Music melts all the separate parts of our bodies together. ~ Anaïs Nin
Featured Artists: Jenny Love, Gail Jhonson, Paula Atherton, Joan Cartwright
Message from the Executive Director
This month, the newsletter is published late because I was on a month-long cruise from October 12 to November 9, with little Internet access. Although it was fun entertaining hundreds of guest on the Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas, the largest cruise ship on the high seas, the downside is that little got done for WIJSF, except that I was able to introduce many of the cruise guests to our organization by giving them our business card with our website and a few of the catalogs. I even met a couple that publish a magazine “Treasures of the Heart” in Pembroke Pines, Florida, that may be interested in publishing some of the stories about our musical members. So, all was not lost. My experience on the high seas was enhanced by visiting several countries, including St. Thomas, St. Maarten, Jamaica, and Mexico. It’s always wonderful to experience other cultures and made me happy to be an American, when I realized how many amenities we enjoy in the USA. Each Sunday, our band had to evacuate the ship and go through customs, a feat I can do without for the remainder of this year. The long lines were tedious as some weeks there were up to 6,000 guests disembarking. Since we were not regular crew members, this was an unfortunate part of our requirements. By the Sunday that we left the ship, I had truly had enough of this exercise. As usual, the music was our saving grace. We had lots of fun, entertaining hundreds of Jazz and Blues lovers, and I’m sure we left a lasting impression on many of them. As you all know, I’m ever conscious of the need to give women musicians working opportunities. I called three women to do this gig with me – Bertha Hope, Linda Presgrave, and Sally Smith – all pianists, but none were available with such short notice (I only had about a week to pull a band together). So, I wound up engaging three men to do the gig – Walter Bland (p), Anthony Chatman (b), and Art Weiss (d). With the uncomfortable sleeping arrangements, I’m sure the ladies are grateful they were unable to accompany me.
Walter Bland (p), Diva JC, Art Weiss (d), Anthony Chatman (b) Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas in Jazz on 4
Paula Atherton was a featured artist at the New Brunswick Jazz Project on Sunday, November 9. Read this exciting article
Gail Jhonson with Norman Brown
WIJSF member Jenny Love (center) performs
FRIDAY NOV 14, 2014
AN EVENING AT TH COPACABANA with the
Mark Fernicola Latin American Orchestra @ Seminole Coconut Creek Casino
SATURDAY NOV 15, 2014
4th ANNUAL A SAFE HAVEN WONDERLAND GALA
- December 12 – The Hurricanes – Marathon Keys, FL – 9 pm – 1 am
- December 13 The Hurricanes – Marathon Keys, FL – 9 pm – 1 am
- December 28 -Spoon Wrecker Grille – Marathon Keys, FL – 7 pm – 10 pm
Many thanks to Mimi Johnson for hosting MUSICWOMAN RADIO for the last four weeks, while Joan Cartwright was performing on a cruise ship in the Caribbean. Be sure to listen to the archived shows at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/musicwoman, with the exception of Jean Fineberg’s interview archived at www.blogtalkradio.com/theartsreporter/2014/10/16/jeanfineberg-1
NEW CD RELEASES
We’re excited to announce that our 5th compilation of music by WIJSF members will release in January 2015.
This CD archives the energetic concert of Saskia Laroo and her eight-piece funk unit on May 3, 2013, in Zimbabwe, during the unique Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA). The band with her rocking rhythm section was supplemented on this occasion by rappers and Phantom Complex, African percussionist Pape Seck and the American pianist/vocalist Warren Byrd. http://saskialaroo.com
YOUR STORIES: ALL members please submit photos, fliers, cd releases, and all announcements to Joan Cartwright at firstname.lastname@example.org by the 28th of each month.
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