The Jazz Bridge First Thursdays Neighborhood Concerts Series at the Collingswood Community Center, 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.
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.
Jazz Bridge, an award-winning nonprofit dedicated to assisting Greater Philadelphia Metro area jazz and blues musicians and vocalists in times of crisis, sponsors these neighborhood concerts throughout the region to keep the sound of Philadelphia alive.