July 28, 2020 Newsletter   #348      
Summer in the Park

When I think of summer, I think of warm and hot days, and tropical breezes and my toes in the sand. I know many of you enjoy a cabin in the woods overlooking nature with a waterfall or stream nearby. It’s all good. Just do what makes you happy.

But what I also look forward to is music in the park or some outdoor festival too. This summer feels different since we can’t gather in the park for Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. Summer Concert Series at parks in his district or with the Friends of Hawthorne Park at 12 th & Catherine. All is not lost.

So, to help lift our spirits, here are some links to summer concerts of the past. I know you will appreciate them and look forward to when we can meet in person again.

Also, please visit the Jazz Bridge YouTube Channel . Take a look at the concerts and interviews from Jazz Bridge over the past 10 years.

Remember, you can always send a donation or visit our website and click DONATE to support your local Jazz and Blues musicians. Thanks again and stay well and safe.

Kim Tucker

Program Director

Musicians Gatherings during COVID

With recent events, we have a number of musicians performing concerts from their living rooms, patios and outdoors and some have even begun donating back to Jazz Bridge via Facebook Birthday Fundraisers. We wanted to take the time to say thank you and please know we appreciate you all.
We’d like to thank those individuals who have donated to our COVID Relief Fund to help those musicians affected by this global health crisis. And we keep in our thoughts the families of those musicians in our community whom we’ve lost: Frank Bey, Jimmy Heath, Jymie Merritt, Bootsie Barnes, Wallace Rooney and Henry Grimes , to name a few.
Here is a listing of gatherings and live music either streamed or pre-recorded:
Vocalist, Michelle Lordi curated the Summer Concerts at the Abington Arts Center. Her last concert is this coming Thursday evening at 7 pm. It’s located at 515 Meetinghouse Road, Jenkintown, PA 19046. Bring a friend or 2 and a chair or blanket and a mask. The concert is free.

Harpist Gloria Galante performs music daily to soothe the soul and lift spirits.
Bassist Dylan Taylor along with pianist Aaron Graves, guitarist Jimmy Bruno and drummer, Michael DeMonte perform LIVE from Jimmy’s Bunker.

If you are in South Jersey in Cape May, Michael Kline of the Exit Zero Jazz Festival is hosting the SunSet Jazz concert series which is produced by Spy Boy Productions and the Exit Zero Jazz Festival. All performances are held on the 10,000 square feet of Green Space on the Emlen Physick Estate in Cape May, NJ., observing all CDC guidelines in order to keep patrons, musicians and staff safe and healthy.

Jazz House Kids Listening Party – The Organists
JAZZ HOUSE Kids Hang @ Home Listening Party hosted by Christian McBride + Melissa Walker ORGAN PANEL featuring Joey DeFrancesco , Radam Schwartz , and Matthew Whitaker

Join them this coming Friday as they swing into the world of the jazz organ and welcome our special guests, the great Joey DeFrancesco , jazz house Alum and Rising Star Matthew Whitaker (who was just profiled on “60 Minutes” this week) and our faculty member and master organist Radam Schwartz . Hammond B3 fans won't want to miss this one!

Join them:

1. VIA ZOOM: The first 100 folks to sign up on ZOOM will participate directly with Christian and the other panelists. Join the party! https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_f2CMN0tAT7iEXbTmVr8ajA

2. VIA Facebook:
You can also hop onto Jazz House Kids Facebook LIVE and share your comments with their listening audience.

Guitarist Pat Martino Fundraiser

Internationally beloved jazz guitarist Pat Martino (Patrick C. Azzara) has not worked since November 2018 due to severe health issues and his ability to keep financially afloat has been greatly impacted by his current disabilities. This legendary artist from Philadelphia has exhausted his savings and sees no other options before him other than to appeal to the larger community for help. He needs your donations and your good will to keep his household intact and pay medical bills while he concentrates on getting healthy.
Pat Martino has always felt that being able to play music has been the medicine that has kept him surviving under the harsh physical conditions he’s had to endure. With his left hand disabled, he’s trying the best he can to stay positive, but his financial situation is dire.

Pat Martino is the living embodiment of a true jazz heart. He needs your help and is calling out to those who have been inspired by his music and life for a response to his hour of need.

Harmonizing Art and Life
The Jazz Bridge Project
4220 Main Street, Philadelphia PA 19127
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