Celebrating 7 years of Musical Service!

As of June 1, 2014, we have 272 members145 musicians!  Join us, today!

Music, the sound of the spheres, begins in the womb! ~ Diva JC
No one can figure out your worth but you. ~ Pearl Bailey

You can do anything you want to do, if you know what to do. ~ Betty Carter

R.I.P. Dr. Maya Angelou ( April 4, 1928, St. Louis, MO – May 28, 2014, Winston-Salem, NC

New members: Angela Jackson (Tallahassee, FL), Diane Ellis (Chicago, IL), Julie Holtzman (New York, NY), Brazilian Voices (Weston, FL), Lucretia Daniel (Atlanta, GA)


Dear WIJSF Members: Summer is upon us. I am pleased to say that our first episode of Amazing Musicwomen with my co-host Sandi Blair and special guest Ragan Whiteside is a huge success. Thanks, so much, to Mimi Johnson (Secretary) for producing this show as a special edition of her program The Arts Reporter. Be sure to watch the embedded video of this hour-long special in which we discuss the ups and downs of the music profession for vocalists, instrumentalists, and composers.
Also, in this newsletter is a call for advertisers in our catalog that will provide members – musicwomen and business women  – the opportunity to cross-promote to each other.  It is so important for us to share what we do with the world and this catalog can be a valuable resource for all of our members. The cost of advertising in this catalog is very low.  NOTE: the cost for non-members is double the cost for members whose dues are up-to-date.  The object is to print 3,000 catalogs and distribute them at events, conferences, and conventions like the one I plan to attend in Memphis, TN, September 24-28, 2014, where I’ve been invited to present my paper: Blues Women: First Civil Rights Workers.  Your advertisement will enable our organization to flourish and reach thousands of people. You have CDs, workshops, and your musical services to advertise. Please contact me at, ASAP about your ad.


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Get some great information on attaining sponsorship in Part 1 of 3 episodes on The Arts Reporter with guest Fran Briggs. Listen to the archived show at


Of 134 NEA Jazz Masters, only 15 women or 11% received that honor and the $25,000 honorarium that also comes out of tax payers pockets.  So, to counteract this inequity, I’m suggesting that each of you NOMINATE A WOMAN MUSICIAN for the NEA JAZZ MASTER AWARD, now!!!


LIKE the FB Page and SIGN and SHARE the PetitionPlease sign the petition for this Symposium on Women in Arts and share it. Click the image

LIKE the FB Page and SIGN and SHARE the Petition

Let us help to bring awareness and solutions!


Congratulations to Kara Delonas a deserving young bassist in New Jersey

Congratulations to Kara Delonas a deserving young bassist in New Jersey

Watch the first of 3 episodes of Amazing Musicwomen with Joan Cartwright and co-Host Sandi Blair, with flautist Ragan Whiteside, produced by Mimi Johnson for The Arts Reporter on MJTV Network, in Atlanta, GA

Congratulations to our members who were honored at the Black Women in Jazz Awards in Atlanta, GA

Congratulations to our members who were honored at the Black Women in Jazz Awards in Atlanta, GA

 Listen to interview of Sha Battle, founder of Black Women in Jazz with Cres O’Neal

Purchase our award-winning CD to support our mission to promote women musicians, globally!



 Get in the groove with Ragan Whiteside’s new music video WORK IT OUT


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Our newest member saxophonist Diane Ellis completed over a decade of shows with the Tony Smith Show in Chicago. Look for more from Diane Ellis and The Jazzy Ladies in future newsletters.


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Congratulations, Renee Baker & Chicago Modern Orchestra Project premiering Bil Smith, Composer

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Jazz in Pink with Gail Jhonson and Paula Atherton, members of WIJSF

Jazz in Pink with Paula Atherton and Gail Jhonson, members of WIJSF.   On June 7, the group will perform at the Steel City Jazz Festival in Birmingham, AL



In April-May, Sandi Blair flew to Osaka, Japan, to give The Vocal Musician Workshop to students.

In April-May, Sandi Blair flew to Osaka, Japan, to give The Vocal Musician Workshop to students.


Sixth Annual JCMS Girls’ Jazz & Blues Camp Directed by Jean Fineberg snd Ellen Seeling

Sixth Annual JCMS Girls’ Jazz & Blues Camp Directed by Jean Fineberg and Ellen Seeling


Joan’s new book



Jeannette Pina spends hours collecting event information for her South Florida Jazz Events calendar, so everyone in South Florida will know where to go for the best Jazz!

Jeannette Pina’s South Florida Jazz Events calendar, so everyone in South Florida will know where to go for the best Jazz!

TUESDAY NIGHT JAZZ IS BACK at THE CHARLESTON in Santa Monica Featuring Sharon Marie & The Jamieson Trotter Trio 8:30 PM- Midnight 2460 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA Res & Info :310- 828-2115

Sharon Marie Cline & The Jamieson Trotter Trio
Tuesday, June 3 @ 8:30 PM- Midnight
2460 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA  –
Res & Info: 310- 828-2115



June 13 @ 6:00PM
Tickets: $50 members; $65 non-members – Buy your tickets
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  • June 6-8 – OcraFolk Festival – Ocracoke, NC
  • July 19 – Kranzberg Arts Center – St. Louis, MO
  • July 20 – Uncommon Ground on Devon – Chicago, IL




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Date Venue Location Tickets
Jun 06 The Classon Social Club Brooklyn, NY RSVP
Jun 07 The 55 Barw/ KJ Denhert- vocals… New York, NY RSVP
Jun 14 Private Event Prague, Czech Republic RSVP
Jun 20 Pelham Stage at Rockwellsw/ KJ Denhert-guitar,… Pelham, NY RSVP
Jun 21 The 55 Barw/ KJ Denhert-guitar,… New York, NY RSVP
Jul 11 Umbria Jazz Summer 2014w/ KJ Denhert-guitar,… Perugia Pg, Italy RSVP
Aug 14 Branfrod Jazz on The Greenw/ KJ Denhert-guitar,… Branford, CT RSVP
Sep 12 The Falcon Marlboro, NY RSVP


Friday & Saturday, June 27-28 – 8 PM 

Jazz At The Mansion The Village at Wexford Mitch Hennes, bass Howard Paul, guitar 1000 William Hilton Pkwy Hilton Head, SC


Sunday, June 29 – 3 PM Mitch Hennes, bass 700 Drayton Street, Savannah, GA Howard Paul Bassist Sponsored by the Coastal Jazz Society

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Bring It Back Tour Jun 18  – Woodbridge, NJ – Woodbridge Wednesdays at Parker Press Park Jun 23  – Rochester, NY – Rochester International Jazz Festival – Harro East Ballroom July 26  – East Meredith, NY – West Kortright Centre Aug 8  – Sacramento, CA – Harlow’s Aug 9  – San Francisco, CA – Yoshi’s Aug 10 – San Jose, CA – San Jose Jazz Summer Fest Sep 20 – Cazenovia, NY – Jazz-N-Caz at Catherine Cummings Theatre Oct 4  – Falmouth, MA – Falmouth Jazz Festival Oct 5  – Wellfleet, MA – Wellfleet Preservation Hall Peace, Love, and Blessings, Cat Team –



nikarejto2I am excited to part take in a small European tour with Spanish guitarist Alfredo Moran and his band in September.  I will tour in Asturias, northern Spain, beginning on the 18th of September.  I will give a Master class on 27 September for all jazz flutists who wish to attend.  I have not been to Europe, since the early 1980’s!  I got help from a Spanish friend, who knows Alfredo. It all came together.  My six recordings and live performances should get me invited back, yearly.  Please spread the word that Nika Rejto is going to Spain!  Perhaps, one of your friends will hear me live!

– 18 September in Danny´s Jazz in Oviedo. – 19 September in Sport in Luarca. – 20 September In Las Caldas in Oviedo. – 25 September in Almabique Jazz in Gijón. – 26 September in Sandras Cafe in Ujo. – 27 September in Tolivias Jazz Festival
The Master class will be on 27 September, after noon, in Pipos School
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6/5/2014 4:00 PM Laura Klein
6/12/2014 4:00 PM Ginger Dee
6/19/2014 4:00 PM Paula Atherton
6/26/2014 4:00 PM Courtney Bryan
Amazing Musicwomen on The Arts Reporter (TAR TV) on MJTV Network. Produced by Mimi Johnson with co-hosts Joan Cartwright and Sandi Blair, featuring Ragan Whiteside on flute

Amazing Musicwomen on The Arts Reporter (TAR TV) on MJTV Network. Produced by Mimi Johnson with co-hosts Joan Cartwright and Sandi Blair, featuring Ragan Whiteside on flute.  Next Show Date is August 20 @ 7 p.m. at


WHPK 88.5 FM – Sunday @ 1 p.m. CST – Jazz Rapp with Impresario of Jazz Alvin Carter-bey

dinah-washingtonDinah Washington Way the street 38-39 Prairie Avenue, Chicago, IL, will be named after legendary vocalist Dinah Washington on August 29, 2014, which would have been her 90th birthday.  It will be a celebration. We are looking forward to the family of Dinah to attend, along with other friends and associates who will speak. We will share with you more information in months to come. Mark the date on your calendar – August 29, 2014 @ 12 noon – 2:30 pm CST.


