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October 17, 2013
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October 17, 2013
1 person found this review helpful

I don't know of any other organization quite like Jazz Bridge. Their mission of helping musicians in need would be enough, but the concerts that they present also put musicians to work. It's rather extraordinary.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get them more funding so that their events could be even bigger and better.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

October 17, 2013
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1 previous review
February 21, 2011

This is a wonderful organization, and it is helping people who often have nowhere else to turn, Jazz musicians who have fallen on hard times. I am a Jazz musician myself, say], and although I ha... more

October 17, 2013
2 people found this review helpful

Jazz Bridge does a wonderful job of helping local Jazz Musicians who are in need of emergency funds, medical care, general assistance. I'm a full time musician, and I have seen up close the great work that they do, including helping friends of mine, who had nowhere else to turn.
They
also sponsor community concerts, which go a long way to keep the music alive, and to enrich the the communities that they serve.
Barry Wahrhaftig,
guitarist- Jenkintown PA

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

February 21, 2011

This is a wonderful organization, and it is helping people who often have nowhere else to turn, Jazz musicians who have fallen on hard times.
I am a Jazz musician myself, say], and although I haven't had the need to ask for help for myself, [ there but for the grace of God, as they say],
I have told some friends of mine about them, and what they can offer. I can say that they have helped folks that I know, [sometimes it's better to keep it private]. They are really helping to fill a need that is largely going unmet.

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Again, I have seen the work that they do, which is well known in the Jazz community in Philly.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not sure.

October 17, 2013
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October 17, 2013
1 person found this review helpful

I first learned of Jazz Bridge through an article about Odeon Pope. Like Odeon my late husband suffered from Bi Polar Disorder. It's a terrible disease and people often times are isolated and ashamed. Keep doing what you do Jazz Bridge and keep the great music coming !!!!

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

November 30, 2012

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1 previous review
February 26, 2011

I am privy to a lot of JazzBridge.org's concerns as (full disclosure) I am a board member. But I must say that these two brave women - Suzanne Cloud and Wendy Simon - work tirelessly on behalf of t... more

November 30, 2012

Jazz Bridge is an arts service organization that responds to the needs of greater Philadelphia-area Jazz and blues musicians in times of health, financial, legal and other crises, providing individual (confidential) support while promoting America's indigenous art-form through neighborhood concerts series across the region at five different venues from October through May each year. Without enthusiastic volunteers, Jazz Bridge could not continue. Dedicated people are always needed to participate in fundraising, outreach and program development activities. So if you really want to make a difference that truly matters, please contact them!

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

February 26, 2011

I am privy to a lot of JazzBridge.org's concerns as (full disclosure) I am a board member. But I must say that these two brave women - Suzanne Cloud and Wendy Simon - work tirelessly on behalf of the greater Philadelphia Jazz and Blues community. They agreed "that's enough!" after seeing too many times the unfair circumstances musicians must encounter in times of crisis. I have witnessed first-hand the relentless determination and complete commitment to their goals, as well as their joy when any small victory for an individual is achieved. I cannot cite specific examples, as confidentiality is one of the strategies that make JazzBridge a viable institution...but most importantly, the total selflessness of their mission should be an inspiration to lovers of the arts everywhere.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Helping and doing what I can to support JazzBridge, and often seeing very rewarding outcomes.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make sure they had the resources to fulfill their dreams.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

November 14, 2012

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Review from Guidestar
November 14, 2012

I love working with Jazz Bridge. The shows are great. Plus you get a chance to meet the muscians as well as other good people. The concerts are also a great way to expose our youth to good music. All this fun for a great cause. This is truly a grassroots organization that helps people from our community.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

March 24, 2012
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1 previous review
March 13, 2011

As Artistic Director of the Cape May Jazz Festival for 16 years I have watched Jazz Bridge grow from its beginning to a very viable and meanful organization helping musicians over the tri-state area. ... more

March 24, 2012
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Jazz Bridge is a highly professional organization which is very diligent in finding resources to help musicians handle all sorts of emergency or medical situations. I have seen them grow from a small organization to a highly regarded organization which serves musicians in the Delaware Valley area. Not only do they help musicians in emergencies, they now are helping them find gigs, advertising many gigs and actively fundraising to support their efforts.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

