WIJSF News November 2012

Celebrating 5 years of Musical Service!

As of November 1, 2012, we have 200 members96 musicians!

JUST VOTE!  Exercise your right to be an American!

The biggest news this month is that we reached our goal of 200 members before the end of 2012.  It’s all gravy from here on, folks! Invite a friend to join.

WIJSF has made it possible for women musicians to convene on Fort Lauderdale Beach from October 9 to 13, 2013, at the MUSICWOMEN CONFERENCE. Registration is open.

The South Florida Symphonyhas offered WIJSF Members a special offer. Gather a group of 10 friends and receive 2 free tickets and 15% off the remaining tickets.   Seating is limited!  Call now and make your reservations!  ph: 954-522-8445.  Click the image below for details.


SPECIAL THANKS TO: Marina Pavlov and Alyce Zahniser for inviting Joan Cartwright to participate in the 26th Annual Florida Association of Non-Profit Organizations (FANO) Conference in Miami Beach on October 29-30, 2012. I truly enjoyed this learning experience!
Now, we didn’t get to 200 without the last 10 members joining:
200 – LaQuetta Shamblee, Instrumental Women, California
199 – Geetu Hinduja, guitarist/composer, INDIA
197 – Priscilla V. Marotta, Ph.D.  won a Champion Membership from WECAI
198 – Renee Baker (violinist, conductor, producer), Chicago, IL
196 – Cinzia Spata, vocalist/composer, Palermo, Sicily
195 – Cleve Bryant, Jr., photographer, Florida (Thanks for the photos!)
194 – Victorya Cole – vocalist/composer, Florida
193 – Dr. Dianne Wright, FAU School of Business, Forida
192 – Nicki Mathis, The Many Colors of Women, Hartford, CT
191 – Concetta (Cettina) Donato, pianist/composer, Messina, Sicily
190 – Teri Wilson, Lady Chanteuse, Florida
Note that we have 2 new members from ITALY and our first member from INDIA!!!  Thanks, to all of our new members for believing in what we do and supporting us!
Please keep Yvette Norwood Tiger in your prayers as she is recovering from serious surgery and send some light and love to her husband Steve Tiger, too!  This was a sudden circumstance and she is working very hard to recover.  Yvette was scheduled to perform with us on February 2 and March 10, 2013.  With your prayers, she may recover in time, however, it’s a long road for her to travel.  Yvette is a talented young vocalist with a heart of gold.  We miss her smiling face and beautiful voice, very much.  If you care to email her, just let me know, and I’ll send you her email address.
Here’s why WIJSF exists
[October 28, 2012] This just in, the promoters of the Miami Nice Jazz Festival at Gusman in Miami, last Friday, didn’t have Dee Dee Bridgewater’s money ready before the concert, per her contract, and the lady refused to play!!  After keeping the audience waiting for about a half hour, she and the band showed on stage and explained why her group would not be playing.   Would the promoter try that with a male leader?
Attendees got to hear some good music from the two warm-up acts AND they can get a full refund on tickets!
 Here’s what’s happening with us in November!

Victorya Cole performs at “The Friday Night Jazz” from 5:30 to 7:30 on Friday, November 2, 2012, at the Palm Beach Public Library, 411 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach, Fl  33401, with  Mark Marineau (piano), Don Coffman (bass), and  Karl Ott (drums).

On Monday, November 12, 2012, 7:30 pm,  Victorya will do “Jazz In The Sanctuary”  A Dozen Divas Divine with Jim van Voorheis (piano), Chris Hulka (bass), and Claudio Berardi (drums); at The Church of the Nativity, 1151 SW Del Rio Boulevard, Port St. Lucie, Fl  34953.  Call 772-343-0401 for tickets.

Tune into every Wednesday at 7 p.m. for The Arts Reporter

This concert is funded by a grant from Broward Schools through the Student Enrichment in the Arts Program (SEAS).

Nicki Mathis Afrikan Amerikan Jazz Duo with legendary Jazz Giant Emery Austin Smith will perform on Sunday,  November 18, 2012 @ 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.  Japanalia presents them at the Mark Twain House and Museum Murasaki Jazz Brunch Series, at 351 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, CT 06105. Call 860-280-3152 for tickets.  Website.  [Photo: Ron Thompson]

Performance fee support for Nicki Mathis may be available to nonprofit organizations through the New England States Touring (NEST) program of the New England Foundation for the Arts.