Al Carter-bey

WHPK 88.5 FM





Lucretia Daniel is a travel expert. Contact her for your travel bookings and business training at -

Lucretia Daniel is a travel expert. Contact her for your travel bookings and business training at –


WIJSF BOARD 2014   –


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


WIJSF News May 2014


Celebrating 7 years of Musical Service!

As of May 1, 2014, we have 267 members142 musicians!  Join us, today!

Music, the sound of the spheres, begins in the womb! ~ Diva JC
“BE GENIUS! BE YOU!”  ~ Mimi
Welcome new members: Gerrianne Brizan, Yvette Devereaux, Jean Fineberg, and Louise D. Foster


Dear WIJSF Members: First, I send light and love to the people who suffered loss of any kind, during the tornadoes that hit Kansas, Oklahoma, and Alabama. Those suffering from pollen asphyxiation, I know what you’re going through but rain dampened it some here in Atlanta, as the storm passed us by. On the bright side, we have some new members and they are busy working to produce music and opportunities for women musicians and composers. New members Jean Fineberg and Ellen Seeling direct the Jazzschool Community Music School Girls Jazz & Blues Camp in Berkeley, GA. May 1st was amazing with Amazing Musicwomen being honored by the Black Women in Jazz & Fine Arts Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel on 14th Street in Atlanta, GA. The atmosphere was consistent with the honors bestowed on a prolific group of women whose musical prowess is of the highest caliber.  It was an elegant affair!  [SEE JOAN’S PHOTOS HERE]
2014-05-03 18.11.57 Lobby of the Four Seasons HotelElegant Venue for Black Women in Jazz Awards mimi-bwijawardMimi JohnsondotnetBest Film/Theater/Performer

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Best Violinist and Saxophonist

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Sha Battle’s vision for the Black Women in Jazz & Fine Arts Award manifested, elegantly!



BWIJ Awards sponsor Wanda Evers of WMPR 90.1 Radio Station in Jackson, MS, with Mimi Johnsondotnet, and Diva Joan Cartwright


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Most of us began our careers as young children.   Gerrianne Brizan performed with the IDs in Queens, NY

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Yvette Devereux is a Triple Threat!


Of 134 NEA Jazz Masters, only 15 women or 11% received that honor and the $25,000 honorarium that also comes out of tax payers pockets.  So, to counteract this inequity, I’m suggesting to each of you to NOMINATE A WOMAN MUSICIAN for the NEA JAZZ MASTER AWARD, now!!!


Please sign the petition for this Symposium on Women in Arts and share it. Click the image

Since April 4, 188 people have supported this Call for a Symposium on Women in Arts at the White House in 2015.  Please sign the petition for this Symposium on Women in Arts and share it. Click the image

Let us help to bring awareness and solutions!

This is a joint fundraising idea. Your thoughts on this are appreciated.



Article on accomplishments of Immediate Past VP Stan Alston



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Happy Birthday, Shirley Horn, May 1


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These WIJSF members and their spouses have been added to celebrate SPRING! Watch the video of more couples, below


Emma and Malcolm Black


Saskia Laroo and Warren Byrd

How often do we see women musicians struggling to maintain a home, marriage, and children? Well, since Spring is in the air, meaning that LOVE is in the air, we’re paying tribute to the husbands of 15 of our members, who stand by their lady, through the ups and downs of being in this tumultuous Music Industry. For instance, Lenore Raphael said, “Joel is essentially my tour manager. He books the travel arrangements, hotels, routes to drive, and is very emotionally supportive as well. He even contacts people he knows in the area about my performances and, no, he is not available to work with other artists!”  Featured are Afrikkanitha, Carol Garrett, Donna Singer, Lenore Raphael, Kathy Yolanda Rice, Joyce Spencer, Debbie Pierce Taft, Mzuri Moyo, Rory Ranucci, Linda Dachtyl, Kristen Elizabeth, Lyn Moore, Ragan Whiteside, Sandra Kaye, and Yvette Norwood-Tiger. This video tells herstory.



 Ernie and meSusan Warmington with legendary guitarists Ernest Ranglin (l) and Maurice Gordon (r) in Kingston, Jamaica, W.I. preparing to record.Singing with MauriceSusan reported that “I was a bit upset when this happened a couple weeks ago, but I am able to talk about it now. While travelling through Miami Airport, security broke my Master CD with my just recorded songs on it clean in half. I have been told that CDs can make bombs so I guess that’s why they did it. All’s well that ends well as my Producer Richard Browne sent me my songs online and now they have been Mastered for clean listening. At this time I am waiting for them to be licensed for public listening. Years ago I would have been in trouble, now I am just glad for the internet.”
bobbyramirez-cdprojectMusicians use many methods to fund their projects. Bobby Ramirez has launched a Kickstarter Crowd Funding site to fund his next music project.Donate at this link.


South Florida Jazz Events calendar for the best Jazz! Thanks to Jeannette Pina!

South Florida Jazz Events calendar! Thanks Jeannette Pina!

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Sixth Annual JCMS Girls’ Jazz & Blues Camp Directed by Jean Fineberg snd Ellen Seeling

Sixth Annual JCMS Girls’ Jazz & Blues Camp
Directed by Jean Fineberg snd Ellen Seeling





Lenore Raphael



Promoting the NEW RECORDING

“Love Notes-A Tribute To Oscar Peterson”

Lenore will be on tour in May in the U.K.

 FRIDAY May 2   12:30 PM – 3 PM

The Spice of Life

6 Moore Street, Soho, London

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SATURDAY May 3rd   8:30 PM 

For the Marlow Jazz Club

Christ Church

Oxford Road, Marlow, Bucks for info and tickets


Casa da Musica

Porto, Portugal

with Alberto Jorge, bass and

Peter Ingram, drums


The Jazz Club

Lisbon, Portugal

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Nicki Mathis

Saturday, May 17, 2014  6 p.m St. James-Myrtle Presents Jazz Singer Nick Mathis, Producer and soloist, Dr. Robert Hemphill, Director of El Paso Metropolitan Choir “Musical Tribute to Mothers” St. James-Myrtle United Methodist Church 1128 Lomaland Drive, El Paso, TX 79907 – 915.595-3141 Co-Produced by Juliet Hart, Robert Doc Hemphill, Musical Director, and Nick Mathis, Performer * * * Tuesday 27 May  7:30 pm Northampton Jazz Workshop featuring Nicki Mathis in concert with Paul Arslanian’s Green Street Trio: George Kaye, Jon Fisher. The concert set starts at 7:30 pm, followed immediately by the jam session until 10:30.  $10 minimum charge for food/beverage is waived for sitting in musicians and singers. The Loft at the Clarion Hotel (413) 586-1211, 1 Atwood Dr (Rt. 5 at Exit 18 off I 91), Northampton, MA.

shana-maygigCOMING UP IN JUNE!

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5/01/2014 @ 4:00 PM Black Women in Jazz Performers
5/08/2014 @ 4:00 PM Rita Graham
5/15/2014 @ 4:00 PM Sherry Pruitt
5/22/2014 @ 4:00 PM Lucianna Padmore
5/29/2014 @ 4:00 PM Toni Byrd
Joan Csrtwright will co-host this podcast on Friday, April 4 @ 5 p.m. EST with Judy Joy Jones and the filmmaker Emmanuel Itier and producer Sharon Stone

Joan Cartwright co-hosted this podcast with Judy Joy Jones at BlogTalkRadio about the movie at






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YOUR STORIES: Members please submit photos, fliers, and announcements to Joan Cartwright at

by the 28th of each month. JOIN OUR ORGANIZATION, TODAY!

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

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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!

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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.


WIJSF News October 2013


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

As of October 1, 2013, we have 236 members121 musicians!

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


Music is the fourth great material want, first food, then clothes, then shelter, then music. ~ Christian Nestell Bovee

I think its so cool that you can pick up the guitar and create something that didn’t exist 5 minutes ago. You can write something that no ones ever heard before. You have music at your fingertips. ~ Michelle Branch

FEATURED MEMBERS: Celeste Ray, Elena Correia, Jackie De Los Santos, Radha Botofasina, Heidi Richards Mooney  (WECAI), Mimi Johnson, MEOWCon, Donne in Musica, and Art Wilson

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



Moving can be draining but when you land on your feet in exactly the right place, it’s all worth the trouble.  After living in Broward County, Florida, since 1984, being in Palm Beach County is like having a new pair of shoes.  You have to walk around in them for a while to get familiar with them.  Of course, I’ve been walking because I love to walk and I’ve been swimming in the ocean and at the pool but driving around is really nice.  It’s like the country up here, just 30 miles up the road from Fort Lauderdale.  It’s quiet and far less traffic, so I can think!

What I’ve been thinking about is our 4th compilation CD for which we have five out of ten of the fabulous female composers.  We’re waiting for the other five to step up to the plate and submit their songs.  Are you in that five?  In September, we got five new members – Steve Tiger, Charlotte Dilks, Elena Correira, Jackie De Los Santos, and Celeste Ray.  Steve and Charlotte joined the Outreach Committee chaired by Ronnie Dunayer.  This committee is working on two upcoming events:

  • WIJSF Fundraiser on November 7 @ 6-9 p.m. at the Delray Oaks West Recreation Center, featuring Debbie Pierce on sax and Lorna Lesperance, our illustrious President, on guitar, plus vendors, raffle prizes, and a jazz art auction.  The donation is $10 and this event is sponsored by Marika Guyton of AboutU4U, LLC Wedding Planners
  • Women in Music Series @ The Crest Theater, Delray Beach, FL, in March, April and May 2014.  We are raising funds for these concerts that will feature five bands led by our members.

