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Congratulations to Jennifer Beckles who received certification in Crime Scene Technology from Palm Beach State College on December 19, 2014.
Now, along with being a fine interpreter of the American Song Book, Jennifer is a certified crime scene investigator.
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Maestra Renee Baker will conduct the premiere performance of Roy Harris’ Bicentennial Symphony including orchestra, chorus, and solo male and female narrators on January 17, 2015, as centerpiece of the 150th Anniversary celebration of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ending slavery, at Luckman Fine Arts Complex in Los Angeles. The chorus driven score has text from the Preamble to the Constitution, Gettysburg Address, Emancipation Proclamation, and original text. The solo male narrator is Bass-Baritone Donnie Ray Albert and Soprano Renee Baker is the female narrator. Maestra Baker’s credits include composer, painter, poet, and violinist/violist. The roles of conductor and female narrator by Maestra Baker for the Los Angeles premiere of the Bicentennial Symphony are unprecedented in music annals. This is a co-production of CSULA Department of Music, Theater, Dance and MusicUNTOLD supported by the Employee Community Fund of the Boeing Company and Colburn Foundation.
Brazilian Voices is a non-profit musical organization of up to 40 women that sing Brazilian and international music for concerts, educational and philanthropic events. Known as 10-time winner of the Brazilian International Press Award for Outstanding Brazilian Musical Group, it has released 7 CDs and performed widely for 13 years, including in Barcelona, Madrid, Mexico, New York and London, in addition to almost 400 performances in South Florida, reaching more than 10,000 people yearly. These talented female vocalists volunteer their voices and time to preserve the rich multicultural Brazilian heritage and do intercultural outreach in the community. Brazilian Voices fosters cultural exchange and music appreciation through its 4 departments:
New Year’s Eve ‘Soiree’ Live in the Parlor
For the smart set: Bring in the new year in style, with authentic, sophisticated, intimate, swinging Jazz & Blues [WATCH VIDEO] Tick Tock-Tick Tock the New Year begins at 12 o’clock Emme Kemp on piano & vocalist JaRon Eames 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. Attire: Elegant – Ticket: $50.00
Thanks, Jeannette, for the mention on your website of our CDs!
Saturday, January 17, 2015 @ 7:00 p.m.
443 West 3rd Street (at East Avenue)
Red Wing, MN 55066
Saturday, January 17, 2015 @ 7:30-10:30 p.m.
House of Music & Entertainment (H.O.M.E.)
430 N. Camden Drive
Beverly Hills, CA
Reservations: 310-271-4663 $10.00 Admission
Sunday, January 18, 2015 @ 5:45 p.m.
138 W Commonwealth Avenue
Through well-crafted lyrics, lingering melodies, and compositions that blend humor and gravity, Shana Tucker is a work of art, an original gumbo of grace and class. Tucker, a classically trained musician (who for some time was whisked away by Cirque de Soleil as cellist and mezzo-soprano for its groundbreaking work, KÀ) often stands and plucks her cello like a string bass. “I can’t deny the classical training,” she says. “But I like the thump of walking blues & old-timey bass lines.” In a sultry fusion of acoustic pop and soulful jazz-folk, Shana Tucker evokes the spirit of Americana greats such as Bill Withers and Esperanza Spalding. With: Nick Rosen (piano), Keith Ganz (guitar), Pete Kimosh (bass), Stephen Coffman (drums)
“You rarely see Joni Mitchell invoked as a reference point,” notes the Raleigh News & Observer, “because her music is so uniquely individual that few can follow her. But in Shana Tucker we have a worthy successor.” “Her sense of lyricism is real keen and the words of her songs are just as compelling as her distinctive, outstanding singing” (JazzTimes). “Her sweet, unerring voice alone would be enough to support a career,” affirms IndyWeek.com: “Tucker and her cello blur the lines in our heads that divide classical, jazz, folk, R&B and soul.”
Joining Tucker on stage at Spivey will be Dr. Kay Pace and the Martha Ellen Stillwell School of the Arts (MESSA) Honors Chorus. There will also be a brief program to honor recognized area educators. A light reception will take place in the lobby immediately following the performance. With: Eric Hirsh (piano), Pete Kimosh (bass), Stephen Coffman (drums)
This workshop is designed for advanced HS students, college students, and adults who want to learn more about the songwriting process. The goal of this workshop is to give practical tools for participants to use that will help them express themselves through music – and more specifically, through song – while learning the basic anatomy of song structure. Overall, the workshop should be an inspiring and empowering experience for participants.
Shana Tucker’s Spivey Hall residency is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Georgia Council for the Arts.
Sharon Rae North
She will perform at Black Women In Jazz in Atlanta in March and was nominated in the Best Black Female Vocalist of the Year category. Her new SunRae Jazz Band performs straight-ahead Jazz standards and contemporary songs with a Jazzy vibe. Her song The Way You Make Me Feel is featured on the WIJSF Music Collection V!
