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A Jazz Bridge to Musicians in Need

Just as certain musicians-Armstrong, Parker, Coltrane-have influenced so many others, so the Jazz Foundation of America has helped spur a vital regional organization, the Philadelphia-based Jazz Bridge Project (215-517-8337;, to be of multi-dimensional help to jazz and blues musicians.

Founded almost four years ago, and reaching from Trenton (N.J.) to Wilmington (Del.) and from Reading (Pa.) to Atlantic City (N.J.), the Jazz Bridge began thanks to Wendy Simon Sinkler and Suzanne Cloud, both jazz singers. The impetus, they told me, was because “both of us had lost dear friends in the jazz community to illness, desperation and/or a lack of hope when times got difficult, as times always do in a jazz musician’s life. We just got fed up with the lack of resources for the jazz community there.

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