Archive | December 2014

WIJSF NEWS December 2014


Celebrating 7 years of Musical Service!

As of December 1, 2014, we have 282 members153 musicians, and 53 males!  Join us, today!

Music is what feelings sound like. ~ Anonymous


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Featured Artists: Peggy Duquesnel, Shana Tucker, Lenore Raphael, Bertha Hope

Message from the Executive Director

20141103_171014-2This year is gone but much was accomplished in 2014.  We’re preparing to release our 5th compilation CD of fabulous female composers on January 2, 2015.  Can you believe we’ve promoted the music of almost 50 women?!  In 2015, we will continue to bring awareness about the music of women with the goal of getting more presenters to include our members in their programming.
Personally, I’m feeling very fulfilled. I’ve got one more year to complete my DBA in Business Administration and I’m really looking forward to scheduling interviews with many of our musical members for my dissertation. There is so much data to collect and I trust one year will be enough time to do my study.
Also, in 2015, we may have enough people signed up to hold a Symposium on Women in Arts at some location in Washington, D.C., as I have not heard any response from The White House on this issue, although we have 395 signatures on the petition, which may not be enough to even get a response. What are your thoughts on this event? Is it necessary? Do you, as a female musician feel marginalized in the music industry? Send your response to me at


Our 5th compilation CD is available for orders. Just send your request to me and I’ll invoice you and mail your CDs out before Christmas, if you want them for holiday gifts.  Many thanks to the 12 composers on this hallmark CD!

Peggy Duquesnel
 FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2014 @ 6 PM
Sir Winston’s Bar – Queen Mary, Long Beach, CA

“Peggy’s latest musical offering is a beautiful double disc of holiday music. Each song is an incredible jazzed up re-interpretation of some of your favorite holiday music and of course there are a few of Peggy’s originals that will keep you interested in her long after the holidays are over simply because of her lovely vocals and impeccable pianos skills.” —  Sounds of Timeless Jazz

Play Christmas is Here (Inst) $ 1.29
Play Hark the Herald Angels Sing (Inst) $ 1.29
Play Little Drummer Boy (Inst) $ 1.29

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Christmas is my FAVORITE holiday. So many great songs – so little time to sing them!

This year, I’m excited to present A Different Kind of Christmas Concert in partnership with Desert Spring United Methodist Church of Summerlin, Las Vegas. The program will include performance of sacred and secular holiday songs and instrumental compositions that I just really like a lot (and usually only sing by myself, at the top of my lungs in my car…also, at the grocery store).

“A Different Kind of Christmas” Concert
Sunday, December 7, 2014 @ 3:00 PM
Desert Spring United Methodist Church
120 Pavilion Center Dr., Las Vegas NV 89144
Free; donations accepted
The title, A Different Kind of Christmas, speaks not only to my ChamberSoul style; it’s the name of Desert Spring United Methodist Church’s seasonal fundraising effort. Though concert admission is free, a love offering will be collected to help raise funds to support the building of a Habitat for Humanity home in the Las Vegas community.


DECEMBER 7, 2014
BERTHA HOPE QUINTET -  December 7, 2014 @ 6-10 p.m. at Minton's in Harlem, NYC

December 7, 2014 @ 6-10 p.m. at Minton’s in Harlem, NYC

Hope you are enjoying the season! Wishing you all wonderful, happy holidays.
I just returned from England where I had a wonderful concert in Berkhamsted for the Jazz Society. We had a packed house and a wonderful audience of REAL jazz lovers.

If you are in any of these places, I would love to say hello

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12 @  5:30 and 7:15 PM
404 Pike Street, Clarksburg, West VA
with Herman Burney, bass and Nasar Abadey, drums
Sponsored by the West Virginia Jazz Society
237 North Salem Street, Apex, North Carolina
with special guest  Jim Ketch, trumpet and Jason Foureman, bass and Kobie Watkins, drums
Tickets or call the Halle  919 249 1120 or at the Halle box office
JANUARY 12-17th
California/Hawaii tour
More information next month
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  • Capping off a stellar year, vocalist Catherine Russell returns to New York City in December with seasonal fare and classics of blues, swing, and jazz from her latest highly acclaimed album, Bring It Back (Jazz Village).
  • Saturday, December 6: Russell reunites with Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks for the annual Chazen Jazz Concert at Rockland Community College Cultural Arts Center in Suffern, New York.
  • Monday, December 8: Russell leads her sextet as the featured entertainment for the Louis Armstrong House Museum’s annual GALA at Capitale in Manhattan with a program that will explore varied and sometimes overlooked chestnuts from Satchmo’s vast repertoire, from New Orleans to Swing to The Great American Songbook.
  • Thursday, December 11: Russell and her quartet celebrate the Holidays with a free to the public, noon concert, in downtown NYC at The Winter Garden at Brookfield Place, performing seasonal tunes from favorites to the less well known.
  • Saturday, December 13: Ladies Sing The Blues (with Catherine Russell and Charenee Wade fronting a 7 piece band) visits McCarter Theater’s Berlind Theatre in Princeton, NJ, for an evening paying homage to ’20s and ’30s female blues singers like Bessie Smith, Mamie Smith, and Ethel Waters, with arrangements based on the original recordings.
  • Tuesday, December 23: Russell makes her debut appearance at Jazz Standard as featured vocalist with Andy Farber’s After Midnight Orchestra, the wonderful 18-piece band that recently wowed Broadway audiences. Leader, saxophonist, and arranger Andy Farber wrote arrangements and played on Catherine’s two most recent albums, Bring It Back and Strictly Romancin’, and will delve into that catalogue as well as unveiling new big band arrangements.
  • Saturday, December 27: Russell and her trio venture to New England for a first ever visit to The Side Door, a wonderful new jazz venue in Old Lyme, Connecticut.
  • Wednesday, December 31: Russell and her trio ring in the New Year with a New Year’s Eve show at Shanghai Jazz in Madison, New Jersey for the 4th consecutive year.
  • Touring continues into 2015 with select Catherine Russell appearances as follows:Friday, January 9 / City Winery / New York, NYSaturday, January 10 / NYC Winter Jazz Fest, Hot Jazz Stage at Carroll Place, New York, NYSaturday, January 17 / Jazz on the Mountain at Mohonk Mountain House (w/ Carolyn Leonhart, LaTanya Hall) / New Paltz, NYSaturday, February 14 / WP Presents at the Shea
    Performing Arts Center (Valentines Day Concert) / Wayne, NJThursday, February 19 / Tribeca Performing Arts Center
    (Highlights in Jazz 42nd Anniversary) / New York, NYSunday, February 22 / NJPAC – Dorthaan’s Place Jazz Brunch / Newark, NJ






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