Your attendance at the fundraiser will help us move in the forward direction toward the Women in Music Series.  Members who bring two new members will get their 2014 dues waived.  We will have the WIJSF Music Collections II and III for sale for $15 each or two for $25.  These CDs feature our fabulous female composers and help to raise income for the work we do to promote women musicians, globally.  So, SAVE THE DATE – November 7 @ 6-9 p.m. and, if you are in Broward, Miami-Dade, or West Palm Beach, start a car pool, today!

Love and Music,
Diva JC


Celeste Ray

Celeste Ray


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To submit your song to our 4th Music Collection, email, today!



TO: All Composers, Songwriters and Creators of Music:

Your name and information regarding your professional activities are in the data banks and archives of our Foundation. With support from the European Commission we are currently preparing an online Encyclopedia of all living Women Composers and Creators of Music and your materials will be included.

However, in order to present your life and works well we need the following information in English and in WORD format

  • Date and place of birth (please indicate if we can use these)
  • Actual residence
  • Studies undertaken (THIS SECTION SHOULD NOT EXCEED 20 LINES)
  • 5 most important professional events that have recognised your work and talent
  • Titles and dates of 10 works or Cds that you consider representative of your work
  • A contact address (email or website) that we can include for those who might wish to receive further information  OR the name and website of your principal editor/record company.

Thank you very much this request is important since we complete work on the encyclopedia by the end of this year.  If you also send us a photograph in PDF this will go into the composers gallery on our website.

Sincerely yours
Nicoletta Del Monte, Secretariat or

Petition // Petizione // Pétition // Petition
WIMUST – Access and Equal Opportunities for Women in the Performing Arts

News! The petition addressed to all European governments to assume the European Parliament Resolution, 10 March 2009, is online. Please sign and pass on to your network.



To purchase copies of any volumes, we request a donation of EU10 plus postage: in USA $15 for each book + postage USA $3 per book.  Send email to and arrange advance payment with: Cariparma E Piacenza Donazioni – Fondazione Adkins Chiti: Donne in Musica ABI. 06230. CAB. 03200. Account 57059885 IBAN. IT 77 D 06230 03200 000057059885

OR send by American Express or Mailboxes or similar services in which case make out cheque to
Patricia Adkins Chiti, President, Fondazione Adkins Chiti: Donne in Musica.



Afrikkanitha in concert in Brazil. She was a guest artist in Cuba, also.


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Nick Mathis performs Photo: Dean

Nick Mathis performs
Photo: Dean

Nick Mathis with Lynn Tracey’s Something Cool
Wednesday, October 16 @ 6 pm
Newington, CTNick Mathis with Lynn Tracey’s Something Cool
Friday, November 1 @ 6 pm
W Hartford, CT
Saturday November 16, 2013 @ 7:00 pm
Second Baptist Church
Thanksgiving Gospel Concert
401 S. Virginia Street, El Paso, TX 79901
Nicki Mathis w/Billy Townes Trio
Sunday, December 15 @ 5:00 pm
McCall Neighborhood Center
3132 East Wyoming Av
El Paso, Texas 79902



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10/03/2013 4:00PM The Arts Reporter
10/10/2013 4:00PM Marika Guyton
10/17/2013 4:00PM Debbie Pierce
10/24/2013 4:00PM JetBand
10/31/2013 4:00PM Gloria Lynne


Need a recording studio and engineer? Contact our member Art Wilson, today!

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


WIJSF News September 2013


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

As of September 1, 2013, we have 231 members115 musicians!

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


Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness. ~ Maya Angelou

Featured in this issue: Lenore Raphael, Mimi Johnson, Marian McPartland, and MEOW Con.

Welcome new members: Magda Machado (v/c), Maguy Begou, Allice Hill, Joanna Cazden, Colleen Chanel (v/c), Beth Levin Chapman (v), Gail Jhonson (v/c/p), and Aulikki Hirvensalo [c=composer; p=pianist; v=vocalist]


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

jc-smilesThe end of Summer finds us in a new home in a new county.  After being a Broward County non-profit, since April 2007, WIJSF, Inc. is now doing business in Palm Beach County, Florida.  There is a rich cultural scene, here, in the City of Delray Beach, where my grandparents resided all of my childhood.  Now, their entrepreneurial spirit will hover over the work we do to promote women musicians, globally.

Many thanks to member and professional golf instructor Ronnie Dunayer for recommending this wonderful new home office to me. I believe our Palm Beach County members – Ronnie, Debbie Pierce, Rory Ranucci, Roberta DeMuro, and Lindsay Johnson will bring added insight to our future plans to move WIJSF forward.  We have an important Board/Planning Meeting coming up on September 15 at the Delray Oaks West Clubhouse and I am sure to have good things to report in the October Newsletter.

MEOWcon_header_300x250Items on the agenda will be MEOW Con in Austin, TX, and MUSICWOMAN MAGAZINE for which we are developing a business and marketing plan to publish the second online edition in November with advertisement.  We’re asking for your help to get us to MEOW Con, October 24-26, where Lorna Lesperance and I will have a booth to promote our three compilation CDs and YOUR personal CDs, if you are interested.  The booth is $800, which gives us two registrations that are normally $300 a piece.

We have a fundraiser at and ask that you support this effort, generously, since our presence at MEOWCon will probably be the only group from the Jazz/Blues genre. We’ve decided to forego attendance at the Rex Nettleford Arts Conference at Edna Manley College, in Kingston, Jamaica, in the beginning of October, due to lack of funding for travel expenses.


The statistics in the graphic above explain why a conference of women musicians is so important to attend, especially by representatives of an organization like ours that is dedicated to increasing awareness about the marginalization of women musicians.

Finally, the Call to Women Composers for submissions of one song from 10 members that must be received by November 1, with $125 submission fee pays for 20 CDs plus the $25 submission fee. The CDs are valued at $15 each for a return of $300 for your $125 investment. Traditionally, we’ve manufactured 1,000 of each compilation with 200 going to the composers and the remaining 800 CDs being sold to raise funds for the organization or sent to various DJs and radio hosts for airplay to continue our work to promote our musical members. Some composers chose to give their CDs as gifts or sell them for $15 or $10 dollars.  That is a personal choice.


No country is without women making music.
Humanity would be poorer without our contribution.

When children are born, mothers sing!


On September 12, we are at Europe House in London for the English presentation of WIMUST.


In Need of Key Changes
A Composers’ Symposium on the Challenges Facing Contemporary Music

Workshop for Composers at the European Parliament in Brussels

November 13, 2013


It is largely understood that within the musical world “talent alone is not sufficient for the success of a professional career.” Since the adoption of the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity by UNESCO (2001) and the European resolutions on the Status of Artists (2007), nothing has changed. The statutes of artists are still being endangered and questioned every day, whilst equal opportunities in the performing arts are far from being a reality. In order to act on this critical observation Fondazione Adkins Chiti: Donne in Musica and ECSA, both actively representing the rights of European composers, are joining forces and organizing In Need of Key Changes. The event will enable the creation of a common platform, engaging the Parliament in talks over the working conditions of today’s composers of art music and the necessity to safeguard, empower, and sustain their positions within the European cultural/world heritage, for the sake of EU competitiveness as well as the future of creativity.


  1. Authorship in Music Today (definition of the term and usage, presentation of the fields of work, role in the music value chain, music composition, and income reality)
  2. Forms of Discrimination and Statute of the Artist (reminder on statutes of artist, presentation of discrimination forms)
  3. Equal Opportunities in the Performing Arts (promotion of all repertoires, better balance between men and women in the performing arts, value of equality on musical diversity).
  4. Art/Contemporary Music and its place in Society (presentation of niche repertoire, importance of diversity of creative work, role of culture as a vector of identity).


  1. To expose the frailty of composers and songwriters’ situation (today and in the future).
  2. To provide policy makers with clear recommendations towards the protection of composers and songwriters’ creative sources/outlets, livelihoods, and rights.
  3. To improve social and economic conditions for composers and songwriters and to stress the importance of the Equal Opportunities Act.
  4. To ensure that the future of all young composers and songwriter/creators now engaged in vocational studies (at formal and informal levels).

Target Audience

  • Politicians: MEPs, civil servants DG EAC
  • Stakeholders: broadcasters, publishers, record producers, music practitioners, national music councils, orchestras, festivals, unions
  • General Public: composers, artists, all organizations working for equity in the performing arts

Sede Legale: Teatro Comunale, Piazza Trento e Trieste 1, Fiuggi Città
Tel: 0039 0775 168 56 35 |
Membro dell’IMC – International Music Council, UNESCO
Membro EUC – European Music Council
Organizzazione Internazionale Non Governativa in partnership ufficiale con UNESCO
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Featured Guest at Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival
By Lenore Raphael

Landing in Johannesburg on Wednesday, August 23, I was surprised at how different the city is than I thought. New Yorkers tend to think of other places as small cities. Johannesburg has six million people and everything any large city has – supermarkets, coffee shops, drug stores, good restaurants, movies theaters, and shopping malls.  The people are mostly Afrikaans, which has the Dutch influence and language of the Boers (farmers) that settled there. However, everyone in this culturally diverse city speaks English as well.  Everywhere we went, people seemed happy, smiled easily, and were relaxed. There was none of the stress that one feels in large, urban cities. But there are problems due to unemployment.

