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March is Women’s Herstory Month!
This year we celebrate 8 years of musical service! Watch video newsletter and scroll through announcements below. Thanks for your support of our mission to promote women musicians, globally! WIJSF Dues are due on March 1st.
More gigs for Catherine Russell
Wed March 25: New York, NY – Carnegie Hall – Standard Time with Michael Feinstein, Y.A. “Yip” Harburg program PAY DUES at www.wijsf.com/join.htm
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 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|
Music, the sound of the spheres, begins in the womb! ~ Diva JC
|9/4/2014 4:00 PM||Lisa Yves|
|9/11/2014 4:00 PM||Lorna Lesperance|
|9/18/2014 4:00 PM||Julie Holtzman|
|9/25/2014 4:00 PM||Dorie Pride|
QUANTUM DRIVE is available at Amazon.com
New Video: “Work it Out” Performance clips:
RAGAN WHITESIDE is a CONTEMPORARY JAZZ FLAUTIST AND VOCALIST. She released QUANTUM DRIVE on JULY 8. Quantum Drive is her third studio release, fusing the coolest elements of Contemporary Jazz, Classic R&B, Neo-Soul, and Hip-Hop, appealing to musicians and music lovers. Collaborating with Ragan are Contemporary Jazz Keyboardist and Arranger Bob Baldwin, Soul Singer-Songwriter and Pianist Frank McComb, Soul Jazz Flutist Althea René, and multi-Grammy Award nominated Singer, Pianist, and Composer Patrice Rushen, who lent her keyboard wizardry to Ragan’s remake of her classic tune, “Remind Me”. QUANTUM DRIVE offers a clever and unique way of unifying generations of music. From the 60’s jerk-worthy “Soul Biscuit” to the Dirty South line-dancing “Work it Out” to the underground club-hopping “Quantum Drive,” there is always something to make you nod your head. “Smokey Room” satisfies your inner jazz fusion-ista while “Like the First Time” embodies the best aspects of falling in love. Ragan Whiteside’s groove driven artistic approach to this musical journey will certainly propel you into a new dimension. Strap yourself in and close your eyes as she takes you down the road to infinite soul on her QUANTUM DRIVE. Available on Amazon and iTunes. For info visit www.raganwhiteside.
Ragan Whiteside – Flutist, Vocalist, Songwriter – 212-561-0253
www.raganwhiteside.com, www.facebook.com/raganwhitesidemusic, www.twitter.com/raganwhiteside
New album: QUANTUM DRIVE available for pre-order at Amazon.com
New Video: “Work it Out”
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
WPLG Local 10
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|
|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|
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|