Archive | October 2012

WIJSF NEWS October 2012

Celebrating 5 years of Musical Service!

As of October 1, 2012, we have 193 members, 92 musicians!

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Born on April 15, 1894, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Bessie Smith was one of ten children. Both of her parents had died by her eighth birthday, and she was raised by her older sister Viola and encouraged to sing and dance by her oldest brother Clarence. He soon joined the Moses Stokes traveling show, leaving Smith and their brother Andrew to sing for pennies on Chattanooga street corners.

Clarence later arranged an audition for Smith with the Moses Stokes Company and she was hired as a dancer in 1912. She became friends with an older Moses Stokes veteran, Gertrude “Ma” Rainey, who was called the Mother of the Blues and likely exercised some influence over the young singer. Smith had her own voice, however, and owed her success to no one. Her heavy, throaty vocals were balanced by a delightful sense of timing. Her live shows were a blend of comedy and drama in song. Smith was popular in Philadelphia, New York, and Baltimore, but she was beloved in the South. In 1923, her vaudeville touring led her to Memphis, where she played packed houses at the Palace Theater on Beale Street.

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Registration begins October 9, 2012.   We celebrate our 5th Anniversary as a non-profit organization and all members who reside in South Florida are invited to attend our anniversary dinner on Tuesday, October 9 @ 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Tarpon Bend Restaurant.   The contact person for this event is Brian Allan Harris.  Get your dinner ticket at this link.  Immediately after, we will attend a Press Conference at the offices of the South Florida Symphony, our presenting partners in the 2013 conference.  LIKE THE CONFERENCE ON FACEBOOK.

Other partners include International Women in Jazz in New York, Women in Jazz in Austin, Texas, and Instrumental Women in Pasadena, California, The Many Colors of a Woman in Connecticut, and Fondazione Adkins Chiti: Donne in Musica, in Rome, Frascati, and Fiuggi, Italy.

Jimmy and Jeannie Cheatham

Jeannie Cheatham is our third Honorary Member, after Vice Mayor Hayward Benson, Jr., and our first – First Lady Michelle Obama.  Jeannie is a pianist, vocalist, composer and author of the song and book, “Meet Me With Your Black Drawers On”.  At 85, she lives in San Diego in a comfortable senior assisted living facility.

Her motto is “When the sun goes down, please have someone around to give you a cold drink of water, especially on your dying bed.”  That sentiment is the bottom line of the upcoming conference because the cliche “survival of the fittest” certainly applies to musicians who seem to be among the only people who work well into their 80’s, if they are so fortunate to live a long life.  Jeannie believes that musicians need to learn how to put money away for the end of their lives.  Most don’t get a pension, as do people in other professional fields.  So, musicians must have a way to secure their senior years.

Jimmie Cheatham played trombone with the Duke Ellington Band and had a professorship at University of Wisconsin.  This musical couple’s archives are housed at the University of Kansas City (photos, sheet music, etc.), Smithsonian (live interviews), and University of Ohio (videos).


Related Resources:
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Related Collections:  Music         Website:  www.jeanniecheatham


About our President Wanda Trotter [Source: Monique Caradine Newsletter]

VISIBILITY SPOTLIGHT – Wanda Trotter – Business Owner and member of the Bold, Fearless & Fabulous Mastermind

Have you ever met someone who is so powerful and smart, yet they somehow maintain a humble spirit?

That’s how I would describe Wanda Trotter.  This woman is a force to be reckoned with and truly one of the most determined young business owners I know, yet she is modest beyond belief!

Wanda is the President of Worldwide Solutions and Technologies, Inc., a corporation that offers virtual productivity services to law firms and other businesses by supplying Virtual Assistants and Specialty Professionals to firms. She subcontracts to Fortune 500 corporations that need technical support and client service assistants.

The cutting edge technology of having employees work remotely, yet in highly secure and closely monitored environments, significantly cuts staffing and operating costs for companies and allows them to continually provide top notch quality services to their clients.

Monique Caradine brags about Wanda all the time because she has everything it takes to play with the “big boys” and she goes after the big business opportunities, unapologetically.  Wanda is a member of Monique Caradine’s Bold, Fearless & Fabulous Mastermind Group.

You’ll be seeing and hearing more from Wanda as Monique Caradine works with her on her visibility strategy.  In the meantime, find out more about what she’s doing in the world of business when you visit:

One last note, Wanda is a composer and trumpeter, and past President of the Bethune-Cookman Marching Band Alumni.


Our National President Wanda Trotter just procured our first sponsor for the MUSICWOMEN CONFERENCE a printer.  Thank you so much!


My hat goes off to Brian Allan Harris, our Membership Chair and Events Coordinator who organized several details, including the Sponsorship package for the conference.

Click here for registration information.

The South Florida Symphony started its concert series featuring the Blue Door String Ensemble. The next performance in Fort Lauderdale is on Sunday, October 28, 2012. For details, click the banner below.