From the moment my husband Joel and I arrived, we were welcomed by our hosts Brian and Monica Hough. Brian is editor and jazz reviewer of his magazine JassMan.

Lenore Raphael master classMy Master Class in Pretoria at the University of South Africa (UNISA) was a wonderful experience.  UNISA is the only All-Steinway school in South Africa. The students were eager to learn more about jazz as we know it. They asked very perceptive and interesting questions and really seemed to enjoy playing for me. The jazz they played was more pop-oriented. But we discussed all kinds of jazz and I suggested many artists that they might listen to. They knew most of the names but had not listened to their recordings.

On Saturday, August 24, I was a featured artist at the Joy of Jazz Festival in Johannesburg. I had not met with the South African rhythm section but a half hour sound check told me we were going to be fine.  It was MORE than fine because bassist Jimmy Mngwandi and drummer Walter Kote were a treat to perform with. They listened and were really in tune with what I was playing. Jimmy is moving to the United States, so I expect we will be working together more.  We performed to a full house at the Market Theater and got a long, standing ovation. It was a wonderful experience.

There were many great artists at this festival sponsored by Standard Bank and, over the years it has become a major event with names like Ahmad Jamal, Abdullah Ibrahim Dollar Brand, Eddie Daniels, Rene Marie, The Batiste Family from New Orleans, and many more scheduled for this year. All in all, I had a wonderful time on this trip, including a safari and sleeping in a tent with a monkey on our roof and hope to go back again!

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Charlotte, Ronnie, Joan, Leslie, and Lorna spent a musical evening with
Jacksonville flautist Linda Witsell at the Arts Garage in Delray Beach, FL

JC and trumpeter Eddie Henderson of The Cookers at Umbria Jazz in Perugia, Italy, in July. Photo: Martina Giombini



9/05/2013 4:00 PM Lakecia Benjamin (archived)
9/12/2013 4:00 PM Donna McElroy
9/19/2013 4:00 PM Carla DeSantis Black – MEOWCon
9/26/2013 4:00 PM Crescentia ONeal

Mimi Johnson The Arts Reporter

Click image to hear PEAS IN A POD interview with Joan Cartwright
by Eggplant and Peter Wein on WEINetwork in Wellington, FL



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Mimi Johnson has embarked on a most ambitious mission to launch her first sitcom on November 1 on YouTube. We need to have subscribers, so click the image and join the viewers.

Mimi Johnson has embarked on a most ambitious mission to launch her first sitcom on November 1 on YouTube. We need to have subscribers, so click the image and join the viewers.


marian mcpartlandAs a gatherer of women musicians, I’ve been visiting jazz venues, since 1968, and it was at a piano bar near the United Nations building in New York City that I found Marian McPartland.  She paid homage to living pianists on her NPR show “Piano Jazz”.  However, it was the fact that she was the first woman to acknowledge -women in Jazz on NPR in a 13-week series that impressed me the most about this amazing musicwoman.  Born on March 20, 1918, in Windsor, England, Marian was a phenomenal pianist and composer.  Her first job in New York was on 52nd Street.  Her parents disapproved because she was involved in “the bad life” but a two-week engagement at the Hickory House lasted a year and all of the greats came to hear her, including Benny Goodman and Dizzy Gillespie.  In 1971, she formed her company, Halyceon Records.  She worked for an extensive time at Cafe Carlyle and hosted “Piano Jazz”, a radio show on National Public Radio, since 1970.  On Public Broadcasting System (PBS) she produced a 13-series Women in Jazz program.  The guest of national symphonies.  She died on August 20, 2013, in New York, NY.

How to bring awareness about women composers and musicians.

  1. Search women composers and musicians on the Internet at music sites.
  2. Refer women’s music to others on social media (Facebook, Twitter, BlogTalkRadio, Reverbnation, CDBaby, Jango, Sound Cloud, Pandora, MySpace, iTunes, Rhapsody, Spotify, iHeart) and to film and documentary producers.
  3. Search organizations that feature women’s music (IWJ, Donne in Musica, Instrumental Women, The Many Colors of A Woman, MEOWCon, Diva Jazz Orchestra, South Florida Symphony, Straight Ahead, Jazz in Pink, Amazing Musicwomen, WIJSF, etc.)
  4. Hire a woman or women musicians for events at school, church, cultural centers, senior centers, weddings, parades, concerts, etc.)
  5. Sign and share the petition from WIMUST for Access and Equal Opportunities for Women in the Performing Arts to all European governments to assume the European Parliament Resolution dated March 10, 2009.
  6. Read blogs, books, and articles about women musicians, especially autobiographies.
  7. Go out to hear a woman instrumentalist or group that features women’s music.
  8. Join an organization that promotes women musicians, like WIJSF, Inc.
  9. Tell a woman musician to check out organizations that promote women musicians and encourage them to join one or more of these organizations.
  10. Ask male musicians to incorporate women and women’s music into their band and repertoire, not just singers but female instrumentalists and composers.
  11. Request women’s music on public and commercial radio stations by phone or email.
  12. Listen to live and archived programs, featuring women composers on MUSICWOMAN Radio at
  13. Follow blogs like
  14. Read MUSICWOMAN MAGAZINE©®™, a quarterly online publication
  15. Advertise and support advertisers that place ads in publications that feature women musicians and composers.
  16. Start from #1 at least once a week.




WIJSF News August 2013


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

As of August 1, 2013, we have 226 members109 musicians!

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


The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.  Gustave Flaubert

Featured in this issue: Cettina Donato, Lorna Lesperance, Wayne Rediker, Mimi Johnson, Debbie Pierce, Dee Daniels, Nick Mathis, Lenore Raphael, and MEOWCon.

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


Cettina and Joan

The description of my trip to Europe from July 3-27, is “Mission Accomplished!”  Our International President Cettina Donato (right) met me face-to-face at the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia.  (SPECIAL SHOW with International President Cettina Donato on Monday, August 12 @ 3 p.m. EST on MUSICWOMAN RADIO)

Quincy Jones (80) graciously accepted my book that contains the interview I did with him in 1993, in the same building in Montreux, Switzerland. And, most importantly, I represented WIJSF and the USA at the 3rd WIMUST Conference convened by Fondazione Adkins-Chiti (pronounced Kiti) in Fiuggi, Italy. [Read their August newsletter.]

It was an honor to give the following presentation on July 4th to 40 women composers and musicians from the European Union (EU):

While touring Europe as a vocalist from 1990 – 1998, it was clear to me that music, jazz in particular, is a universal language. Upon returning to Florida, in 1996, I needed to do something else to make a living, as musicians make very little income in the USA. So, my lecture on Women in Jazz for school-aged children, became my focus, which I presented through grants from the Broward County School Board’s Student Enrichment in the Arts (SEAS) to thousands of students, since 1997.  The book Amazing Musicwomen , was published in 2009, along with my book about the business of music, So, You Want To Be A Singer?

Since 2012, an 8-woman ensemble (3 vocalists, 1 dancer, piano, bass, drums, and sax) performed twice in 2012, and twice in 2013. Although audiences said they enjoy our presentation, it is difficult to book this all-female ensemble. [Amazing Musicwomen Ensemble].

For 34 years, I worked with male musicians. I joined International Women in Jazz (IWJ) in New York but the distance to Florida (1,300 miles) is too great to address the status of women in music in Florida. So, in 2007, Women in Jazz South Florida, Inc. was incorporated as  a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes women musicians, globally.  To date, we have 225 members with 108 musicians and 117 supporters, including 47 men. As the sole staff member, I meet with board members (5) to determine how we can move the organization forward. My duties include maintaining the website, writing grants for concerts of original music by our musical members, hosting a weekly online radio show at, and publishing our online, monthly newsletter, featuring news, CD releases and performance schedules of members. 

In 2010, 2011, and 2012, we released compilation CDs of 10 fabulous female composers. The music of 27 women are available at The music is eclectic, that is, not all jazz. The only requirement is that is it original.
Logo wimust (1)Members of IWJ referred me to Fondazione Adkins-Chiti: Donne in Musica, resulting in Sarah Ernst Edwards’ interview with me, published in the book Donne in Jazz; our organization is an International Honour Committee Member; and my attendance at the 2013 WIMUST Conference, sponsored by 85+ donors at that raised $5,000 in cash and in-kind services for my travel expenses!


In my third year of Doctoral studies in Business/Marketing at Northcentral University online, my dissertation is The Music Service Provider, Business Responsibilities, and the Inequity of Income Earned by Women Musicians.  

Research shows that

  1. Music is a $27 Billion industry with $12.5 Billion in the USA
  2. Although women pay 53% of the taxes on Earth, only 1% of public funding in Europe applies to women’s music. Men head 89% of cultural organizations and the 11% headed by women do not support women musicians and composers. In the USA, organizations like Florida State Cultural Division, Broward County Cultural Division, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), ASCAP, BMI, and the Musician’s Union have few statistics about the number of women musicians.
  3. Jazz Musicians are 85% male, according to Joan Jeffri’s report to the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA).

wimust2013groupAttendees at the 3rd WIMUST Conference in Fiuggi, Italy


While WIJSF’s association with Donne in Musica remains the most important international affiliation for our organization, we are members of Women in Music in Serbia, at the invitation of Vojna Nesic!

