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WIJSF NEWS October 2014

Membership is due March 1st Every Year!

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Celebrating 7 years of Musical Service!

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

What shall I sing for your lullaby? ~ Langston Hughes

Welcome to our newest membersRondi Charleson and Steve Moore
Featured Artists: Diane Ellis, Emme Kemp, LeNora Jaye, Mimi Johnson, Saskia Laroo, and Dottie Kelly

Message from the Executive Director

20140926_221025The 99th catalog coverASALH Convention in Memphis, TN, was a great success.  Not only did I distribute over 500 Women in Arts & Women in Business Catalogs, introducing people to our organization, members, and business associates, but I delivered my paper Blues Women: The First Civil Rights Workers to an enthusiastically responsive audience in the Louis XVI Room at The Peabody Hotel, on Thursday, September 25, 2014.
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I visit the infamous Blues mecca BEALE STREET, where I listened to the music of two lovely vocalists Adrianne Dotson and Shay-Renae, who agreed to play songs from our compilation CDs III and IV on her radio show! The most exciting news is that the 100th ASALH Convention will be in Atlanta in 2015, and I will be on the Volunteer Committee and invite our WIJSF Atlanta members to join me in supporting this tremendous organization.
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Diva JC, Shay-Renae, and Adrianne Dotson on Beale Street, Memphis, TN

ACHIEVEMENTS

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MEDIA BLITZ

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10/2/2014 4:00 PM Denise Jannah  
10/9/2014 4:00 PM Yvette Mashun Devereaux  
10/16/2014 4:00 PM Jean Fineberg  
10/23/2014 4:00 PM Rodney Kendrick  
10/30/2014 4:00 PM Theresa Hightower

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http://blogtalkradio.com/lifeissobeautiful

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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 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!

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Oct 4 Falmouth, MA – Falmouth Jazz Festival at Highfield Theatre
Oct 5 Wellfleet, MA – Wellfleet Preservation Hall for Payomet Arts
Oct 7 New York, NY – Dimenna Center, Jazz Drama Program Benefit (6:30pm)
Oct 11 Helena, AR – King Biscuit Blues Festival (with Jimmy Vivino & Black Italians)
Oct 18 Nancy, FRANCE – Nancy Jazz Pulsations
Oct 24 Novosibirsk, RUSSIA – SibJazz Fest
Nov 15 Summit, NJ – Summit JCC
Nov 23 Charleston, WV – Culture Center Theater / Mountain Stage Radio Show
Dec 8 New York, NY – Louis Armstrong House Museum GALA at Capitale
Dec 13 Princeton, NJ – McCarter (Berlind) Theatre (with Ladies Sing The Blues)
Dec 31 Madison, NJ – Shanghai Jazz

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MEMBERS EARN A FREE BERTH ON OUR INAUGURAL WOMEN IN JAZZ CRUISE

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YOUR STORIES: ALL members please submit photos, fliers, cd releases, and all announcements to Joan Cartwright at divajc47@yahoo.com by the 28th of each month.

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WIJSF News August 2014

Membership Dues come due March 1st Every Year!

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Celebrating 7 years of Musical Service!

As of August 1, 2014, we have 278 members150 musicians, and 52 males!  Join us, today!

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

Welcome to our newest members: Carl Hill, Shirazette Tinnin, Dottie Kelly , and Sigrun Jording
Featured in this issue: Irene Robbins, Yvette Norwood-Tiger, Sandra Kaye, Grammy submissions

WHY JOIN WIJSF

If you compose, perform, or produce music, or enjoy women musicians in concert, you’re invited to join Women in Jazz South Florida, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes women musicians, globally. Dues are $50 annually and benefits include:

Please share with other women musicians you know because together we can change the status of women musicians, who are more often marginalized than we know. Join or renew your membership, today, www.wijsf.com/join.htm

WHAT MEMBERS CAN DO

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

IMPORTANT: Republished from the Grammy's Newsletter: http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grammy/2014summer/#/45

IMPORTANT: Republished from the Grammy’s Newsletter: www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/grammy/2014summer/#/45    READ THIS ARTICLE

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

SUBMITTED on JULY 22, 2014 for NOMINATIONS for the 57th Annual Grammy’s 

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Welcome to our newest member blues vocalist Dottie Kelly in West Palm Beach, Florida

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Susan Andrea Warmington New release  www.cdbaby.com/cd/susanandreawarmington

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TEJA LANISE ON BASS IS LIVING THE DREAM!

Bassist Teja Lanise is living the dream, while touring with Janell Monae in the U.S., UK, Australia, and Europe!

Bassist Teja Lanise is living the dream, touring with Janell Monae in the USA, UK, Australia, Europe and the Middle East!

Internationally acclaimed pianist and vocalist Irene Robbins presented her new project Laughing with the Blues, a 4-part exposition of Jazz and Blues by STREAM DUO in southern Italy. Irene Robbins, who has been giving concerts for over 30 years in Europe, the USA, and Japan had an incredible response to her new project. A duo which she says “shows her naked” because of its sparsity with Irene Robbins on vocals and piano, and bassist Nico Catacchio performing their interpretations of Thelonious Monk’s Round Midnight, Coleman’s Lonely Woman, and Ellington’s Mood Indigo. Irene is touring Italy and Europe this summer and fall. She will be in Detroit, MI, in April 2015.
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Mimi Johnsondotnet and Diva JC perform at Cafe 290, Atlanta Photo: Steve Moore

Mimi Johnsondotnet and Diva JC perform at Cafe 290, Atlanta
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jENNY LOVE said, "This photo shows what my heart feels every time I sing!"  — with Carmen I. Sardina and Chrome Knights at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek.

JENNY LOVE said, “This photo shows what my heart feels every time I sing!” — with Carmen I. Sardina and Chrome Knights at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek.

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Yejide (13) and Aziza (11) Major – RADIANCE talent has taken wings and is soaring to great heights. Yejide and Aziza are a singing and dancing duo. At a recent appearance, Radiance opened the Rastafari Reunion, Reggae Show with grace and elegance on Saturday, July 26, 2014, in Lauderhill, FL. They were well received by the South Florida cultural community with warmth and admiration after belting out some of the top reggae standards.

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Sandra Kaye is completing her fourth year performing at the Long Bar at the Waldorf Astoria in Shanghai, China. See INTERVIEW below:

I was a server in a diner where it was customary to sing happy birthday to the customers. On one particular day at the diner, one of the regulars was celebrating his birthday. He informed our team of servers that he would prefer someone sing his favorite song.  I use to sing around the diner everyday, many times I wasn’t aware of what I was doing, I just loved to sing. However when he made his request, everyone looked at me. I was not very open to this, after all, I might not know his favorite song. (DRUM ROLL) My favorite song is “My Funny Valentine.” It just so happened I knew many songs in the Great American Song Book. So, I stood in the middle of the dinning room, “My Funny Valentine”.  The applause that filled this room and the compliments from everyone in sight made me feel very special. My fellow servers were spreading the word and I began singing for many of our customers, their favorite songs at birthday time.  Some of the songs were: “Always”, “All of Me”, “At Last”, “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered”, “Ain’t Misbehavin’” and “My Funny Valentine.”  With encouragement from my little boy at the time, and many others I set out to learn the music business on the local level.  Before long the doors were wide open.  My very first performances were with a pianist only. I loved performing with a piano only. I never thought about performing with other instruments. So I have come to realize this: When a singer is available, the instruments will find the singer. Today, I even perform with big bands.

It is such a given that our business is male dominated that I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about it. However, I have felt sabotage, when I was the leader of an important event.  I have learned to cover my assets. My advice to young women coming into the music industry is “Know your music! Learn the business!  Be firm, but be a LADY with all men!” ~ Sandra Kaye

WIJSF member Gerrianne Brizan was a part of The I.D.s in 1964 in Queens, NY.  These ladies will be guests on MUSICWOMAN RADIO on August 28 at 4 p.m. at www.blogtalkradio.com/musicwoman

WIJSF member Gerrianne Brizan was a part of The I.D.s in 1964 in Queens, NY. These ladies will be guests on MUSICWOMAN RADIO on August 28 at 4 p.m. at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/musicwoman

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What a GREAT CD from Gail Jhonson. Click the image to listen. You may need to join Spotify.

