, so get ready for the
Fifth Annual Zannie-Do Fest!
Deb Callahan
Deb Callahan
On May 19th the music will be pouring from the Mermaid Inn starting at 8 pm to raise money for Jazz Bridge. Appearing that night will be the Randy Lippincott Band (a PA blues Hall of Famer), the Deb Callahan band (what a voice!), and the Flashpoints, veterans of the Philly roots music scene. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online. And ya better get them quick, because the place gets PACKED.

And now for your listening and viewing pleasure....Jazz Bridge was asked to be a part of City Hall Presents! on May 11th and Wendy and I had a grand old time talking about the organization in the Mayor's Reception Room and the music was fabulous thanks to saxophonist Umar Raheem, pianist Jim Holton, bassist Mike Boone, and drummer Jim Miller.  
215 mag Presents Jazz Bridge
215 mag Presents Jazz Bridge


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