Jawnts: Hear jazz in Collingswood

Haddon Avenue in Collingswood, its pedestrian-friendly main drag and home to restaurants and community festivals.

Thursday is the last chance to catch this season's First Thursday Jazz Series in Collingswood. Held in the heart of the borough's exceedingly walkable downtown - a mere 10-minute PATCO ride from Center City - it presents an unbeatable opportunity to enjoy some tunes and explore Main Street (Haddon Avenue).

This is the series' 12th season, and the sponsor, the Jazz Bridge Project, has since expanded to four other locations. The organization, and the shows, support musicians in need - be the issues personal, or related to health or finances.

"Our Jazz Bridge concerts are all geared toward local blues and jazz musicians in crisis," says executive director Suzanne Cloud. "We're an awkward bird: We not only present, but help people when they are in need, supporting the music, but sometimes you have to go a little bit further to help the musicians."

In Collingswood, the shows are held in the community center, across the street from a '50s-style diner and a few storefronts from an old school candy shop.

Collingswood has a good reputation among urbanites, who appreciate its commitment to transit-oriented development around the PATCO station and its pedestrian-friendly main drag. The borough was incorporated in 1888, blossomed in the early 20th century, and for the last 10 years or so has been experiencing a restaurant renaissance. It's a fun town to explore, and frequently holds events to draw residents and visitors to its many eateries. "We always have really good crowds in Collingswood," said Cloud.

Thursday's show, featuring Dylan Taylor and Sweeter for the Struggle, starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Community Center, 30 W. Collings Ave. Entrance is $10 for adults and $5 for students; 13 and under is free. Audience members can bring their on drinks, alcoholic or otherwise.

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