What a GREAT CD from Gail Jhonson. Click the image to listen. You may need to join Spotify.

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Many thanks to our newest member CARL HILL for his donation of the airline ticket for Joan Cartwright to attend this special event in Chicago on August 29, 2014, and thanks to AL CARTER-BEY for the invitation! See the PRESS RELEASE for this event.

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Read this PRESS RELEASE and get your ad by emailing divajc47@yahoo.com  
Payment deadline – August 4.    Ad Deadline – August 10.

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CLICK CD COVERS BELOW FOR INTERVIEWS by Andrea Garrison

ONLINE WITH ANDREA

Listen to our interview at Online With Andrea from July 14, 2014

Listen to our interview at Online With Andrea from July 14, 2014

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Mark your calendar for our 2-hour interview at Online with Andrea on Tuesday, September 8 @ 7:30 pm EST featuring our WIJSF Compilation 3

Mark your calendar for our 2-hour interview at Online with Andrea on Tuesday, September 8 @ 7:30 pm EST featuring our WIJSF Compilation 3

Mark your calendar for our 2-hour interview at Online With Andrea on Tuesday, November 5 @ 7:30 pm EST featuring our WIJSF Compilation 4

Mark your calendar for our 2-hour interview at Online With Andrea on Tuesday, November 5 @ 7:30 pm EST featuring our WIJSF Compilation 4

Tune into the archives of BTR Radio Host Vanda Guzman

CLICK THE IMAGE to Tune into the archives of BTR Radio Host Vanda Guzman

UPCOMING EVENTS

SOUTH FLORIDA JAZZ LIST

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PAULA ATHERTON 

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Music In The Plaza – The City of Long Beach, NY
City Hall
1 West Chester Street
Long Beach, NY 11561
(516) 431-1000
This event will be rescheduled in case of rain.
Saturday, August 16 @ 8:00 – 10:00 p.m.
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3005 Old Ranch Parkway, Seal Beach, California 90740
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Tickets in advance only
Sunday, August 24 @ 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Kola Restaurant and Ultra Lounge
32523 NORTHWESTERN HWY
Farmington, MI 48334

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August 1 - First Friday at the Lyric Theatre in historic Overtown, 819 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33136.  Tickets: $10, $15, $20 & $25. 305-636-2390

DOROTHY MORRISON performs August 1 – First Friday at the Lyric Theatre in historic Overtown, 819 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33136. Tickets: $10, $15, $20 & $25. 305-636-2390

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Sunday, August 3 from 7 pm – 9 pm

Peggy Duquesnel Contemporary Band
Tony Guerrero – trumpet / flugel horn
Ernie Nunez – bass
Suzanne Morisette – drums

Spaghettini Grill and Jazz Club
3005 Old Ranch Parkway
Seal Beach, CA 90740
(562) 596-2199
Tickets: $15: Advanced Required
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Sunday, August 10 from 1pm – 5pm
Fundraising Jazz Brunch for WisePlace
25522 Nellie Gail Road, Laguna Hills, CA 92653
The Peak Experience Jazz Ensemble and Yve Evans
Ann Patterson – sax / flute
Peggy Duquesnel – piano / vocals
Mike Peak – bass
Kendall Kay – drums

Tickets: $75 in advance required: wiseplace.org/buy
Lucy or Mike Peak (949) 425-9192
Geo (714) 542-357 ext.111

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SATURDAY, 9 AUGUST, 2014
NICKi Mathis performs with
RICKY MALICHI Jazz Ensemble
Brad Leali, sax
Mike Francis piano
Shaun Mahoney guitarist
Erik Unsworth bassist
African American Performing Arts
Center & Exhibition Hall
310 San Pedro N.E., Albuquerque, NM 87108
505.222-0785

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Pianist extraordinaire Emme Kemp co-wrote the title song, and acted with the first Broadway company, in Bubbling Brown Sugar. Emme worked with the master pianist Eubie Blake.  Presently, she works with vocalist and TV Talk show host JaRon Eames, author of Jazz Conversation. The duo performs every Sunday on New York’s upper east side.
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Every Sunday in JaRon’s Parlor
646 337 0620

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We are offering vending and playbill ad space for our concert Saturday, October 11 @ Ferg's Lounge in East Point, GA. www.thegeniusladiesinconcert.eventbrite.com

We are offering vending and playbill ad space for our concert Saturday, October 11 @ Ferg’s Lounge in East Point, GA.
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WIJSF NEWS JUNE 2014

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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)

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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.
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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 catalogue@wijsf.org, ASAP about your ad.
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There are many ways to make the most of your online and offline marketing activities. Content creation, syndication, sophisticated integrated marketing strategies, and award-winning publicity all help to create a compelling experience for your target market, clients, and customers.  Potential clients know ABC, NBC, YAHOO!, CNN, NBC,  and other major media outlets, but they may not know you. And that’s where a good publicist comes in.
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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 www.blogtalkradio.com/theartsreporter/2014/05/30/fran-briggs.

CALLS TO ACTION

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!!!

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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!

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

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!

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 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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NEW RELEASES

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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

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EDUCATION

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.

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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 and Ellen Seeling

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Joan’s new book

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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 http://www.charlestonla.com Res & Info :310- 828-2115

TUESDAY NIGHT JAZZ IS BACK at THE CHARLESTON in Santa Monica
Sharon Marie Cline & The Jamieson Trotter Trio
Tuesday, June 3 @ 8:30 PM- Midnight
2460 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA  –  www.charlestonla.com
Res & Info: 310- 828-2115

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BRAZILIAN VOICES Participates at “ARTOPIA”
June 13 @ 6:00PM
Tickets: $50 members; $65 non-members – Buy your tickets
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A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible. 

 For information about Arts & Healing Program

Please contact: Marpessa Quintar-DeMoraes or Marize Casaes

 artsandhealing@brazilianvoices.org

Brazilian Voices Arts & Healing Team Participates at

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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

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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

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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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CATHERINE RUSSELL

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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 – www.catherinerussell.net

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NIKA REJTO

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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MEDIA BLITZ

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GUESTS IN JUNE ON MUSICWOMAN RADIO

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 www.mjtvnetwork.info

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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.

Thanks,

Al Carter-bey

WHPK 88.5 FM

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TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES

Lucretia Daniel is a travel expert. Contact her for your travel bookings and business training at lucretiatravel@gmail.com - www.freelanceglobaltravel.com

Lucretia Daniel is a travel expert. Contact her for your travel bookings and business training at lucretiatravel@gmail.com – www.freelanceglobaltravel.com

WIJSF BOARD 2014 www.wijsf.com/contact.htm

WIJSF BOARD 2014   –   www.wijsf.com/contact.htm

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WIJSF News May 2014

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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 Johnson.net
Welcome new members: Gerrianne Brizan, Yvette Devereaux, Jean Fineberg, and Louise D. Foster

MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR

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]
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Best Violinist and Saxophonist

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[SEE JOAN’S PHOTOS HERE]

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

[SEE JOAN’S PHOTOS HERE]

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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!

CALLS TO ACTION

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!!!

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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.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

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Article on accomplishments of Immediate Past VP Stan Alston

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

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Happy Birthday, Shirley Horn, May 1

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FEATURE STORY: COUPLES

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

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Emma and Malcolm Black

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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.

 

NEW CD RELEASES

 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.”
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UPCOMING EVENTS

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

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CONGRATULATIONS! Toni Byrd

CONGRATULATIONS! Toni Byrd

Lenore Raphael

 

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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

www.marlowjazz.co.uk for info and tickets

THURSDAY, MAY 8th 9 PM

Casa da Musica

Porto, Portugal

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with Alberto Jorge, bass and

Peter Ingram, drums

FRIDAY-SATURDAY MAY 9th

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.