It was an honor to be featured in Women in Jazz South Florida’s newsletter and on the website with musical members. I have a deep belief in the importance of supporting the arts, and especially, independent artists who bring such richness to our world. The support that we give each other can serve as a healing, unifying force among all people. Our music can bring joy and thoughtfulness and peace. May we all move forward into the New Year with music in our hearts to share with all.
255 ARCHIVED SHOWS since 2008! NOTE: Diva JC will interview WIJSF members, only, in 2015. Shows will air once or twice, monthly.
|1/2/2015 4:00 PM||Ariane Cap – Special Day – FRIDAY|
|1/8/2015 4:00 PM||Donna Singer – Thursday|
What shall I sing for your lullaby? ~ Langston Hughes
|10/2/2014 4:00 PM||Denise Jannah|
|10/9/2014 4:00 PM||Yvette Mashun Devereaux|
|10/16/2014 4:00 PM||Jean Fineberg|
|10/23/2014 4:00 PM||Rodney Kendrick|
|10/30/2014 4:00 PM||Theresa Hightower|
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Oct 4 Falmouth, MA – Falmouth Jazz Festival at Highfield Theatre
Oct 5 Wellfleet, MA – Wellfleet Preservation Hall for Payomet Arts
Oct 7 New York, NY – Dimenna Center, Jazz Drama Program Benefit (6:30pm)
Oct 11 Helena, AR – King Biscuit Blues Festival (with Jimmy Vivino & Black Italians)
Oct 18 Nancy, FRANCE – Nancy Jazz Pulsations
Oct 24 Novosibirsk, RUSSIA – SibJazz Fest
Nov 15 Summit, NJ – Summit JCC
Nov 23 Charleston, WV – Culture Center Theater / Mountain Stage Radio Show
Dec 8 New York, NY – Louis Armstrong House Museum GALA at Capitale
Dec 13 Princeton, NJ – McCarter (Berlind) Theatre (with Ladies Sing The Blues)
Dec 31 Madison, NJ – Shanghai Jazz
MEMBERS EARN A FREE BERTH ON OUR INAUGURAL WOMEN IN JAZZ CRUISE
Music, the sound of the spheres, begins in the womb! ~ Diva JC
SUBMITTED on JULY 22, 2014 for NOMINATIONS for the 57th Annual Grammy’s
TEJA LANISE ON BASS IS LIVING THE DREAM!
Internationally acclaimed pianist and vocalist Irene Robbins presented her new project Laughing with the Blues, a 4-part exposition of Jazz and Blues by STREAM DUO in southern Italy. Irene Robbins, who has been giving concerts for over 30 years in Europe, the USA, and Japan had an incredible response to her new project. A duo which she says “shows her naked” because of its sparsity with Irene Robbins on vocals and piano, and bassist Nico Catacchio performing their interpretations of Thelonious Monk’s Round Midnight, Coleman’s Lonely Woman, and Ellington’s Mood Indigo. Irene is touring Italy and Europe this summer and fall. She will be in Detroit, MI, in April 2015.
I was a server in a diner where it was customary to sing happy birthday to the customers. On one particular day at the diner, one of the regulars was celebrating his birthday. He informed our team of servers that he would prefer someone sing his favorite song. I use to sing around the diner everyday, many times I wasn’t aware of what I was doing, I just loved to sing. However when he made his request, everyone looked at me. I was not very open to this, after all, I might not know his favorite song. (DRUM ROLL) My favorite song is “My Funny Valentine.” It just so happened I knew many songs in the Great American Song Book. So, I stood in the middle of the dinning room, “My Funny Valentine”. The applause that filled this room and the compliments from everyone in sight made me feel very special. My fellow servers were spreading the word and I began singing for many of our customers, their favorite songs at birthday time. Some of the songs were: “Always”, “All of Me”, “At Last”, “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered”, “Ain’t Misbehavin’” and “My Funny Valentine.” With encouragement from my little boy at the time, and many others I set out to learn the music business on the local level. Before long the doors were wide open. My very first performances were with a pianist only. I loved performing with a piano only. I never thought about performing with other instruments. So I have come to realize this: When a singer is available, the instruments will find the singer. Today, I even perform with big bands.
It is such a given that our business is male dominated that I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about it. However, I have felt sabotage, when I was the leader of an important event. I have learned to cover my assets. My advice to young women coming into the music industry is “Know your music! Learn the business! Be firm, but be a LADY with all men!” ~ Sandra Kaye
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|8/28/2014 4:00 PM||Gerrianne Brizan The IDs|
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Sunday, August 3 from 7 pm – 9 pm
Peggy Duquesnel Contemporary Band
Spaghettini Grill and Jazz Club
Sunday, August 10 from 1pm – 5pm
Tickets: $75 in advance required: wiseplace.org/buy
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Pianist extraordinaire Emme Kemp co-wrote the title song, and acted with the first Broadway company, in Bubbling Brown Sugar. Emme worked with the master pianist Eubie Blake. Presently, she works with vocalist and TV Talk show host JaRon Eames, author of Jazz Conversation. The duo performs every Sunday on New York’s upper east side.
