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Mary Lou Newnam
The Jazz Bridge First Wednesdays Neighborhood Concerts Series at the Cheltenham Center for the Arts--439 Ashbourne Road in Cheltenham—presents saxophonist Mary Lou Newnam on Wednesday, April 1. Showtime is 7:30 p.m., tickets are $10/$5 for students, and are only available at the door. For info: 215-517-8337 or visit jazzbridge.org/events/neighborhood-concerts.

This performance, and all Jazz Bridge concerts being held in the month of April, are a part of the City of Philadelphia’s “Jazz Appreciation Month” celebration, sponsored by “Creative Philadelphia,” within the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy.

Wilmington, DE native Mary Lou Newnam has been playing music professionally since 1973. As a youngster, she first studied piano, but later on, during her time at the Wilmington Music School, she took up classical guitar, flute and saxophone. As an applied flute major a Duquesne University, she studied flute with Bernard Goldberg and played tenor saxophone in the school’s jazz band. Her first pro gigs were at Wilmington’s Hotel Dupont Playhouse, backing the likes of swing era vocalist Ray Eberle and playing in the bands of Les Elgart, Bob Crosby and Cab Calloway. At the age of 23, she toured with jazz organ giant Jimmy McGriff, and through the years has backed dozens of entertainment legends, from Bob Hope and Tony Bennett to The Temptations and Rosemary Clooney. She received her Masters in Music Degree from the Manhattan School of Music, and as an educator, served on the faculty of the Roosevelt Island School of Music, has been music director at St. Augustine College Preparatory School in Vineland, NJ since 2003, and also currently serves as the Music Director of the University of Pennsylvania Jazz Band.

Mary Lou Newnam is available for interviews: 610-745-3011

Barbara Walker
The Jazz Bridge First Thursdays Neighborhood Concerts Series at the Collingswood Community Center--30 East Collings Avenue in Collingswood, NJ—presents jazz vocalist Barbara Walker on Thursday, April 2. Showtime is 7:30 p.m., tickets are $10/$5 for students, and are only available at the door. For info: 856-858-8914, 215-517-8337 or visit jazzbridge.org/events/neighborhood-concerts.

This performance, and all Jazz Bridge concerts being held in the month of April, are a part of the City of Philadelphia’s “Jazz Appreciation Month” celebration, sponsored by “Creative Philadelphia,” within the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy.

From her musical beginnings as a 16 year old vocalist who first sang professionally with her organist father, Bill Walker, Barbara Walker continues to be recognized as dynamic, passionate and incredibly powerful singer and an artist whose performances exemplify the word “excitement.” Her activities in the worlds of jazz, rhythm and blues, in the theater and in motion pictures have been nothing less than exceptional. Jazz-wise, she’s toured the country with artists such as Grover Washington, Jr., Herbie Hancock, Diane Schuur, Uri Caine, Diana Krall, Les McCann, Bradford Marsalis, Al Jarreau, Chick Corea, Toots Thielemans, Oscar Brown, Jr., Bobby Durham, Nancy Wilson, The Manhattan Transfer, and Maynard Ferguson. In the R & B area, Walker has appeared with Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, and LL Cool J. Theatrically, her work in the American Music Theater Festival’s “Essentially Ellington” received rave reviews. And jazz loving film goers with big ears will certainly recognize Barbara Walker’s rendition of “Here Comes the Morning,” in the hit Hollywood film, “The Score,” which starred Marlon Brando, Robert DiNiro and Angela Bassett.

Barbara Walker is available for interviews: 610-745-3011

Bobby Zankel - Lauren Lark
Jazz Bridge, the award-winning non-profit dedicated to helping our region’s jazz and blues musicians in need, will be providing free testing and counseling for Hepatitis C, plus information/outreach about the disease, on Wednesday, April 8 at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion. The church is located on 2110 Chestnut Street and the testing is being offered from 5:00 p.m to 7:00 p.m. A light buffet will be available to everyone attending, and every person who gets tested will be invited, at no charge, to stay for the Jazz Bridge Neighborhood Concert featuring singer Lauren Lark starting at 7:30 p.m. Saxophonist Bobby Zankel will also be on hand to tell his story about his life being saved via Hepatitis C testing. What better way to celebrate Philadelphia Jazz Appreciation Month than by saving the lives of our area’s jazz and blues musicians?

Partnering with Jazz Bridge on this program are Healthy Philadelphia, Hepatitis C Allies of Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Hepatitis Outreach Project.

Too many of our area’s jazz and blues musicians have lost their lives because they did not know they had been infected by Hepatitis C when they were teens. The virus hides for decades and by the time symptoms are experienced, it is too late: The liver has been destroyed. With testing they could have sought treatment. Instead, they died. A recent survey of Philadelphia musicians by Jazz Bridge showed that half of those who responded had not been tested for Hepatitis C. Celebrate Philadelphia Jazz Appreciation Month and celebrate life. Join us and get tested on April 8.

Jazz Bridge Executive Director Suzanne Cloud is available for interviews: 610-745-3011


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Jazz Club's

Basil’s
422 Delaware Ave.
Wilmington, Delaware
Live Jazz every Thursday from 8pm to 11pm
Featured Artists

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
Featured Artists

Elena’s Showcase Lounge
4912 Baltimore Ave., Philadelphia, PA
Live jazz open jam session featuring The Budesa Brothers with Lucky Thompson
Every Tuesday
8:30pm to 11:30pm

Grey´s Lounge
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
Every Sunday
7pm to 11pm
Live jazz featuring Tony Williams and Friends
Every Monday
6pm to 11pm

Relish
7152 Ogontz Ave., Philadelphia
Live jazz open jam session featuring Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble
Every Wednesday
8pm to 11pm
Live jazz Thursday Thru Sunday
Featured Artists

The Top Shelf Lounge
56th and Market Street
Live jazz every Saturday
4pm to 8pm
Featured artists

Dowling's Palace
1310 N. Broad St.
215-236-9888
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
Every Tuesday
7:30pm to 11:30pm

Warmdaddy's
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


Alfie Pollitt
Alfie


The Tony Smith Quintet
Slammin' at Christina


Budesa Brothers
Jazz Organ Jazz Guitar


Edgardo Cintron
Greatest Hits
The Passion


Umar A. Raheem
Bigboy's Honor

 
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