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MEDIA BLITZ

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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 www.femmethemovie.com

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2014 Fundraiser

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WIJSF News March 2014

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Celebrating 7 years of Musical Service!   Join us, today!

HAPPY 7TH ANNIVERSARY, WIJSF, Inc.!

As of March 1, 2014, we have 260 members137 musicians!

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

MUSICIAN’S SURVEY  |  SIGN THE PETITION  |  MAKE A DONATION   |  SHOPPING

I’m very shy, and I shy away from people. But the moment I hit the stage, it’s a different feeling. I get nerve from somewhere; maybe it’s because it’s something I love to do.  ~ Ella Fitzgerald

MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR

jccartwright-bahamas1Dearest WIJSF Members:

Please note that dues come due on March 1st.  We need your membership payment to keep the oil burning in the proverbial lamp, so please PAY DUES, now. Also, invite at least one person, musician or lay person, to join. Then, our 4th compilation CD is smashing!  We will submit it to the GRAMMY’s this year. Please order your copy, today, at WIJSF Music Collection IV, and be sure to get an extra one for a friend!  Copies of CDs II and III are still available, also. Some copies of CD I are available at cdbaby. Purchasing our CDs with the original compositions of 34 fabulous female composers is the BEST way to support our efforts to promote women musicians, globally!
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lynne-clarenceMy highlight of February as the guest of the Grand Bahama Performing Arts Society on February 6 to 9, in a concert and workshop accompanied by my long-time friend, pianist Lynne Moore.  We were joined by bassist Clarence Green and drummer Patrick Russell.
Organized by Green’s wife Penny Ettinger and actress/vocalist Gloria McGlone at the Grand Bahama Sailing Club, both events on Friday night and Saturday afternoon were pure delight. We had lots of fun and really good music on Friday night. But the best part was the workshop with 20 vocalists and one clarinetist on The Business of Music.  We discussed everything from music theory and agents to creative fundraising. The two-hour workshop ended with many of the vocalists singing a capella. Each voice was as beautiful as the last.  Not one female or male (2) sang out of key.  There was beautiful harmonies between two singers.  Finally, a mother, Terrelle Tynes-Wilson and daughter, Grace, sang for us and we were in awe of the originality of Terrelle’s song You’re The Only One For Me and Grace’s rendition of Amazing Grace.  Gloria McGlone, who produces plays with these talented young people, glowed with pride.  Lynne and I talked about how professional each singer was, after the workshop ended on a very high note!

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Guests at the Grand Bahama Sailing Club

Guests at the Grand Bahama Sailing Club

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Members of Grand Bahama Performing Arts Society: Jocelyne, Penny, Colleen, JC, Gloria, Sue, Joyce, Olivia

Should you join the Musicians Union?

By Lorna Lesperance, WIJSF President

A typical club owner will do almost anything to resist a union contract. I remember one time at a club on 46th Street we had more than half the band that wanted to make the gig a union job. That’s supposed to be all you need. The owner was approached by an organizer.The owner said, “I’d love to do this union, but I’m not allowed to negotiate.”

“Why?” asked the smiling organizer.

“Because I’m in Chapter 11,” said the owner.

“How long you been in Chapter 11?” asked the organizer.

“Since I opened,” said the owner, winking.

The organizer stopped smiling.

The discussion above is thought-provoking and oh so true. Musicians have been in a box, struggling to get out and be respected. Club owners are faced with a constantly changing and unpredictable economy and must survive to hire musicians.

lorna-guitar2This month the theme of WIJSF is Education. I am a retired educator who now has time to look at the difficulties musicians face. They are huge and I ask how I could have taught for so long without recognizing the uncompromising situations musicians deal with. The stereotypical attitude of lay people is that we are only musicians. I taught many talented children with great ambition. They were more passionate about Music than Science, Math, or English students. Many were genius.
When you’re young and a good musician, you are respected. You get lots of pats on the back. Parents are excited because they have a talented child, who might be one of the 10 who make it in the music industry. One student was an unusually talented guitarist. She performed with adult musicians at a reputable Jazz club in Miami. She was 13 and not too interested in school.
Clearly, this girl wanted to do was play music. What will be her future? As her music theory teacher, my job was to prepare her for life as a musician. I told my students to join the Musicians Union to get support for their future. I could not tell my students that the chances of “making it big” are little to none. It was not my job to blow out their fire. When a young genius comes along, you think that this is the one that is going to make it.
The facts are that many musicians in this country are not respected and are not paid enough to sustain them, on a daily basis. The average musician in Florida makes about $24,000 per year. On the high end, musicians make about $56,000 per year, if they travel a lot, touring or perform at different clubs, every night to make money.
If you spend your time composing music, you need a benefactor to pay your bills. Of course, if you are a union member and live in New York, you can make a living performing in Broadway pit bands or symphonic orchestras. I knew a Jazz trombonist that played the Broadway circuit and made a decent living. He was a dues-paying union member. Now, he receives a pension. He is a composer and arranger, and is well-known for his skills.
Talented musicians who do not live in New York City but play music seven nights a week are fortunate. They will only get unemployment benefits, disability insurance, healthcare, or social security, if they join the Musicians Union and pay their annual dues. They entertain and make people smile. They give folks relief from the tension of everyday life, yet they have to hustle to survive.
In 2007, a Jazz Advisory Committee at Local 802 was formed to address the issues facing Jazz musicians. The committee included Jimmy Owens, Slide Hampton, Bob Crenshaw, Benny Powell, and Carlene Ray. The JUSTICE FOR JAZZ ARTISTS bill was passed and went into effect. Large venues and clubs did not have to pay tax on ticket sales. The tax money was to go to a pension fund. Of course, there was no enforcer appointed, so, club owners kept the tax money and found loop holes, like filing for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, to avoid paying into this Jazz Artists component of Local 802.
I mentor young musicians but they will have to create change. Everyone is tech savvy and a new era of music is here. Business savvy must be the goal. Today, music institutions offer courses in Business to students. Hopefully, they can sell enough of music online to make a living or they can continue to play music on street corners with a tin can to collect coins.

These are questions to ponder:

  • Who supports young musicians?
  • Who cares for aging musicians?
  • Do we need a Musicians Union for support?
  • If you need a lawyer because you did not get paid, where do you go?
  • What is the future of musicians in America?

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Should you join the Musicians Union?

On another note, we researched lobbying in Washington, DC for more opportunities for women musicians and composers.  An IRS agent reminded Joan that, at the inception of applying for non-profit status for WIJSF, we filed Form 5768, enabling us to lobby without being a 501(c)(6). So, Joan is composing a letter to President and Mrs. Obama to request an audience with them to discuss the inequity of financial opportunities in this country for women artists – visual, musical, and literary – due to marginalization and overall omission from exhibits and performances funded by our tax dollars.

Trumpeter Ellen Seeling, co-leader of the Montclair Women’s Big Band will picket  the performance by the publicly-funded Lincoln Center Jazz Band led by Wynton Marsalis, on March 22, 2014, in San Francisco, to address the total omission of women instrumentalists.  In 2000, Laura Pelligrinelli picketed this band and nothing changed, in 14 years! The bottom line is each musician in this all-male touring band receives $100,000, annually.  No wonder they don’t want any women in the band!  Listen to the interview with Ellen Seeling on Saturday, March 1, now.

Next, we learned that, of the 134 Jazz Masters honored by the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) since 1982, only 15 are women.  Most are vocalists and one – Lorraine Gordon was nominated for being the wife of Max Gordon, owner of the Village Vanguard, in Greenwich Village, NY.  

CALL TO ACTION!!!

Now is the time to increase this number, which is only 11% female! Go to NEA JAZZ MASTERS and NOMINATE a woman musician, preferably an instrumentalist or composer, of your choice.  The figure below shows the women recipients, since 1982.  

