January 15, 2020 Newsletter   #341          
Click on the image above to see all of the concerts we are producing this season.
Guitarist, Larry Tamanini at the Cheltenham Neighborhood Concert.
Tonight in Roxborough at Fellowship Hall with bassist Chris Coyle

Join us tonight, January 15, at the Ridge Avenue United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 7811 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19128 from 7:30 pm - 9:00 PM. These concerts are hosted by vocalist and Jazz Bridge Board member, Rhenda Fearrington. We welcome bassist, Chris Coyle and his band.

Joining bassist + lead composer/arranger Chris Coyle will be Matt Scarano on drums and Ben Karp on guitar. These three create music that meshes jazz sensibility with modern sounds that are at times groove-oriented, explorative and wildly mathematic.

Chris Coyle is a bassist, composer and music educator based in Philadelphia, PA. As a very active performer, he can be found in an array of musical settings including Jazz (with his own Outside Sound ensemble, and with noted musicians such as John Swana, Behn Gillece, Doug Hirlinger, Matt Scarano, V. Shayne Frederick and others), Americana (Noggin Hill, Lady Bird), Experimental (Son Step, NotSoSilentCinema, Rhinoceri Trio) and World Music (Oscuro Quintet, Conjunto Philadelphia, Ensemble Novo).

As a composer, Chris has been recognized by the American Composers Forum, the McKnight Foundation and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Chris has performed and done workshops all over the Midwest and Northeast US, in Canada, Germany, and South Korea.

Coyle has performed at The Kimmel Center, Carnegie Hall, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Fringe Arts, The Painted Bride, Johnny Brenda’s, Boot and Saddle, The International House, Philadelphia Magic Gardens, World Cafe Live, Rockwood Music Hall (NYC), Joe’s Pub (NYC), The Somerville Armory, The Brattle Theater, Underground Arts and many more.

Coyle has spent much of his time sharing his musical experiences through private lessons, classroom teaching, clinics, workshops and residencies. He currently resides in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia and in his free time he enjoys things like hiking, ethnic food hunting, and brainstorming. https://chriscoylemusic.com/

All of our concerts are - One show: 7:30-9 pm. No advance tickets: $10/$5 for students. Children under 12 are free. Free onsite parking and Free refreshments!

February in Cheltenham will be vocalist, Kelly Meashey
Join us on Wednesday, February 5 at the Cheltenham Center for the Arts, 439 Ashbourne Road, Cheltenham, PA 19012 with a concert by vocalist, Kelly Meashey and hosted by pianist, Dave Posmontier.

Kelly Meashey has sung extensively throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware for the past 20 years. She's been a featured artist for the Berks Jazz Festival (8 years running with Wyndham Hill artist, David Cullen), Lancaster Jazz Festival, Harrisburg Jazz Festival, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Painted Bride Arts Center (experimental performance art), Art Museum of Philadelphia Jazz Series, Ursinus College Jazz Series, Gettysburg College Jazz Series, Immaculata College Jazz Series, Community College of Philadelphia Jazz Series, and opened for legendary guitarist Pat Martino, just to name a few.

Kelly holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education, and a Master’s Degree in Music Therapy from Temple University. As a member of the University of the Arts faculty, she teaches jazz voice and runs the vocal component of the pre-college jazz program. Kelly also maintains an active private practice of both music therapy and vocal coaching.

Kelly's unique background and talents have led to her presenting many workshops in the Philadelphia area, including St. Joseph's University ("Women in Jazz"), University of the Arts ("Interpreting a Melody", "Connecting Emotionally to a Song's Meaning", "Introduction to Music Therapy"), and Bucks County Community College ("Rhythm as Communication").

Kelly has studied both jazz theory and composition, and is constantly seeking out new and difficult opportunities to stretch her abilities. In her style, one can hear her move easily from empowered soul, to sweet vulnerability, to technical acrobatics, to raw emotion, to straight-ahead swing. Kelly is proudest of her commitment to always find herself in the music. Curt Yeske, music critic for the Trenton Times, wrote "Kelly is one of the best-kept secrets in Philadelphia" and "she takes more chances than any other vocalist around.

Kelly currently teaches several Music Therapy courses at Temple University. She has taught at University of the Arts, Community College of Philadelphia, and Immaculata University. https://kellymeasheymusic.com/

All of our concerts are - One show: 7:30-9 pm. No advance tickets: $10/$5 for students. Children under 12 are free. Free onsite parking and Free refreshments!
What Else is Going On?


Have you been yearning to put your talents to work in the service of a great cause? It's time to ACT on those New Year's Resolutions and pay it forward.  

Jazz Bridge is looking for 3 highly committed individuals with a strong passion for jazz and the Philadelphia-area arts community to join our hard-working Board of Directors. We're especially interested in people with skills and experience in marketing and communications, fund raising, strategic thinking, organization building, or arts advocacy.

If this sounds like YOU, please send an email with your resume to Board President Rhenda Fearrington ( brhendastarr@gmail.com) for consideration by our Nominating Committee. THANK YOU!  

The Real Philadelphia Book
The Real Philadelphia Book, Volume One, 2nd Edition will become a reality in 2020.  A unique opportunity to be listed as a sponsor of the book is available for a limited time and for a limited number of spaces.  The deadline is by February 15, 2020.

For a donation of $100/line, you have the ability to memorialize your support of this unique publication (or dedicate to others).

Visit our website at https://www.jazzbridge.org/ways-to-help/donate/ and select OTHER, I want my donation to go to (optional): Real Philadelphia Book Sponsor.

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