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NEWS: EVENT

Jazz Bridge on the Waterfront with Duane Eubanks on June 3 at 1pm

Jazz Bridge on the Waterfront with Duane Eubanks on June 3 at 1pm

Jazz Bridge, Philadelphia’s award-winning nonprofit devoted to helping musicians in crisis, will have a joyous celebration of jazz that will directly benefit the essential work that Jazz Bridge has been doing for many years: assisting our area's jazz and blues musicians and vocalists in need and in times of crisis. This important event will be ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Philadelphia Jazz Label Dreambox Media To Celebrate Thirtieth Anniversary With Final DVD "Flicks Sticks & Tones"

Philadelphia Jazz Label Dreambox Media To Celebrate Thirtieth Anniversary With Final DVD "Flicks Sticks & Tones"

Dreambox Media will issue its last release by the end of 2016, coinciding with the Jazz label’s 30th anniversary. Originally Encounter Records solely to promote his band Reverie, founder and drummer Jim Miller considers 1986 the year the label officially started, as the September 1999 Jazz Times pointed out, “because it was then that vocalist / ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Larry McKenna and Bootsie Barnes Quintet: Inaugural Jazz Bridge River Cruise

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Larry McKenna-Bootsie Barnes Quintet
The Jazz Bridge River Cruise
Philadelphia, PA
June 13, 2015

The Jazz Bridge, a jny: Philadelphia area organization whose meritorious mission is to assist local jazz and blues musicians and vocalists in times of crisis, sponsors numerous concerts, but this was their first cruise event, and ...

NEWS: ADVOCACY

Jazz Bridge Opens "Kwame Hall Fund" For Saxophonist With Brain Tumor

Jazz Bridge Opens "Kwame Hall Fund" For Saxophonist With Brain Tumor

Starting today, Jazz Bridge opens the tax-deductible “Kwame Hall Fund" for Kwame Hall, an alto saxophonist and composer born and raised in jny: Philadelphia who was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor. Tomorrow is a big day for Hall. He'll undergo a 12-hour surgical intervention at the Hospital of University of Pennsylvania for a condition only ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Minas Releases Most Important Album of Its Career, Symphony in Bossa

Minas Releases Most Important Album of Its Career,  Symphony in Bossa

Ten years in the making. Over 60 musicians. Seven different recording studios. Symphony in Bossa is a monumental achievement by Philadelphia-based Brazilian jazz group Minas. Written specially for Minas for big band and strings by the late Bill Zaccagni (Bobby Rydel, Patty LaBelle), Symphony in Bossa merges north and south with big band jazz and Brazilian Bossa ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Suzanne Cloud

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Meet Suzanne Cloud:
Jazz singer-songwriter, educator, writer, and executive director of Jazz Bridge, a nonprofit that helps professional jazz and blues musicians in crisis.

Instrument(s):
vocals, piano

Teachers and/or influences?
My influences were wide and varied from the Broadway singer Mary Martin to jazz icon Sarah Vaughan to songwriter ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Reissue Of "With A Little Help From My Friends" Before The Election

Reissue Of  "With A Little Help From My Friends" Before The Election

It all started with an interview request by podcaster Jacob Haller asking Suzanne Cloud if he could talk to her about the tune “Below the Beltway” for his show “Tell Me About Your Song." It had been some time since she had heard it—she first recorded this song about money in politics in 1995—but after hearing ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

Saying Goodbye to John Blake Jr.

Saying Goodbye to John Blake Jr.

By Suzanne Cloud Sharon Baptist Church boasts a congregation that harkens back to 1934, many years before the church finally found an expansive resting space in West jny: Philadelphia. It's a very big church, but John’s family and friends needed a big one to say goodbye and to wish him well on his journey home. John Blake Jr. ...

Jazz Appreciation Month 2014 in Philadelphia: A Recap

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This April was a month of truly spectacular music on all fronts in jny: Philadelphia. I know I missed a whole lot (see Philadelphia Jazz Project and Ars Nova Workshop) but here's my take.

I kicked off the month with my trio Mischa Machez at our monthly First Friday Happy Hour at the Dog ...

NEWS: EVENT

Return Engagement For "Last Call At The Downbeat" In April!

Return Engagement For "Last Call At The Downbeat" In April!

In November 1942, 25-year-old trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie is in Philadelphia leading his own quartet for a 7-week engagement at the Downbeat Club. He’s just been fired by Lucky Millinder after a stint at the famed Earle Theatre at 11th and Market Streets—right around the corner. It’s war time, and big band swing is still the rage, ...