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WIJSF NEWS January 2015

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Celebrating 8 years of Musical Service!

As of January 1, 2015, 284 members154 musicians, and 53 males!  Join us, today!

Music begins in the womb! ~ Diva JC MUSICIAN’S SURVEY  |  SIGN THE PETITION  |  MAKE A DONATION   |  SHOPPING
 Welcome new members: Cheryl D. Barnes, Andrea Garrison, Rondi Charleston, and Steve Moore
Help recruit new members, today! Send your friends to www.wijsf.com/join.htm
Bring in two new members in 2015 and your membership is FREE!
Featured Artists: Sharon Rae North, Cheryl D. Barnes, Saskia Laroo, Renee Baker, and Brazilian Voices

Message from the Executive Director

jc-chicago8In our 8th year, we will shift from music production to a political agenda of lobbying and advocating for women in the arts.  For 7 years, our record of promoting, presenting, and producing women’s music is solid!  Now is the time to get serious, politically.  As you know, in March, I began a campaign to call for a Symposium on Women in the Arts at The White House, together with a petition that has gathered over 400 signatures.  Although we received no response from The White House, 42 people registered to attend the symposium and we are in the process of identifying a venue in Washington, D.C. for this momentous event in August 2015. Women in all artistic disciplines are invited to attend this one-day session to create fact-finding and planning committees to move our agenda forward. In my final year of pursuing my doctorate in Business Marketing, I will be surveying and interviewing several professional female musicians to analyze and report on the status of women musicians and their business marketing practices.  All members will be encouraged to complete one or more surveys to contribute to my study. ~ Diva JC
HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2015
OUR 5TH MUSIC COLLECTION IS HERE!
On January 2, 2015, we release our 5th compilation CD of 12 fabulous female composers. Place your orders and share this link with others as sales help to support the work we do.  All of our CDs are available and we ask that you purchase them at a special price to members of $10 by requesting a PayPal invoice from me at divajc47@yahoo.com.  Otherwise, the CDs are $15 plus shipping.
SUPPORT OUR MISSION!
In 2015, it is imperative that members take a renewed interest in our mission to promote women musicians, globally. Without your support, our work becomes extremely difficult.  It is time to step up to the plate, pay your dues, invite others to join, and offer new ideas, suggestions, and insight into how we can move our organization forward. I welcome all of your comments either on this blog or in email. If you have not yet joined our Facebook page and followed us on Twitter, please do so, now!
GET FEATURED!

YOUR STORIES: ALL members please submit photos, fliers, cd releases, and all announcements to Joan Cartwright at divajc47@yahoo.com by the 28th of each month. I do not go to each of our 154 musical members’ websites to get news. It is up to each individual to submit news items to me. Thanks for your cooperation!

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ACCOMPLISHMENTS

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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.

MORE AMAZING MUSICWOMEN!


Maestra Renee Baker will receive the inaugural Henry Lewis Conducting Award during a special dinner honoring composers Roy Harris, Renee Baker, and Henry Lewis

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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:

  • Concerts and Performances: Brazilian Voices was able to greatly expand its cultural exchange outreach in South Florida, and reach thousands with the beauty of our music and message.
  • Culture and Education: Brazilian Voices was able to show the beauty, culture and historical aspects of Brazil in successful educational shows at various venues in Broward and Miami Dade Counties which were attended by more than 2,000 children and adults. We received much praise and positive feedback from these shows.
  • Arts & Healing: Brazilian Voices was able to bring Bossa Nova-rich melodies and live music performances to more than seven institutions, including several new ones delighted to welcome us this year.
  • Customized Performances: Brazilian Voices was able to entertain and delight hundreds of guests in corporate events, weddings and engagement parties, and also raise funds from these events to support all departments.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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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

Menu: New Orleans Fried Fish, Creole Shrimp/Rice, Home-made Chili, Potato Salad or Green Salad, Corn Bread, Wine, Champagne, Dessert RSVP ONLY in the Parlor – 222 E.85th St. #2E, NYC 212-472-9295 or Text: 646 337 0620 jaroneames@gmail.com  |  www.jaroneames.com – This is an ongoing event.
Follow Jeannette Pina's South Florida Jazz List every month at http://southfloridajazzlist.com/

Follow Jeannette Pina’s South Florida Jazz List every month at southfloridajazzlist.com

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Saturday, January 24 @ 8- 11 pm The Bean Runner Cafe 201 S Division Street Peekskill, NY 10566

Saturday, January 24 @ 8- 11 pm
The Bean Runner Cafe
201 S Division Street
Peekskill, NY 10566