Two Old Pros, & a Piano
Every Sunday in JaRon’s Parlor
646 337 0620
You can do anything you want to do, if you know what to do. ~ Betty Carter
R.I.P. Dr. Maya Angelou ( April 4, 1928, St. Louis, MO – May 28, 2014, Winston-Salem, NC
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Get some great information on attaining sponsorship in Part 1 of 3 episodes on The Arts Reporter with guest Fran Briggs. Listen to the archived show at www.blogtalkradio.com/theartsreporter/2014/05/30/fran-briggs.
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 that each of you NOMINATE A WOMAN MUSICIAN for the NEA JAZZ MASTER AWARD, now!!!
Watch the first of 3 episodes of Amazing Musicwomen with Joan Cartwright and co-Host Sandi Blair, with flautist Ragan Whiteside, produced by Mimi Johnson for The Arts Reporter on MJTV Network, in Atlanta, GA
Listen to interview of Sha Battle, founder of Black Women in Jazz with Cres O’Neal
Purchase our award-winning CD to support our mission to promote women musicians, globally!
Get in the groove with Ragan Whiteside’s new music video WORK IT OUT
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Our newest member saxophonist Diane Ellis completed over a decade of shows with the Tony Smith Show in Chicago. Look for more from Diane Ellis and The Jazzy Ladies in future newsletters.
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Congratulations, Renee Baker & Chicago Modern Orchestra Project premiering Bil Smith, Composer
BRAZILIAN VOICES Participates at “ARTOPIA”
June 13 @ 6:00PM
Tickets: $50 members; $65 non-members – Buy your tickets
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Random Acts of Kindness
For information about Arts & Healing Program
Please contact: Marpessa Quintar-DeMoraes or Marize Casaes
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|Jun 06||The Classon Social Club||Brooklyn, NY||RSVP|
|Jun 07||The 55 Barw/ KJ Denhert- vocals…||New York, NY||RSVP|
|Jun 14||Private Event||Prague, Czech Republic||RSVP|
|Jun 20||Pelham Stage at Rockwellsw/ KJ Denhert-guitar,…||Pelham, NY||RSVP|
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|Jul 11||Umbria Jazz Summer 2014w/ KJ Denhert-guitar,…||Perugia Pg, Italy||RSVP|
|Aug 14||Branfrod Jazz on The Greenw/ KJ Denhert-guitar,…||Branford, CT||RSVP|
|Sep 12||The Falcon||Marlboro, NY||RSVP|
Friday & Saturday, June 27-28 – 8 PM
Jazz At The Mansion The Village at Wexford Mitch Hennes, bass Howard Paul, guitar 1000 William Hilton Pkwy Hilton Head, SC
Sunday, June 29 – 3 PM Mitch Hennes, bass 700 Drayton Street, Savannah, GA Howard Paul Bassist Sponsored by the Coastal Jazz Society
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Bring It Back Tour Jun 18 – Woodbridge, NJ – Woodbridge Wednesdays at Parker Press Park Jun 23 – Rochester, NY – Rochester International Jazz Festival – Harro East Ballroom July 26 – East Meredith, NY – West Kortright Centre Aug 8 – Sacramento, CA – Harlow’s Aug 9 – San Francisco, CA – Yoshi’s Aug 10 – San Jose, CA – San Jose Jazz Summer Fest Sep 20 – Cazenovia, NY – Jazz-N-Caz at Catherine Cummings Theatre Oct 4 – Falmouth, MA – Falmouth Jazz Festival Oct 5 – Wellfleet, MA – Wellfleet Preservation Hall Peace, Love, and Blessings, Cat Team – www.catherinerussell.net
I am excited to part take in a small European tour with Spanish guitarist Alfredo Moran and his band in September. I will tour in Asturias, northern Spain, beginning on the 18th of September. I will give a Master class on 27 September for all jazz flutists who wish to attend. I have not been to Europe, since the early 1980’s! I got help from a Spanish friend, who knows Alfredo. It all came together. My six recordings and live performances should get me invited back, yearly. Please spread the word that Nika Rejto is going to Spain! Perhaps, one of your friends will hear me live!
GUESTS IN JUNE ON MUSICWOMAN RADIO
|6/5/2014 4:00 PM||Laura Klein|
|6/12/2014 4:00 PM||Ginger Dee|
|6/19/2014 4:00 PM||Paula Atherton|
|6/26/2014 4:00 PM||Courtney Bryan|
Dinah Washington Way the street 38-39 Prairie Avenue, Chicago, IL, will be named after legendary vocalist Dinah Washington on August 29, 2014, which would have been her 90th birthday. It will be a celebration. We are looking forward to the family of Dinah to attend, along with other friends and associates who will speak. We will share with you more information in months to come. Mark the date on your calendar – August 29, 2014 @ 12 noon – 2:30 pm CST.
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|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|
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!!!
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|