Bring in two new members in 2015 and your membership is FREE!
Featured Artists: Sharon Rae North, Cheryl D. Barnes, Saskia Laroo, Renee Baker, and Brazilian Voices
Message from the Executive Director
In our 8th year, we will shift from music production to a political agenda of lobbying and advocating for women in the arts. For 7 years, our record of promoting, presenting, and producing women’s music is solid! Now is the time to get serious, politically. As you know, in March, I began a campaign to call for a Symposium on Women in the Arts at The White House, together with a petition that has gathered over 400 signatures. Although we received no response from The White House, 42 people registered to attend the symposium and we are in the process of identifying a venue in Washington, D.C. for this momentous event in August 2015. Women in all artistic disciplines are invited to attend this one-day session to create fact-finding and planning committees to move our agenda forward. In my final year of pursuing my doctorate in Business Marketing, I will be surveying and interviewing several professional female musicians to analyze and report on the status of women musicians and their business marketing practices. All members will be encouraged to complete one or more surveys to contribute to my study. ~ Diva JC
On January 2, 2015, we release our 5th compilation CD of 12 fabulous female composers. Place your orders and share this link with others as sales help to support the work we do. All of our CDs are available and we ask that you purchase them at a special price to members of $10 by requesting a PayPal invoice from me at email@example.com. Otherwise, the CDs are $15 plus shipping.
SUPPORT OUR MISSION!
In 2015, it is imperative that members take a renewed interest in our mission to promote women musicians, globally. Without your support, our work becomes extremely difficult. It is time to step up to the plate, pay your dues, invite others to join, and offer new ideas, suggestions, and insight into how we can move our organization forward. I welcome all of your comments either on this blog or in email. If you have not yet joined our Facebook page and followed us on Twitter, please do so, now!
YOUR STORIES: ALL members please submit photos, fliers, cd releases, and all announcements to Joan Cartwright at firstname.lastname@example.org by the 28th of each month. I do not go to each of our 154 musical members’ websites to get news. It is up to each individual to submit news items to me. Thanks for your cooperation!
Congratulations to Jennifer Beckles who received certification in Crime Scene Technology from Palm Beach State College on December 19, 2014.
Now, along with being a fine interpreter of the American Song Book, Jennifer is a certified crime scene investigator.
MORE AMAZING MUSICWOMEN!
Maestra Renee Baker will receive the inaugural Henry Lewis Conducting Award during a special dinner honoring composers Roy Harris, Renee Baker, and Henry Lewis
Maestra Renee Baker will conduct the premiere performance of Roy Harris’ Bicentennial Symphony including orchestra, chorus, and solo male and female narrators on January 17, 2015, as centerpiece of the 150th Anniversary celebration of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ending slavery, at Luckman Fine Arts Complex in Los Angeles. The chorus driven score has text from the Preamble to the Constitution, Gettysburg Address, Emancipation Proclamation, and original text. The solo male narrator is Bass-Baritone Donnie Ray Albert and Soprano Renee Baker is the female narrator. Maestra Baker’s credits include composer, painter, poet, and violinist/violist. The roles of conductor and female narrator by Maestra Baker for the Los Angeles premiere of the Bicentennial Symphony are unprecedented in music annals. This is a co-production of CSULA Department of Music, Theater, Dance and MusicUNTOLD supported by the Employee Community Fund of the Boeing Company and Colburn Foundation.
Brazilian Voices is a non-profit musical organization of up to 40 women that sing Brazilian and international music for concerts, educational and philanthropic events. Known as 10-time winner of the Brazilian International Press Award for Outstanding Brazilian Musical Group, it has released 7 CDs and performed widely for 13 years, including in Barcelona, Madrid, Mexico, New York and London, in addition to almost 400 performances in South Florida, reaching more than 10,000 people yearly. These talented female vocalists volunteer their voices and time to preserve the rich multicultural Brazilian heritage and do intercultural outreach in the community. Brazilian Voices fosters cultural exchange and music appreciation through its 4 departments:
Concerts and Performances: Brazilian Voices was able to greatly expand its cultural exchange outreach in South Florida, and reach thousands with the beauty of our music and message.