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 10 @ 7:30 PM
THE HALLE CULTURAL ARTS CENTER
237 North Salem Street, Apex, North Carolina
Jim Ketch, trumpet, Jason Foureman, bass, Kobie Watkins, drums
Tickets: www.etix.com 
Halle Box Office 919 249 1120
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JANUARY 12-17
California/Hawaii Tour
MONDAY, JANUARY 12 @ 2:15-3:30 PM
Jazz Master Class with guitarist HOWARD ALDEN
Orange County School for the Arts
1010 North Main Street, Santa Ana, CA
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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14 @ 7:30 PM
Rancho Mirage Library concert
HOWARD ALDEN, guitarist, JIM DE JULIO, bass, ROGER KING JR., drums
71100 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage, CA
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THURSDAY, JANUARY 15 @ 7:30 PM
The Merc for Jazz 42051 Main Street, Temecula, CA
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HOWARD ALDEN, guitar and JIM DE JULIO, bass
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SATURDAY, JANUARY 17 @- 7:30 PM
The Atherton Theater 738 Kaheka Street, Honolulu, HI
Tickets: 808-955-8821
DOUG MacDONALD, guitar
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North Carolina/Florida Tour And for those who plan ahead in New York City
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TUESDAY MARCH 3, 2015 @ 8 p.m.
The Baha’i Center 53 East 11 @Street, New York, NY 10003
Tickets: 212 222-5159 Admission: $15, Students $10
HOWARD ALDEN, guitar and KELLY FRIESEN, bass
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FRIDAY, MARCH 6
TRUMPETS JAZZ CLUB 6 Depot Square, Montclair, NJ
HOWARD ALDEN and KELLY FRIESEN
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MARCH 22 – SOUTH AFRICA TOUR!!!
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More information coming. For more great jazz listening on the net, tune into www.purejazzradio.org  
24/7 of great straight-ahead jazz. Lenore Raphael’s JazzSpot archived shows at www.lenoreraphael.com/thejazzspot.html
Saturday, January 17, 2015 @ 7:00 p.m.
443 West 3rd Street (at East Avenue)
Red Wing, MN 55066
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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
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 Sunday, January 18, 2015 @ 5:45 p.m.

Steamers Jazz Club and Cafe

138 W Commonwealth Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92832

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Sunday, January 25, 2015
6:00 – 8:00 pm
The Lobster Pot Bistro
478 Mandalay Avenue, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767 (727) 446-8809
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Friday, January 16: Shana Tucker @ Turnage Theater, Washington, NCFRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2015 @ 8:00 pm
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Beaufort County Arts Council
150 W. Main Street, Washington NC
TICKETS: $20 general admission; $17.50 limited balcony seating
beaufortcountyartscouncil.orgWinner of the 2014 Black Women in Jazz Award for Best Cellist, Shana Tucker returns to her beloved North Carolina for a weekend tour of eastern and western sides of the state, beginning in “Little” Washington, NC at the historic Turnage Theatre. Shana credits her genre-bending ChamberSoul™ journey to the influences of 80’s & 90’s pop music, movie soundtracks, and world music, interwoven with steady nods to her classical and jazz roots. With: Nick Rosen (piano), Pete Kimosh (bass), Stephen Coffman (drums)

Sun 7/20: KENYA & Shana Tucker play Uncommon Ground - Chicago, IL

SATURDAY, JANUARY 17 @ 8:00 pm
Diana Wortham Theatre
2 South Pack Square, Asheville NC
TICKETS: Regular $30; Student $25; Child $15
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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)


Sun 7/20: KENYA & Shana Tucker play Uncommon Ground - Chicago, IL
SUNDAY, JANUARY 25, 2015 @ 3:00 pm
Spivey Hall – Clayton State University
2000 Clayton State Blvd, Morrow GA
TICKETS: $40; special student and educator discounts available
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“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)

* * * *  SPECIAL SONGWRITING WORKSHOP  * * * *
SATURDAY, JANUARY 24, 2015 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Tickets: $7 general admission

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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.

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February 7, 2015
Metropolitan Room
 34 West 22nd Street  (Bet. 5th & 6th Aves)
New York, NY 10010
212.206.0440
Online ticketing at www.metropolitanroom.com

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!

NEW RELEASES

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Meet our newest member

CHERYL BARNES

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.

MEDIA BLITZ

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1/2/2015 4:00 PM Ariane Cap – Special Day – FRIDAY
1/8/2015 4:00 PM Donna Singer – Thursday

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Many thanks to our newest Honorary Member Andrea Garrison, host of Online With Andrea who featured our four WIJSF Music Collections over the past year.  Listen to the archived shows at these links:

Logo_MJTVNETWORK_DIVADAUGHTER www.mjtvnetwork.info Watch host Mimi Johnson’s interview with Joan Cartwright about www.wijsf.org malesexsymbols

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YOUR STORIES: ALL members please submit photos, fliers, cd releases, and all announcements to Joan Cartwright at divajc47@yahoo.com by the 28th of each month.

JOIN OUR ORGANIZATION, TODAY! www.wijsf.org

WIJSF NEWS October 2014

Membership is due March 1st Every Year!

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Celebrating 7 years of Musical Service!

As of October 1, 2014, we have 282 members153 musicians, and 53 males!  Join us, today!

What shall I sing for your lullaby? ~ Langston Hughes

Welcome to our newest membersRondi Charleson and Steve Moore
Featured Artists: Diane Ellis, Emme Kemp, LeNora Jaye, Mimi Johnson, Saskia Laroo, and Dottie Kelly

Message from the Executive Director

20140926_221025The 99th catalog coverASALH Convention in Memphis, TN, was a great success.  Not only did I distribute over 500 Women in Arts & Women in Business Catalogs, introducing people to our organization, members, and business associates, but I delivered my paper Blues Women: The First Civil Rights Workers to an enthusiastically responsive audience in the Louis XVI Room at The Peabody Hotel, on Thursday, September 25, 2014.
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I visit the infamous Blues mecca BEALE STREET, where I listened to the music of two lovely vocalists Adrianne Dotson and Shay-Renae, who agreed to play songs from our compilation CDs III and IV on her radio show! The most exciting news is that the 100th ASALH Convention will be in Atlanta in 2015, and I will be on the Volunteer Committee and invite our WIJSF Atlanta members to join me in supporting this tremendous organization.
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Diva JC, Shay-Renae, and Adrianne Dotson on Beale Street, Memphis, TN

ACHIEVEMENTS

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MEDIA BLITZ

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10/23/2014 4:00 PM Rodney Kendrick  
10/30/2014 4:00 PM Theresa Hightower

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Jeannette Pina spends hours collecting event information for her South Florida Jazz Events calendar, so everyone in South Florida will know where to go for the best Jazz!

