Archive | November 2013

WIJSF News November 2013


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

As of November 1, 2013, we have 243 members123 musicians!

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


I have been tied up with music for about as long as I can remember. By the time I was four I was picking out little tunes my mother played on the reed organ in the living-room. ~ Mary Lou Williams

My tastes in music have always been eclectic. I have learned equally from the Ivory Tower of Academia and the garage. ~ Linda Dachtyl

FEATURED MEMBERS:  New Members, plus Nick Mathis, Carla DeSantis Black, Kathy Yolanda Rice, Linda Dachtyl, LeNora Jaye, Kristen Elizabeth Long, Mimi Johnson, Lenore Raphael, Beth Levin, Sharon Marie Cline, and Jus’ Cynthia

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


jcnecklaceThis year is almost over. Two more months and we’re in 2014! Our 4th compilation CD is developing nicely with the music of more fabulous female composers. Our fundraiser on November 7th should prove to be fruitful thanks to the help of our members Ronnie Dunayer, Charlotte Dilks, Lorna Lesperance, and Anita Havel.  This event will jump start our fundraising effort to present our WOMEN IN MUSIC SERIES at The Crest Theater in Delray Beach, FL, in March, April, and May 2014.  Peggy Murphy, Program Director at the Delray Beach Center for the Arts has RSVPed to attend our event. We need all of our members in South Florida to attend, so please RSVP to me at, so we know how many people to expect. Donation is $10 and Debbie Pierce Taft and Lorna Lesperance will be performing.  See flier below.

We’re hoping to recruit the eight additional members we need to get to 250 by the end of the year. Perhaps, that number will be higher! Also, help welcome our new TREASURER to the BoardElena Correia!

Musically, our members are moving and shaking. See the NEW RELEASES and UPCOMING EVENTS below to be in the know.  Enjoy this video presenting our newest members. Be sure to click this link to LIKE the video and leave a COMMENT. Also, SUBSCRIBE to the channel.


carlaheadNearly 600 women and supportive men that converged on Austin, Texas, last weekend for the first annual MEOW Con – a Conference for Women in Music. Many genres of music were represented – jazz, punk, pop, singer/songwriter and performances by Michael Jackson’s guitarist, Jennifer Batten; queen of rock Suzi Quatro; Kathy Valentine (formerly of the Go-Go’s) and June Millington of Fanny. A good and empowering time was had by all.

*Carla DeSantis Black* is an Advocate for Women in Music

Listen to the wonderful women musicians performing at MEOWCon. Hats off to Carla DeSantis Black, who is  to be commended for a successful MEOW (Musicians for Equal Opportunities for Women) Conference!


Read the WIMUST Report.

Click the image and scroll to p. 84 

for Joan Cartwright’s report on the

Conference in July in Italy that many of

YOU helped her get to.


Beth Levin performs works of Bernstein, Beethoven, and Brahms
with her Vista Lirica Chamber Ensemble
November 10, 2013 @ Brooklyn Library, Grand Army Plaza 




No use leading with our chins.

This is where the story ends.

Never lovers, ever friends.


Let our hears call it a day.

But before you walk away

I sincerely want to say,

I wish you bluebirds in the spring

To give your heart a song to sing

And then a kiss but more than this

I wish you love.

To my vocal mentor – Gloria Lynne, who inspired me since my teens to be the best that I could be. New Yorkers sent you home. On Thursday, October 31, we paid tribute to you on our Internet radio show at I look forward to hearing you again in the beautiful heavenly choir, where I know you are teaching them a thing or two. ~ Joan Cartwright

Gloria Lynne was born in New York , NY on November 23, 1931.  

She passed in New Jersey on October 15, 2013.