Culture and Education: Brazilian Voices was able to show the beauty, culture and historical aspects of Brazil in successful educational shows at various venues in Broward and Miami Dade Counties which were attended by more than 2,000 children and adults. We received much praise and positive feedback from these shows.
Arts & Healing: Brazilian Voices was able to bring Bossa Nova-rich melodies and live music performances to more than seven institutions, including several new ones delighted to welcome us this year.
Customized Performances: Brazilian Voices was able to entertain and delight hundreds of guests in corporate events, weddings and engagement parties, and also raise funds from these events to support all departments.
New Year’s Eve ‘Soiree’ Live in the Parlor
For the smart set: Bring in the new year in style, with authentic, sophisticated, intimate, swinging Jazz & Blues [WATCH VIDEO] Tick Tock-Tick Tock the New Year begins at 12 o’clockEmme Kemp on piano & vocalist JaRon Eames9 p.m. – 1 a.m.Attire: Elegant – Ticket: $50.00
Menu: New Orleans Fried Fish, Creole Shrimp/Rice, Home-made Chili, Potato Salad or Green Salad, Corn Bread, Wine, Champagne, DessertRSVP ONLY in the Parlor – 222 E.85th St. #2E, NYC212-472-9295 or Text: 646 337 0620 email@example.com | www.jaroneames.com – This is an ongoing event.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2015 @ 8:00 pm
Beaufort County Arts Council
150 W. Main Street, Washington NCTICKETS: $20 general admission; $17.50 limited balcony seating beaufortcountyartscouncil.orgWinner of the 2014 Black Women in Jazz Award for Best Cellist, Shana Tucker returns to her beloved North Carolina for a weekend tour of eastern and western sides of the state, beginning in “Little” Washington, NC at the historic Turnage Theatre. Shana credits her genre-bending ChamberSoul™ journey to the influences of 80’s & 90’s pop music, movie soundtracks, and world music, interwoven with steady nods to her classical and jazz roots. With: Nick Rosen (piano), Pete Kimosh (bass), Stephen Coffman (drums)
SATURDAY, JANUARY 17 @ 8:00 pm
Diana Wortham Theatre
2 South Pack Square, Asheville NC
Through well-crafted lyrics, lingering melodies, and compositions that blend humor and gravity, Shana Tucker is a work of art, an original gumbo of grace and class. Tucker, a classically trained musician (who for some time was whisked away by Cirque de Soleil as cellist and mezzo-soprano for its groundbreaking work, KÀ) often stands and plucks her cello like a string bass. “I can’t deny the classical training,” she says. “But I like the thump of walking blues & old-timey bass lines.” In a sultry fusion of acoustic pop and soulful jazz-folk, Shana Tucker evokes the spirit of Americana greats such as Bill Withers and Esperanza Spalding. With: Nick Rosen (piano), Keith Ganz (guitar), Pete Kimosh (bass), Stephen Coffman (drums)
SUNDAY, JANUARY 25, 2015 @ 3:00 pm
Spivey Hall – Clayton State University
2000 Clayton State Blvd, Morrow GA
“You rarely see Joni Mitchell invoked as a reference point,” notes the Raleigh News & Observer, “because her music is so uniquely individual that few can follow her. But in Shana Tucker we have a worthy successor.” “Her sense of lyricism is real keen and the words of her songs are just as compelling as her distinctive, outstanding singing” (JazzTimes). “Her sweet, unerring voice alone would be enough to support a career,” affirms IndyWeek.com: “Tucker and her cello blur the lines in our heads that divide classical, jazz, folk, R&B and soul.”
Joining Tucker on stage at Spivey will be Dr. Kay Pace and the Martha Ellen Stillwell School of the Arts (MESSA) Honors Chorus. There will also be a brief program to honor recognized area educators. A light reception will take place in the lobby immediately following the performance. With: Eric Hirsh (piano), Pete Kimosh (bass), Stephen Coffman (drums)
This workshop is designed for advanced HS students, college students, and adults who want to learn more about the songwriting process. The goal of this workshop is to give practical tools for participants to use that will help them express themselves through music – and more specifically, through song – while learning the basic anatomy of song structure. Overall, the workshop should be an inspiring and empowering experience for participants.
