Celebrating 7 years of Musical Service! Join us, today!
As of Febuary 1, 2014, we have 260 members, 137 musicians!
Music, the sound of the spheres, begins in the womb! ~ Diva JC
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Freedom fighter Harriett Tubman said “I freed a thousand slaves and I could have freed a thousand more, if only they knew they were slaves.” I say, “I could promote a thousand women musicians, if only they knew they are marginalized!” ~ Joan Cartwright, Founder of WIJSF, Inc.
Featured in this issue: www.womeninjazz-nyc.org, Gail Jhonson, Beth Levin, Nick Mathis, Joan Cartwright, Lynne Moore, Mimi Johnson, Sandi Blair, Ragan Whiteside, Carolyn Wilkins, Nika Rejto, Geetu Hinduja, Shana Tucker
FIRST AND FOREMOST: IMPORTANT & URGENT
BRING JAZZ MUSIC BACK TO THE GRAMMY’S by signing this Petition
I really think this is an important cause, and I’d like to encourage you to add your signature, too.
It’s free and takes just a few seconds of your time.
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WIJSF MEMBERS IN ATLANTA, GA – help our organization Earn From Our KROGER Community
Join our Community at Kroger, so every time you shop our 501(c)(3) WOMEN IN JAZZ SOUTH FLORIDA, INC. gets a donation. I appreciate your doing this. Go to the website below and enroll.
Our assigned NPO number is 31429. TO USE THE KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM:
VOTE FOR WIJSF MEMBERS, Deadline is February 22, 2014
DEAR WIJSF MEMBERS EVERYWHERE:
On March 1, Black Women in Jazz will pay tribute to some of our members.
NOMINATE OUR MEMBERS FIRST, PLEASE, deadline Feb. 22. The link is http://www.bwijawards.com/vote.php.
Please share with your networks that we are asking them to vote for US!!!
Note: nominated members may vote for themselves but only vote ONCE, please.
For the other nominated women in photography, art, sculpture, etc., Google them and make your choice.
Non-member Janice Littlejohn’s film “but. . .can she play?” is important!!!
If you are going to be in Atlanta on March 1 and want tickets, please let us know ASAP!
GO VOTE NOW! www.bwijawards.com/vote.php
MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR
Every time I speak with my Dad in West Palm Beach and tell him how cold I am in Atlanta, GA, with my daughter MimiJohnsondotnet, he reminds me that I was born in New York City, in the winter (December 7). All I can say is “AND?!” I’m cold and I don’t like it. The freeze that Earth is dealing with is not fun. Even friends in Florida are calling to say it’s cold down there. Well, their cold is 40-50!
The temperature bottomed out here in Atlanta at 14 degrees, and our member from Finland, Aulikki Hirvensalo laughed, stating that the temperature in Finland is zero degrees Centigrade, which is -18 degrees Fahrenheit, just before she returned to her new home in Malta, where it’s a balmy 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
What’s this got to do with women musicians? Nothing, except that it’s pretty hard to gear up for a performance in freezing weather.
On a warmer note, seven members, living in Atlanta came together on Monday, January 13, 2014, to introduce themselves to each other and brainstorm on some programming here, in the near future. They are Mimi Johnson, Deanna Davis-Cannon (who hosted us at her lovely home in Marietta), Sandi Blair (who is facilitating a vocal workshop in January-February), Ragan Whiteside, Jae Duncan (featured on our first compilation CD with “Ever Yours“), and a potential member Jace Harnage. President Lorna Lesperance joined us on a conference call.
Atlanta Members: Joan, Ragan, Jace, Sandy, Deanna, Mimi
As I listen to my dear friend Charles McPherson’s Quintet with my teacher Barry Harris (p) play “I Believe In You” on YouTube, the greatest joy I have, besides my own family members, is to meet women musicians, face-to-face, who believe enough in me and our organization to become members.
One of those women is Radha Botofasina, a harpist, composer, and vocalist, who is originally from Queens, NY, but resides in Los Angeles. Radha and I spoke on the phone, extensively, but only met on January 21, when she had a layover at the Atlanta airport, after visiting her father in Miami. We got to hug each other, break bread together, and attend a jam session at the Atlanta Federation of Musicians and Twain’s Billiards in Decatur. Radha sang at both venues. This photo is at Twain’s with the house band and the video below is at AFM.