Call in on 714-364-4714
10/25/2012 Teri Wilson
11/01/2012 Sherri Maricle
11/08/2012 Ragan Whiteside
11/15/2012 Filmmakers: Judy Chaikin, Janice Littlejohn, and Carol Bash
11/22/2012 Cinzia Spata
11/29/2012 Susan Fleet  
12/06/2012 Barb Jungr  
12/12/2012 Renee Baker
12/17/2012 Mike/Michelle
12/20/2012 AntoinetteMontegue


Welcome to our 200th member, LaQuetta Shamblee, founder and executive producer of Instrumental Women. LaQuetta’s philosophy matches that of Joan Cartwright, founder and executive director of Women in Jazz South Florida, Inc.  LaQuetta said, “When most people think of ‘women in jazz,’ they think of vocalists; and those who are able to name are rarely able to include female musicians who play instruments  traditionally associated with male musicians (drums, trombone, bass).  Even in 2012,  few people are aware of the long list of women instrumentalists who are a part of jazz history, since its early development.  Thus, the purpose for Instrumental Women.”
Geetu Hinduja is a fine guitarist and composer from Mumbai, India.  She is our 199th member and decided to switch from being in art consulting to being an artist.   She is touring India with her quartet.
Connecting with Renee Baker from Chicago, IL, our 198th Member, was finding the Motherlode!   Renee Baker is the fabulous composer of over 900 compositions (click link and scroll) for strings, woodwinds, orchestra, and her smaller ensemble.

An accomplished violinist, Renee Baker has shifted from purely classical to jazz music and she is passionate about the switch.  Her Chicago Modern Orchestra Project and FAQtet perform, nationally, and globally!  Renee said, ““There is an urgent, compelling element to being able to let go, allowing yourself to shout and having it manifest itself on paper and then sent out into the world as performance.   I don’t do a lot of second guessing…I don’t take back prayers – the original shout-out is the most genuine.”

I create music. I compose it. I play it. I paint it.

Watch this video with Renee Baker’s orchestra members. . .

These ladies are rehearsing their songs to be performed on November 14 for  students at Dillard Center for the Arts in Fort Lauderdale.  The concert will include the music of Robin Avery and Joan Cartwright with accompaniment by Paul Banman (p), Jimmy Daniel (d), Anthony Turner (b), Malcolm Black (sax), and Wayne Rediker (guitar).

The challenge of being a composer and musician for a woman can lead to strange and wonderful twists in our economic paths.  Sometimes, we experience dread and other times our lives, much like a roller coaster, swings up and over all the cares we think we have in the world.  As creatives, we find other means of expression than making music.  For Teri Wilson, developing her own line of bath and beauty products is filling the need for both creativity and income.

Sharon Marie Cline has a campaign on that outlines  her project. Please if you are moved to do so, check it out and contribute, $20 or more.  We have many perks and offerings… and you will be helping to bring a dream to fruition.   Please go to:  I WANT TO DONATE NOW!

In Gratitude, Sharon

Watch Sharon’s video:  

WIJSF has made it possible for women musicians to convene on Fort Lauderdale Beach from October 9 to 13, 2013, at the MUSICWOMEN CONFERENCE. Registration is open.

Psssssst! Our third compilation is just about done! And it’s great!
Diva JC
The membership to Join us! is $50 (Regular), $150 (Champion), $20 (Student)
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WIJSF NEWS October 2012

Celebrating 5 years of Musical Service!

As of October 1, 2012, we have 193 members, 92 musicians!

JUST VOTE!  Exercise your right to be an American!

Born on April 15, 1894, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Bessie Smith was one of ten children. Both of her parents had died by her eighth birthday, and she was raised by her older sister Viola and encouraged to sing and dance by her oldest brother Clarence. He soon joined the Moses Stokes traveling show, leaving Smith and their brother Andrew to sing for pennies on Chattanooga street corners.

Clarence later arranged an audition for Smith with the Moses Stokes Company and she was hired as a dancer in 1912. She became friends with an older Moses Stokes veteran, Gertrude “Ma” Rainey, who was called the Mother of the Blues and likely exercised some influence over the young singer. Smith had her own voice, however, and owed her success to no one. Her heavy, throaty vocals were balanced by a delightful sense of timing. Her live shows were a blend of comedy and drama in song. Smith was popular in Philadelphia, New York, and Baltimore, but she was beloved in the South. In 1923, her vaudeville touring led her to Memphis, where she played packed houses at the Palace Theater on Beale Street.

