February 2, 2020 Newsletter   #342         
Jazz Bridge Neighborhood Season 2019/2020
Guitarist, Larry Tamanini at the Cheltenham Neighborhood Concert.
Josh Lee and the Family Band at Collingswood Community Center. 
Join us on Thursday, February 6 for the talented saxophonist, Louis “Nicky” Taylor and his band from 7:30 to 9:00 pm at the Collingswood Community Senior Center, 30 West Collings Avenue, Collingswood, NJ 08108 with new host and Jazz Bridge Board Member, Kevin Johnson.
Joining Louis will be Lee Smith on bass, Tom Lawton on piano, and Byron Landham on Drums.

Louis “Nicky” Taylor was born on Christmas day. We all know as a child that sucks due to combined presents. But the fact is, the best present, his parents could have given him was allowing him to honk his sax in the house as a child. With time, he became quite proficient on the instrument lending his talents to several members of musical royalty throughout the years such as, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, The O’Jays, Stylistics, Patti Labelle, The Temptations and even actor turned vocalist Terrence Howard.

Louis was also a member of the “Emeril Live” House Band for several years. Louis currently tours with the Urban Guerilla Orchestra and can be heard also as the saxophonist in Lawrence Newton’s Soul Revival as well as many others.
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!
Sara Phelan welcomes to the Jazz Cocktail Hour, vocalist Laurin Talese, back for touring the world and cruising the high seas sharing her voice, her music, her love.

On Valentine's evening, Friday Feb.14, 8:00 pm Laurin will be singing "An Evening of Love Songs" with her outstanding quartet on the stage of Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center, West Chester PA.

The doors open at 7:15 pm with light refreshments being served. Laurin will be paying tribute to some of the greatest sweethearts of jazz, Sarah Vaughan and Nancy Wilson. 

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 guest hosted by vocalist, Wendy Simon.

Joining Kelly will be Dave Posmontier, piano, Dylan Taylor, upright bass and Doug Hirlinger, drums.

Kelly moved to Philadelphia leaving behind her PA Dutch roots and love of nature to study Music Therapy and play classical flute at Temple University. Never in her wildest dreams would she be singing professionally, but, a supportive professor got her a gig and the singing bug hit.

Kelly uses her voice like an instrumentalist creating unique vocal and rhythmic textures in a wide range of styles from Be Bop to R & B. She gives uncompromising attention to the meaning and emotion of a song never playing it safe and letting the music take her where it needs to go. She is full of surprises as she never repeats a phrase quite the same way. Kelly is willing to express raw emotion and to lose herself in the music.

She credits her incredibly inspiring uniquely-abled clients, many of whom could not speak, with truly teaching her how to sing.

Over the years, she has performed in concert at The Chestnut Cabaret, Steel City, Chaplin's, The Music Cafe, The Uptown Jazz Hour series, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Berks Jazz Fest, Jazz Bridge's Jazz in the Wood, Lancaster Jazz Festival, Harrisburg Jazz Festival and the Ware Center in Lancaster, Pa. She has also had the great fortune of singing in the work horse days when vocalists could work 6 nights a week pulling in over 200 gigs a year.

Kelly has taught Jazz Vocal Performance at The University of the Arts, Temple University and Community College of Philadelphia. She currently teaches Music Therapy classes at Temple University, runs a music therapy private practice and is writing a Music Therapy Vocal Methods book for Barcelona Publishers.

Kelly co-led on two recordings: Inner Urge with Randy Sarles on the Dreambox Media label, and, Songs of Living with Dylan Taylor on C.I.M.P. (Creative Improvised Music Projects).

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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