Celebrating 7 years of Musical Service!
MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR
|Lobby of the Four Seasons HotelElegant Venue for Black Women in Jazz Awards||Mimi JohnsondotnetBest Film/Theater/Performer|
JoAnna Johnson and Joyce Spencer
Best Violinist and Saxophonist
|Best Theater Performer Mimi Johnsondotnet, Mistress of Ceremony Jonna Johnson, and Lady Jazz Master Joan Cartwright|
CALLS TO ACTION
Of 134 NEA Jazz Masters, only 15 women or 11% received that honor and the $25,000 honorarium that also comes out of tax payers pockets. So, to counteract this inequity, I’m suggesting to each of you to NOMINATE A WOMAN MUSICIAN for the NEA JAZZ MASTER AWARD, now!!!
Let us help to bring awareness and solutions!
FEATURE STORY: COUPLES
These WIJSF members and their spouses have been added to celebrate SPRING! Watch the video of more couples, below
Emma and Malcolm Black
How often do we see women musicians struggling to maintain a home, marriage, and children? Well, since Spring is in the air, meaning that LOVE is in the air, we’re paying tribute to the husbands of 15 of our members, who stand by their lady, through the ups and downs of being in this tumultuous Music Industry. For instance, Lenore Raphael said, “Joel is essentially my tour manager. He books the travel arrangements, hotels, routes to drive, and is very emotionally supportive as well. He even contacts people he knows in the area about my performances and, no, he is not available to work with other artists!” Featured are Afrikkanitha, Carol Garrett, Donna Singer, Lenore Raphael, Kathy Yolanda Rice, Joyce Spencer, Debbie Pierce Taft, Mzuri Moyo, Rory Ranucci, Linda Dachtyl, Kristen Elizabeth, Lyn Moore, Ragan Whiteside, Sandra Kaye, and Yvette Norwood-Tiger. This video tells herstory.
NEW CD RELEASES
|Susan Warmington with legendary guitarists Ernest Ranglin (l) and Maurice Gordon (r) in Kingston, Jamaica, W.I. preparing to record.Susan reported that “I was a bit upset when this happened a couple weeks ago, but I am able to talk about it now. While travelling through Miami Airport, security broke my Master CD with my just recorded songs on it clean in half. I have been told that CDs can make bombs so I guess that’s why they did it. All’s well that ends well as my Producer Richard Browne sent me my songs online and now they have been Mastered for clean listening. At this time I am waiting for them to be licensed for public listening. Years ago I would have been in trouble, now I am just glad for the internet.”|
|Musicians use many methods to fund their projects. Bobby Ramirez has launched a Kickstarter Crowd Funding site to fund his next music project.Donate at this link.|
Promoting the NEW RECORDING
“Love Notes-A Tribute To Oscar Peterson”
Lenore will be on tour in May in the U.K.
FRIDAY May 2 12:30 PM – 3 PM
The Spice of Life
6 Moore Street, Soho, London
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SATURDAY May 3rd 8:30 PM
For the Marlow Jazz Club
Oxford Road, Marlow, Bucks
www.marlowjazz.co.uk for info and tickets
THURSDAY, MAY 8th 9 PM
Casa da Musica
with Alberto Jorge, bass and
Peter Ingram, drums
FRIDAY-SATURDAY MAY 9th
The Jazz Club
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Saturday, May 17, 2014 6 p.m St. James-Myrtle Presents Jazz Singer Nick Mathis, Producer and soloist, Dr. Robert Hemphill, Director of El Paso Metropolitan Choir “Musical Tribute to Mothers” St. James-Myrtle United Methodist Church 1128 Lomaland Drive, El Paso, TX 79907 – 915.595-3141 Co-Produced by Juliet Hart, Robert Doc Hemphill, Musical Director, and Nick Mathis, Performer * * * Tuesday 27 May 7:30 pm Northampton Jazz Workshop featuring Nicki Mathis in concert with Paul Arslanian’s Green Street Trio: George Kaye, Jon Fisher. The concert set starts at 7:30 pm, followed immediately by the jam session until 10:30. $10 minimum charge for food/beverage is waived for sitting in musicians and singers. The Loft at the Clarion Hotel (413) 586-1211, 1 Atwood Dr (Rt. 5 at Exit 18 off I 91), Northampton, MA.
COMING UP IN JUNE!
|5/01/2014 @ 4:00 PM||Black Women in Jazz Performers|
|5/08/2014 @ 4:00 PM||Rita Graham|
|5/15/2014 @ 4:00 PM||Sherry Pruitt|
|5/22/2014 @ 4:00 PM||Lucianna Padmore|
|5/29/2014 @ 4:00 PM||Toni Byrd|