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Jazz Bridge Helps Local Musicians Cope with Emergencies

When jazz singers Suzanne Cloud and Wendy Simon saw a lack of support for their fellow professional jazz and blues musicians who were in crisis, they created The Jazz Bridge Project to in 2004 address this need in the Greater Philadelphia area.

Cloud and Simon had witnessed the struggles of their fellow musicians and the desperation felt by some in the music community when the only available remedy for an individual dealing with hardship in times of trouble was the traditional jam session to raise money.  Simon and Cloud, , with their fellow like-minded musicians and fans, created the Jazz Bridge Project to form a more permanent and secure support system.

The organization developed a unique, regional model that would not only provide help to individuals during hard times, but that also develops public awareness of the tradition, history, and continuous original music in the Philly area by presenting neighborhood concert series hosted and curated by notable musicians throughout the region.

Today, the organization is simply known as Jazz Bridge and assists those coping with emergencies involving health, legal, financial, personal and professional needs, while building an awareness of the local jazz sound. The neighborhood concerts are now held on a regular basis, and you can find a complete schedule on the Jazz Bridge website.

Jazz Bridge needs volunteers to work outreach at the Neighborhood Concerts and to work with clients as the need arises, such as computer skills, pro bono help with taxes, and driving elder musicians to music gigs.

Contact Jazz Bridge at 215-517-8337 or email info@jazzbridge.org for more information about volunteering and how else you can get involved.

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