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Elio Villafranca & Minas Play Jazz Bridge Fundraising Concert @ Chris' Cafe In Phila. Friday, June 14th!

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Elio Villafranca
Latin jazz piano sensation Elio Villafranca and Orlando and Patricia Haddad of Minas will be headlining the annual fundraiser for Jazz Bridge—the Philadelphia nonprofit devoted to assisting Jazz and blues musicians in need—to be held at Chris’ Jazz Café’ on Friday, June 14th. Chris’ is located at 1421 Sansom Street in Center City Philadelphia. Sets begin at 8 p.m., tickets are $25 and can be purchased in advance via JazzBridge.org. Info on the event, program sponsorships and donations for the silent auction: e-mail Info@JazzBridge.org or call 215-517-8337.

Elio Villafranca, who will be accompanied by bassist Mike Boone and drummer Francisco Mela, is at the forefront of the latest generation of remarkable Cuban pianists, composers and bandleaders. In the 2010 Grammy Awards he was nominated in Best Latin Jazz Album of the Year category for his performance, composition and co- production of the recording by percussionist/educator Chembo Corneil, Things I Wanted To Do.

Orlando Haddad and Patricia King formed Minas in 1978 at North Carolina School of the Arts, with the goal of bringing Brazilian music to the United States. Minas continues to perform all over the east coast, and in the 30-plus years of being on the scene, have become one of most popular groups in this area.

The Jazz Bridge Project is a 501C3 nonprofit organization that was established in 2004 by a group of caring Jazz musicians and fans dedicated to assisting professional Greater Philadelphia Metro area jazz and blues musicians and vocalists in times of crisis by providing confidential and caring support in keeping with their personal dignity. Through donations, grants, and our neighborhood concerts, Jazz Bridge assists those coping with emergencies involving health, legal, financial, personal and professional needs, while building an awareness of the local Jazz sound.

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