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ACCOMPLISHMENTS

MANY THANKS TO VOTERS WHO HELPED US WIN $1,000 FREE  Conquest Graphics Printing!

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Sandi Blair's Vocal Technique Workshop at WCLK 91.3 FM at Clark-Atlanta University is a real eye-opener!

Sandi Blair’s Vocal Technique Workshop at WCLK 91.3 FM at Clark-Atlanta University is a real eye-opener!

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

South Florida Jazz Events calendar! Thanks Jeannette Pina!

Member DEE DANIELS is the Artistic Director for this event in Edmonds, Washington!

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Our International President Cettina Donato will perform

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Our International President Cettina Donato will perform

Our International President Cettina Donato will perform

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014 @ 1 p.m.

LENORE RAPHAEL, Pianist
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Jazz Wednesday

St. Peter’s Church

54th Street and Lexington Avenue, New York, NY

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Joan Cartwright maintains her membership with Women in Music, Inc, in New York, visit the website at www.womeninmusic.org to get updates on events.

Joan Cartwright maintains her membership with Women in Music, Inc., in New York, visit the website at www.womeninmusic.org to get updates on events.

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Sharon’s title tune is featured on the WIJSF Music Collection III 

celestecd2014Friday, March 28 and Saturday, March 29 @ 8 p.m.
Sky Centre in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada
Four Celtic Voices performs with the XYD Dancers

Members BERTHA HOPE & NICK MATHIS are featured below

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This event was postponed from March 1 to May 2, 2014

This event was postponed from March 1 to May 2, 2014.  [Photo: Whitfield Moore Photography]

First photo shoot of performers and presenters for the Black Women in Jazz & Fine Arts Awards to take place on Friday, May 2, 2014, at the Rialto Theater, Atlanta, GA - get tickets at https://tickets.rialtocenter.org

First photo shoot of performers and presenters for the Black Women in Jazz & Fine Arts Awards to take place on Friday, May 2, 2014, at the Rialto Theater, Atlanta, GA – get tickets at https://tickets.rialtocenter.org.  Joan Cartwright is honored to be named LADY JAZZ MASTER at this Inaugural event.

MEDIA BLITZ

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 GUESTS IN MARCH
  3/06/2014 4:00 PM Judy Joy Jones Artist
  3/13/2014 4:00 PM Shana Tucker
3/20/2014 4:00 PM Nika Rejto
3/27/2014 4:00 PM Jessica Jones

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On Sundays, Alvin Carter-Bey features music from our compilation CDs. On Sunday, March 2nd, Joan will be a caller and Renee Baker will be Alvin’s guest on Sunday, March 9th.  Tune in at WHPK 88.5 FM Chicago, Community Radio | University of Chicago.

Listen to archived radio interview with Nika Rejto

Listen to archived radio interview with Nika Rejto

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NEW TRAVEL BUSINESS

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2014 Fundraiser

BOOKINGS

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Contact:  Mimi Johnson

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YOUR STORIES: Members please submit photos, fliers, and announcements to Joan Cartwright at divajc47@yahoo.com
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JOIN OUR ORGANIZATION, TODAY!

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WIJSF News February 2014

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Celebrating 7 years of Musical Service!   Join us, today!

As of Febuary 1, 2014, we have 260 members137 musicians!

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

MUSICIAN’S SURVEY  |  SIGN THE PETITION  |  MAKE A DONATION   |  SHOPPING

Freedom fighter Harriett Tubman said “I freed a thousand slaves and I could have freed a thousand more, if only they knew they were slaves.”  I say, “I could promote a thousand women musicians, if only they knew they are marginalized!” ~ Joan Cartwright, Founder of WIJSF, Inc.

Featured in this issue: www.womeninjazz-nyc.org, Gail Jhonson, Beth Levin, Nick Mathis, Joan Cartwright, Lynne Moore, Mimi Johnson, Sandi Blair, Ragan Whiteside, Carolyn Wilkins, Nika Rejto, Geetu Hinduja, Shana Tucker

FIRST AND FOREMOST: IMPORTANT & URGENT

BRING JAZZ MUSIC BACK TO THE GRAMMY’S by signing this Petition
http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/bring-jazz-music-back-to-the-grammys

I really think this is an important cause, and I’d like to encourage you to add your signature, too.

It’s free and takes just a few seconds of your time.

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WIJSF MEMBERS IN ATLANTA, GA –  help our organization Earn From Our KROGER Community

Join our Community at Kroger, so every time you shop our 501(c)(3) WOMEN IN JAZZ SOUTH FLORIDA, INC. gets a donation. I appreciate your doing this. Go to the website below and enroll.

Our assigned NPO number is 31429.  TO USE THE KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM:

  • Simply encourage your members to register online at www.krogercommunityrewards.com
  • Be sure to have your Kroger Plus card handy and register your card with, after you sign up.
  • If a member does not have a Kroger Plus card, they are available at the customer service desk at any Kroger.
  • Click on Sign In/Register
  • Most participants are new online customers, so they must click on SIGN UP TODAY in the ‘New Customer?’ box.
  • Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering zip code, clicking on favorite store, enter your email address and create a password, and agree to the terms and conditions
  • You will get a message to check your email. Click the link in the body of the email.
  • Click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step.
  • Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number.
  • Update or confirm your information.
  • Enter NPO number 31429 or organization’s name, select organization from list, and click CONFIRM.
  • To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see your organization’s name on the right side of your information page.
  • REMEMBER, purchases will not count for your group, until after you register your KROGER card.
  • To use your phone number at the register? Call 800-576-4377, select option 4 to get your Kroger Plus card number.
  • Members must swipe registered Kroger Plus card or phone number related to registered Kroger Plus card when shopping for each purchase to count.

Cordially,
Mimi Johnson, Secretary
CEO of CAUSTIC ENT GROUP & MJTV NETWORK
www.mimijohnson.net
causticent@gmail.com | 404-919-7184

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VOTE FOR WIJSF MEMBERS, Deadline is February 22, 2014

DEAR WIJSF MEMBERS EVERYWHERE:

On March 1, Black Women in Jazz will pay tribute to some of our members.
NOMINATE OUR MEMBERS FIRST, PLEASE, deadline Feb. 22. The link is http://www.bwijawards.com/vote.php.
Please share with your networks that we are asking them to vote for US!!!
  • WIJSF CD #4 (Jazz Record of the Year) (THIS VOTE WILL BENEFIT ALL COMPOSERS ON ALL OF OUR CDS, ESPECIALLY #4)
  • Joan Cartwright (vocals, composer, literature, producer, record of the year)
  • Mimi Johnson (playwright, filmmaker, etc.)
  • Shana Tucker (cello, composer, video of the year, etc.)
  • Gail Jhonson (piano, composer)
  • Renee Baker (violin)
  • Sharon Marie Cline (vocalist)
  • LeNora Jaye (vocalist)
  • Ragan Whiteside (flute, composer)
  • Deanna Cannon (clarinet)
  • Joyce Spencer (sax, flute, composer, etc.)
Note: nominated members may vote for themselves but only vote ONCE, please.
For the other nominated women in photography, art, sculpture, etc., Google them and make your choice.
Non-member Janice Littlejohn’s film “but. . .can she play?” is important!!!
If you are going to be in Atlanta on March 1 and want tickets, please let us know ASAP!

MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR

joanwinterEvery time I speak with my Dad in West Palm Beach and tell him how cold I am in Atlanta, GA, with my daughter MimiJohnsondotnet, he reminds me that I was born in New York City, in the winter (December 7).  All I can say is “AND?!”  I’m cold and I don’t like it. The freeze that Earth is dealing with is not fun. Even friends in Florida are calling to say it’s cold down there.  Well, their cold is 40-50!