Jeannette Pina spends hours collecting event information for her South Florida Jazz Events calendar, so everyone in South Florida will know where to go for the best Jazz!

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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

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MEMBERS EARN A FREE BERTH ON OUR INAUGURAL WOMEN IN JAZZ CRUISE

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YOUR STORIES: ALL members please submit photos, fliers, cd releases, and all announcements to Joan Cartwright at divajc47@yahoo.com by the 28th of each month.

JOIN OUR ORGANIZATION, TODAY!

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WIJSF News August 2014

Membership Dues come due March 1st Every Year!

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Celebrating 7 years of Musical Service!

As of August 1, 2014, we have 278 members150 musicians, and 52 males!  Join us, today!

Music, the sound of the spheres, begins in the womb! ~ Diva JC

Welcome to our newest members: Carl Hill, Shirazette Tinnin, Dottie Kelly , and Sigrun Jording
Featured in this issue: Irene Robbins, Yvette Norwood-Tiger, Sandra Kaye, Grammy submissions

WHY JOIN WIJSF

If you compose, perform, or produce music, or enjoy women musicians in concert, you’re invited to join Women in Jazz South Florida, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes women musicians, globally. Dues are $50 annually and benefits include:

Please share with other women musicians you know because together we can change the status of women musicians, who are more often marginalized than we know. Join or renew your membership, today, www.wijsf.com/join.htm

WHAT MEMBERS CAN DO

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

IMPORTANT: Republished from the Grammy's Newsletter: http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grammy/2014summer/#/45

IMPORTANT: Republished from the Grammy’s Newsletter: www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grammy/2014summer/#/45    READ THIS ARTICLE

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

SUBMITTED on JULY 22, 2014 for NOMINATIONS for the 57th Annual Grammy’s 

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Welcome to our newest member blues vocalist Dottie Kelly in West Palm Beach, Florida

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TEJA LANISE ON BASS IS LIVING THE DREAM!

Bassist Teja Lanise is living the dream, while touring with Janell Monae in the U.S., UK, Australia, and Europe!

Bassist Teja Lanise is living the dream, touring with Janell Monae in the USA, UK, Australia, Europe and the Middle East!

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.
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Mimi Johnsondotnet and Diva JC perform at Cafe 290, Atlanta Photo: Steve Moore

Mimi Johnsondotnet and Diva JC perform at Cafe 290, Atlanta
Photo: Steve Moore

jENNY LOVE said, "This photo shows what my heart feels every time I sing!"  — with Carmen I. Sardina and Chrome Knights at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek.

JENNY LOVE said, “This photo shows what my heart feels every time I sing!” — with Carmen I. Sardina and Chrome Knights at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek.

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Yejide (13) and Aziza (11) Major – RADIANCE talent has taken wings and is soaring to great heights. Yejide and Aziza are a singing and dancing duo. At a recent appearance, Radiance opened the Rastafari Reunion, Reggae Show with grace and elegance on Saturday, July 26, 2014, in Lauderhill, FL. They were well received by the South Florida cultural community with warmth and admiration after belting out some of the top reggae standards.

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Sandra Kaye is completing her fourth year performing at the Long Bar at the Waldorf Astoria in Shanghai, China. See INTERVIEW below:

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

WIJSF member Gerrianne Brizan was a part of The I.D.s in 1964 in Queens, NY.  These ladies will be guests on MUSICWOMAN RADIO on August 28 at 4 p.m. at www.blogtalkradio.com/musicwoman

WIJSF member Gerrianne Brizan was a part of The I.D.s in 1964 in Queens, NY. These ladies will be guests on MUSICWOMAN RADIO on August 28 at 4 p.m. at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/musicwoman

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What a GREAT CD from Gail Jhonson. Click the image to listen. You may need to join Spotify.

What a GREAT CD from Gail Jhonson. Click the image to listen. You may need to join Spotify.

MEDIA

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Many thanks to our newest member CARL HILL for his donation of the airline ticket for Joan Cartwright to attend this special event in Chicago on August 29, 2014, and thanks to AL CARTER-BEY for the invitation! See the PRESS RELEASE for this event.

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Read this PRESS RELEASE and get your ad by emailing divajc47@yahoo.com  
Payment deadline – August 4.    Ad Deadline – August 10.