These associations increase our visibility and strengthen our potential to increase the profile of our members. We MUST continue this important work to make those who pay taxes, control budgets for cultural programming, and general audiences aware of the inequity of income earned by women musicians and composers. The Business of Music among women must be discussed and improved. 

As I journeyed on to the Umbria Jazz Festival, in Perugia, and Montreux Jazz Festival and Montreux Meets Brienz, in Switzerland, I noted that

  1. At Umbria Jazz, few female instrumentalists headlined – Diana Krall and Sarah McKenzie (piano/voice), Hiromi (piano), and vocalists Simona Molinari, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Gal Costa, and Cecile McLorin Salvant. Noted guitarist/songwriter Pino Daniele had three females in his band – Elisabetta Serio Bis (Rome) on keyboards, Lakecia Benjamin (USA) on sax, and vocalist Awa (Paris). I asked Elisabetta if she gave Daniele her music. She said “No”. I encouraged her to do so, though she seemed a little reserved. Another fine pianist/composer Sade Mangiaracina from Sicily performed with vocalist Simona Molinari. Also, our International President Cettina Donato was engaged to accompany student vocalists of Berkelee College.
  2. At Montreux Jazz featured even fewer female musicians. I enjoyed the country singer/songwriter Valerie June who played guitar and banjo. I gave my book A History of African American Jazz and Blues to Quincy Jones, whom I interviewed for this book in 1993, in the exact same building! This was a very special moment for me, especially, when I told Quincy that I had attended the WIMUST Conference. His response was, “I always worked with women musicians like Melba Liston!” Also, much to my surprise, PRINCE was accompanied by three females on guitar, bass, and drums.
  3. Of the bands I heard in Brienz, no female musicians were featured. I was told that Julie from Paris performed wonderfully, on saxophone. There was a dynamic quartet of teenage boys (13-15) from Russia and three male saxophonists with a trio from Sicily, leading me to believe that the Good Ole Boys Club is being proliferated through European youth bands. The young bassist from the Open Jazz Youth Band from Sicily did say, “My dream is to find a girl drummer!”


Photo by Urs Zimmermann

Photo by Urs Zimmermann taken at Montreux Meets Brienz with Joan Cartwright and young musicians from Bern, Switzerland

My conclusion is that the low numbers of women musicians being booked at major and minor festivals and concerts is largely due to lack of awareness or, perhaps, consciousness about this problem. We MUST continue to create awareness in all arenas, not just cultural arenas, but in political and economic arenas because women musicians only earn 64% of what male musicians earn, while women in other fields earn 75% of what men earn.

Fondazione Adkins-Chiti: Donna in Musica – Future Developments

  • On the 12th September, we are at Europe House in London for the English presentation of WIMUST.
  • On the 13th November, a Workshop for Composers will be held at the European Parliament in Bruxelles.



1. WIMUST – Access and Equal Opportunities for Women in the Performing Arts

Important request! The petition addressed to all European governments to assume the European Parliament Resolution, 10 March 2009, is online. Please sign THE PETITION and pass on to your network. You do NOT need to be European or a musician or composer to sign the petition! Please ask all your associates, family members, and friends to sign the petition as soon as possible.
Fondazione Adkins Chiti: Donne in Musica
Teatro Comunale, Piazza Trento e Trieste 1
IT – 03014 Fiuggi (FR)


Send the following information (no more than 20 lines please) BY SEPTEMBER 1, 2013  to

  1. Name and place of birth (please indicate if we can use these)
  2. Actual residence
  3. Studies undertaken
  4. 5 most important professional events that have recognised your work and talent
  5. Titles and dates of 10 works or Cds that you consider representative of your work
  6. A contact address (email or website) that we can include for those who might wish to receive further information OR the name and website of your principal editor/record company.


There are two important conferences in October in Jamaica, W.I. and Austin, TX.  Your support will get us there.

WIJSF Founder and Executive Director Joan Cartwright has been invited to present two papers: Conscious Inclusion of Women Musicians and The Sign of the Blues at the Edna Manley College Rex Nettleford Arts Conference. WIJSF President Lorna Lesperance and Vice President Cleve Bryant (our resident photographer) have agreed to attend, also.

The cost of attendance at this conference is $3,500

October 24-28, 2013 – To promote WIJSF, INC. and musical members, Joan Cartwright and Lorna Lesperance wish to set up a booth at MEOWcon: A Conference for Women in Music in Austin, TX. to share information about our organization, sell compilation CDs of our member composers to raise funds for the organization, and recruit new members. Our organization will be one of few organizations representing women in jazz.

The cost of attendance at this conference is $2,700

The total cost to attend these two important conferences is $6,200. Your contribution will enable us to further our mission to promote women musicians, globally!

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WIJSF President Lorna Lesperance
and member Wayne Rediker – August 6, 2013
“FUN ON 42nd Street” the finale of
Miramar Cultural Center’s
Little Broadway Summer Camp


FUN ON 42nd Street




Lorna Lesperance with Director Stephen Semien of THE WIZ and JoMarie Payton of Family Matters, who taught acting


Wonderful show!

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Trudy Pitts – 8/10




Afrikkanitha – 8/8

Jeannie Cheatham - 8/14

Jeannie Cheatham – 8/14


To be released in  January 2014.  “I’m very excited to share a single from our upcoming CD ‘THIS IS WHERE I WANNA BE’, a teaser, if you will. The song ‘LOVE DANCE’ written by Brazilian Composer Ivan Lins in1988, by its nature, lent itself to the feel of my music/this album… sensual, romantic, hopeful…and full of possibility.  “Sugar On My Lips” (Single)

 “This Is Where I Wanna Be” (Single)

I’m also excited about our arrangement of ‘LOVE DANCE’ partly because it was a complete collaboration between all of us in the band. Building upon each of our ideas, we each contributed our interpretation of what this dance of love means. Drawing on the sensual, earthy call of african drums, we made the percussion the canvas upon which we created this spacious and passionate expression of Love Dance…. Enjoy!” ~ Sharon Marie Cline “Love Dance” (Single)




debsax1Friday, August 16 @ 8-12 pm
Debbie Pierce Trio featuring Giuseppe Pucci (d)
Tavolino Della Nonna
10181 W Sample Road
Coral Springs 33065
Every Tuesday night @ 7-10:30 pm
Debbie Pierce performs with Kickback
Blue Martini
Boca Town Center
6000 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431
Dee Daniels

Dee Daniels

Friday, August 9 @ 8 pm
“Hudson Valley Jazz Festival”
Dee Daniels joins Chris Persad’s group, featuring Danny Walsh, tenor; Dan Chester, trombone; Joe Vincent Tranchina, piano; Robert Kopec, bass; and Bob Meyer, drums.
The Dautaj, 36 Oakland Ave., Warwick, NY
Tickets: (845) 986-3666

Saturday, August 17 @ 8 pm
“Jazz at the Lake”
The concert reunites Dee Daniels and P.J. Perry, one of Canada’s award-winning saxophonists along with a fantastic Alberta rhythm section.
Alliance Community Church
4404 – 47th Avenue
Sylvan Lake, Alberta, Canada
Tickets: $35 – Buy online at

Friday, August 30 @ 8;00 and 10:00 pm
“A Night Out With The Boys”
Dee Daniels presents an evening of signature songs made popular by some of her most favorite male jazz singers including Sinatra, Nat “King” Cole, Chet Baker, Ray Charles, Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder, and more.

Dee is joined by Carlton Holmes (p); Paul Beaudry (b); Alvester Garnett (d); and TK Blue (sax/flute). It promises to be a musically exhilarating evening!
Kitano Jazz Club, 66 Park Avenue, NY
Tickets: (212) 885-7119 / $25 Cover + $15 min. per set


September Performers

Dotti Anita Taylor

Denise Best

James Daggs

Melanie Dyer

Melanie Dyer

Jessica Freeman


Bill Lowe

Antoinette Montague


Linda Presgrave


Ricky Alfonso


Sunday, August 11, 2013 @ 12:00 noon – 7:00 pm
Free Admission

Nicki Mathis joins The Swans

The POWER for Peace Family Fest

Inspired by Sandy Hook families and their loved ones to join together in peace and represent all forms of charity and compassion.

WHERE: Bushnell Park, Hartford CT

IF YOU BELIEVE IN PEACE . . . THIS is the day for YOU!!!
ALL WELCOME! FREE concert with Emcee: KRISTEN CUSATO and Special Guest: Speaker Mike Hall.
Call for Info: 203.574-3322

Saturday, September 7, 2013 @ 8:00 pm


The Artists Collective, 1200 Albany Av/Jackie McLean Way
Hartford, CT 06112, 860.527.3205 Wheelchair Accessible

Nick Mathis

The longest running jazz festival celebrating jazzwomen & their music features:NICKi MATHIS’ Afrikan Amerikan Jazz New Millennium All Stars

Ricky Alfonso, Billy Arnold, Denise Best, James Daggs, Melanie Dyer, Jessica Freeman,Tulina Varela, Renee Jackson, Joey, Bill Lowe, Maxine Carol Martin, Antoinette Montague, Linda Presgrave, Dotti Anita Taylor, Deborah Weisz, Michelle McFarland, Latoya Williams; Invited: Dayna Snell, Rev. Mia Douglas, Mark Whitecage and more!

This year’s festival is dedicated to the memory of Carline Ray, Rozanne Levine, Ana Grace Márquez-Greene, Zakiah Barksdale, Paulette.