Listen the archived TRIBUTE to Gloria Lynne recorded on October 31


Listen to this interview by Tania Maria with Kathy Yolanda Rice, featuring her new release with
Philip Michael Thomas,composer of FLESH OF MY FLESH!  Visit Kathy’s art website and Music websitephilip-kathy



CLICK image above for The Siblings Sitcom produced by Mimi Johnson

Debuts on YouTube Friday, November 1, 2013 @ 7 p.m. EST

nickimathis4NICK MATHIS
Friday, Nov 1, 2013, w/Lynn Tracey’s Something Cool, W Hartford CT

Saturday, November 16, 2013 @ 7:00 pm
Second Baptist Church Thanksgiving Gospel Concert, 
401 S. Virginia St, El Paso, TX 79901 – 915.532-7860 or

Linda and Cary Dachtyl work together November 2 Keyboards with "Soul Satyr", Roop Brothers Bar, 9:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m. Delaware, OH November 3 Piano/vibraphone duo, Natalie's Coal Fired Pizza, 12;00 noon-2;00 p.m. (brunch) Columbus, OH November 16 Hammond organ with "Chip Willis and Friends", 10;00 p.m.-2:00 a.m., Canabar, Columbus, OH

Linda and Cary Dachtyl work together. Visit their website

  • Nov 2: Keyboards with “Soul Satyr”, Roop Brothers Bar, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Delaware, OH
  • Nov 3: Piano/vibraphone duo, Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza, 12 -2 p.m. , Columbus, OH
  • Nov 16: Hammond organ with “Chip Willis & Friends”, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Canabar, Columbus, OH

Reservations suggested
20 Puffin Way, Teaneck, NJ
Tel. 201-836-8923

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7 @ 7:00 p.m.

Minton’s, 206 W. 118 Street, New York, NY

212-243-2222 |
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8 @ 8:00 and 10 p.m.
6 Depot Square, Montclair, N.J.
Tel. 973-744-2600


  • Sat., Nov 2. Congressional Hispanic Leadership Initiative. Performing at Hialeah Park and Casino with Orquesta Yare Allstars and Nestor Torres.  
  • Tues., Nov 5. for the United Teachers of Dade
  • Tues., Nov 12. Doral Business Council
  • Every Sunday at Unity of Fort Lauderdale


  • Sunday, Nov 3:  Georgie’s Alibi in the Manchester Room, Wilton Manors @ at 8, 9 & 10 pm
  • Sunday, Nov 10: Sunday Jazz Brunch at Georgie’s Alibi, Wilton Manors @ 12 noon to 3 pm
  • Sunday, Nov 10: Georgie’s Alibi in the Manchester Room, Wilton Manors @ 8, 9 & 10 pm
  • Friday, Nov 15: The Ladies of Soul at Avenue D Blues Club, Miami @ 9 pm
  • Sunday, Nov 17: Georgie’s Alibi in the Manchester Room, Wilton Manors @ 8, 9 & 10 pm
  • Sunday, Nov 24: Georgie’s Alibi in the Manchester Room, Wilton Manors, FL @ 8, 9 & 10 pm

2013 Fundraiser





Our newest CHAMPION MEMBER Dr. Donna Singer is a graduate of the New York Academy of Theatrical Arts, with formal training at Julliard. She is an international recording artist, who is an electrifying and dazzling show-stopper with a remarkable repertoire of jazz, swing, and R&B. Her cool, sultry, vibrant, and playful voice has wowed audiences in intimate cafés, theaters, and concert venues. Donna has a wholesome presence that is fun, energetic and memorable. Her music is played on radio stations in the U.S. and on the Europe Jazz Network.

Take the Day Off: Escape With Jazz was #20 on 2012 CMJ Jazz Charts with radio airplay on 175 stations in the U.S., Netherlands, Canada, UK, Japan, and Germany. Jazz in the Living Room is available for purchase online. It will be released internationally in January 2014.  Kiss Me Beneath The Mistletoe was #23 on the 2012 CMJ Jazz Charts.

To accommodate the growing demand of followers, Donna’s CDs are available on iTunes, CDBaby, Rhapsody, GooglePlay and Amazon, in USA, UK, Germany, and Japan. Her YouTube videos have over 500,000 views. She has organized concerts in upstate New York for fundraisers for United Way, Federation for the Homeless, and St. Baldswick Day, and other concerts in NYC and at Jazz Festivals.  Donna will be a guest on MUSICWOMAN RADIO on Wednesday, November 27 @ 4-4:30 pm.