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8/14/2014 4:00 PM Sigrun Jording
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8/28/2014 4:00 PM Gerrianne Brizan The IDs

 

CLICK CD COVERS BELOW FOR INTERVIEWS by Andrea Garrison

ONLINE WITH ANDREA

Listen to our interview at Online With Andrea from July 14, 2014

Listen to our interview at Online With Andrea from July 14, 2014

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Mark your calendar for our 2-hour interview at Online with Andrea on Tuesday, September 8 @ 7:30 pm EST featuring our WIJSF Compilation 3

Mark your calendar for our 2-hour interview at Online with Andrea on Tuesday, September 8 @ 7:30 pm EST featuring our WIJSF Compilation 3

Mark your calendar for our 2-hour interview at Online With Andrea on Tuesday, November 5 @ 7:30 pm EST featuring our WIJSF Compilation 4

Mark your calendar for our 2-hour interview at Online With Andrea on Tuesday, November 5 @ 7:30 pm EST featuring our WIJSF Compilation 4

Tune into the archives of BTR Radio Host Vanda Guzman

CLICK THE IMAGE to Tune into the archives of BTR Radio Host Vanda Guzman

UPCOMING EVENTS

SOUTH FLORIDA JAZZ LIST

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Music In The Plaza – The City of Long Beach, NY
City Hall
1 West Chester Street
Long Beach, NY 11561
(516) 431-1000
This event will be rescheduled in case of rain.
Saturday, August 16 @ 8:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Spaghettini
3005 Old Ranch Parkway, Seal Beach, California 90740
2 shows
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Special guest Greg Manning on keyboards!
Tickets in advance only
Sunday, August 24 @ 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Kola Restaurant and Ultra Lounge
32523 NORTHWESTERN HWY
Farmington, MI 48334

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August 1 - First Friday at the Lyric Theatre in historic Overtown, 819 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33136.  Tickets: $10, $15, $20 & $25. 305-636-2390

DOROTHY MORRISON performs August 1 – First Friday at the Lyric Theatre in historic Overtown, 819 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33136. Tickets: $10, $15, $20 & $25. 305-636-2390

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Sunday, August 3 from 7 pm – 9 pm

Peggy Duquesnel Contemporary Band
Tony Guerrero – trumpet / flugel horn
Ernie Nunez – bass
Suzanne Morisette – drums

Spaghettini Grill and Jazz Club
3005 Old Ranch Parkway
Seal Beach, CA 90740
(562) 596-2199
Tickets: $15: Advanced Required
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Sunday, August 10 from 1pm – 5pm
Fundraising Jazz Brunch for WisePlace
25522 Nellie Gail Road, Laguna Hills, CA 92653
The Peak Experience Jazz Ensemble and Yve Evans
Ann Patterson – sax / flute
Peggy Duquesnel – piano / vocals
Mike Peak – bass
Kendall Kay – drums

Tickets: $75 in advance required: wiseplace.org/buy
Lucy or Mike Peak (949) 425-9192
Geo (714) 542-357 ext.111

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Nicki Mathis
SATURDAY, 9 AUGUST, 2014
NICKi Mathis performs with
RICKY MALICHI Jazz Ensemble
Brad Leali, sax
Mike Francis piano
Shaun Mahoney guitarist
Erik Unsworth bassist
African American Performing Arts
Center & Exhibition Hall
310 San Pedro N.E., Albuquerque, NM 87108
505.222-0785

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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

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We are offering vending and playbill ad space for our concert Saturday, October 11 @ Ferg's Lounge in East Point, GA. www.thegeniusladiesinconcert.eventbrite.com

We are offering vending and playbill ad space for our concert Saturday, October 11 @ Ferg’s Lounge in East Point, GA.
www.thegeniusladiesinconcert.eventbrite.com

 

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WIJSF NEWS JUNE 2014

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Celebrating 7 years of Musical Service!

As of June 1, 2014, we have 272 members145 musicians!  Join us, today!

Music, the sound of the spheres, begins in the womb! ~ Diva JC
No one can figure out your worth but you. ~ Pearl Bailey

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

New members: Angela Jackson (Tallahassee, FL), Diane Ellis (Chicago, IL), Julie Holtzman (New York, NY), Brazilian Voices (Weston, FL), Lucretia Daniel (Atlanta, GA)

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Dear WIJSF Members: Summer is upon us. I am pleased to say that our first episode of Amazing Musicwomen with my co-host Sandi Blair and special guest Ragan Whiteside is a huge success. Thanks, so much, to Mimi Johnson (Secretary) for producing this show as a special edition of her program The Arts Reporter. Be sure to watch the embedded video of this hour-long special in which we discuss the ups and downs of the music profession for vocalists, instrumentalists, and composers.
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Also, in this newsletter is a call for advertisers in our catalog that will provide members – musicwomen and business women  – the opportunity to cross-promote to each other.  It is so important for us to share what we do with the world and this catalog can be a valuable resource for all of our members. The cost of advertising in this catalog is very low.  NOTE: the cost for non-members is double the cost for members whose dues are up-to-date.  The object is to print 3,000 catalogs and distribute them at events, conferences, and conventions like the one I plan to attend in Memphis, TN, September 24-28, 2014, where I’ve been invited to present my paper: Blues Women: First Civil Rights Workers.  Your advertisement will enable our organization to flourish and reach thousands of people. You have CDs, workshops, and your musical services to advertise. Please contact me at catalogue@wijsf.org, ASAP about your ad.
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There are many ways to make the most of your online and offline marketing activities. Content creation, syndication, sophisticated integrated marketing strategies, and award-winning publicity all help to create a compelling experience for your target market, clients, and customers.  Potential clients know ABC, NBC, YAHOO!, CNN, NBC,  and other major media outlets, but they may not know you. And that’s where a good publicist comes in.
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Working with a seasoned publicist opens new lines of engagement and gives you optimized coverage and direct access to reporters, the public, and your target audience.My diverse experience, expertise, and online marketing strategies deliver the biggest bang for your buck. For example, I am the only publicist who offers a guarantee on a 30-network, coast to coast television press release. And, not only will I produce media pieces that put you in the best light, I’ll consult with you on getting booked by major media, as well as how to position you as an industry influencer.  If you or your organization could benefit from powerful public relations in the form of media alerts, interviews, press releases, articles, media campaigns and more, contact me today. Let’s work together to get your business noticed online—and offline.My name is Fran Briggs, and I want to be your publicist.
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Fran Briggs is an award-winning writer, professional journalist, and the Director of Operations of eMediaCampaigns!—a dynamically different, international, news distribution and public relations firm. Her work has been featured on CNN, FOX, ABC, NBC, CBS, Oprah, Lifetime Television, The View, Black Enterprise, Entrepreneur Magazine, and more. She catches the attention of inundated consumers, editors, news directors, and reporters. Her clients include professional athletes, Olympic Champions, speakers, recording artists, authors, children, Mothers of five, writers, entrepreneurs, and more. She shows people how to use the media and social networking to establish their credibility, enhance their reputation, position themselves as experts, sell more products and services, promote their initiative or event, and establish themselves as ‘The peoples choice’. For a free consultation, call 206.279.0818, friend her at www.facebook.com/FranBriggs, or  visit www.FranBriggs.com
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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.

