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Premier jazz saxophonist Robert “Bootsie” Barnes has been proclaimed a Philadelphia treasure. “Bootsie” began his musical career at age 6 on piano switching to drums at 10. His grandmother gave him a saxophone at age 19 and he knew he had found his niche. In school, classmates included drummers, Lex Humphries, Bill Cosby, Al “Tootie” Heath; bassist “Spanky” DeBrest, trumpeter Lee Morgan, and a host of Philadelphia giants who went on to help shape the maturing sound of jazz music. Those who had the biggest influence on him were his father, who played trumpet with Bill Doggett’s 16 piece big band, and his cousin Jimmy Hamilton, saxophonist and star clarinetist of Duke Ellington’s band for 26 years. In the 60’s and early 70’s Bootsie played the renowned “Chitterling Circuit” which included clubs such as South Jersey’s Dreamland, Cotton Club, Laurettas’ Hi Hat, Pearl’s Celebrity Room and Over the Top

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Tom Lawton: Not Less Than Everything

Read "Tom Lawton: Not Less Than Everything" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Not known, because not looked for But heard, half-heard, in the stillness Between two waves of the sea. Quick now, here, now, always-- A condition of complete simplicity (Costing not less than everything) --T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets; “Little Gidding" This poetic quotation ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Al Di Meola, Richie Cole, Oscar Peterson and More

Read "Al Di Meola, Richie Cole, Oscar Peterson and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

This week we feature guitarist Al Di Meola with music off his 2020 Tribute to The Beatles, Across the Universe. We pay deep respects to the late Richie Cole and honor the spirit of Bootsie Barnes. We continue bringing you jazz in all its current and progressive forms to cope with this COVID-19 world.

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Ten on Cellar Live

Read "Ten on Cellar Live" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

That crafty Canadian Cory Weeds was onto something with the creation of his Cellar Live and now Cellar Music label. He reveals himself as a man for all seasons in being a confident saxophonist, music historian, and archivist with his new label Reel to Real (in cooperation with that maestro of the catalog, Zev Feldman. With ...

The More I See You

Label: Cellar Live
Released: 2018
Track listing: The More I See You; For Minor’s Only; Three Miles Out; Mr. Lucky; You Changed; Sunday In New York; The Break Through; My Ship; Don’t Redux The Reflux.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Bootsie Barnes & Larry McKenna: The More I See You

Read "The More I See You" reviewed by Jack Bowers

What a genuine pleasure it is to hang loose and appreciate the warm and enticing sounds and impressive teamwork of Philadelphia tenor saxophone legends Bootsie Barnes and Larry McKenna, a couple of seasoned pros who blend together as smoothly as marmalade on toast. It has been said--more than once--that experience is the best teacher, that there's ...

NEWS: EVENT

First Annual Jazz Industry Day Conference scheduled for September 13 in Philadelphia

First Annual Jazz Industry Day Conference scheduled for September 13 in Philadelphia

A coalition of Philadelphia jazz organizations including representatives from WRTI 90.1 FM, Temple Performing Arts Center, Philadelphia Jazz Project, Jazz Lives Philadelphia, SOUTH Jazz Kitchen and All About Jazz & Jazz Near You are hosting the first annual Jazz Industry Day at Temple Performing Arts Center on Thursday, September 13th from 11:00am to 6:30pm with an ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Dan Monaghan: The Man Behind The Swing

Read "Dan Monaghan: The Man Behind The Swing" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Dan Monaghan is a working drummer who makes an indispensable contribution to the music by being the one who provides the swing and support that allows the other musicians to achieve their diverse objectives. He performs so often in the Philadelphia area that if you go to a jazz show, there's a fair chance he'll be ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Ernest Stuart: One Step Ahead

Read "Ernest Stuart: One Step Ahead" reviewed by Geno Thackara

It ain't exactly jny: Rome, and it's not all roads, but many of them (especially in the jazz world) certainly seem to lead to jny: Philadelphia. It's unavoidable for a city where the music has such deep roots (birthplace of Billie Holiday, home of John Coltrane, hangout of Dizzy Gillespie and Sun Ra among countless others), ...

NEWS: EVENT

2nd Annual Jazz Bridge Jazz Cruise Set For Saturday, June 11th from 1:30 to 4:30pm

2nd Annual Jazz Bridge Jazz Cruise Set For Saturday, June 11th from 1:30 to 4:30pm

Ahoy Mates! Get yer swagger on an' try out some o' yer pirate ramble. Better yet, please join Jazz Bridge as we set sail on the Elite Yacht for our 2nd Annual Jazz Bridge Jazz Cruise. Join us on Saturday, June 11 from 1:30 to 4:30 PM where you will enjoy “world class jazz” provided by ...


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