SPONSORS: MCW, Inc., in collaboration with the Artists Collective.

FREE Admission funded in part from the Evelyn Preston Memorial Fund, Bank of America Trustee; MCW, Inc.

Also, supported by Smith Whiley & Co., Carla & Byron Dean, Antoinette Montague; Cull Books; Media Sponsor: Inquiring News; Access; MCW banner Courtesy Jim Fentress.

Interested sponsors call 860.231.0663; 860.665.7399

MCW, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) Non-Profit Organization

Maxine Carol Martin

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Deborah Weisz

Latoya Williams

Billy Arnold



Internationally recognized jazz pianist and Steinway artist Lenore Raphael will perform at the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival at the Market Theatre in Newtown, Johannesburg, South Africa on Saturday, August 24, 2013, joined by bassist Jimmy Mgwandi and drummer Walter Kotu. Raphael’s hard-swinging mainstream style is compared to Oscar Peterson, Bud Powell, and Bill Evans. She’s appeared at major jazz clubs and festivals like Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Birdland, and The Blue Note in New York City; Ronnie Scott’s in London; The S.S. Oosterdam Jazz Cruise; the Ottawa Jazz Festival and the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) Convention in Toronto. Raphael has seven critically acclaimed recordings on the Swingin’ Fox label, including Loverly with guitarist Howard Alden.  Listen to Lenore’s recording of Emily on the Joy of Jazz website: Visit Lenore’s website: For booking:

Paulette Dozier RECORDING LIVE at club Il Tavolino della Notte

AUGUST 24, 2013

Music begins: 7:45 pm

IL Tavolino Della Notte 
Tavolino della Nonna Restaurant
10181 West Sample Road, Coral Springs, FL 33065

(954) 509-0046 or




On July 18, 2013, Carline Ray, Jazz Pioneer and Catherine Russell’s Mother, passed away at 88. We truly appreciate the outpouring of condolences and expressions of love, admiration, and support. In addition to the many personal cards, emails, and messages, Obituaries and Tributes have appeared on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, CNN, JazzTimes, NY Amsterdam News, Boston Globe, and the NY Times. Carline’s legacy lives on~!!!

[New York Times obituary] July 27, 2013
Carline Ray, an Enduring Pioneer Woman of Jazz, Dies at 88
Carline Ray, a pioneering jazz instrumentalist and vocalist who joined the all-female International Sweethearts of Rhythm in the 1940s, later performed with Erskine Hawkins and Mary Lou Williams and this year released her first recording as a lead vocalist, died on July 18 in Manhattan. She was 88.The cause was complications of a stroke, said her daughter, the jazz singer Catherine Russell.In an era when female jazz musicians were rare, Ms. Ray was often the only woman in the band in a career that spanned seven decades and multiple instruments and genres, from calypso to choral works.
“She always made a point of saying she wasn’t a female musician,” Ms. Russell recalled.

“She was a musician who happened to be female.” Catherine’s mother was proud but also felt a constant need to prove herself in a world dominated by men. “She would never let anybody help her with her amplifier or her bass,” Ms. Russell said.

Ms. Ray started her career surrounded by female musicians, though, as a member of a later incarnation of the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, an integrated, all-female group that first formed in the 1930s at a Mississippi school for poor black children.Ms. Ray had just graduated from Juilliard, in 1946, when she joined the Sweethearts, playing rhythm guitar and singing. A few years later she joined the band led by Mr. Hawkins, singing but also playing rhythm guitar. Later, when she married the bandleader Luis Russell, who had helped organize a group led by Louis Armstrong, she insisted that she continue performing, and she did.Mr. Russell died, in 1963, when Catherine was 7.

Ms. Ray kept playing, taking her daughter to recording sessions and performances. She spent decades as a session musician, playing an electric Fender bass at studios in midtown. She sang classical choral works, including performances of Christmas music conducted by Leonard Bernstein. She sang backup on recordings for Patti Page, Bobby Darrin and other performers.Ms. Ray often sang and played bass with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, including in its 1971 production of “Mary Lou’s Mass,” by Ms. Williams, the pianist and composer. She also performed with big bands led by Sy Oliver and Skitch Henderson and, when it was under the direction of Mercer Ellington, the Duke Ellington Orchestra.

In 1980, she received a grant to study the upright acoustic bass, with Major Holley.When interest in female performers began increasing in the late 1970s, Ms. Ray became a regular performer at women’s jazz festivals, and later in life she was a mentor to younger female musicians, including the bassists Nicki Parrott and Mimi Jones. She also played in touring and educational groups featuring female musicians, including Jazzberry Jam.

“She wasn’t out there waving the flag saying ‘I’m a woman in jazz,’ ” Sally Placksin, the author of “American Women in Jazz,” said in an interview this week. “She was just always out there playing.”

Carline Ray was born on April 21, 1925, in Manhattan. Her father, Elisha Ray, was a horn player who graduated from Juilliard the year she was born. He had played with James Reese Europe and had offers for more musical work but, seeking steady income for his new family, he took a job with the post office not long after he graduated.Ms. Ray entered Juilliard at 16 and stayed five years, after changing her major from piano to composition.

In 1956 she received a masters degree from the Manhattan School of Music. In addition to her daughter, Ms. Ray is survived by a sister, Irma Sloan.

A Memorial Service will be held to honor Carline Ray on a date to be announced this fall at St. Peter’s Church in New York City.

carlineray-cdMs. Russell spent several years working with her to choose songs and arrangements for Vocal Sides, Carline’s first recording as a lead vocalist.

“Her aim was not to be a front person,” Ms. Russell said. “She used to tell me that she wanted to be a part of something bigger.”

Thank you also to those who have supported Carline’s music. Her debut CD, Carline Ray: Vocal Sides, produced by Catherine Russell, was released earlier this year, and is available on Amazon, CDBaby, and I-Tunes.

Vocal Sides Reviews:

“The album is highlighted by two stunning duets by mother and daughter” —Will Friedwald, Wall Street Journal

“Her voice is simply magnificent…with a stunning version of Duke Ellington’s “Come Sunday”. Highly Recommended.” – Thomas Cunniffe,

“She sings a recital that spans jazz time, that is, across time, styles, periods, the whole of the music’s history. Vocal Sides is a masterful achievement.” – C. Michael Bailey, All About

*****Five Stars “Vocal Sides” is a wonderous showcase. Carline Ray is a true artistic treasure.” – Brent Black, @Criticaljazz

“Carline Ray’s new Vocal Sides, remarkably, her debut CD. Produced by her daughter, who sings on a couple of duets, the collection of jazz, pop and gospel standards showcases Ray’s expressive contralto.” – Bob Weinberg, Miami Herald

“Carline sings with a rich, mature vocal sound, blending soulful dignity with deep understanding of the musical and lyrical value of the songs.” – Jazz Mostly (UK)

Vocal Sides delivers with “confidence, spirit, playfulness and sincerity”. – CD Insight

“Juilliard-trained musician and singer Carline Ray, played with the all-women International Sweethearts of Rhythm big band in the 1940s…she just released a debut solo album, Vocal Sides” – Joan K. Smith, Huffington Post

“a soulfully charming album” – Jonny Meister, WXPN / PRX, Blue Dimensions

Catherine Russell is on tour with Steely Dan this summer through October 8, and resumes her touring as a leader with dates in France October 16-26, 2013. A new album had been recorded and is slated for release in early 2014 on the Jazz Village label. For additional information on all upcoming dates, visit the “tour” section of this site.

Peace and Blessings,
Cat Team

P.S. One of my most melodic memories is performing with Bertha Hope (p), Carline Ray (b), and Paula Hampton (d) at Saint Peter’s Church, in 1984, just before I moved to South Florida. I will always be grateful for the opportunity to sing with and interview Carline Ray on MUSICWOMAN RADIO . – Joan Cartwright a/k/a Diva JC

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October Conference . . .

MEOWcon_header_300x250MEOW 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 Colleen Chanel, Connie and Robert Vance, who thought supporting women musicians was a good idea!

Visit our website and join us!




WIJSF News July 2013


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

As of July 1, 2013, we have 221 members107 musicians!

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



DIVAJCA supermoon in June granted us all access to the energy of the spheres, where the music resides. Women and the moon have been synonymous, since the beginning of humankind.  Summer is full of possibilities and WIJSF members are taking full advantage.

WIJSF operates off of membership dues ($50 annually), CD sales, grants, and donations. To date, we’ve received $2,000 in memberships. CDs are available online. This year, three grant proposals that we submitted were denied by Florida State Cultural Division, Funding Arts Broward (FAB!), and Broward Schools Student Enrichment in the Arts (SEAS).  Florida State budget cuts for culture have made it difficult for most cultural organizations like ours.  That’s why I’ve utilized crowdfunding sites like GoFundMe to raise the money needed to get to Italy for the WIMUST Conference, in July.

Previously, I used Indiegogo, Kickstarter, StayClassy, and United States Artists, to no avail. I spent hours promoting these efforts. The glitch is, if you don’t raise ALL the money you request in the specified time, you don’t get one cent.  These sites get lots of exposure at your expense. But GOFUNDME is different! You get every dollar you raise minus 9% and, to date, we raised $2,265 from over 50 wonderful donors, who see the vision.