JUST VOTE!  Exercise your right to be an American!



Registration begins October 9, 2012.   We celebrate our 5th Anniversary as a non-profit organization and all members who reside in South Florida are invited to attend our anniversary dinner on Tuesday, October 9 @ 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Tarpon Bend Restaurant.   The contact person for this event is Brian Allan Harris.  Get your dinner ticket at this link.  Immediately after, we will attend a Press Conference at the offices of the South Florida Symphony, our presenting partners in the 2013 conference.  LIKE THE CONFERENCE ON FACEBOOK.

Other partners include International Women in Jazz in New York, Women in Jazz in Austin, Texas, and Instrumental Women in Pasadena, California, The Many Colors of a Woman in Connecticut, and Fondazione Adkins Chiti: Donne in Musica, in Rome, Frascati, and Fiuggi, Italy.

Jimmy and Jeannie Cheatham

Jeannie Cheatham is our third Honorary Member, after Vice Mayor Hayward Benson, Jr., and our first – First Lady Michelle Obama.  Jeannie is a pianist, vocalist, composer and author of the song and book, “Meet Me With Your Black Drawers On”.  At 85, she lives in San Diego in a comfortable senior assisted living facility.

Her motto is “When the sun goes down, please have someone around to give you a cold drink of water, especially on your dying bed.”  That sentiment is the bottom line of the upcoming conference because the cliche “survival of the fittest” certainly applies to musicians who seem to be among the only people who work well into their 80’s, if they are so fortunate to live a long life.  Jeannie believes that musicians need to learn how to put money away for the end of their lives.  Most don’t get a pension, as do people in other professional fields.  So, musicians must have a way to secure their senior years.

Jimmie Cheatham played trombone with the Duke Ellington Band and had a professorship at University of Wisconsin.  This musical couple’s archives are housed at the University of Kansas City (photos, sheet music, etc.), Smithsonian (live interviews), and University of Ohio (videos).


Related Resources:
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Related Collections:  Music         Website:  www.jeanniecheatham


About our President Wanda Trotter [Source: Monique Caradine Newsletter]

VISIBILITY SPOTLIGHT – Wanda Trotter – Business Owner and member of the Bold, Fearless & Fabulous Mastermind

Have you ever met someone who is so powerful and smart, yet they somehow maintain a humble spirit?

That’s how I would describe Wanda Trotter.  This woman is a force to be reckoned with and truly one of the most determined young business owners I know, yet she is modest beyond belief!

Wanda is the President of Worldwide Solutions and Technologies, Inc., a corporation that offers virtual productivity services to law firms and other businesses by supplying Virtual Assistants and Specialty Professionals to firms. She subcontracts to Fortune 500 corporations that need technical support and client service assistants.

The cutting edge technology of having employees work remotely, yet in highly secure and closely monitored environments, significantly cuts staffing and operating costs for companies and allows them to continually provide top notch quality services to their clients.

Monique Caradine brags about Wanda all the time because she has everything it takes to play with the “big boys” and she goes after the big business opportunities, unapologetically.  Wanda is a member of Monique Caradine’s Bold, Fearless & Fabulous Mastermind Group.

You’ll be seeing and hearing more from Wanda as Monique Caradine works with her on her visibility strategy.  In the meantime, find out more about what she’s doing in the world of business when you visit:

One last note, Wanda is a composer and trumpeter, and past President of the Bethune-Cookman Marching Band Alumni.


Our National President Wanda Trotter just procured our first sponsor for the MUSICWOMEN CONFERENCE a printer.  Thank you so much!


My hat goes off to Brian Allan Harris, our Membership Chair and Events Coordinator who organized several details, including the Sponsorship package for the conference.

Click here for registration information.

The South Florida Symphony started its concert series featuring the Blue Door String Ensemble. The next performance in Fort Lauderdale is on Sunday, October 28, 2012. For details, click the banner below.

There is an in-depth report on the status of women composers and musicians in Europe compile by Donne in Musica, in Rome.  Click the WIMUST banner below to read this 56-page document.

SALUTE TO WIJSF MUSICIANS                          

See Article about Lenore Raphael in Steinway Magazine


WIJSF Vice Pres. Stan Alston
covers “Blue Eye Soul”

Newest member, Alicia Svigals is one of the world’s most noted Klezmer violinists.  Enjoy the video.

Our youngest members Yejide and Aziza Major are RADIANCE!

