Bootsie Barnes

June 2012  Number 63                          

Jazz Doings 

Coming up tomorrow - welcome to the First Day of Summer with a free group meditation led by musicians Harold E. Smoth and Randy Sutin at Hawk Look Out Point in Fort Washington State Park, 420 Militia Hill Road off Skippack Pike in Fort Washington. Meditation starts at 5 am and sunrise is at 5:25 am. Think Om.
Henrietta Shelten's Summer Schedule for Chicken Bone Beach is in! Check it out! CBB is also presenting a 3-week jazz camp starting on July 10th in Atlantic City - call 609-841-6897 or email for details
  Please check out all the great shows that are happening through the summer at City Hall for City Hall Presents! by the Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy.
Jazz at the nonprofit Kennett Flash!is still going strong for the summer (hey, Jazz Bridge is great at giving venues a nudge to book our peeps) and will feature the Alfie Moss/Dexter Koonce Project on Friday June 22nd.
The Cape May Traditional Jazz Society is presenting the Atlantic City Jazz Band on Sunday July 8th at the VFW Post 386 in Cape May to help the Food Bank of Southern New Jersey. Save the date!
The Somer's Point Jazz Society is kicking off their 2012 Summer Jazz series with the Mike Natale Quartet on Sunday June 24th at Gregory's Restaurant - Check it out!
Pianist Jim Holton and flutist Cindy LeBlanc head the terrific jazz vespers at St. John's Lutheran Church in Ambler, PA, every 1st Sunday starting at 7 pm -it's a wonderful musical experience.
 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!


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High SocietyFor all of you who came out to the Sandi Pointe Coastal Bistro on June 10th  - THANKS!!!! 


It was a wonderful afternoon and all the musicians did a terrific job of dazzling and inspiring everyone. Unfortunately, we didn't make our goal this spring of raising $6000, but our three fundraisers got within striking distance and maybe next year we'll make it.


I have this dream that one day Jazz Bridge will make the Philadelphia Inquirer's high society pages with one of those huge fundraisers that raise a couple hundred thousand (sigh).


Anyway, don't think just because it's the summer, everyone at Jazz Bridge is sitting back, eating Cheetos and watching Phillies games. No! We're still working hard for the jazz community.



All About Jazz logo Jazz Bridge is partnering with All About Jazz for a FREE musicians' workshop this Thursday at the Philadelphia Clef Club at 1 pm. 

Musicians will learn how to use the Internet's most important jazz resource to reach nearly 3,000 Philly jazz fans with their upcoming concerts, events, news, latest photos, videos and bios. CEO and founder Michael Ricci will provide a simple guide to the various professional tools freely available to musicians and presenters. Refreshments will be provided by Jazz Bridge.

If you want to attend you MUST register in advance by emailing me at 

logo Calling for nominations for our 3rd Annual

Making A Difference Award!


Last year, Jazz Bridge  honored jazz advocate Thelma Anderson for her wonderful work with the jazz community for many decades and the year before that we honored the late Trudy Pitts, one of our most treasured jazz musicians.


Now it's time to nominate the person YOU think should get the award this year at our December benefit. The nominee does not have to be a musician, but he or she MUST have a strong record of service to the jazz community. This honor also carries a cash award of $250.


Please send a nominating paragraph of a least 150 words to Wendy at


Yes, you can nominate yourself!

Ah, time to reminisce about last season's great neighborhood concerts and what better way than to revisit the incredible gig in Media by vocalist Karen Rodriguez, pianist Suzzette Ortiz, bassist Tony Cimorosi and drummer David!

Karen Rodriguez - Jazz in Media
Karen Rodriguez - Jazz in Media

Hey, 2013 calendar time is fast approaching and if your name and birthday are not on the calendar, please contact me at Remember, you must be a jazz or blues musician with at least 5 years professional playing in jazz or blues in the Greater Philadelphia Metro area. If you know of someone who should be included and is not, let me know too.


This year, the calendar will be designed by Kathy Ridl, a wonderful graphic artist (who is on our advisory board) well-known to the jazz community.

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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