Shana Tucker’s Spivey Hall residency is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Georgia Council for the Arts.
She will perform at Black Women In Jazz in Atlanta in March and was nominated in the Best Black Female Vocalist of the Year category. Her new SunRae Jazz Band performs straight-ahead Jazz standards and contemporary songs with a Jazzy vibe. Her song The Way You Make Me Feel is featured on the WIJSF Music Collection V!
It was an honor to be featured in Women in Jazz South Florida’s newsletter and on the website with musical members. I have a deep belief in the importance of supporting the arts, and especially, independent artists who bring such richness to our world. The support that we give each other can serve as a healing, unifying force among all people. Our music can bring joy and thoughtfulness and peace. May we all move forward into the New Year with music in our hearts to share with all.
Featured Artists: Diane Ellis, Emme Kemp, LeNora Jaye, Mimi Johnson, Saskia Laroo, and Dottie Kelly
Message from the Executive Director
The 99th ASALHConvention 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.
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
MEMBERS EARN A FREE BERTH ON OUR INAUGURAL WOMEN IN JAZZ CRUISE
YOUR STORIES: ALL members please submit photos, fliers, cd releases, and all announcements to Joan Cartwright at firstname.lastname@example.org by the 28th of each month.
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:
Affiliation with global organizations Donne in Musica in Rome and Women in Jazz in Serbia
Association with hundreds of women musicians, worldwide and more. . .
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
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.
Mimi Johnsondotnet and Diva JC perform at Cafe 290, Atlanta Photo: Steve Moore
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.
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.
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
What a GREAT CD from Gail Jhonson. Click the image to listen. You may need to join Spotify.
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.
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
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
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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.
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)
MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR
Dear WIJSF Members: Summer is upon us. I am pleased to say that our first episode of Amazing Musicwomen with my co-host Sandi Blair and special guest Ragan Whiteside is a huge success. Thanks, so much, to Mimi Johnson (Secretary) for producing this show as a special edition of her program The Arts Reporter. Be sure to watch the embedded video of this hour-long special in which we discuss the ups and downs of the music profession for vocalists, instrumentalists, and composers.
Also, in this newsletter is a call for advertisers in our catalog that will provide members – musicwomen and business women – the opportunity to cross-promote to each other. It is so important for us to share what we do with the world and this catalog can be a valuable resource for all of our members. The cost of advertising in this catalog is very low. NOTE: the cost for non-members is double the cost for members whose dues are up-to-date. The object is to print 3,000 catalogs and distribute them at events, conferences, and conventions like the one I plan to attend in Memphis, TN, September 24-28, 2014, where I’ve been invited to present my paper: Blues Women: First Civil Rights Workers. Your advertisement will enable our organization to flourish and reach thousands of people. You have CDs, workshops, and your musical services to advertise. Please contact me at email@example.com, ASAP about your ad.
Can I Help You With Publicity? By Fran Briggs
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Working with a seasoned publicist opens new lines of engagement and gives you optimized coverage and direct access to reporters, the public, and your target audience.My diverse experience, expertise, and online marketing strategies deliver the biggest bang for your buck. For example, I am the only publicist who offers a guarantee on a 30-network, coast to coast television press release. And, not only will I produce media pieces that put you in the best light, I’ll consult with you on getting booked by major media, as well as how to position you as an industry influencer. If you or your organization could benefit from powerful public relations in the form of media alerts, interviews, press releases, articles, media campaigns and more, contact me today. Let’s work together to get your business noticed online—and offline.My name is Fran Briggs, and I want to be your publicist.
