Appearing at jazz vespers at St. John Baptist Church, 30th and Mitchell Streets, Camden NJ, on April 19th will be noted jazz musicians: saxophonist Tony Williams, pianist Don Wilson, bassist Mike Boone, and drummer Craig McIver, who will playing to raise money for legendary drummer Charlie Rice. Vespers are from 5-6PM. Admission is free, but donations will be gladly accepted for the Charlie Rice Legal Defense Fund. For info: 609-963-0962 or www.jazzbridge.org
Reasons for the Charlie Rice Legal Defense Fund:
Eighty-eight-year-old, legendary jazz drummer Charlie Rice, who has recorded and worked with Chet Baker, Louis Jordan, and Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, among many others, was swept up in a wide net cast by a New Jersey state grand jury investigation into gas theft last summer. Rice, who worked for the Camden Board of Education for twenty-six years and has never been in trouble with the law, was indicted along with thirteen others. Charlie Rice believes he has been unjustly indicted, and Jazz Bridge, a nonprofit that assists local Philadelphia-area jazz musicians in crisis, has retained noted defense attorney Michael Pinsky to help Mr. Rice fight these outrageous charges. Since the initial indictment, all the other accused have taken pre-trial intervention, but Charlie Rice has decided to stand a fight to clear his good name. The trial of the State of New Jersey vs. Charlie Rice will start in June. The Charlie Rice Legal Defense Fund was started by the nonprofit Jazz Bridge to help cover the legal costs. Charlie is facing up to 5 years in prison for using a few gallons of gas to fuel his personal car, which he was required to use for work. Charlie and Mr. Pinsky assert that he was implicitly and explicitly authorized to replace the gas he was required to use for official purposes. Jazz Bridge feels Charlie Rice is the victim of a shameful miscarriage of justice in this case, and our organization has dedicated itself to helping him.
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Jazz Bridge Project
3008 Limekiln Pike
Glenside, PA 19038