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Celebrating Jazz Month: Jazz Bridge Third Thursdays Neighborhood Concert Series In Willingboro, NJ Presents Miss Justine

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Jazz Bridge Third Thursday Neighborhood Concert Series in Willingboro, NJ presents jazz vocal legend Miss Justine at the Willingboro Library—220 Willingboro Way in Willingboro Township—on Thursday, April 16. Tickets are $10, $5 for students, and are available only at the door. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Information: 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.

If there’s one singer who could accurately be described as “the jazz voice of Philadelphia,” it would have to be Miss Justine. And she’s been our “jazz voice” almost since there was a jazz scene in these parts. Alex Henderson of the All Music Guide summed up her talents well, by saying, “Miss Justine is not an abstract, ultra-cerebral type of singer or someone who favors complexity for the sake of complexity; her approach is quite accessible, drawing on influences that have included Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Etta Jones, and Nancy Wilson. Miss Justine is very much a jazz improviser; she swings and improvises in a bop-based fashion, and she is a warm, expressive interpreter of lyrics.” Though this native North Philadelphian had been on the scene long before the 1980s, it was in 1982 that she formed an alliance with someone who played a major role in her career: the late Philadelphia-based pianist Gerald Price, Jr. He became her mentor, accompanist and Musical Director for 14 years, until his death in 1996. But Justine continues to grow, to evolve, to contribute to a jazz community that she helped create, and above all, to swing.

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.

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