Contact: Heidi Richards Mooney
Redhead Marketing & PR

Award Winning Big Chef to Sponsor Jade Matarazzo Exhibit

Hollywood, FL (October 1, 2012) BigChef, the company that specializes in gourmet canapés, appetizers and hors d’oeuvres that are delivered to your door is sponsoring the the Opening Night exhibition of  “Jade Matarazzo”Storytelling Through Photography at the Art Serve Gallery in Fort Lauderdale, FL on Friday, October 19.  Brazilian born photographer and visual artist Jade presents her 10th solo exhibition at the ArtServe Gallery in Fort Lauderdale from October 1 to November 2 with a selection of images that come from larger collections and a preview of some of her latest work and tendencies. Big Chef is sponsoring the Opening Night Cocktail Reception in her honor.

About Jade Matarazzo: Jade Matarazzo is a Weston, Florida based artist who has been traveling the world since she left her native country to photograph people’s lives, places and cultures. Her work has been published in the prestigious journal 100 Contemporary International Artists of The World   – European Community Artist’s Library and Museum of The Americas…  Specializing in the Tibetan ‘Miksang’ philosophy, Jade created her own trademark by playing with the focal points of her lenses and her camera creating a unique blend of colors and unexpected images.”

The ArtServe collection brings together a bit of everything Jade has been exploring in the last couple of years. Although shooting her trademark Miksang pieces are still a great passion, she has also introduced some journalistic or documental images such as street photography.

Rosana Santos Calambichis, CEO of Big Chef says: “Being a part of this exhibit is exciting to us. As appreciators of Art, we know the importance an exhibit like Jade’s brings to our community. Big Chef is providing appetizers, canape’s and Hors D’oeurvrse for the opening reception. We want to do our part to make this a memorable event for everyone who attends. That is our ultimate goal.”

Art Serve is located at 1350 East Sunrise Boulevard Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304.  For information, tickets or directions call: (954) 462-8190. For additional artist information visit

About BigChef: Our concept is simple: we have passion for food creation and we strive to delight the palate of your guests with quality, great taste and value since 1999. BigChef offers gourmet, health conscious, freshly prepared frozen food delivered nationwide to you and yours in your homes, yachts and businesses! Let BigChef make your next corporate or family function a huge success! We also look forward to joint venturing with established caterers for special projects. BigChef is located at 5830 Funston Street, Hollywood, 33023. For more information, visit www.BigChefOnline.comto set up an interview, call (954) 965-2480 or email Rosana Santos Calambichis at

NOTE:  In 2011, BigChef distributed 500 of our first compilation CDs to their clients as a gift of appreciation.  We thank Rosana Santos Calambichis for her vision in finding a way to support and promote women musicians, creatively!   The WIJSF Music Collection Volume III is on the drawing board with some exciting composers whose music aims to tame the beast!


Upcoming shows


10/04/2012 6:00 PM Steven Cook
10/11/2012 4:00 PM Michael Paul
10/18/2012 4:00 PM Mala Waldron
10/25/2012 4:00 PM Teri Wilson

Past Shows


Thurs., Sept. 27 @ 4 pm EST
Call in number 714-364-4714
Sebrina Maria Alfonso


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Lorna Lesperance wrote:

Women In Jazz South Florida, Inc., A Necessity

The organization Women in Jazz inspires me.  Its founder Joan Cartwright is a dynamo with vision and a far reaching organization with a global membership of female musicians.  Although I taught Jazz in my middle school music classroom, the workshops/performances presented by local musicians through WIJSF made the music real.  Students learned a repertoire of songs composed by members of the organization and performed them at various venues including the Amaturo Theatre.  Learning the history of jazz, seeing the photos of the musicians, paintings of  musicians by local artist Charles Mills, and hearing anecdotes from days gone by truly made those important connections with history, art, and music for the students.  These important musicians are lost in the annals of music history. [See photos]

WIJSF chronicles that history that might soon be forgotten. The legacy of   Women in Jazz must be taught and made available to students through books, live presentations, slides, workshops etc.  Organizations such as WIJSF are valuable not only to keep the legacy alive but to chronicle the professionals who continue to perform and enlighten our lives with that music called Jazz.

Thank you, Women In Jazz South Florida, Inc. and thank you, Joan!

[Lorna Lesperance is a member if WIJSF and a contributing composer to the WIJSF Music Collection Volume III  to be released in January 2013.]

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WIJSF NEWS September 2012

Celebrating 5 years of Musical Service!