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 that each of you NOMINATE A WOMAN MUSICIAN for the NEA JAZZ MASTER AWARD, now!!!

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LIKE the FB Page and SIGN and SHARE the PetitionPlease sign the petition for this Symposium on Women in Arts and share it. Click the image

LIKE the FB Page and SIGN and SHARE the Petition

Let us help to bring awareness and solutions!

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Congratulations to Kara Delonas a deserving young bassist in New Jersey

Congratulations to Kara Delonas a deserving young bassist in New Jersey

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

Congratulations to our members who were honored at the Black Women in Jazz Awards in Atlanta, GA

Congratulations to our members who were honored at the Black Women in Jazz Awards 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!

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 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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NEW RELEASES

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Congratulations, Renee Baker & Chicago Modern Orchestra Project premiering Bil Smith, Composer

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Jazz in Pink with Gail Jhonson and Paula Atherton, members of WIJSF

Jazz in Pink with Paula Atherton and Gail Jhonson, members of WIJSF.   On June 7, the group will perform at the Steel City Jazz Festival in Birmingham, AL

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EDUCATION

In April-May, Sandi Blair flew to Osaka, Japan, to give The Vocal Musician Workshop to students.

In April-May, Sandi Blair flew to Osaka, Japan, to give The Vocal Musician Workshop to students.

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Sixth Annual JCMS Girls’ Jazz & Blues Camp Directed by Jean Fineberg snd Ellen Seeling

Sixth Annual JCMS Girls’ Jazz & Blues Camp Directed by Jean Fineberg and Ellen Seeling

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Joan’s new book

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Jeannette Pina spends hours collecting event information for her South Florida Jazz Events calendar, so everyone in South Florida will know where to go for the best Jazz!

Jeannette Pina’s South Florida Jazz Events calendar, so everyone in South Florida will know where to go for the best Jazz!

TUESDAY NIGHT JAZZ IS BACK at THE CHARLESTON in Santa Monica Featuring Sharon Marie & The Jamieson Trotter Trio 8:30 PM- Midnight 2460 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA http://www.charlestonla.com Res & Info :310- 828-2115

TUESDAY NIGHT JAZZ IS BACK at THE CHARLESTON in Santa Monica
Sharon Marie Cline & The Jamieson Trotter Trio
Tuesday, June 3 @ 8:30 PM- Midnight
2460 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA  –  www.charlestonla.com
Res & Info: 310- 828-2115

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BRAZILIAN VOICES Participates at “ARTOPIA”
June 13 @ 6:00PM
Tickets: $50 members; $65 non-members – Buy your tickets
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A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible. 

 For information about Arts & Healing Program

Please contact: Marpessa Quintar-DeMoraes or Marize Casaes

 artsandhealing@brazilianvoices.org

Brazilian Voices Arts & Healing Team Participates at

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  • June 6-8 – OcraFolk Festival – Ocracoke, NC
  • July 19 – Kranzberg Arts Center – St. Louis, MO
  • July 20 – Uncommon Ground on Devon – Chicago, IL

 

 

 

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Date Venue Location Tickets
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
Jun 21 The 55 Barw/ KJ Denhert-guitar,… New York, NY RSVP
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

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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

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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

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NIKA REJTO

nikarejto2I 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!

– 18 September in Danny´s Jazz in Oviedo. – 19 September in Sport in Luarca. – 20 September In Las Caldas in Oviedo. – 25 September in Almabique Jazz in Gijón. – 26 September in Sandras Cafe in Ujo. – 27 September in Tolivias Jazz Festival
The Master class will be on 27 September, after noon, in Pipos School
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MEDIA BLITZ

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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
Amazing Musicwomen on The Arts Reporter (TAR TV) on MJTV Network. Produced by Mimi Johnson with co-hosts Joan Cartwright and Sandi Blair, featuring Ragan Whiteside on flute

Amazing Musicwomen on The Arts Reporter (TAR TV) on MJTV Network. Produced by Mimi Johnson with co-hosts Joan Cartwright and Sandi Blair, featuring Ragan Whiteside on flute.  Next Show Date is August 20 @ 7 p.m. at www.mjtvnetwork.info

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WHPK 88.5 FM – Sunday @ 1 p.m. CST – Jazz Rapp with Impresario of Jazz Alvin Carter-bey

dinah-washingtonDinah 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.

