Archive | June 2013

WIJSF News June 2103


Celebrating 6 years of Musical Service!   Join us, today!

As of June 1, 2013, we have 217 members102 musicians!

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

Please take the  MUSICIAN’S SURVEY

WIMUST Conference – July 4-7, 2013 – Fiuggi, Italy

jcpurple1From the Editor:  My trip to Donne in Musica’s WIMUST Conference in Fiuggi, Italy, July 4-7, 2013, is shaping up because of the generosity of 38 supporters who have donated $1,600 to date!!! This is 45% of my goal of $3,500, that I am requesting for travel to Italy.  I am crediting each member who donates $50 or more with 2013-14 Membership. Thanks to those who have given. You are moving the entire mission of our organization forward.

In an effort to get to Italy, I am asking members, family, friends, and supporters to help raise funds for my travel expenses to this important conference that will discuss the status of women musicians in Europe and the world.  Please donate at GoFundMe.

Before I leave, I have the great opportunity to work with a Miami non-profit that serves youth coming out of foster care.  On Wednesday, June 19 and 26, Marika Guyton and Lorna Lesperance will accompany me at Miami-Dade Community College in two 2-hour workshops with these young people, through a grant from Educate Tomorrow, founded by Virginia McNaught and her sisters. Brett McNaught heard me on WLRN 91.3 FM Radio with Ed Bell. He was so impressed with the work we do to promote women musicians that he contacted me, invited me to lunch with his wife Virginia, and contracted us to facilitate workshops with the young people that Educate Tomorrow services.  We will talk with these young people about women musicians, music history, and entrepreneurship in the music industry.  We look forward to this opportunity with faith that it will be an ongoing activity for our members to work with this population.

We appreciate each and every one of our members and challenge you to bring in new members, who are musicians, composers, vocalists, or supporters.  Six years of service reinforces our intent to stay alive and active!

If you or a woman composer you know would like to submit a song to our fourth compilation CD, please email me at This CD will release in January 2014, and will feature the music of 10 fabulous female composers. Please get a copy of the first three compilation CDs and share the link with friends. call-compcd4

Women in Jazz South Florida, Inc. Music Collections

Featured members: Paulette Dozier, Dee Daniels, Jus’ Cynthia, Renee Baker, Mimi Johnson, Nicki Mathis, Lenore Raphael, and MEOWCon.

YOUR STORIES: Members may submit photos, fliers, and announcements to Joan Cartwright at by the 28th of each month.


Tune in each week, when we feature talented women musicians, composers, and producers.  Since 2008, Diva JC has interviewed over 170 women. You may download these interviews at iTunes.

6/5/2013 5:00 PM Andrea Garrison Angels
6/6/2013 4:00 PM Talking Jazz
6/13/2013 4:00 PM Laraina C
6/20/2013 4:00 PM Dee Alexander
6/27/2013 4:00 PM PrincessDesireeHeslop

Upcoming Performances . . .


Friday, June 14 @ 8 p.m.
Club Tavolino della Notte @ Tavolino della Nonna Restaurant
10181 W Sample Road, Coral Springs, FL 33065
(954) 509-0046 or visit VENUE WEBSITE 
Reservations Recommended

Wednesday, June 19

JJA Jazz Awards @ the Blue Note Club (NYC) 
Guest appearance by Paulette Dozier
For Event information


Lenore Raphael will headline the Jazz Stage at the 2013 Blue Plum Music Festival on Friday, June 7 at 8:30 pm, in Johnson City, Tennessee.  Blue Plum is a major outdoor music festival that has been growing for a few years and attracts a over 5,000 music lovers.  The website for information is

Watch for news about Lenore’s tour in South Africa August 23-25th when she performs as part of the Joy of Jazz Festival in Johannesburg, SA and her concert and Master Classes in Pretoria South Africa at the University of South Africa. Visit

Nicki Mathis performs

Saturday & Sunday

June 22 & 23, 2013 @ 10 am – 3 pm

Elizabeth Park, West Hartford, CT

Carrying on the Musical Tradition . . .

mimispiderOn May 18, our Secretary Mimi Johnson staged her play Woman! The Musical in Atlanta, GA. I flew there to perform with her magical cast of children and adults. I am very proud of my daughter. It is really exhilarating to be cast in a play by your child!

In March, and, again on July 27 – 28, Mimi stars in  THE CAROUSEL MUSICAL! as SPIDER, at MARK SQUARED STUDIOS, 3550 CLARKSTON IND BLVD, CLARKSTON, GA 30021.

But before that, Mimi stars in an exciting drama on June 9 – The Mistress Club!


She is also cast in another play, opening June 27! Whew! I’m tired for her!!!anansi

In August, Mimi will perform in Rimshot by Angela Carswell, in Washington, D.C., on June 22.  Following that performance, Mimi will go to New York City to audition for some Broadway Productions. Check her out at


We’re bring Jazz to Miami from 7-10 p.m. on the Last Fridays of June, July, and August!!!

New & Exciting Release . . .

Flesh of My Flesh is a powerful duet, written by Philip Michael Thomas. With Kathy Yolanda Rice, Thomas captured the essence of true love.  The magical blending of their voices beckons the listener to make an emotional connection to each romantic note.

Accompanied by Kelvin Wooten’s Cool Jazz/Gospel/R&B track, their unique sound excites the soul and spirit! This anointed love song will cause you to fall in love over and over again, and renew your vows, and keep your commitment to your significant other.

Visit Kathy Yolanda Rice’s website at

Past Accomplishments . . .

Renee Baker, Chicago, IL

Chicago Modern Orchestra Project founder and music director Renée Baker is an artist who defies categorization. Indeed, she is very active in the cultural life of Chicago, having been a member of the Chicago Sinfonietta since 1987 and serves as the ensemble’s principal violist and also serves as Artistic Director of Mantra Blue Free Orchestra, an ensemble that performs both freely-improvised and through-composed music. Ms. Baker is also a prolific composer whose works have been premiered by the Chicago Sinfonietta, The Joffrey Ballet Chamber Series, and as part of Chicago’s PianoForte Salon Series and the Umbria Jazz Festival, in Italy. On Sunday, May 26, 2013, Ms. Baker and the Chicago Modern Orchestra Chamber Ensemble presented a concert titled “Spirit Matters”, which features works inspired by Ms. Baker’s equal yet second love, visual art. The four pieces on this program are inspired by the work of Mark Rothko and Joan Miró, two of the most important visual artists of the twentieth century.


Do you see that fiery, red shock of hair to the right of the photo above? THAT is our new International President Cettina Donato conducting her big band, probably playing HER original music! NOW, do you understand why she is our International President?

MEDIA . . .

Mimi Johnson is in her fourth season of The Arts Reporter Web TV Series



October Conference . . .

MEOW Con will feature nearly 100 female performers in all musical styles. All performances will be held at the Austin Renaissance during the day and in the evening.  For more information about this event that will take place in Austin, TX, on October 24, 25 or 26th, 2013, visit the Website.


Gathering great women musicians together, we put women musicians to work and get their music heard by multitudes!

WELCOME our newest members Towanda Beatty, Dr. Denise St. Patrick-Bell, and Connie Lance, who thought that supporting women musicians was a good idea!

Visit our website and join us!