Summer is almost over and, in the Fall, we will prepare for the COMMUNITY VOCAL ENSEMBLE concert at Dillard Center for the Arts (DCA).   We were awarded a $4,000 grant from Broward Schools  Student Enrichment in the Arts Program (SEAS) to perform on Wednesday, November 14, 2012, at 10 and 11:30 a.m., for Broward Public School students.


On the drawing board are plans for the MUSICWOMEN CONFERENCE in October 2013.  Registration will begin in October  2012.  We will celebrate our 5th Anniversary as a non-profit organization and all members who reside in South Florida are encouraged to attend our anniversary dinner on Tuesday, October 9 @ 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at a restaurant to be announced very soon.   The contact person for this event is Brian Harris. Immediately following dinner, we will attend a Press Conference at the offices of the South Florida Symphony, our presenting partners in the 2013 conference. Other partners include International Women in Jazz in New York, Women in Jazz in Austin, Texas, and Instrumental Women in Pasadena, California.


Many thanks to Christine Vitolo for her service as our National President for 2011-2012. Your insight and support has helped moved this organization forward in many ways and your service is greatly appreciated.  Say “Hello!” to our new National President Wanda Trotter, whose expertise led us to a successful application for 501(c)(3) status from the onset. Wanda said, “My goal is to bring in funding.  I will be working to build the board with contributing members that understand their job is to bring money in so that the work can get done.”


We’re happy to have Marika Guyton as the Chair of our Program Committee. With several years of experience as an event planner through her company ABOUTU4U, Marika is working behind the scenes to plan performances featuring our members.  If you have any ideas or suggestions, contact Marika Guyton!

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We salute our member Rick Lewis of FtLaudi-Gras.  It was such a pleasure to perform at the Midtown Jazz Mingler with my group Jazz Hotline on August 11. Despite the rain, the music was good and the audience was happy!  Keep up the good work Rick.  We’re looking to have more of our members perform at your events in 2013!


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Mimi Johnson is The Arts Reporter and she has completed 10 episodes that are archived at  Mimi has had numerous talented guests that sing, dance, act, do comedy, write and do an array other creative activities.

 Tune in every Wednesday @ 7 p.m. EST –

Tune in for THE ARTS REPORTER Radio on Fridays @ 4 p.m. EST

Congratulations to Mimi Johnson for her portrayal of Billie Holiday in “Angie The Musical” that is on its way to OFF BROADWAY in New York City in October.

Photo by Steve Moore

Tune in for MUSICWOMAN RADIO on Thursdays @ 4 p.m. EST

The Girls In The Band  (Film)
Producer Judy Chaikin
Thurs., Sept. 13 @ 4 p.m. EST
Call in number 714-364-4714

Thurs., Sept. 27 @ 4:00 p.m. EST
Call in number 714-364-4714
Sebrina Maria Alfonso

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September 21, 2012

Joan Cartwright joins Kiki Sanchez and an array of talented musicians for Noches Tropicales.

September 21 & 27, 2012

Friday, September 21 & 27 @ 7 – 11 p.m.
Miami Shores Country Club
10000 Biscayne Blvd., Miami Shores, FL

September 29, 2012

Purchase compilation CDs! | PAY ANNUAL DUES

Our 182 members: 84 musicians, 11 students, 40 men and three venues welcome newest members: Dr. Alston Gooding, Pamela Hart, Alfreda Upshaw, Richard Carpenito, Pamela A. Adams, William H. Roberts, Anjal, and Anita C. Havel. Our members are from five countries: U.S., Angola, Holland, Sweden and Italy. 20 of our members have submitted their original songs to our compilation CDs. The third CD will release in January 2013. Submit your song by October 30, 2012!


EARLY Registration begins October 9, 2012!

WIJSF News August 2012

 Celebrating 5 years of Musical Service!

Musicians in New York City
Hot Jazz & More

Rew StarrWHO is Rew?

Also a musicians, Rew Starr hosts a weekly online radio show “Rew & Who?” and guess who was her guest on July 25th? Diva JC!

That’s Who!

In her native New York, Joan performed Amazing Musicwomen!

July 28, 2012

Joan Cartwright, Bertha Hope and Kim Clarke at the Langston Hughes Library in Corona, NY.

Many thanks to director Andrew P. Jackson for bringing us back for the second installment of Amazing Musicwomen!