The temperature bottomed out here in Atlanta at 14 degrees, and our member from Finland, Aulikki Hirvensalo laughed, stating that the temperature in Finland is zero degrees Centigrade, which is -18 degrees Fahrenheit, just before she returned to her new home in Malta, where it’s a balmy 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

What’s this got to do with women musicians? Nothing, except that it’s pretty hard to gear up for a performance in freezing weather.

On a warmer note, seven members, living in Atlanta came together on Monday, January 13, 2014, to introduce themselves to each other and brainstorm on some programming here, in the near future. They are Mimi Johnson, Deanna Davis-Cannon (who hosted us at her lovely home in Marietta), Sandi Blair (who is facilitating a vocal workshop in January-February), Ragan Whiteside, Jae Duncan (featured on our first compilation CD with “Ever Yours“), and a potential member Jace Harnage.  President Lorna Lesperance joined us on a conference call.

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Atlanta Members:  Joan, Ragan, Jace, Sandy, Deanna, Mimi

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As I listen to my dear friend Charles McPherson’s Quintet with my teacher Barry Harris (p) play “I Believe In You” on YouTube, the greatest joy I have, besides my own family members, is to meet women musicians, face-to-face, who believe enough in me and our organization to become members.

One of those women is Radha Botofasina, a harpist, composer, and vocalist, who is originally from Queens, NY, but resides in Los Angeles.  Radha and I spoke on the phone, extensively, but only met on January 21, when she had a layover at the Atlanta airport, after visiting her father in Miami.  We got to hug each other, break bread together, and attend a jam session at the Atlanta Federation of Musicians and Twain’s Billiards in Decatur.  Radha sang at both venues. This photo is at Twain’s with the house band and the video below is at AFM.

This is what our host at AFM, Arden Moser (85),  had to say about our visit:

There is no way of predicting what kind of jam session we will have each week. That’s what makes them so interesting.  This week was different. We had two visitors, lady musicians, one from Fort Lauderdale, that really set a pace, Joan Cartwright, and  her friend from Los Angeles, Radha Botofasina, brought life to the session.  Joan is a really, honest-to-goodness performer and also Executive Director of Women In Jazz, South Florida, Inc.  What she and her voice did to Basie tunes was way beyond great.  She had the hall rockin’.

Then, Radha sang “God Bless This Child” and even Billie Holiday had to stand up in heaven so she could hear better. From “God Bless This Child”, Radha moved to the piano and poured out some of the strongest blues heard in the hall for a long time.

The rest of the musicians fell into that groove and every one hated to see the time to end come along.  

Fortunately, these two musical visitors say they will be back.

WIJSF POSTER CHILD

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Ladies and Gentlemen, meet our 2014 WIJSF Poster Child!  Shana Tucker is a cellist, vocalist, and composer of the highest caliber.  This young woman works full-time for Cirque du Soleil and works with various bands around the country.  Why, you ask, have I singled Shana Tucker out?  She is one of our newest members.  She is a triple-threat. And, she is one of the sweetest people I’ve spoken with in a very long time.  Do NOT take my word for it.  Google her, watch her on YouTube, and listen to her music on her website.  You be the judge! In my opinion, she’s terrific!

Now, Shana – is that a lady on drums at the far right?  If so, please recruit her by asking her to JOIN US!

Much Love,
Diva JC

Shana Tucker is vocalist and cellist for KÀ, the unprecedented epic production by Cirque du Soleil takes. Be awed by a dynamic theatrical landscape, as an entire empire appears on KÀ’s colossal stage. Live at MGM Grand, Las Vegas. Tues – Sat, 7:00 and 9:30 PM shows. www.cirquedusoleil.com.

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This year, we feature one organization a month that promotes and supports women’s music.Women in Jazz LogoFebruary’s organization is Women (in) Jazz – NYC that collaborates with LADY GOT CHOPS produced by bassist Kim Clarke, during March, for Women’s History Month Music and Arts Festival, a gathering of like minded individuals who

  1. Celebrate women’s contribution during March women’s history month by either performing, promoting or attending events or showings
  2. Provide a host space which will house the artist for the date or dates of performance or showing
  3. Benefit from promotion that brings attention to their art or venue as well as a feeling of fellowship through participation.
  4. Network with the public and other musicians arts and venues
  5. Value the education provided by the elders and experienced in the arts
  6. Have a progressive outlook, while maintaining a realistic view of the climate of the arts and life.

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ACCOMPLISHMENTS

MEET OUR 260th MEMBER – NIKA REJTO

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Meet our member in India, Geetu Hinduja!

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CAROLYN FUENTES ARTWORK

Ocean Flowers is a fluffy, colorful and submerged abstract flowers being indulged by animated fish. Combination of Drawings & Manipulation. © 2012 Zing Revolution, Inc.  MCN: CG2T3-UST6N-CXDEA © 2012-03-01 23:39:36 UTC – All Rights Reserved.

Blue Ice is a blue animated dolphins swimming in crystal form bubbles of sparkling blue water. © 2012 Zing Revolution, Inc. MCN: CL3FM-SMPVR-J76VV © 2012-02-21 02:36:54 UTC – All Rights Reserved. 

Guitar Blue is an assorted combinations of blue-knit and violet abstract shapes forming a rhythm guitar featured on own stage. © 2012 Zing Revolution, Inc. MCN: C421N-3NE7E-APDFQ © 2012-04-18 04:29:07 UTC – All Rights Reserved. License info. @ website  |  Creative Commons License  |  Deviations / CD Covers / Miscellaneous by Fuentes is licensed under a Creative Commons. Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 United States License. Based on a work at www.fuentes1_resume.webs.com. Permissions beyond the scope of this license available at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/3.0/us.  Visit Carolyn’s website.

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WELCOME!!!  MUSICIAN, EDUCATOR, AND AUTHOR CAROLYN WILKINS

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Carolyn Wilkins, Professor of Ensembles at Berklee College in Boston, MA, will read and sign from her book They Raised Me Up that interweaves memoir with African American history to present a compelling story about race, music, and motherhood.

Saturday, February 8 @ 3 p.m.
57th Street Books
1301 E 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

Thursday, February 27 @ 7 p.m.
Porter Square Books
25 White Street
Cambridge, MA 02140

They Raised Me Up is available at Press.umsystem.edu and Amazon.com

NEW RELEASES

This film by Judy Chaikin and Nancy Kissock is so important. See viewing dates in February below.

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Gene Siskel Film Center – Chicago, IL

Friday, February 21 at 6:00 pm
Saturday, February 22 at 3:00 pm
Monday, February 24 at 6:00 pm
Wednesday, February 26 at 6:00 pm
Thursday, February 27 at 7:45 pm

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Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601 • (312) 846-2800

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BOOKS BY OUR MEMBERS

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COMING UP THIS MONTH

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 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!

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 Friday, February 21, 2014, 12-1:00 PM

Las Vegas Cultural Arts Lunchtime Concert Series
Presents
Shana Tucker: ChamberSoul Cello & Songs

Lloyd D. George US Courthouse
333 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, NV

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Hear ye! Hear ye!

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February 21, 2014 @ 6 – 9 p.m.

Downtown Lake Worth while the streets are closed

Tickets $20: ONLY 300 tickets will be sold, so purchase your tickets early, they sell out fast!

  • Studio 205 @600 Lake Avenue
  • Harvey, Wadell, Monoham and Layton Law Office @ 101 N.J.
  • Kiwanis Club of Lake Worth

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This event is a fundraiser, supporting the efforts of the Lake Worth Kiwanis Club
to serve underserved children locally and globally.

Stay tuned for more details to follow.

Come sample some old and some of our NEWEST downtown restaurant’s food items as we celebrate
our 101ST Anniversary of Lake Worth!

Please contact Carol Garrett @ 561-827-1646 or Jessica Crowley @ 561-856-0832

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NEW TRAVEL BUSINESS

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2014 Fundraiser

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YOUR STORIES: Members please submit photos, fliers, and announcements to Joan Cartwright at divajc47@yahoo.com
by the 28th of each month.