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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
Jazz At The MansionThe Village at WexfordMitch Hennes, bassHoward Paul, guitar 1000 William Hilton Pkwy Hilton Head, SC
Sunday, June 29 – 3 PM Mitch Hennes, bass 700 Drayton Street, Savannah, GA Howard Paul Bassist Sponsored by the Coastal Jazz Society
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Bring It Back Tour Jun 18 – Woodbridge, NJ – Woodbridge Wednesdays at Parker Press Park Jun 23 – Rochester, NY – Rochester International Jazz Festival – Harro East Ballroom July 26 – East Meredith, NY – West Kortright Centre Aug 8 – Sacramento, CA – Harlow’s Aug 9 – San Francisco, CA – Yoshi’s Aug 10 – San Jose, CA – San Jose Jazz Summer Fest Sep 20 – Cazenovia, NY – Jazz-N-Caz at Catherine Cummings Theatre Oct 4 – Falmouth, MA – Falmouth Jazz Festival Oct 5 – Wellfleet, MA – Wellfleet Preservation Hall Peace, Love, and Blessings, Cat Team – www.catherinerussell.net
I 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
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
WHPK 88.5 FM – Sunday @ 1 p.m. CST – Jazz Rapp with Impresario of Jazz Alvin Carter-bey
Dinah 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.
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]
Lobby of the Four Seasons HotelElegant Venue for Black Women in Jazz Awards
Mimi JohnsondotnetBest Film/Theater/Performer
JoAnna Johnson and Joyce Spencer
Best Violinist and Saxophonist
Best Theater Performer Mimi Johnsondotnet, Mistress of Ceremony Jonna Johnson, and Lady Jazz Master Joan Cartwright
Since April 4, 188 people have supported this Call for a Symposium on Women in Arts at the White House in 2015. Please sign the petition for this Symposium on Women in Arts and share it. Click the image
Let us help to bring awareness and solutions!
This is a joint fundraising idea. Your thoughts on this are appreciated.
Article on accomplishments of Immediate Past VP Stan Alston
Happy Birthday, Shirley Horn, May 1
Click image for Maxine Sullivan’s page
FEATURE STORY: COUPLES
These WIJSF members and their spouses have been added to celebrate SPRING! Watch the video of more couples, below
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
Susan Warmington with legendary guitarists Ernest Ranglin (l) and Maurice Gordon (r) in Kingston, Jamaica, W.I. preparing to record.Susan 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.”
Musicians use many methods to fund their projects. Bobby Ramirez has launched a Kickstarter Crowd Funding site to fund his next music project.Donate at this link.
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.
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
Dearest 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!
My 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!
Guests at the Grand Bahama Sailing Club
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.
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.
This 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?
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 the134 Jazz Mastershonored 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 toNEA JAZZ MASTERS and NOMINATEa woman musician, preferably an instrumentalist or composer, of your choice. The figure below shows the women recipients, since 1982.
MANY THANKS TO VOTERS WHO HELPED US WIN $1,000 FREE Conquest Graphics Printing!
Sandi Blair’s Vocal Technique Workshop at WCLK 91.3 FM at Clark-Atlanta University is a real eye-opener!
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
Every time I speak with my Dad in West Palm Beach and tell him how cold I am in Atlanta, GA, with my daughter MimiJohnsondotnet, he reminds me that I was born in New York City, in the winter (December 7). All I can say is “AND?!” I’m cold and I don’t like it. The freeze that Earth is dealing with is not fun. Even friends in Florida are calling to say it’s cold down there. Well, their cold is 40-50!
The temperature bottomed out here in Atlantaat 14 degrees, and our member from Finland, Aulikki Hirvensalo laughed, stating that the temperature in Finland is zero degrees Centigrade, which is -18 degrees Fahrenheit, just before she returned to her new home in Malta, where it’s a balmy 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
What’s this got to do with women musicians? Nothing, except that it’s pretty hard to gear up for a performance in freezing weather.
On a warmer note, seven members, living in Atlanta came together on Monday, January 13, 2014, to introduce themselves to each other and brainstorm on some programming here, in the near future. They are Mimi Johnson, Deanna Davis-Cannon (who hosted us at her lovely home in Marietta), Sandi Blair (who is facilitating a vocal workshop in January-February), Ragan Whiteside, Jae Duncan (featured on our first compilation CD with “Ever Yours“), and a potential member Jace Harnage. President Lorna Lesperance joined us on a conference call.