Logo wimust (1)The Annual General Meeting for WIMUST will be held in Fiuggi, Italy, with arrival during the afternoon of the 4th July, meetings on the 5th and 6th and departure on the morning of the 7th July. Hotels will be in downtown Fiuggi while meetings are in the medieval village of Fiuggi Città. Fondazione Adkins Chiti has offered my room at Euro 45  per night.  The hotel is 200 metres from the train station, with swimming pool and beauty farm (spa?). The trip from Rome to Fiuggi is about 1.5 hours.

The language of the meeting is English. One session will be devoted to the investigation of mechanisms producing inequalities, with statistics regarding programming of women’s music by publicly funded institutions. At meetings in 2011 and 2012, we began a list of discrimination and passed this on to EUP parliamenterians and the media. It would be useful to have copies of articles or documents which demonstrate what the difficulties are. We must make concrete suggestions to overcome these – some proposals have arrived and range from (a) sending of letters to ministries, unions, teaching institutions (b) writing to chamber music organisations and festivals and (c) the setting up of a GuideBook for Self Help for women composers and musicians. Read the June Newsletter and sign the WIMUST Petition.

Now, I’m getting excited!!!  My flight itinerary is confirmed from Hollywood, Florida to Rome, Italy, on July 2, 2013. We MUST thank the contributors to the crowdfunding site that has raised travel expenses to attend this important event. A 30-year–old organization, Donne in Musica has enlisted WIJSF as an International Honorary Committee Member and mentors our organization on issues of equity for women musicians.  The report of the previous WIMUST Conference is telling about the inequity of opportunities and earned income of women musicians, when compared to those offered to male musicians. Men preponderate in the various fields and genres of music production with statistics that 85% of jazz musicians are male, according to researcher Joan Jeffri, in her report for the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA), Changing The Beat: A Study of the Worklife of Jazz Musicians.

GofundmeI know the work we do is important, especially for the next generation of women musicians, who will follow in our footsteps.  I know many of the musicians in our organization are concentrating on their musical production and performance.  But we must consciously create opportunities for girls and young women pursuing musical careers.  There are numerous opportunities for music in films, television, theater, concerts, festivals, community events, etc. If we are not consciously creating opportunities for women musicians, they will continue to be marginalized in the music industry. WIMUST means Women in Music Using Strategies for Talent. This movement is spearheaded by Fondazione Adkins-Chiti: Donne in Musica. If you have not read their 2012 report, take the time to do so. It will open your eyes to the dilemma women musicians face in Europe and worldwide. Click and read. Then, if you haven’t already done so, consider donating $5 or more to my travel expenses to this most important conference.

MANY THANKS to our new President Lorna Lesperance and Vice President Cleve Bryant for their generous donations to this effort. A past guests on MUSICWOMAN Radio, Magda Machedo sent $200 from Hong Kong by Western Union!!! Friends Qyneares Hanifa, Jackie Rule, and Dosica Johnson sent checks, as did members Oshunrire Naomi James and Janice Boursiquot! So many WIJSF members supported this effort, including Ronnie Dunayer, Dotti Anita Taylor, Kathy Yolanda Rice, Ellen Burton, LaQuetta Shamblee, Rory Ranucci, Bill French, Sharon Marie Cline, Yvette Norwood Tiger, Geetu Hinduja, Ragan Whiteside Johnson, and Glenda McQueen.

SPECIAL DEVELOPMENT: Our International President Cettina Donato will be participating in vocal workshops for Berklee students at the Umbria Jazz Festival. I’ve been granted a press pass to one of the concert venues and Cettina referred me to a small hotel, where I can stay inexpensively for four days. So, from Fiuggi, I will go on to Perugia for this exciting festival, where I’m sure to recruit some new members and spread the word about our mission and to meet Cettina face-to-face!

Also, new members: Robbie Bell (Miami, FL), Deanna Cannon (Atlanta, GA), Towanda Beatty (East Orange, NJ),  Mary L. De Vattimo (our first Australian member!!!), and Denise St Patrick Bell (Margate, FL) donated $75 or more at the GoFundMe site, garnering their membership.

Listen to recent interview on MUSICWOMAN Radio with Music Engineer and Clarinetist Deanna Cannon.deanna3

debbiepiercepianoMulti-instrumentalist and Palm Beach County resident Debbie Pierce is our 220th Member!
The Debbie Pierce Trio with Brad Keller (p) and Giuseppe Pucci (d) will perform on Friday, July 19, 2013 @ 8-12 p.m. at Tavolino Della Nonna, 10181 W Sample Road, Coral Springs, FL 33065. Tel. (954) 509-0046

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

With much love and appreciation,
Joan Cartwright


amanda-stageAmanda Sedgwick, our Immediate Past International President performs on a new stage in Stockholm


Karin Hammar joins Amanda Sedgwick in big band in Sweden


On June 23, Jus’ Cynthia returned from a successful two-city tour in Russia. “My first stop was a 2.5 hour flight from Moscow to Ekaterinburg. I rehearsed with some good musicians. The show was even better. We did two 45-minute sets and the audience was very receptive. I didn’t get a chance to work up a sweat. Then, it was back to Moscow the next morning. In both cities, I was assigned an assistant for interpretations arranging for meals transportation and any other things I might need. I want this to be part of all future contracts. I arrived in Moscow on Friday morning and only had time to check into the hotel, then off to the radio station for an interview. This is Peter the DJ at 105.3 FM, the only English radio station in Moscow. Peter is from Winter Haven, Florida. For 20 minutes, we talked. He played two of my songs and advertised my Friday gig at The Union of Composers Jazz Club and Saturday at The B2 Jazz Club. The musicians were excellent. The audiences were great! They fed and treated me well and I got bouquets of flowers. What an adventure!” ~ Jus’ Cynthia

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On June 19 and 26, Marika Guyton of AboutU4U, LLC and Priscilla Dames of Wingspan Seminars joined Joan Cartwright to address youth emerging from the foster care system about culture, entertainment, social interchange, image, career, service, and conflict resolution for a wonderful Miami non-profit Educate Tomorrow.

musicwomanradioMUSICWOMAN RADIO will be on vacation, during the month of July. Check out the archived shows in June at BlogTalkRadio.

We are working diligently to get bookings for the Amazing Musicwomen Ensemble in South Florida, around the state, and the nation. Please share this link with any directors of cultural centers, museums, libraries, etc., where we may be able to book the performance.  Get more information in the Press Release at You or your associates may contact our Marketing & Promotions Director Marika Guyton to discuss bookings. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Photo by Cleve Bryant

Photo by Cleve Bryant

Encourage your friends and family to purchase one or more of our compilation CDs, featuring 27 fabulous women composers! These CDs featuring the original music of women make lovely gifts for your friends, family, associates, clients, and anyone you want to bless with good music.

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We’re calling for 10 women composers to submit one song for our fourth compilation CD to release in January 2014. It is imperative that you contact Joan Cartwright immediately, if you are interested in this great opportunity to join women composers on this special project. Send an email to with the subject: SUBMISSION TO WIJSF MUSIC COLLECTION IV, today!




Following a 9-day tour in the USA with Liviu Pop (d) featuring the Saskia Laroo Band with Bernhard Haaks on drums, and  Duo Laroo/Byrd on trumpet and keypboards, and the Afro-Semitic Experience, Laroo/Byrd appear on Saturday, July 6, at the Kroepoekfabriek , Vlaardingen, Neterlands with students of dance master Noes Fiolet in a new, multi-disciplinair concert entitled “Dance to be Free” by the Saskia Laroo Band .


Radha on swing[Right] Radha Botofasina is featured in the Many bulbs/One current concert at the  First Unitarian Universalist  on Saturday, July 6, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. at Church of San Diego 298 West Arbor Drive, San Diego, California. On original work by Radhaplaying harp and singing selections from Meditations on the Supreme Suite,  , along with several women from many cultures sharing their particular cultural musical prospective.

[Below] Besides being cast in four plays and producing a weekly WebTV Show, The Arts Reporter Mimi Johnson hosts events all over Atlanta, GA.  Be sure to tune into her weekly show and attend events like this one below, if you live in Atlanta!  Mimi continues to serve as the Secretary of WIJSF.


Thanks to all who came out to my performance at Jazz Pon Di River.  Now, please support Jus’ Cynthia on July 26!!!






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Please consider donating $5 or more to Joan’s travel expenses to Italy for the WIMUST Conference and Umbria Jazz Festifal. This fund will remain open until it reaches $3,500, or until Joan’s return:

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

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!

WIJSF News May 2013


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

As of May 1, 2013, we have 213 members102 musicians!

May 12th is Mother’s Day!  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:  In light of the postponement of our International Musicwomen Festival & Conference to 2014, I received an invitation from Patricia Chiti of Donne in Musica to attend the WIMUST Conference in Fiuggi, Italy, July 4-7, 2013.

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.

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

Featured members: Lorna Lesperance, Cettina Donato, Dee Daniels, Mimi Johnson, Michael Serrano, Sharon Marie Cline, Ragan Whiteside, Lenore Raphael, Kathy Yolanda Rice, Nicki Mathis, Bertha Hope, and MEOWCon.


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

Lorna Lesperance, WIJSF National President


We thank our Immediate Past Board Members Wanda Trotter, Stan Alston, and Amanda Sedgwick for their service and encourage them to continue supporting our efforts to promote women musicians, globally.


  • Cettina Donato, International President
  • Lorna Lesperance, National President
  • Cleve Bryant, Vice President

Many thanks to Cleve Bryant for the photographs of Amazing Musicwomen!