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WIJSF NEWS December 2013

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

As of December 1, 2013, we have 253 members131 musicians!

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

MUSICIAN’S SURVEY  |  SIGN THE PETITION  |  MAKE A DONATION   |  SHOPPING

“Concentrate on bringing your gift to the world rather than becoming a star, because STAR spells RATS backwards!” – Musician, author, and Women In jazz South Florida Founder, Joan Cartwright [Published at WiMN Front and Center]

Featured in this issue: Sandra Kaye, Laura B. Whitmore, Carol Garrett, Irene Robbins, Janice Harrington, and our 4th WIJSF Compilation CD!

Welcome to our new members:  Jeannette Pina (FL), Carol Garrett (FL), Joyce Spencer (TX),TC Eckstein (MA), and Janice Harrington and Vanda Guzman (Germany)

THANKS! to all who attended our Fundraiser on November 7, 2013. We raised $665.

Many thanks to the musicians that kept the music playing, when the lights went out!

MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

joan5a by clevebryantIn 2012, I joined Women in Music, Inc. and National Association of Professional Women. As founder of a group that promotes women musicians, I believe  aligning with other women’s organizations is important. I belong to International Women in Jazz (NY) and Fondazione Adkins-Chiti: Donne in Musica(Rome, Italy). IWJ’s Immediate Past President Dotti Anita Taylor and IWJ member Carol Sudhalter introduced me to the organization in Rome.  Dotti is a member of WIJSF and is featured on our third compilation CD. These associations have brought great value to our organization.

A few weeks ago, I had a lengthy phone conversation with Neeta Ragoowansi, President of Women in Music, Inc. We agreed that cross-associations are beneficial.  Neeta said WIM will establish chapters around the country and one will be in Miami, FL.  My journey to the WIMUST Conference in Fiuggi, Italy, in July, hosted by Fondazione Adkins-Chiti: Donne in Musica, led me to the desire to lobby for women in music in Washington because Patricia Adkins-Chiti successfully brought awareness to the English Parliament in London on September 12, 2013.  However, the 501(c)(3) status prohibits lobbying.  An entertainment attorney, Neeta advised that a 501(c)(6) can lobby.  So, I want to share my 2-year plan with you.

On December 15, I will move to Atlanta, GA, with my daughter Mimi Johnson, WIJSF Secretary. It ‘s been seven years, since I returned to Florida, after moving to Atlanta in 2003, and performing in China for five months in 2006.  Since March 2007, I focused on growing the membership to 247 members with 125 musicians and, in March 2014, WIJSF will be seven years old, the age of reason, LOL!

I would like for South Florida members to join me for lunch at 
Maggiano’s, 21090 St. Andrews Blvd., Boca Raton, Florida 33433, 561-361-8244
Thursday, Dec. 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
PLEASE RSVP at divajc47@yahoo.com ASAP.
Everyone will be responsible for their own lunch.

Our members are not exclusively Jazz performers.  Classical artists include conductors Sebrina Alfonzo (FL) and Renee Baker (Chicago, IL), who crossed over from classical violin to leading Jazz ensembles.  Elena Correia (FL) and Samuel Eudovique (NY) are powerful opera singers. Celeste Ray plays jazz piano but performs Celtic music on psaltery, also.  Pianist Beth Levin is strictly classical. Randi Fishenfeld and Alicia Svigals are extraordinary Klezmer violinists, and Randi, Elena, Jackie De Los Santos, and Teresa Flores all partook of a Grammy Award for Best Klezmer recording in 2012! 

Jenny Love (FL) is a hot Latina dynamo.  Magda Machado-Garshol (Brazil), living in Hong Kong,  sings and composes Bossa Nova and Samba music.  Many members like drummer Denise Johnon (VA), Mimi Johnson (GA), LeNora Jaye (FL), and Juanita Johnson (FL) perform R&B and Pop.  Kathy Yolanda Rice (VA), Lynn Brown (FL), and Melody Cole (OH) embrace gospel music.

Our Blues singers include Janice Harrington (Germany), Mocha Blue Blaze (LA), and yours truly (although I am a died-in-the-wool Jazz vocalist and composer).  We have two harpists Crystal Sawyer (FL) and Radha Botofasina (CA) and several talented guitarists, including KJ Denhert (NY), Lorna Lesperance (FL), Wayne Rediker (FL), Geetu Hinduja (India), and Eugene Grey (FL).

Trumpeter Arthur Wilson debuted with Otis Redding and is a veteran of the R&B genre.  Violinists Malcolm and Umoja McNeish are carving out a niche of their very own, mixing classical, pop, and hip hop!

My point is that we are an organization of musicians from all genres that continues to expand, exponentially!

My 2-year plan involves more advocacy. I will redesign WIJSF to be more eclectic, renaming it MUSICWOMEN, INC. to coincide with MUSICWOMEN LIVE Radio and MUSICWOMEN MAGAZINE.  I encourage our South Florida members to join Women in Music, Inc.’s Miami Chapter and members in other states to join this organization’s local chapters, closest to the cities, where they reside.  MUSICWOMEN, INC. may not be a membership organization but a firm that lobbies for equity of women musicians for funding, performance, and film music commissions.  My decisions will be based on research that I will continue to do towards my PhD dissertation. I believe Dr. Cartwright will have more credibility on the issue of the importance of the messages in women’s music to society-at-large.

A NOTE ON THE MUSICIAN’S BUSINESS ATTIRE

Moving into 2014, I am concerned about how musicians believe they should dress for concerts and gigs.  This year and in recent past years, I’ve noticed that musicians, especially men, have moved away from formal wear to jeans, T-Shirts, sweatsuits and the like.  For me, as a Jazz musician, I like to look fabulous, when I step on any stage.  But horn players and drummers might see it a little differently.  On my gigs, I require my musicians to look presentable. I think it’s important for my image and that of our organization.  What is your take on this subject?  Should you be dressed formally or is it okay to look mediocre, when people are paying to entertain at their event?

A MUSICAL FAMILY

Flo, Irene and Carol and their brother Michael Robbins, grew up in Detroit, MI.  Their parents are drummer Samuel Robbins and singer Shirley Robbins. Their father had them singing in harmony by the time they were 4 years old. On holidays, they sang in five-part harmony.  Samuel had a radio show with Jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell and he played with many noted musicians. He was in a band with Eric Rosenou and the Continentals, as drummer and vocalist.

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Carol Garrett, Michael Robbins, Irene Robbins, and Flo Robbins Paterni

Carol Robbins Garrett has been writing her own compositions since her teens.  She studied Music at Eastern Michigan University. She is inspired by her musical and philosophical research and influenced by James Taylor, Carole King, Indie Aerie, and Jason Mraz. She taught special needs students for 28 years, using music as a tool to reach them. Carol writes and performs her own compositions. She has performed in Detroit at churches, temples, and private parties. Her first CD is Steps of Faith (1997), available on iTunes, Amazon, and Reverbnation. She is ordained as Interfaith Ministry, since 1999. Carol performs in Florida at temples, churches, and for charities. Her first musical tour was in Italy in 2011.  She is a member of Lake Worth Inter-Faith Network, Lake Worth Kiwanis Club, Anti-Defamation League, Southern Poverty Law Center, and Women in Jazz South Florida, Inc. Carol was nominated as Girl Scouts of America Volunteer of the Year 2003. She was faculty advisor for Santaluces High School Key Club from 2002- 2006. Her name appears on the Wall of Tolerance in Montgomery, AL. She won the I Make A Difference Award (2006), and was nominated for the 2007 Dwyer Award. Carol is working on a CD Live On Purpose with her original music.

Flo Robbins Paterni studied violin as a child, and Music Education at Eastern Michigan University. She taught strings in Detroit Public Schools to many prominent musicians for 37 years. She played with some of the most notable performers of the Detroit Musicians Union, including John Denver, Aretha Franklin, the Wynans, and Kenny G.