Atlanta Members: Joan, Ragan, Jace, Sandy, Deanna, Mimi
As I listen to my dear friend Charles McPherson’s Quintet with my teacher Barry Harris (p) play “I Believe In You” on YouTube, the greatest joy I have, besides my own family members, is to meet women musicians, face-to-face, who believe enough in me and our organization to become members.
One of those women is Radha Botofasina, a harpist, composer, and vocalist, who is originally from Queens, NY, but resides in Los Angeles. Radha and I spoke on the phone, extensively, but only met on January 21, when she had a layover at the Atlanta airport, after visiting her father in Miami. We got to hug each other, break bread together, and attend a jam session at the Atlanta Federation of Musicians and Twain’s Billiards in Decatur. Radha sang at both venues. This photo is at Twain’s with the house band and the video below is at AFM.
This is what our host at AFM, Arden Moser (85), had to say about our visit:
There is no way of predicting what kind of jam session we will have each week. That’s what makes them so interesting. This week was different. We had two visitors, lady musicians, one from Fort Lauderdale, that really set a pace, Joan Cartwright, and her friend from Los Angeles, Radha Botofasina, brought life to the session. Joan is a really, honest-to-goodness performer and also Executive Director of Women In Jazz, South Florida, Inc. What she and her voice did to Basie tunes was way beyond great. She had the hall rockin’.
Then, Radha sang “God Bless This Child” and even Billie Holiday had to stand up in heaven so she could hear better. From “God Bless This Child”, Radha moved to the piano and poured out some of the strongest blues heard in the hall for a long time.
The rest of the musicians fell into that groove and every one hated to see the time to end come along.
Fortunately, these two musical visitors say they will be back.
WIJSF POSTER CHILD
Ladies and Gentlemen, meet our 2014 WIJSF Poster Child! Shana Tucker is a cellist, vocalist, and composer of the highest caliber. This young woman works full-time for Cirque du Soleil and works with various bands around the country. Why, you ask, have I singled Shana Tucker out? She is one of our newest members. She is a triple-threat. And, she is one of the sweetest people I’ve spoken with in a very long time. Do NOT take my word for it. Google her, watch her on YouTube, and listen to her music on her website. You be the judge! In my opinion, she’s terrific!
Now, Shana – is that a lady on drums at the far right? If so, please recruit her by asking her to JOIN US!
Shana Tucker is vocalist and cellist for KÀ, the unprecedented epic production by Cirque du Soleil takes. Be awed by a dynamic theatrical landscape, as an entire empire appears on KÀ’s colossal stage. Live at MGM Grand, Las Vegas. Tues – Sat, 7:00 and 9:30 PM shows. www.cirquedusoleil.com.
This year, we feature one organization a month that promotes and supports women’s music.February’s organization is Women (in) Jazz – NYC that collaborates with LADY GOT CHOPS produced by bassist Kim Clarke, during March, for Women’s History Month Music and Arts Festival, a gathering of like minded individuals who
Celebrate women’s contribution during March women’s history month by either performing, promoting or attending events or showings
Provide a host space which will house the artist for the date or dates of performance or showing
Benefit from promotion that brings attention to their art or venue as well as a feeling of fellowship through participation.
Network with the public and other musicians arts and venues
Value the education provided by the elders and experienced in the arts
Have a progressive outlook, while maintaining a realistic view of the climate of the arts and life.
WELCOME!!! MUSICIAN, EDUCATOR, AND AUTHOR CAROLYN WILKINS
Carolyn Wilkins, Professor of Ensembles at Berklee College in Boston, MA, will read and sign from her book They Raised Me Up that interweaves memoir with African American history to present a compelling story about race, music, and motherhood.
Saturday, February 8 @ 3 p.m.
57th Street Books
1301 E 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
Thursday, February 27 @ 7 p.m.
Porter Square Books
25 White Street
Cambridge, MA 02140
“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!
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, Neetaadvised 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
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.
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
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.
Our 50th male member Marko Nesic conducts his choir in Kragujevac, Serbia
WIJSF, INC. is an honorary member associated with WOMEN IN MUSIC, SERBIA
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
Sandra 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.