WIJSF International President Cettina Donato conducts her orchestra

Upcoming concerts for Cettina Donato:

  • May 8 – La Feltrinelli Library, Palermo, Sicily, 6.00pm
  • July 1-12 – Perugia, Italy, Berklee Clinics at Umbria Jazz 2013





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Lenore Raphael on tour in London until May 4th


bertha-kimMay 10, 2013 – Judy Chaikin’s film THE GIRLS IN THE BAND will premiere
Walter Reade Theater in Lincoln Center, showing all day.

The BERTHA HOPE TRIO will perform at the reception before the showing @ 7 – 9 p.m. Last screening is at 9:15 p.m.

This movie reveals a lot about women’s presence in Jazz and is NOT to be missed!

Nicki Mathis

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 @ 7:30 –10:30 P.M. 

Green Street Trio


Northampton Jazz Workshop

The Loft at the Clarion Hotel

One Atwood Drive, Northampton, MA 01060-4272



Jus’ Cynthia performs at 19th Annual Unifest, Sunday, May 19, 2013, in Lauderdale Lakes, FL

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The first DEE DANIELS VOCAL JAZZ WORKSHOP is coming this summer July 20 – 26! Join me in beautiful Sitka, Alaska for the inaugural Dee Daniels Vocal Jazz Workshop at the Sitka Fine Arts Camp. Collaborating with me in the presentation of the workshop will be New York vocalist, composer, arranger, recording artist, and educator, Charenee Wade, who in 2010, was the first runner-up of the prestigious Thelonius Monk International Vocal Competition. REGISTER EARLY… spaces are limited! Contact Roger Schmidt, executive director of the Sitka Fine Arts Camp by email, by telephone at 907.747.3085, or mail: PO Box 3086, Sitka, Alaska 99835.

MEOW Con will feature nearly 100 female performers in all musical styles. All performances will be held at our host hotel, the Austin Renaissance during the day and in the evening.

Apply one of three ways:

There is a $30 non-refundable submission fee and artists will be chosen by a panel of industry experts. Selected performers will receive one complimentary full registration (does not include Woman of Valor Award Dinner), showcases passes for all band members and discounts for additional registrations.  Showcase slots are approximately half an hour, and you must be available to perform in Austin during the weekend of October 24, 25 or 26th, 2013.  [Website]

wijsflogo13Gathering great women musicians together, we put women musicians to work and get their music heard by multitudes!

WELCOME our newest members:



5/2/2013 4:00 PM EST

Carmen Caserta

5/9/2013 4:00 PM EST

Ellen Vanderslice

5/16/2013 4:00 PM EST

Bobbi Humphrey

5/23/2013 4:00 PM EST

Wanda Electric Lady Wilson


Michael “Duke” Serrano’s new radio show will feature music from WIJSF Compilation CDs of fabulous women composers.  Dialog: A Campus Forum, hosted by Michael “Duke” Serrano, features interviews with local community and political leaders, campus news, and current events.  Dialog is a forum for the Lehman community, where they can communicate about what’s happening on campus.  Dialog goes live Wednesday, May 1, 2013 @ 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. on the Internet at Lehman College, Bronx, NY.

Hear the original music of 10 fabulous female composers



WIJSF News April 2013


Celebrating 6 years of Musical Service!

As of April 1, 2013, we have 212 members101 musicians!

April 30th is International Jazz Day


Join us, today!

We appreciate all of our members and challenge to bring in new members, who are musicians, composers, vocalists, or supporters of women musicians.  Members are invited to submit to this newsletter. Send announcements to by the 28th of the month.

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY:  Our Immediate Past President Christine Vitolo has sponsored two regular memberships.  If you have a friend, who is a woman and performs on an instrument, tell her to send her information to and the first two to respond will get a one-year free membership.  JOIN US!

MUSICWOMAN RADIO features baritone saxophonist Claire Daly on Thursday, April 4 @ 4 p.m.

Our concert on March 10, at the Sunrise Civic Center was well-attended!

Photos by Cleve Bryant

Amazing Musicwomen @ Sunrise Civic Center on March 10, 2013 [Photos: Cleve Bryant]


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Roberta DeMuro

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Beverly Barkley, Joan Cartwright, Jus’ Cynthia [Photos: Cleve Bryant]

Telling the stories of Women in Blues and Jazz

and. . .

WOMAN! The Musical performed to three sold-out shows on March 23 in Atlanta, GA

Congratulations to our Secretary, Mimi Johnson,

playwrite, producer, composer, and actress!!! I truly enjoyed participating in this EPIC experience!

Next date is May 18 @ Mark SQuared, Clarkston, GA  –

Coming up!

Dee Daniels is completing her CD for Criss Cross Jazz Records, a globally renowned Dutch jazz label. The September 2013 release of the CD will make Dee the first vocalist/leader in the label’s 30+ year history!
On April 19, 20, & 21 I’ll be in concert with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra ( The Pops program is called “Red, Hot, & Blues”. I’ll be sharing the bill with trumpeter Byron Stripling, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, and Hammond B3 master, Bobby Floyd. The four of us have performed this fun and unique Pops program with several orchestras over the past few years. In it we cover the blues from its beginning to the present, including one of my originals.

Mimi Johnson says, “I AM SPIDER!” Director Herbert Bowens is an AMAZING Leader & Talent! The cast is incredible! Karlotta Washington and Productive Love McNill El work behind the scenes. Opening at Mark SQuared April 19-21! Reserve tickets @ or 404-974-5744 THE CAROUSEL: FINISH WHAT YOU START! BROADWAY HERE WE COME!!

Lenore Raphael - Loverly
Lenore with Jack Wilkins on tour in North Carolina April 11-16th
Coming up in April
Jazz at The Carnegie
Carnegie Hotel
1216 W. State of Franklin Rd
Johnson City, TN
featuring Dr. David Champouillon, trumpet and The Jazz Doctors
Concert for the Steinway Society of Nashville, TN
Steinway of Nashville
4285 Sidco Drive
Nashville, TN
tel 615-373-5901
Jazz Master Class
University of Tennessee
Watkins Auditorium
Martin, TN
7:30PM solo concert
Watkins Auditorium
Solo Concert
The Kroc Center
800 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN
Tel. 901-230-3367
Listen in to WUOT.FM Knoxville for an interview with Lenore and jazz director Todd Steed.WUOT 91.9 fm   http://www.wuot.oth
Master Class with wonderful guitarist JACK WILKINS
Meredith College
3800 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, NC
Free and open to the public
JazzLive with special guest JACK WILKINS, guitar ,
and featuring RICK ECKBERG, bass; PETER INGRAM, drums
The Halle Cultural Arts Center
237 North Salem St.
Apex. NC
Tel. 919-249-1120
Tickets at or the Halle Box Office
SUNDAY, APRIL 14th – 12:15-1:30PM
Concert with JACK WILKINS, guitar
The Triangle Center for Spiritual Learning
4600 Water’s Edge Road
Raleigh, NC
Tel. 919-859-2249
concert with JACK WILKINS, guitar
Cedars of Chapel Hill
100 Cedars Club Circle
Chapel Hill, NC
FRIDAY, APRIL 19th – 7PM wine reception
Concert with special guest JACK WILKINS, guitar
and featuring HILLARD GREENE, bass and surprise guest
New York Society for Ethical Culture
2 West 64th Street
tel. 212 874-5210 for information
APRIL 26th-MAY 5th
Tour of United Kingdom
More about Lenore at   *   Booking:
AND…tune into “Lenore Raphael’s JazzSpot”on for Lenore’s interviews and performances with some of the best artists in jazz. Sundays at 8AM and 8PM, Fridays at 11PM and Saturdays at 3PM Eastern Time. 
SUNDAY April 7 2013 @ 4 pm – 6 pm
NICKi MATHIS’ AFRIKAN AMERIKAN JAZZ TRIO w/NORMAN JOHNSON, guitarist extraordinaire, and legendary bassist Skip Garrett, celebrates Jazz Awareness Month in Leif Nilsson’s GALLERY, One Spring Street P O Box 261, Chester, CT 06412, 860-526-2077, $10 donation – BYOB – Bistro Style    EMAIL: leif12@nilssonstudio.comEdJonetta silk tie dye; Nk & Norman Caryn B. Davis Photography
nicki2Nicki Mathis and The Green Street TrioGEORGE KAYE, JON FISHER, PAUL ARSLANIAN
Tuesday, 14 May 2013 @ 7:30 –10:30 PM
Northampton Jazz Workshop, The Loft at the Clarion Hotel
One Atwood Dr., Northampton, MA 01060-4272
413.586-1211The Greet Street trio performs with guest artist NICKi MATHIS, who is celebrating Chamber Music America month with a salute to Nancy Wilson recordings including some of Paul’s favorites, followed by an open jam session. Bring your axe. (Rt. 5 at Exit 18 off I 91, TURN RIGHT down ramp – see Clarion Hotel (GPS may direct left turn leading to cornfield/swamp road, you don’t want that)). [Photo by Sharon]

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Contact Marika Guyton 954-549-8602 or  Immediately, for Friday, April 19, 2013 @ Arts Park, Hollywood, FL – Only Volunteers need apply to support Relay For Hollywood and the American Cancer Society.

Gone with cancer


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We’re six months out!  It’s time to register for this important event calling all women composers, instrumentalists, and musicians.  Early registration ends April 8, 2013.  Click image to register.


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