Donna Singer is a first call vocalist. ~ Brent Black, Critical Jazz

Vocalist Donna Singer makes a tempting offer on her new CD, Take The Day Off: Escape With Jazz, featuring a handful of swing/blues blends and Bossa Nova numbers. ~ Susan Frances, Yahoo!

Singer is a smart singer that knows how to move and groove with swing and verve delivering a Christmas record that really sounds like nothing you’ve heard before. ~ Chris Spector, Midwest Record

I just heard a really good holiday album by a jazz vocalist with the unique name of Donna Singer. . . . The album closes with a fun and energetic rendition of Winter Wonderland ~ BVS Reviews, Bruce Von Stiers

This year’s singer is Donna Singer, backed by the Doug Richards Trio from her Kiss Me Beneath the Mistletoe CD. ~ Straight No Chase Jazz Show


Linda Presgrave is a New York Jazz pianist and composer, completing her last composition for the upcoming recording of her fourth CD on Metropolitan Records, Along the Path, also the title track of the album to be premiered as a part of Linda’s Asian Suite with her group, The Linda Presgrave Quartet, on Sunday, December 8th at Somethin’ Jazz in New York City @ 5:00 p.m.

Linda incorporates music by inspirational jazz artists, who happen to be women, in each of her performances. She is also very happy to be a member of Ladies Day, a new jazz group (trio or quartet) led by vocalist MJ Territo.  Ladies Day performs music by women composers and/or lyricists. Linda is thrilled to be a member of WIJSF and we are enchanted to have her with us!

the journey
Kristen Long has co-written a musical with C. Stefan King set in present-day New Orleans in which five individuals set out to achieve their dreams. Their fate lies within the choices they make.  THE JOURNEY (a new indie musical) follows the lives of 5 individuals living in edgy downtown New Orleans. Faced with life-changing decisions, disheartening struggles, and the challenges of today’s society, they will all soon learn that it is the choices we make that decide our fate.It is slated to be performed in concert January 17-19, 2014, at the Studio Theater at Mizner Park in Boca Raton, FL.  It is produced by Outre Theatre Company.  If it is well received it could go on to a full world premiere production in an upcoming season.  Looking ahead we hope to have The Journey on a New York stage as soon as possible!!kristenlong-smallThe Journey has been a project in the making for many years, really taking flight this past year.  After several drafts we have arrived at the point that it is ready to move to the level of performance.  Our initial workshop/stage read was performed for a local audience in Gulf Shores AL where it received great feedback.  We have been blessed with the opportunity to now have it performed in the Concert version in Boca Raton FL by the Outre Theatre Company.  While we cast mostly South Florida actors, there was no doubt that a few of our original actors were the “one” for the parts.  The only obstacle this presents is housing and travel cost.  If we are funded, a major part of the money will go toward just that. Other costs include horn charts and artwork. DONATE TO THE JOURNEY, TODAY!

GofundmeDonate to our WOMEN IN MUSIC SERIES in 2014




THURS. 11/7/2013 4:00 PM Debbie Pierce
THURS. 11/14/2013 4:00 PM Kristen Long
THURS. 11/21/2013 4:00 PM Laura B. Whitmore
WEDS. 11/27/2013 4:00 PM Jenny Love




Calling All Golfers

Here’s a way to raise funds for WIJSF, Inc.  Interested?

Contact WIJSF Member Joan Gringer at

The Dania Beach Chamber Charity Golf-A-Thon, Monday, December 9, 2013, at the Fort Lauderdale Golf and Country Club. 

Different idea with the same goal in mind! Raise funds for some great causes! Play as individual or team. Golfers can play as little as 18 holes or as many as 36 holes. This features breakfast, lunch, awards, raffles, and much more.

Direct questions about sponsorship opportunities to Randi Shane, Executive Director, Dania Beach Chamber at 954.926.2323.On behalf of the Greater Dania Beach Chamber of Commerce and our member charities and families they serve, thank you for your support!  Registration Deadline is Monday, November 25, 2013 

A portion of funds raised will benefit various 501-C3 non-profits including: American Heart Association and Prestige Club of Broward Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Sign Up Today at


Dania Beach Chamber Of Commerce – 954-926-2323 – PO BOX 1017 Dania Beach, Florida 33004 –

2014 Fundraiser


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