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Jazz Bridge presents their “First Wednesday Neighborhood Concert Series-Jazz in Cheltenham,” at The Cheltenham Center for the Arts, 439 Ashbourne Road, Cheltenham, PA, 19012 on Wednesday, December 2. This third concert in the series features vocalist Suzanne Burgess and her band. Showtime is 7:30-9:00 p.m. and tickets are $10 general admission/$5 for students, and are only available at the door. For more info call: 856-858-8914, 215-517-8337 or visit online at jazzbridge.org/events/neighborhood-concerts.
Suzanne Burgess began singing professionally a few years ago but, in reality has been singing all her life. Originally, a native of Southern Chester County, Oxford PA where she is the oldest of three, Suzanne now makes Philadelphia her home. You can call her “country gone city” but, she adores her simple roots. Her church roots, schools and talent shows growing up, prepared her for the stage. Her passion to dance and sing grew stronger as she took tap, ballet and jazz. Suzanne danced in private troops and sang in small plays in and around Philadelphia. Her foundation in the arts comes from her grandmother, aunts, and uncles who played and taught her how to find her notes, to harmonize and learn where she’s supposed to be in song and in her life. When not on stage, you can find Suzanne in her “other vocation.” She is an accomplished interior designer/landscaper and home organizer. She often says, “Singing is my release of my spirit.” It was something I went to when my parents both took ill. She has opened and appeared with such artists as Carol Riddick, Tony Terry, Glenn Jones, Frankie Beverly and Maze, and Levert in venues that have included the Dell East, Blue Parrot, World Cafe, Candle Light Theatre, Freedom Theatre, The Philadelphia Clef Club, Relish, Warmdaddys, and The Reserve. She was part of Karen Smith's “3 Diva's 3” musical about jazz in its early years to the present, which was presented in Philadelphia and New York City. Whether painting, sketching, sculpting, writing, dancing, arranging, and singing, Suzanne Burgess has opened her heart and decided to share her passion.
Suzanne Burgess is available for interviews: 610-745-3011
Jazz drummer Charlie Rice, now 96 years of age and still swinging, is a certifiable jazz legend. He has announced that his Jazz Bridge concert in Collingswood, NJ on the evening of Thursday, December 3, will be his last. Just in case it is, we are inviting each and every jazz drummer in the Philadelphia area to pay tribute to this giant during his 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. performance. And all jazz drummers will be admitted at no charge. To ensure that interested percussionists are added to the guest list, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The concert takes place at the Collingswood Community Center, 30 Collings Avenue, Collingswood, NJ 08108. For non-jazz drummers and jazz fans, tickets are $10 general admission/$5 for students, and are only available at the door. Children under 12 are admitted free. For more info call: 856-858-8914, 215-517-8337 or visit online at jazzbridge.org/events/neighborhood-concerts.
Charlie Rice has been playing with the greats of jazz for more than seven decades. Having played with Jimmy Oliver, he led the first house band at Philadelphia's famed Club 421, with a lineup that included Vance Wilson, Bob Bushnell, Red Garland and Johnny Hughes. After playing with Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson's and Jimmy Heath's big bands--with a young John Coltrane in both lineups--in 1951 he went with Oscar Pettiford, Rudy Williams, Clifton Best, J.J. Johnson and Howard McGhee on a USO tour to the South Pacific, as part of a unit known as the “Swingin' Jamboree.” The concerts were recorded and released the following year as “Howard McGhee and his Korean All Stars, Jazz at the Battlefront Volume 1.” Back in Philadelphia, he led the Charlie Rice All-Stars, and backed saxophonists such as Sonny Stitt, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis (in a group that again included Coltrane), and Leo Parker. In 1964 and 1965 he toured and recorded with trumpeter/vocalist Chet Baker. At this very special Jazz Bridge concert, Charlie Rice will be drumming with saxophonist Pete Chavez, vibraphonist Tony Miceli, bassist Nimrod Speaks, and pianist Aaron Graves. And there may be some fellow legends in the audience as well. Do not miss this once in a lifetime performance.
Charlie Rice is available for interviews: 610-745-3011
The 12th annual Jazz Bridge Neighborhood Concert Series promises to be the most exciting and wide-ranging ever, with more than 200 jazz and blues instrumentalists and vocalist performing 48 concerts at six area venues. And this season, Jazz Bridge is presenting concerts on two new stages: the Second Thursday series at Foster Military Lodge, 351 Charleston Road in Willingboro, NJ, hosted by Edgardo Cintron; and the Third Wednesday Series at Fellowship Hall, 7811 Ridge Avenue—the corner of Ridge and Shawmont Avenues in Roxborough, PA, hosted by WRTI Radio’s Jeff Duperon. All shows begin at 7-30 p.m. and tickets—door sale only—are $10 general admission and $5 for students. For more information on Jazz Bridge and this year’s season, visit jazzbridge.org or call 215-517-8337.
422 Delaware Ave.
Live Jazz every Thursday from 8pm to 11pm
Brownie’s Par Four Lounge
72nd and Ogontz Ave., Philadelphia, PA
Live Jazz every Wednesday from 10pm to 1am
Featuring The Budesa Brothers with Lucky Thompson
Carlette’s Backyard BBQ
57th and Elmwood Street, Philadelphia, PA
Live Jazz every Thursday from 7pm to 11pm
Featuring The Budesa Brothers with Eric Roberts
Chris’ Jazz Café
1421 Sansome Street, Philadelphia, PA
Live Jazz Monday through Saturday
Elena’s Showcase Lounge
4912 Baltimore Ave., Philadelphia, PA
Live jazz open jam session featuring The Budesa Brothers with Lucky Thompson
8:30pm to 11:30pm
132 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
Live jazz open jam session featuring Mike Boone, Byron Landham, and Sid Simmons
Every Wednesday 8pm
Larose Jazz Club
5531 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA
Live jazz open jam session featuring Rob Henderson and friends
7pm to 11pm
Live jazz featuring Tony Williams and Friends
6pm to 11pm
7152 Ogontz Ave., Philadelphia
Live jazz open jam session featuring Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble
8pm to 11pm
Live jazz Thursday Thru Sunday
The Top Shelf Lounge
56th and Market Street
Live jazz every Saturday
4pm to 8pm
1310 N. Broad St.
Sunday Nite Jazz is Back
Open Jam Session 8-11pm
Featuring The Budesa Brothers with Lucky Thompson
23rd Street Café
233 N. 23rd Street
Live jazz open jam session featuring Father John D’Amico, Jim Dofton, and Kenny Davis
7:30pm to 11:30pm
Columbus Blvd. @ Reed Street Philadelphia
Join us EVERY Wednesday and Thursday for GREAT music!
EVERY Wednesday, join us at 6pm for 'Latin Soul' with Edgardo Cintron and the Cintron Band!
All performances begin at 6pm and feature great music, free admission, free buffet, and free parking.
The Twilight Lounge
20th and Bainbridge Sts. Philadelphia
Jam session on Thursday's 9p-12am.
Lucky Thompson's DNA
Everybody Oughta Have One
The Tony Smith Quintet
Slammin' at Christina
Jazz Organ Jazz Guitar
Umar A. Raheem