Debo: OK darling, what do you think you can do now?
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.
Performing 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!
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.
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, visitjoancartwright.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]
The 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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Sunday,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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by the 28th of each month.
MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
This 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 theDelray Beach Center for the Artshas RSVPed to attend our event. We need all of our members in South Florida to attend, so please RSVP to me at email@example.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 newTREASURER to the Board – Elena 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.
Nearly 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
Beth Levin performs works of Bernstein, Beethoven, and Brahms
with her Vista Lirica Chamber Ensemble
November 10, 2013 @ Brooklyn Library, Grand Army Plaza
FAIRWELL TO AN AMAZING MUSICWOMAN
No use leading with our chins.
This is where the story ends.
Never lovers, ever friends.
Let our hears call it a day.
But before you walk away
I sincerely want to say,
I wish you bluebirds in the spring
To give your heart a song to sing
And then a kiss but more than this
I wish you love.
To my vocal mentor – Gloria Lynne, who inspired me since my teens to be the best that I could be. New Yorkers sent you home. On Thursday, October 31, we paid tribute to you on our Internet radio show at 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
Gloria Lynne was born in New York , NY on November 23, 1931.
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
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.
Donna Singer is a first call vocalist. ~ Brent Black, Critical Jazz
Vocalist Donna Singer makes a tempting offer on her new CD, Take The Day Off: Escape With Jazz, featuring a handful of swing/blues blends and Bossa Nova numbers. ~ Susan Frances, Yahoo!
Singer is a smart singer that knows how to move and groove with swing and verve delivering a Christmas record that really sounds like nothing you’ve heard before. ~ Chris Spector, Midwest Record
I just heard a really good holiday album by a jazz vocalist with the unique name of Donna Singer. . . . The album closes with a fun and energetic rendition of Winter Wonderland ~ BVS Reviews, Bruce Von Stiers
This year’s singer is Donna Singer, backed by the Doug Richards Trio from her Kiss Me Beneath the Mistletoe CD. ~ Straight No Chase Jazz Show
Linda Presgrave is a New York Jazz pianist and composer, completing her last composition for the upcoming recording of her fourth CD on Metropolitan Records, Along the Path, also the title track of the album to be premiered as a part of Linda’s Asian Suite with her group, The Linda Presgrave Quartet, on Sunday, December 8th at Somethin’ Jazz in New York City @ 5:00 p.m.
Linda incorporates music by inspirational jazz artists, who happen to be women, in each of her performances. She is also very happy to be a member of Ladies Day, a new jazz group (trio or quartet) led by vocalist MJ Territo. Ladies Day performs music by women composers and/or lyricists. Linda is thrilled to be a member of WIJSF and we are enchanted to have her with us! www.metropolitanrecordsnyc.com/presgrave
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!!The 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!
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by the 28th of each month.
MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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!
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)
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.
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 email@example.com and arrange advance payment with: Cariparma E Piacenza Donazioni – Fondazione Adkins Chiti: Donne in Musica ABI. 06230. CAB. 03200. Account 57059885 IBAN. IT 77 D 06230 03200 000057059885
OR send by American Express or Mailboxes or similar services in which case make out cheque to
Patricia Adkins Chiti, President, Fondazione Adkins Chiti: Donne in Musica.
Afrikkanitha in concert in Brazil. She was a guest artist in Cuba, also.
UPCOMING MEMBER EVENTS
Nick Mathis performs Photo: Dean
Nick Mathis with Lynn Tracey’s Something Cool
Wednesday, October 16 @ 6 pm
Newington, CTNick Mathis with Lynn Tracey’s Something Cool
Friday, November 1 @ 6 pm
W Hartford, CT
Saturday November 16, 2013 @ 7:00 pm
Second Baptist Church
Thanksgiving Gospel Concert
401 S. Virginia Street, El Paso, TX 79901
Nicki Mathis w/Billy Townes Trio Sunday, December 15 @ 5:00 pm
McCall Neighborhood Center
3132 East Wyoming Av
El Paso, Texas 79902