Steve Cook, Bertha Hope, Dotti Anita Taylor, Joan Cartwright, Kim Clarke and Andrew P. Jackson at Langston Hughes Library in Corona

On August 2, Diva JC interviewed Jazz Journalist Deb Morris on  MUSICWOMAN RADIO, and last weekend, Mimi Johnson hosted THE ARTS REPORTER.  Mimi’s weekly Web TV Show at will be daily come September!

Mimi Johnson will star as Billie Holiday in Angie The Musical opening on Saturday, August 11 @ The Fourteenth Street Playhouse, Atlanta, GA.

WIJSF – We put women musicians to work and get their music heard by multitudes!

Our 182 members: 84 musicians, 11 students, 40 men and three venues welcome newest members: Dr. Alston Gooding, Pamela Hart, Alfreda Upshaw, Richard Carpenito, Pamela A. Adams, William H. Roberts, Anjal, and Anita C. Havel. Our members are from five countries: U.S., Angola, Holland, Sweden and Italy. Join us!

Purchase compilation CDs!  |  PAY ANNUAL DUES

✿ღ(̆̃̃ڿڰۣ✿..Happy August!!! 


We salute our sister organization Women in Jazz Association, Inc. founded by Pamela Hart, in Austin, TX. We look forward to partnering with this and other organizations dedicated to presenting and preserving the music of women.

Thanks to our board members for their continued support.  Refer your friends for membership; suggest that they support women musicians! Members, bring your  dues current!

Hot, hot summer with lots of music happening.  Jus’ Cynthia‘s play “Their Story Is Our Story” enjoyed a second run; Mimi Johnson plays Billie Holiday in “Angie The Musical“, opening August 11 at the 14th Street Playhouse in Atlanta, GA.

Dee Daniels and TK Blue
July 29, 2012, NYC

Dee Daniels rocked the house at SMOKE in Manhattan.  Singers Cynthia Holiday, Antoinette Montague, Cynthia Scott and Joan Cartwright joined Dee onstage for blues renditions to remember!  Dee’s Midlife Crisis is a lively addition to the WIJSF Compilation CD Volume II.

On my way to meet WIJSF member Lenore Raphael for lunch just off Columbus Circle, I stopped to listen to this violin duet.  They are fresh, young and talented. I invited them to join our organization because I could see them down the road being accomplished and acclaimed.

Charly and Margaux are dedicated to performance.  Watch out for them in the future!

Lenore Raphael is a contributor to the WIJSF COMPILATION VOLUME II.  Her composition Johnny Jazz is a swinging tune on our sophomore project.  Lenore holds master classes in North Carolina and performs in NYC, where she hosts a weekly TV show.

Dee Ramey hosts “I LOVE JAZZ” on WHCR 90.3 FM at City College in NYC.  Dee interviewed Joan about her music and the organization.  She played songs from both compilation CDs and promoted the concert on July 28 at Langston Hughes Library.

Joining us was jazz promoter Jim Harrison who founded Jazz Spotlight Productions in the 1960s and produced concerts with Betty Carter, Irene Reid, Lee Morgan, Freddy Hubbard and many more jazz greats.

The best music of all!

Dotti Anita Taylor

Immediate Past President of International Women in Jazz in NYC

Dotti Anita Taylor and Lois Tepfer

Dotti and Lois play “Rapsody in Blue”


Sabrina Rich and Sandra Deal performed at SunTrust Jazz Brunch in July.  We urge all ladies who perform and compose music to join us and submit your song to our third compilation CD to be released January 2013.

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Congratulations to our member Phyllis Kotey who received a Fulbright Fellowship to travel to Ghana to teach JUSTICE for 10 months.  Phyllis is a law professor at Florida International University and has served as a Judge in the Broward County Court System.

Mzuri Moyo is moving to Los Angeles in October.  She’s had great success with her portrayal of civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer.


We were awarded a $4,000 from Broward School Board Student Enrichment in the Arts Program (SEAS) to present COMMUNITY VOCAL ENSEMBLE on Wednesday, November 14, 2012, at the Dillard Center for the Arts in Fort Lauderdale, for Broward Public School students.

✿ღ(̆̃̃ڿڰۣ✿..Happy August!!!

Promoting women musicians, globally!

Women in Jazz South Florida, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit, educational organization that promotes women musicians, globally, through events, concerts, performances, clinics, lectures, workshops, articles, interviews, newsletters, courses, contacts, research, history, archives, websites, film, audio and video recording, and recognition.

We put women musicians to work and get their music heard by multitudes!

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