Irene Robbins is a decisive figure in the Jazz and Blues scene as a pianist and vocalist. She began her journey at 7, on violin and piano, accompanying herself, and participating in city and state honors choirs. Her first stage performance was at 8. She holds a B.A. in Music Performance – choir direction, piano, voice, and creative writing – from Michigan State University. She composes music and writes lyrics to Jazz standards. She performs in Europe with her band Art Studio 5tet, and collaborates with other groups. Irene recorded seven albums in the USA and Europe. She leads vocal workshops – Finding Your Voice and Voice Therapy, and teaches voice and piano, privately, in schools, and at Jazz festivals. She’s worked with Tony Remy, Michael Rosen, Tommy Campbell, Marcus Belgrave, Enrico Rava, Ralphe Armstrong, Marianne Hayden, Francisco Mora, Lawrence Williams, Rodney Whitaker, Keiko Borjeson, Ivano Borgazzi, Gayelynn McKinney, Fabrizio Puglisi, John Dana, Carlo Actis Dato,Vince Vallicelli, Giulio Capiozzo, and others in the USA: Detroit, Chicago, New York;  in Europe: Switzerland, France, Germany, England, Italy, and Japan. Known for energetic and charismatic performances, Irene is engages the audience with an original approach to music in various styles, including Modern Jazz, Blues, Soul, R&B, Motown, Gospel, and the Classics, making her an important protagonist in concerts and festivals, worldwide. Irene is the 250th member of WIJSF, Inc.!

ARTISTS LIVING ABROAD

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On November 25, Janice Harrington taught four classes of 9th graders.  The next day, she was at another school with 4th and 5th graders.  Then, she had a presentation at Lüneburg Museum on Authentic American Music – Spirituals, Blues, Jazz and Gospel at the request of Leuphana University in Lüneburg, Germany.  When not teaching or lecturing, Janice is bringing joy to European audiences singing her brand of the Blues.

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Our 50th male member Marko Nesic conducts his choir in Kragujevac, Serbia

WIJSF, INC. is an honorary member associated with WOMEN IN MUSIC, SERBIA

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Marko Nesic (50th male member) and his mother Vojna Nesic, Founder of Women in Music in Serbia, who made WIJSF, Inc. an honorary member of her organization, when Joan was in Italy for the WIMUST Conference

misssandrakayeSandra Kaye is an American Jazz Vocalist and resident performer in the Long Bar at The Waldorf Astoria, Shanghai, China.  She is a vocal instructor at JZ’s School of Music in Shanghai.  This is her account of her long-term tour in China.I have traveled in Asia numerous times to perform in Japan, China, and Thailand,  in these cities: Kyoto, Osaka, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Wenzhou, Beijing, and Bangkok. From 2004 to 2008, I traveled extensively.  I had grown accustomed to working regularly in my home town of Dallas, TX, so I set out to scout for gigs.  I realized that gigs were either non-existent or difficult to attain. I spoke to many singers, who felt the way I did.  I compared my calendar to years past and realized that I had not played a wedding in almost a year, in Dallas. I even auditioned (something unheard of for gigs where you live) to play a steak house in downtown Dallas, received thumbs up, and never got a call back. I knew something was wrong. I was playing four gigs a month and not a single wedding or house party.

I had to do something drastic to save my career. I called my husband, a long-distance truck driver and opened up to him about my fear of losing my investments, if I didn’t get some gigs.

SK: Sweetheart, I need to make a move. I am in over my head. I need to go overseas to make things work out.

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SK: Well, I will start in Japan.

Debo: I think that’s a good idea.

SK: Great! I just got the contract in the mail, today. I will leave in two weeks.

Debo: WHAT?  Two weeks!

SK:  Yes, in two weeks, I’ll be packed and ready to go.

I left for Japan and from there went to China. In 2009, I decided to make a home for myself in Asia for a lengthy period if possible.  Shanghai was my city of choice, since I had played there longer and had a connection with musicians and others in the business.  The first two weeks, after my decision to stay in Shanghai, I was able to live with a lady from Dennison, Texas, not far from Dallas. I found a lovely flat in the French Concession and, while making the deal to move in, I was also making the deal to play a club in Wenzhou. I played the Wenzhou club for four months and, at least twice a month, I made the five- hour trek to my apartment and visit friends in Shanghai.

Before returning to Shanghai, I was contracted to perform at the Waldorf.  A year later, I moved to the Huangpu District, ten minutes from the Waldorf. I found a spacious queen’s palace complete with a beautiful China hutch that I have filled with lovely artifacts, in walking distance of Wal-Mart and the world famous fabric market with tailors and shoe makers. Fresh fruit and vegetables are at my fingertips and every kind of sweet little shop you can imagine.

sandra_kaye_Full_of_HeartPerforming in a world class hotel has its perks.  For certain, one perk has got to be the people I have met from every imaginable place on the globe. I have seen famous Americans too! I met two very interesting men, who owned the only underwater restaurant in the world. They were brilliant. Most guests, no matter where on Earth they are from, are familiar with the American Song Book.  Most request the songs of Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole, and George Gershwin. I wish I had a dollar for each request for “Sophisticated Lady,” “The Very Thought of You” and “Someone To Watch Over Me.”

Chinese musicians are devoted to the music and many are very good at Jazz.They remind me of Dallas musicians. However, foreign vocalists in China are not always privileged to play with Chinese musicians.  Club owners and planners of private functions require “Foreign Singer and Band Please.”

I look forward to playing with Chinese musicians because they love to rehearse and are professional.  I played with an all-Chinese band in Wenzhou and had a WONDERFUL time with them.  I had never heard of the Island of Mauritius before I went to China.  Many musicians from Mauritius reside in China.  My first meeting with a native of Mauritius floored me because I was certain that I was meeting an African American.  It’s amazing how much they favor us. Today, I know that their background is similar to ours. The musicians from Mauritius are big fans of American music and many are very good musicians and great singers.

On October 19, 2013, I had the distinct pleasure of opening a show for Patti Austin and had the thrill of a life time. I heard that she had been ill but she showed no sign of that. She performed so well. She was just beautiful!

Since making the decision to live in Asia, I have experienced much heartbreak. We must realize that anything worth having requires sacrifice.  I believed that since my mother and father were gone on to glory, I would be fine, living abroad.  My children are young and my grandmother had her children to take care of her.  So, I felt comfortable living abroad. However, recently, my dear friend and mechanic Athan Njoku lost his battle with cancer. My brother-in-law and friend Calvin Nunnally a/k/a Olu Ogunseinde succumbed to diabetes. Another close friend Charlene Reynolds lost her battle with cancer and her son, Conan D. Reynolds, also died from cancer.  My mother-in-law Serena Ogunseinde, whom I cared for, died of malaria and my dear grandmother and best friend Annie Ruth Lewis passed at the ripe age of 95. I was stunned and just plain sick to hear of their passing because I could not get home to comfort my family and friends. God, please continue to be with me!

NEW RELEASES

Releases January 2, 2014 – Place Your Order, Today!

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Live Interview With Laura B. Whitmore

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WiMN founder Laura B. Whitmore was interviewed on Thursday, November 21st, on Musicwoman Live at 4:00 PM EST. Hosted by Diva Joan Cartwright (Diva JC), the radio show features women who compose and perform their own music. Listen to the conversation here.

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The WiMN’s Front and Center is a weekly column that showcases accomplished women who work in the music and audio industries. We spotlight successful female performers, manufacturers, retailers, educators, managers, publicists, and everyone else in between. Want to be featured? Learn how here.

Front and Center: Musician, Author, and Women In Jazz South Florida Founder, Joan Cartwright

Renowned jazz musician and women in music advocate Joan Cartwright has toured the world with her swinging music, performing with some of the biggest names in the genre.

Cartwright’s talents stretch beyond music as well. She is an author of 10 books and has given music business lectures to thousands of children and adults across the globe.