Thanks,

Al Carter-bey

WHPK 88.5 FM

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TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES

Lucretia Daniel is a travel expert. Contact her for your travel bookings and business training at lucretiatravel@gmail.com - www.freelanceglobaltravel.com

Lucretia Daniel is a travel expert. Contact her for your travel bookings and business training at lucretiatravel@gmail.com – www.freelanceglobaltravel.com

WIJSF BOARD 2014 www.wijsf.com/contact.htm

WIJSF BOARD 2014   –   www.wijsf.com/contact.htm

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JOIN OUR ORGANIZATION, TODAY!

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WIJSF News May 2014

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Celebrating 7 years of Musical Service!

As of May 1, 2014, we have 267 members142 musicians!  Join us, today!

Music, the sound of the spheres, begins in the womb! ~ Diva JC
“BE GENIUS! BE YOU!”  ~ Mimi Johnson.net
Welcome new members: Gerrianne Brizan, Yvette Devereaux, Jean Fineberg, and Louise D. Foster

MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR

Dear WIJSF Members: First, I send light and love to the people who suffered loss of any kind, during the tornadoes that hit Kansas, Oklahoma, and Alabama. Those suffering from pollen asphyxiation, I know what you’re going through but rain dampened it some here in Atlanta, as the storm passed us by. On the bright side, we have some new members and they are busy working to produce music and opportunities for women musicians and composers. New members Jean Fineberg and Ellen Seeling direct the Jazzschool Community Music School Girls Jazz & Blues Camp in Berkeley, GA. May 1st was amazing with Amazing Musicwomen being honored by the Black Women in Jazz & Fine Arts Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel on 14th Street in Atlanta, GA. The atmosphere was consistent with the honors bestowed on a prolific group of women whose musical prowess is of the highest caliber.  It was an elegant affair!  [SEE JOAN’S PHOTOS HERE]
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Best Violinist and Saxophonist

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[SEE JOAN’S PHOTOS HERE]

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Sha Battle’s vision for the Black Women in Jazz & Fine Arts Award manifested, elegantly!

[SEE JOAN’S PHOTOS HERE]

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BWIJ Awards sponsor Wanda Evers of WMPR 90.1 Radio Station in Jackson, MS, with Mimi Johnsondotnet, and Diva Joan Cartwright

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Most of us began our careers as young children.   Gerrianne Brizan performed with the IDs in Queens, NY

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Yvette Devereux is a Triple Threat!

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!!!

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Please sign the petition for this Symposium on Women in Arts and share it. Click the image

Since April 4, 188 people have supported this Call for a Symposium on Women in Arts at the White House in 2015.  Please sign the petition for this Symposium on Women in Arts and share it. Click the image

Let us help to bring awareness and solutions!

This is a joint fundraising idea. Your thoughts on this are appreciated.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Article

Article on accomplishments of Immediate Past VP Stan Alston

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

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Happy Birthday, Shirley Horn, May 1

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FEATURE STORY: COUPLES

These WIJSF members and their spouses have been added to celebrate SPRING! Watch the video of more couples, below

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Emma and Malcolm Black

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Saskia Laroo and Warren Byrd

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

 Ernie and meSusan Warmington with legendary guitarists Ernest Ranglin (l) and Maurice Gordon (r) in Kingston, Jamaica, W.I. preparing to record.Singing with MauriceSusan 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.”
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UPCOMING EVENTS

South Florida Jazz Events calendar for the best Jazz! Thanks to Jeannette Pina!

South Florida Jazz Events calendar! Thanks Jeannette Pina!

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Sixth Annual JCMS Girls’ Jazz & Blues Camp Directed by Jean Fineberg snd Ellen Seeling

Sixth Annual JCMS Girls’ Jazz & Blues Camp
Directed by Jean Fineberg snd Ellen Seeling

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CONGRATULATIONS! Toni Byrd

CONGRATULATIONS! Toni Byrd

Lenore Raphael

 

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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

Christ Church

Oxford Road, Marlow, Bucks

www.marlowjazz.co.uk for info and tickets

THURSDAY, MAY 8th 9 PM

Casa da Musica

Porto, Portugal

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with Alberto Jorge, bass and

Peter Ingram, drums

FRIDAY-SATURDAY MAY 9th

The Jazz Club

Lisbon, Portugal

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Nicki Mathis

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.

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MEDIA BLITZ

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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
Joan Csrtwright will co-host this podcast on Friday, April 4 @ 5 p.m. EST with Judy Joy Jones and the filmmaker Emmanuel Itier and producer Sharon Stone

Joan Cartwright co-hosted this podcast with Judy Joy Jones at BlogTalkRadio about the movie at www.femmethemovie.com

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2014 Fundraiser

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YOUR STORIES: Members please submit photos, fliers, and announcements to Joan Cartwright at divajc47@yahoo.com

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WIJSF News March 2014

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Celebrating 7 years of Musical Service!   Join us, today!

HAPPY 7TH ANNIVERSARY, WIJSF, Inc.!