There is an in-depth report on the status of women composers and musicians in Europe compile by Donne in Musica, in Rome.  Click the WIMUST banner below to read this 56-page document.

SALUTE TO WIJSF MUSICIANS                          

See Article about Lenore Raphael in Steinway Magazine


WIJSF Vice Pres. Stan Alston
covers “Blue Eye Soul”

Newest member, Alicia Svigals is one of the world’s most noted Klezmer violinists.  Enjoy the video.

Our youngest members Yejide and Aziza Major are RADIANCE!

Contact: Heidi Richards Mooney
Redhead Marketing & PR

Award Winning Big Chef to Sponsor Jade Matarazzo Exhibit

Hollywood, FL (October 1, 2012) BigChef, the company that specializes in gourmet canapés, appetizers and hors d’oeuvres that are delivered to your door is sponsoring the the Opening Night exhibition of  “Jade Matarazzo”Storytelling Through Photography at the Art Serve Gallery in Fort Lauderdale, FL on Friday, October 19.  Brazilian born photographer and visual artist Jade presents her 10th solo exhibition at the ArtServe Gallery in Fort Lauderdale from October 1 to November 2 with a selection of images that come from larger collections and a preview of some of her latest work and tendencies. Big Chef is sponsoring the Opening Night Cocktail Reception in her honor.

About Jade Matarazzo: Jade Matarazzo is a Weston, Florida based artist who has been traveling the world since she left her native country to photograph people’s lives, places and cultures. Her work has been published in the prestigious journal 100 Contemporary International Artists of The World   – European Community Artist’s Library and Museum of The Americas…  Specializing in the Tibetan ‘Miksang’ philosophy, Jade created her own trademark by playing with the focal points of her lenses and her camera creating a unique blend of colors and unexpected images.”

The ArtServe collection brings together a bit of everything Jade has been exploring in the last couple of years. Although shooting her trademark Miksang pieces are still a great passion, she has also introduced some journalistic or documental images such as street photography.

Rosana Santos Calambichis, CEO of Big Chef says: “Being a part of this exhibit is exciting to us. As appreciators of Art, we know the importance an exhibit like Jade’s brings to our community. Big Chef is providing appetizers, canape’s and Hors D’oeurvrse for the opening reception. We want to do our part to make this a memorable event for everyone who attends. That is our ultimate goal.”

Art Serve is located at 1350 East Sunrise Boulevard Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304.  For information, tickets or directions call: (954) 462-8190. For additional artist information visit

About BigChef: Our concept is simple: we have passion for food creation and we strive to delight the palate of your guests with quality, great taste and value since 1999. BigChef offers gourmet, health conscious, freshly prepared frozen food delivered nationwide to you and yours in your homes, yachts and businesses! Let BigChef make your next corporate or family function a huge success! We also look forward to joint venturing with established caterers for special projects. BigChef is located at 5830 Funston Street, Hollywood, 33023. For more information, visit www.BigChefOnline.comto set up an interview, call (954) 965-2480 or email Rosana Santos Calambichis at

NOTE:  In 2011, BigChef distributed 500 of our first compilation CDs to their clients as a gift of appreciation.  We thank Rosana Santos Calambichis for her vision in finding a way to support and promote women musicians, creatively!   The WIJSF Music Collection Volume III is on the drawing board with some exciting composers whose music aims to tame the beast!


Upcoming shows


10/04/2012 6:00 PM Steven Cook
10/11/2012 4:00 PM Michael Paul
10/18/2012 4:00 PM Mala Waldron
10/25/2012 4:00 PM Teri Wilson

Past Shows


Thurs., Sept. 27 @ 4 pm EST
Call in number 714-364-4714
Sebrina Maria Alfonso


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Lorna Lesperance wrote:

Women In Jazz South Florida, Inc., A Necessity

The organization Women in Jazz inspires me.  Its founder Joan Cartwright is a dynamo with vision and a far reaching organization with a global membership of female musicians.  Although I taught Jazz in my middle school music classroom, the workshops/performances presented by local musicians through WIJSF made the music real.  Students learned a repertoire of songs composed by members of the organization and performed them at various venues including the Amaturo Theatre.  Learning the history of jazz, seeing the photos of the musicians, paintings of  musicians by local artist Charles Mills, and hearing anecdotes from days gone by truly made those important connections with history, art, and music for the students.  These important musicians are lost in the annals of music history. [See photos]

WIJSF chronicles that history that might soon be forgotten. The legacy of   Women in Jazz must be taught and made available to students through books, live presentations, slides, workshops etc.  Organizations such as WIJSF are valuable not only to keep the legacy alive but to chronicle the professionals who continue to perform and enlighten our lives with that music called Jazz.

Thank you, Women In Jazz South Florida, Inc. and thank you, Joan!

[Lorna Lesperance is a member if WIJSF and a contributing composer to the WIJSF Music Collection Volume III  to be released in January 2013.]

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