March 13, 2011

As Artistic Director of the Cape May Jazz Festival for 16 years I have watched Jazz Bridge grow from its beginning to a very viable and meanful organization helping musicians over the tri-state area. Economic conditions of most musicians in the US have always been a financial struggle. Jazz Bridge fills this gap by helping those in need in emergency situations. We have watched their support for musicians grow where they are now able to meet or help most emergency situations. Woody and I have great admiration for their efforts and have always done what we have been able to do to support their efforts. Cofounders Friends of Cape May Jazz, Inc.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Too many instances to list but know they have helped hundreds in need.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

keep Suzanne Cloud as Executive Director as she has such devotion and all the skills needed for this very necessary position.

March 4, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
March 4, 2011

It continues to be a joy working on the board of Jazz Bridge and watching this organization grow. The energy level of the founders is tough to match! Jazz Bridge helped our family through a serious medical condition, and we are eternally grateful. We will continue to be proud supporters of Jazz Bridge and work to help them achieve the goal of opening an assisted living facility for Delaware Valley jazz and blues musicians.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Jazz Bridge held a benefit and started a fund which helped my wife through breast cancer treatments.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help them reach a larger audience and grow their funding base to include more businesses, corporations and foundations.

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

Being a musician myself, I can relate to the need for a helping hand when times get tough. And Jazz Bridge is just that hand that so many of us need. In addition to showcasing all the great jazz talent that exists in Philadelphia, I've seen Jazz Bridge help people receive medical care, find housing,pay for their housing, book gigs, anything and everything they need, so they can keep doing what they do best-make music. I've never seen anyone as selfless or dedicated as Suzanne Cloud and Wendy Simon. Almost every moment of their day is spent working to help others in need , and they are still working to help more and more people.
I personally was helped by them to see a doctor about my Bi-polar disorder, which was keeping me from going to school, or holding down a steady job. They personally found me a doctor, a therapist, and a place to stay so that I could get my life headed in the right direction. If it wasn't for the help of Jazz Bridge I know I'd be in a much worse of place than I am now. Thanks Jazz Bridge!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Please see above. But in my life, at concerts, and in volunteering.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would help them find even more funding so they can continue to help others, and on a larger scale.

February 27, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 27, 2011

We have been attending the Jazz Bridge concerts in Collingswood for the past three years. We look forward to every First Thursday concert and have enjoyed every one. The program and featured musicians are always top notch and professional. Suzanne Cloud is able to plan fantastic programs and invite superb musicians to play.
By bringing other friends to these concerts we have been able to expand the audience and are proud to be part of such a successful program. It is not unusual to even have some of the beneficiaries of this outreach program return and publicly thank jazz bridge for the assistance provided to them.
It is rare in these troubling economic times to be able to experience such a true sense of spirit and sincere generosity of the musical community. We are forever grateful to have an organization like Jazz Bridge here in Collingswood, NJ. M. and F. Gramkowski

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Positive feedback to suportors who attend and contribute. Organizers are very grateful for all donations and participation of attendees.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

NA. No need for improvement. fine as is.

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Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

Financial need of musicians for assistance with medical/legal/financial crisis.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

Able to do this.

What would you tell others about this organization?

Very deserving and honorable organization.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 26, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 26, 2011

Without the love, dedication and work of JazzBridge and Suzanne Cloud my father's happiness would shine a dimmer light. They (she) has helped tremendously in keeping the flame alive in news reports, newsletters, FYI's for the who what where when of what's happening in jazz, briefs on how folks are doing, obituaries---you name it. My dad was featured in the calendar this year which sparked a light in him and our family. He is recovering in a nursing home after brain surgery and this was one thing we needed to keep all of us going. He is still there and I call him in Philly to read the emails from JazzBridge to him from my home in Virginia and it is truly a great connection. Thank you so much!--Brenda Bailey Williamson

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Leads given to us to help my father find nursing services and a new scooter to ride in.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Love to provide donor support financially to help her continue to provide print resources for those in need of assistance who don't have family to help them research organizations that provide assistance.

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