This is what our host at AFM, Arden Moser (85), had to say about our visit:
There is no way of predicting what kind of jam session we will have each week. That’s what makes them so interesting. This week was different. We had two visitors, lady musicians, one from Fort Lauderdale, that really set a pace, Joan Cartwright, and her friend from Los Angeles, Radha Botofasina, brought life to the session. Joan is a really, honest-to-goodness performer and also Executive Director of Women In Jazz, South Florida, Inc. What she and her voice did to Basie tunes was way beyond great. She had the hall rockin’.Then, Radha sang “God Bless This Child” and even Billie Holiday had to stand up in heaven so she could hear better. From “God Bless This Child”, Radha moved to the piano and poured out some of the strongest blues heard in the hall for a long time.
The rest of the musicians fell into that groove and every one hated to see the time to end come along.Fortunately, these two musical visitors say they will be back.
WIJSF POSTER CHILD
Ladies and Gentlemen, meet our 2014 WIJSF Poster Child! Shana Tucker is a cellist, vocalist, and composer of the highest caliber. This young woman works full-time for Cirque du Soleil and works with various bands around the country. Why, you ask, have I singled Shana Tucker out? She is one of our newest members. She is a triple-threat. And, she is one of the sweetest people I’ve spoken with in a very long time. Do NOT take my word for it. Google her, watch her on YouTube, and listen to her music on her website. You be the judge! In my opinion, she’s terrific!
Now, Shana – is that a lady on drums at the far right? If so, please recruit her by asking her to JOIN US!
Shana Tucker is vocalist and cellist for KÀ, the unprecedented epic production by Cirque du Soleil takes. Be awed by a dynamic theatrical landscape, as an entire empire appears on KÀ’s colossal stage. Live at MGM Grand, Las Vegas. Tues – Sat, 7:00 and 9:30 PM shows. www.cirquedusoleil.com.
|This year, we feature one organization a month that promotes and supports women’s music.February’s organization is Women (in) Jazz – NYC that collaborates with LADY GOT CHOPS produced by bassist Kim Clarke, during March, for Women’s History Month Music and Arts Festival, a gathering of like minded individuals who
MEET OUR 260th MEMBER – NIKA REJTO
Meet our member in India, Geetu Hinduja!
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WELCOME!!! MUSICIAN, EDUCATOR, AND AUTHOR CAROLYN WILKINS
Carolyn Wilkins, Professor of Ensembles at Berklee College in Boston, MA, will read and sign from her book They Raised Me Up that interweaves memoir with African American history to present a compelling story about race, music, and motherhood.
Saturday, February 8 @ 3 p.m.
57th Street Books
1301 E 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
Thursday, February 27 @ 7 p.m.
Porter Square Books
25 White Street
Cambridge, MA 02140
They Raised Me Up is available at Press.umsystem.edu and Amazon.com
This film by Judy Chaikin and Nancy Kissock is so important. See viewing dates in February below.
Gene Siskel Film Center – Chicago, IL
Friday, February 21 at 6:00 pm
Saturday, February 22 at 3:00 pm
Monday, February 24 at 6:00 pm
Wednesday, February 26 at 6:00 pm
Thursday, February 27 at 7:45 pm
Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601 • (312) 846-2800
BOOKS BY OUR MEMBERS
|The two books above are by Gail Jhonson.Here she is at NAMM in L.A.
COMING UP THIS MONTH
Friday, February 21, 2014, 12-1:00 PM
Las Vegas Cultural Arts Lunchtime Concert Series
Lloyd D. George US Courthouse
Hear ye! Hear ye!
February 21, 2014 @ 6 – 9 p.m.
Downtown Lake Worth while the streets are closed
Tickets $20: ONLY 300 tickets will be sold, so purchase your tickets early, they sell out fast!
This event is a fundraiser, supporting the efforts of the Lake Worth Kiwanis Club
Stay tuned for more details to follow.
Come sample some old and some of our NEWEST downtown restaurant’s food items as we celebrate
Please contact Carol Garrett @ 561-827-1646 or Jessica Crowley @ 561-856-0832
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