As of March 1, 2014, we have 260 members137 musicians!

Music, the sound of the spheres, begins in the womb! ~ Diva JC

MUSICIAN’S SURVEY  |  SIGN THE PETITION  |  MAKE A DONATION   |  SHOPPING

I’m very shy, and I shy away from people. But the moment I hit the stage, it’s a different feeling. I get nerve from somewhere; maybe it’s because it’s something I love to do.  ~ Ella Fitzgerald

MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR

jccartwright-bahamas1Dearest WIJSF Members:

Please note that dues come due on March 1st.  We need your membership payment to keep the oil burning in the proverbial lamp, so please PAY DUES, now. Also, invite at least one person, musician or lay person, to join. Then, our 4th compilation CD is smashing!  We will submit it to the GRAMMY’s this year. Please order your copy, today, at WIJSF Music Collection IV, and be sure to get an extra one for a friend!  Copies of CDs II and III are still available, also. Some copies of CD I are available at cdbaby. Purchasing our CDs with the original compositions of 34 fabulous female composers is the BEST way to support our efforts to promote women musicians, globally!
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lynne-clarenceMy highlight of February as the guest of the Grand Bahama Performing Arts Society on February 6 to 9, in a concert and workshop accompanied by my long-time friend, pianist Lynne Moore.  We were joined by bassist Clarence Green and drummer Patrick Russell.
Organized by Green’s wife Penny Ettinger and actress/vocalist Gloria McGlone at the Grand Bahama Sailing Club, both events on Friday night and Saturday afternoon were pure delight. We had lots of fun and really good music on Friday night. But the best part was the workshop with 20 vocalists and one clarinetist on The Business of Music.  We discussed everything from music theory and agents to creative fundraising. The two-hour workshop ended with many of the vocalists singing a capella. Each voice was as beautiful as the last.  Not one female or male (2) sang out of key.  There was beautiful harmonies between two singers.  Finally, a mother, Terrelle Tynes-Wilson and daughter, Grace, sang for us and we were in awe of the originality of Terrelle’s song You’re The Only One For Me and Grace’s rendition of Amazing Grace.  Gloria McGlone, who produces plays with these talented young people, glowed with pride.  Lynne and I talked about how professional each singer was, after the workshop ended on a very high note!

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Guests at the Grand Bahama Sailing Club

Guests at the Grand Bahama Sailing Club

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Members of Grand Bahama Performing Arts Society: Jocelyne, Penny, Colleen, JC, Gloria, Sue, Joyce, Olivia

Should you join the Musicians Union?

By Lorna Lesperance, WIJSF President

A typical club owner will do almost anything to resist a union contract. I remember one time at a club on 46th Street we had more than half the band that wanted to make the gig a union job. That’s supposed to be all you need. The owner was approached by an organizer.The owner said, “I’d love to do this union, but I’m not allowed to negotiate.”

“Why?” asked the smiling organizer.

“Because I’m in Chapter 11,” said the owner.

“How long you been in Chapter 11?” asked the organizer.

“Since I opened,” said the owner, winking.

The organizer stopped smiling.

The discussion above is thought-provoking and oh so true. Musicians have been in a box, struggling to get out and be respected. Club owners are faced with a constantly changing and unpredictable economy and must survive to hire musicians.

lorna-guitar2This month the theme of WIJSF is Education. I am a retired educator who now has time to look at the difficulties musicians face. They are huge and I ask how I could have taught for so long without recognizing the uncompromising situations musicians deal with. The stereotypical attitude of lay people is that we are only musicians. I taught many talented children with great ambition. They were more passionate about Music than Science, Math, or English students. Many were genius.
When you’re young and a good musician, you are respected. You get lots of pats on the back. Parents are excited because they have a talented child, who might be one of the 10 who make it in the music industry. One student was an unusually talented guitarist. She performed with adult musicians at a reputable Jazz club in Miami. She was 13 and not too interested in school.
Clearly, this girl wanted to do was play music. What will be her future? As her music theory teacher, my job was to prepare her for life as a musician. I told my students to join the Musicians Union to get support for their future. I could not tell my students that the chances of “making it big” are little to none. It was not my job to blow out their fire. When a young genius comes along, you think that this is the one that is going to make it.
The facts are that many musicians in this country are not respected and are not paid enough to sustain them, on a daily basis. The average musician in Florida makes about $24,000 per year. On the high end, musicians make about $56,000 per year, if they travel a lot, touring or perform at different clubs, every night to make money.
If you spend your time composing music, you need a benefactor to pay your bills. Of course, if you are a union member and live in New York, you can make a living performing in Broadway pit bands or symphonic orchestras. I knew a Jazz trombonist that played the Broadway circuit and made a decent living. He was a dues-paying union member. Now, he receives a pension. He is a composer and arranger, and is well-known for his skills.
Talented musicians who do not live in New York City but play music seven nights a week are fortunate. They will only get unemployment benefits, disability insurance, healthcare, or social security, if they join the Musicians Union and pay their annual dues. They entertain and make people smile. They give folks relief from the tension of everyday life, yet they have to hustle to survive.
In 2007, a Jazz Advisory Committee at Local 802 was formed to address the issues facing Jazz musicians. The committee included Jimmy Owens, Slide Hampton, Bob Crenshaw, Benny Powell, and Carlene Ray. The JUSTICE FOR JAZZ ARTISTS bill was passed and went into effect. Large venues and clubs did not have to pay tax on ticket sales. The tax money was to go to a pension fund. Of course, there was no enforcer appointed, so, club owners kept the tax money and found loop holes, like filing for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, to avoid paying into this Jazz Artists component of Local 802.
I mentor young musicians but they will have to create change. Everyone is tech savvy and a new era of music is here. Business savvy must be the goal. Today, music institutions offer courses in Business to students. Hopefully, they can sell enough of music online to make a living or they can continue to play music on street corners with a tin can to collect coins.