A steadfast supporter of female musicians, Cartwright founded Women In Jazz South Florida, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting women in jazz locally and abroad. She also stays busy with her online magazine and radio show, MUSICWOMAN (which featured WIMN founder Laura B. Whitmore this past Thursday!).

We are thrilled to present our interview with the incredible Joan Cartwright. To find our more, visit joancartwright.com.

WiMN: What is your first music related memory?

JC: The piano in our basement by the back door. I would play it with my feet when I was only three or four years old. [Read more]

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12/05/2013 4:00 PM Patricia Barber
12/12/2013 4:00 PM TC Eckstein
12/19/2013 4:00 PM Karrin Allyson
12/26/2013 4:00 PM Janice Harrington

UPCOMING EVENTS


Check Jeannette Pina’s South Florida Jazz Venues

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***** FREE CD with paid cover! *****

lindapresgrave2The Linda Presgrave Quartet presents
The Premier of “Along the Path”
Sunday, December 8, 2013 @ 5:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Somethin’ Jazz Club
212 E. 52nd St. #3Floor, New York, NY 10022
(Subway: E/V to 53rd St./Lexington & 6 to 51st St.)
$10.00 Cover plus $10 minimum
For info and reservations: 
www.somethinjazz.com

***** FREE CD with paid cover! *****

Linda Presgrave – piano, Stan Chovnick – soprano sax, Mister Fred – bass,  Seiji Ochiai – drums

Linda Presgrave, jazz pianist, composer, and arranger, relocated to New York City in 1998, leaving a very active music career in St. Louis. Linda released four CDs on Metropolitan Records – Inspiration, The Journey, The Linda Presgrave Quartet – Live and In Your Eyes. She’s performed at  JVC Jazz Festival, in New York, Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival at Kennedy Center with Astoria Big Band, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center, World Forum on Music in Los Angeles, VI.  Festival Internationalde Musique en Catalogne in France and ControCanto: Donne in Jazz for Fondazione Adkins Chiti: Donne in Musica. In November 2012, Linda and husband Stan Chovnick opened the 2012 Donne in Jazz Festival in Frascati, Italy for the fourth time.

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NickiMathisSunday,15 December 6:00 pm  Nicki Mathis’ Afrikan Amerikan Jazz Concert

Wishing you and yours Warmth & Cheers, while remembering Leona Ford Washington

Billy Townes Trio, Jim Foster (b), Ruben Galvan (d)

McCall Neighborhood Center, 3132 East Wyoming Av, El Paso, TX 79902, 915.566-2407

FREE Admission – Donations accepted – McCall Neighborhood Center, a non profit organization will benefit. Thank you for supporting our legacy, global jazz, and for sharing performance news with jazz lovers, family, friends, colleagues, the world!

Nicki Mathis’ Afrikan Amerikan Jazz inviting/accepting Touring/Booking 2014 – 915.860-9044/591-6846
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PERFORMING LIVE IN CONCERT
“THE LADIES OF SOUL”
FRIDAY DECEMBER 20,2013 8:00 PM TIL 12:00 AM
POST 29 PEARL HARBOR BALLROOM
6445 NE 7TH AVENUE, MIAMI FL
DONATION: $25 PER PERSON
FOR TICKETS CONTACT JULIA TURNER @ 786 237 5088
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YOUR STORIES: Members please submit photos, fliers, and announcements to Joan Cartwright at divajc47@yahoo.com
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WIJSF News November 2013

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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

Please take the MUSICIAN’S SURVEY  |  THE PETITION  |  MAKE A DONATION   |  SHOPPING

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 divajc47@yahoo.com by the 28th of each month.

MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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 divajc47@yahoo.com, 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.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

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!

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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.

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

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FAIRWELL TO AN AMAZING MUSICWOMAN

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No use leading with our chins.

This is where the story ends.

Never lovers, ever friends.

Goodbye!

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 www.blogtalkradio.com/musicwoman. 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

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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

NEW RELEASES

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

UPCOMING EVENTS

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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
secondbaptistelp@att.net or secondbaptistelp@yahoo.com
http://www.elpasotimes.com

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 www.dachtyl.com

  • 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


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 8 p.m.
PUFFIN CULTURAL FORUM
RAY BLUE (sax), KELLY FRIESEN (bass)
Reservations suggested
20 Puffin Way, Teaneck, NJ
Tel. 201-836-8923
www.puffinculturalforum.org

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

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

212-243-2222 | www.mintonsharlem.com
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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8 @ 8:00 and 10 p.m.
TRUMPET’S JAZZ CLUB
JACK WILKINS (guitar), KELLY FRIESEN (bass)
6 Depot Square, Montclair, N.J.
Tel. 973-744-2600
www.trumpetsjazz.com
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BOOKING CONTACT: swinginfox@swinginfox.com
TOUR PROMOTION: lenmarpromo@att.net
www.lenoreraphael.com

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  • 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

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  • 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

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NEW MEMBERS

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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.  www.donna-singer.com.

Reviews:

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

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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! www.metropolitanrecordsnyc.com/presgrave

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

GofundmeDonate to our WOMEN IN MUSIC SERIES in 2014

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MEDIA BLITZ

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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

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www.mimijohnson.net

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Calling All Golfers

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

Contact WIJSF Member Joan Gringer at joangringer@gmail.com

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 http://daniabeachgolf.com

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

2014 Fundraiser

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YOUR STORIES: Members please submit photos, fliers, and announcements to Joan Cartwright at divajc47@yahoo.com by the 28th of each month.

JOIN OUR ORGANIZATION, TODAY!

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WIJSF News October 2013

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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

Please take the  MUSICIAN’S SURVEY  |  THE PETITION  |  MAKE A DONATION   |  SHOPPING

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 divajc47@yahoo.com by the 28th of each month.

MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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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

NEW MUSICAL MEMBERS

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CALLS TO ACTION

To submit your song to our 4th Music Collection, email divajc47@yahoo.com, today!

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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
archivio@donneinmusica.org or library@donneinmusica.org
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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.http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/wimust-%E2%80%93-access-and-equal-opportunities-for-women-in/sign.html

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LIST OF PUBLICATIONS – WWW.DONNEINMUSICA.ORG use PAYPAL ON WEBSITE TO ORDER BOOKS that we publish.

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 controcanto@donneinmusica.org 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.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

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

UPCOMING MEMBER EVENTS

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Nick Mathis with Lynn Tracey’s Something Cool
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Friday, November 1 @ 6 pm
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Saturday November 16, 2013 @ 7:00 pm
Second Baptist Church
Thanksgiving Gospel Concert
401 S. Virginia Street, El Paso, TX 79901
915.532-7860
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Nicki Mathis w/Billy Townes Trio
Sunday, December 15 @ 5:00 pm
McCall Neighborhood Center
3132 East Wyoming Av
El Paso, Texas 79902
915-566-2407

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MEDIA BLITZ

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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

ADVERTISMENTS

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 divajc47@yahoo.com by the 28th of each month.

JOIN US, TODAY!!!

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WIJSF News September 2013

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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

Please take the  MUSICIAN’S SURVEY  |  THE PETITION  |  MAKE A DONATION   |  SHOPPING

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]

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YOUR STORIES: Members may submit photos, fliers, and announcements to Joan Cartwright at divajc47@yahoo.com by the 28th of each month.
MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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 www.gofundme.com/octoberconferences 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.

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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.

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

When children are born, mothers sing!

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

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

FONDAZIONE ADKINS-CHITI: DONNE IN MUSICA

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

Presentation

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.

Topics

  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).

Aims

  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
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Organizzazione Internazionale Non Governativa in partnership ufficiale con UNESCO
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GREAT ACCOMPLISHMENTS

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

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FAREWELL TO AN AMAZING MUSICWOMAN

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 http://www.blogtalkradio.com/musicwoman
  13. Follow blogs like http://www.musicwoman.wordpress.com
  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.

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