April 7, 2021 Newsletter #367
April is Jazz Appreciation Month!
Please join Jazz Bridge tonight in celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month as we have gone back into the Jazz Bridge archives to bring you concerts from the Philadelphia Real Book.

Jazz Bridge will broadcast Odean Pope in concert. Watch it on Jazz Bridge's website at 7 pm. https://www.jazzbridge.org/what-we-do/concert-series/ Select WATCH NOW.

On March 4, 2017, legendary saxophonist, Odean Pope took the stage with Tom Lawton on piano, Lee Smith on bass and Craig McIver on drums in an evening of original compositions. The concert was presented in 2017 at Terra Hall on the campus of the University of the Arts and was supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

This virtual concert is presented by a generous donation from Paulette “Micki” Singleton to honor those musicians we lost to COVID. 

Donations to support area artists in our community are always welcome. To learn more about us, visit www.jazzbridge.org. Enjoy!
In Memoriam

Jazz Bridge shares the loss of guitarist, Sonny Troy.
Sonny Troy, one of Philadelphia and South Jersey's finest jazz guitarist, played music for any occasion, from solo guitar to big band music. Troy performed for the last 45 years around the world including on stages in Las Vegas clubs, on the “Mike Douglas TV Show” to the Cancun Jazz Festival (1992).

Troy has played for two presidential inaugurations (President Reagan ’81 and ‘85). Troy also performed in the East Room of the White House for President Bush`s 1992 Christmas party. In the past, Sonny could be seen conducting and playing for Philadelphia’s own Frankie Avalon and Bobby Rydell, as well as for Paul Anka, Connie Francis, Annette Funicello, Peggy Lee, and various jazz groups.

When he was not on stage or in the studio, you could find Troy teaching, something he enjoyed for the last 30 years. Sonny passed away on April 6.

Here is one of the concerts Sonny performed for Jazz Bridge in Center City at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion with his long time friend Jimmy Bruno. Sonny Troy in Center City (photo credit, Eugene Hurwitz)
Philadelphia Celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month
"Philly Celebrates Jazz" is Philadelphia’s celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month each April that invites all generations to come together to celebrate the legacy and future of jazz. "Philly Celebrates Jazz" includes jazz-inspired performances, art exhibitions, film screenings, discussions and more happening across the city. Visit https://www.creativephl.org/programs/philly-celebrates-jazz/ to learn more.
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