January 1, 2020 Newsletter   #340          
Click on the image above to see all of the concerts we are producing this season.
Vince Ector Organatomy trio with Vince Ector on drums, Pat Bianchi on organ and Bruce Williams on sax.
This Thursday night in Collingswood

Join us on Thursday, January 2 for the talented saxophonist, Josh Lee 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.

Saxophonist, composer, arranger and Managing and Co-Artistic Director of Jazz Lives Philadelphia, Joshua Lee is fully dedicated to the advancement of the Philadelphia jazz community. Joshua graduated Temple University in 2016 with a degree in Jazz Performance and is currently working on a Masters in Jazz Performance. Joshua brings performance experience gained in the trenches of the Philly scene that has been fostered by mentors like Terell Stafford , Tim Warfield, Dick Oatts and Gary Smulyan . Joshua feels a strong calling in making positive changes to the arts in Philadelphia and extending the rich traditions of jazz to the next generations, a vision that can be fulfilled through Jazz Lives Philadelphia. Joshua joined the Legendary Count Basie Orchestra in June of 2018 and performs with them around the world. He also is a regular sub with groups like the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra the Mingus Big Band and Terell Stafford’s Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia .

Josh will be performing the music of bassist, John Kirby whose group gained much prominence in the late 1930’s and is considered the archetype of the modern sextet. His music combines precision, wit, and soulfulness that was admired by luminaries like Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie . We aim to bring the music of this overlooked band back to light with an updated, Philly twist.

Joining Lee will be Chelsea Reed vocals, Sean Bailey clarinet, Marcel Bellinger Trumpet, Silas Irvine Piano, Sam Harris Bass and Patrick Hwang Drums.

The Ben Kornak Project will play while the audience arrives and gets seated. Ben is currently a student at Temple University in the music program.

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!

Next Wednesday in Cheltenham will be bassist Nimrod Speaks
Join us on Wednesday, January 8 at the Cheltenham Center for the Arts, 439 Ashbourne Road, Cheltenham, PA 19012 with a concert by premier bassist, Nimrod Speaks and his Quartet and hosted by pianist, Dave Posmontier.

Philly born bassist Nimrod Speaks certainly has kept his ears open. According to Homer Jackson of the Philadelphia Jazz Project, “Speaks is one of the most in demand bassists in the Mid-Atlantic region and a powerful songwriter."

Speaks started his musical progression at the age of 16 years old. First learning the electric bass with Ricardo Jackson and eventually adding the upright double bass upon entering college. While obtaining his Bachelor’s in Music from Kutztown University and a Masters in Jazz Studies from Rutgers University, Nimrod continued his musical journey on the bandstand and honed his craft in not only jazz, but gospel, classical, soul, R&B and African Rhythms.
You can hear much of Speaks soulful tone and influences from masters like: Ralph Bowen, Tim Warfield, Conrad Herwig, Doug Mapp, Vic Juris, Victor Lewis, Stanley Cowell, Mike Richmond, Scott Lee , just to name a few.

Speaks splits his time between teaching privately, ministering with nonprofit organizations and traveling with Greg Osby, Ronnie Burrage, Doc Gibbs, Hanible Lokumbe, Jerry Topinka, Shirazette Tinnin, Dr. Matthew Clayton and others. Most recently, you can hear Nimrod as part of the Allan Harris Band or locally with the Leon Jordan Sr. Trio and also as part of the Luke O’Reilly Trio .

Nimrod is part of the adjunct faculty at Eastern University teaching String Bass, he travels performing workshops and master classes and clinics and is associated with the music ministry at Greater Bethlehem Temple Church of the Apostolic Faith. To learn more: http://www.nimrodspeaks.com/html/about.php

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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