These are questions to ponder:

  • Who supports young musicians?
  • Who cares for aging musicians?
  • Do we need a Musicians Union for support?
  • If you need a lawyer because you did not get paid, where do you go?
  • What is the future of musicians in America?

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Should you join the Musicians Union?

On another note, we researched lobbying in Washington, DC for more opportunities for women musicians and composers.  An IRS agent reminded Joan that, at the inception of applying for non-profit status for WIJSF, we filed Form 5768, enabling us to lobby without being a 501(c)(6). So, Joan is composing a letter to President and Mrs. Obama to request an audience with them to discuss the inequity of financial opportunities in this country for women artists – visual, musical, and literary – due to marginalization and overall omission from exhibits and performances funded by our tax dollars.

Trumpeter Ellen Seeling, co-leader of the Montclair Women’s Big Band will picket  the performance by the publicly-funded Lincoln Center Jazz Band led by Wynton Marsalis, on March 22, 2014, in San Francisco, to address the total omission of women instrumentalists.  In 2000, Laura Pelligrinelli picketed this band and nothing changed, in 14 years! The bottom line is each musician in this all-male touring band receives $100,000, annually.  No wonder they don’t want any women in the band!  Listen to the interview with Ellen Seeling on Saturday, March 1, now.

Next, we learned that, of the 134 Jazz Masters honored by the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) since 1982, only 15 are women.  Most are vocalists and one – Lorraine Gordon was nominated for being the wife of Max Gordon, owner of the Village Vanguard, in Greenwich Village, NY.  

CALL TO ACTION!!!

Now is the time to increase this number, which is only 11% female! Go to NEA JAZZ MASTERS and NOMINATE a woman musician, preferably an instrumentalist or composer, of your choice.  The figure below shows the women recipients, since 1982.  

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ACCOMPLISHMENTS

MANY THANKS TO VOTERS WHO HELPED US WIN $1,000 FREE  Conquest Graphics Printing!

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Sandi Blair's Vocal Technique Workshop at WCLK 91.3 FM at Clark-Atlanta University is a real eye-opener!

Sandi Blair’s Vocal Technique Workshop at WCLK 91.3 FM at Clark-Atlanta University is a real eye-opener!

UPCOMING EVENTS

South Florida Jazz Events calendar for the best Jazz! Thanks to Jeannette Pina!

South Florida Jazz Events calendar! Thanks Jeannette Pina!

Member DEE DANIELS is the Artistic Director for this event in Edmonds, Washington!

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Our International President Cettina Donato will perform

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Our International President Cettina Donato will perform

Our International President Cettina Donato will perform

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014 @ 1 p.m.

LENORE RAPHAEL, Pianist
w/Jack Wilkins, guitar

Jazz Wednesday

St. Peter’s Church

54th Street and Lexington Avenue, New York, NY

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Joan Cartwright maintains her membership with Women in Music, Inc, in New York, visit the website at www.womeninmusic.org to get updates on events.

Joan Cartwright maintains her membership with Women in Music, Inc., in New York, visit the website at www.womeninmusic.org to get updates on events.

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http://www.broward.k12.fl.us/olddillardmuseum/index.html

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Sharon’s title tune is featured on the WIJSF Music Collection III 

celestecd2014Friday, March 28 and Saturday, March 29 @ 8 p.m.
Sky Centre in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada
Four Celtic Voices performs with the XYD Dancers

Members BERTHA HOPE & NICK MATHIS are featured below

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This event was postponed from March 1 to May 2, 2014

This event was postponed from March 1 to May 2, 2014.  [Photo: Whitfield Moore Photography]

First photo shoot of performers and presenters for the Black Women in Jazz & Fine Arts Awards to take place on Friday, May 2, 2014, at the Rialto Theater, Atlanta, GA - get tickets at https://tickets.rialtocenter.org

First photo shoot of performers and presenters for the Black Women in Jazz & Fine Arts Awards to take place on Friday, May 2, 2014, at the Rialto Theater, Atlanta, GA – get tickets at https://tickets.rialtocenter.org.  Joan Cartwright is honored to be named LADY JAZZ MASTER at this Inaugural event.

MEDIA BLITZ

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 GUESTS IN MARCH
  3/06/2014 4:00 PM Judy Joy Jones Artist
  3/13/2014 4:00 PM Shana Tucker
3/20/2014 4:00 PM Nika Rejto
3/27/2014 4:00 PM Jessica Jones

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On Sundays, Alvin Carter-Bey features music from our compilation CDs. On Sunday, March 2nd, Joan will be a caller and Renee Baker will be Alvin’s guest on Sunday, March 9th.  Tune in at WHPK 88.5 FM Chicago, Community Radio | University of Chicago.

Listen to archived radio interview with Nika Rejto

Listen to archived radio interview with Nika Rejto

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NEW TRAVEL BUSINESS

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2014 Fundraiser

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