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WIJSF News November 2015

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Sometimes, I feel that the work I put into this newsletter, which normally takes me two to three weeks each month, is totally in vain. If this is true, no one will respond to this post. If it is not true, some of the 297 members will respond. Let’s see. ~ Diva Joan Cartwright

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November 27, 2015 Melba Joyce & Trio Minton's Jazz Club in Harlem, 206 W 118th Street, NY Reservations: 212 243 2222 Two shows: 7:30 and 9:30 pm

November 27, 2015
Melba Joyce & Trio
Minton’s Jazz Club in Harlem
206 W 118th Street, NY
Reservations: 212 243 2222
Two shows: 7:30 and 9:30 pm

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WIJSF NEWS January 2015

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Celebrating 8 years of Musical Service!

As of January 1, 2015, 284 members154 musicians, and 53 males!  Join us, today!

Music begins in the womb! ~ Diva JC MUSICIAN’S SURVEY  |  SIGN THE PETITION  |  MAKE A DONATION   |  SHOPPING
 Welcome new members: Cheryl D. Barnes, Andrea Garrison, Rondi Charleston, and Steve Moore
Help recruit new members, today! Send your friends to www.wijsf.com/join.htm
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

jc-chicago8In 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
HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2015
OUR 5TH MUSIC COLLECTION IS HERE!
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 divajc47@yahoo.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!
GET FEATURED!

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

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ACCOMPLISHMENTS

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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

reneebakermaestra2Maestra 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.

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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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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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’clock Emme Kemp on piano & vocalist JaRon Eames 9 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, Dessert RSVP ONLY in the Parlor – 222 E.85th St. #2E, NYC 212-472-9295 or Text: 646 337 0620 jaroneames@gmail.com  |  www.jaroneames.com – This is an ongoing event.
Follow Jeannette Pina's South Florida Jazz List every month at http://southfloridajazzlist.com/

Follow Jeannette Pina’s South Florida Jazz List every month at southfloridajazzlist.com

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Saturday, January 24 @ 8- 11 pm The Bean Runner Cafe 201 S Division Street Peekskill, NY 10566

Saturday, January 24 @ 8- 11 pm
The Bean Runner Cafe
201 S Division Street
Peekskill, NY 10566

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 10 @ 7:30 PM
THE HALLE CULTURAL ARTS CENTER
237 North Salem Street, Apex, North Carolina
Jim Ketch, trumpet, Jason Foureman, bass, Kobie Watkins, drums
Tickets: www.etix.com 
Halle Box Office 919 249 1120
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JANUARY 12-17
California/Hawaii Tour
MONDAY, JANUARY 12 @ 2:15-3:30 PM
Jazz Master Class with guitarist HOWARD ALDEN
Orange County School for the Arts
1010 North Main Street, Santa Ana, CA
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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14 @ 7:30 PM
Rancho Mirage Library concert
HOWARD ALDEN, guitarist, JIM DE JULIO, bass, ROGER KING JR., drums
71100 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage, CA
760-341-7323
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THURSDAY, JANUARY 15 @ 7:30 PM
The Merc for Jazz 42051 Main Street, Temecula, CA
866-653-8696
HOWARD ALDEN, guitar and JIM DE JULIO, bass
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SATURDAY, JANUARY 17 @- 7:30 PM
The Atherton Theater 738 Kaheka Street, Honolulu, HI
Tickets: 808-955-8821
DOUG MacDONALD, guitar
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North Carolina/Florida Tour And for those who plan ahead in New York City
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TUESDAY MARCH 3, 2015 @ 8 p.m.
The Baha’i Center 53 East 11 @Street, New York, NY 10003
Tickets: 212 222-5159 Admission: $15, Students $10
HOWARD ALDEN, guitar and KELLY FRIESEN, bass
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FRIDAY, MARCH 6
TRUMPETS JAZZ CLUB 6 Depot Square, Montclair, NJ
HOWARD ALDEN and KELLY FRIESEN
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MARCH 22 – SOUTH AFRICA TOUR!!!
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More information coming. For more great jazz listening on the net, tune into www.purejazzradio.org  
24/7 of great straight-ahead jazz. Lenore Raphael’s JazzSpot archived shows at www.lenoreraphael.com/thejazzspot.html
Saturday, January 17, 2015 @ 7:00 p.m.
443 West 3rd Street (at East Avenue)
Red Wing, MN 55066
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Saturday, January 17, 2015 @ 7:30-10:30 p.m.
House of Music & Entertainment (H.O.M.E.)
430 N. Camden Drive
Beverly Hills, CA
Reservations:  310-271-4663 $10.00 Admission
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 Sunday, January 18, 2015 @ 5:45 p.m.

Steamers Jazz Club and Cafe

138 W Commonwealth Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92832

714-871-8800

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Sunday, January 25, 2015
6:00 – 8:00 pm
The Lobster Pot Bistro
478 Mandalay Avenue, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767 (727) 446-8809
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Friday, January 16: Shana Tucker @ Turnage Theater, Washington, NCFRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2015 @ 8:00 pm
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Beaufort County Arts Council
150 W. Main Street, Washington NC
TICKETS: $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)

Sun 7/20: KENYA & Shana Tucker play Uncommon Ground - Chicago, IL

SATURDAY, JANUARY 17 @ 8:00 pm
Diana Wortham Theatre
2 South Pack Square, Asheville NC
TICKETS: Regular $30; Student $25; Child $15
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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)


Sun 7/20: KENYA & Shana Tucker play Uncommon Ground - Chicago, IL
SUNDAY, JANUARY 25, 2015 @ 3:00 pm
Spivey Hall – Clayton State University
2000 Clayton State Blvd, Morrow GA
TICKETS: $40; special student and educator discounts available
www.spiveyhall.org

“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)

* * * *  SPECIAL SONGWRITING WORKSHOP  * * * *
SATURDAY, JANUARY 24, 2015 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Tickets: $7 general admission

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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.

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February 7, 2015
Metropolitan Room
 34 West 22nd Street  (Bet. 5th & 6th Aves)
New York, NY 10010
212.206.0440
Online ticketing at www.metropolitanroom.com

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!

NEW RELEASES

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Meet our newest member

CHERYL BARNES

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.

MEDIA BLITZ

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1/2/2015 4:00 PM Ariane Cap – Special Day – FRIDAY
1/8/2015 4:00 PM Donna Singer – Thursday

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Many thanks to our newest Honorary Member Andrea Garrison, host of Online With Andrea who featured our four WIJSF Music Collections over the past year.  Listen to the archived shows at these links:

Logo_MJTVNETWORK_DIVADAUGHTER www.mjtvnetwork.info Watch host Mimi Johnson’s interview with Joan Cartwright about www.wijsf.org malesexsymbols

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

JOIN OUR ORGANIZATION, TODAY! www.wijsf.org

WIJSF NEWS November 2014

Membership is due March 1st Every Year!

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Celebrating 7 years of Musical Service!

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

Music melts all the separate parts of our bodies together. ~ Anaïs Nin

Help recruit new members, today! Send your friends to www.wijsf.com/join.htm
Featured Artists: Jenny Love, Gail Jhonson, Paula Atherton, Joan Cartwright

Message from the Executive Director

catalog coverThis month, the newsletter is published late because I was on a month-long cruise from October 12 to November 9, with little Internet access. Although it was fun entertaining hundreds of guest on the Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas, the largest cruise ship on the high seas, the downside is that little got done for WIJSF, except that I was able to introduce many of the cruise guests to our organization by giving them our business card with our website and a few of the catalogs. I even met a couple that publish a magazine “Treasures of the Heart” in Pembroke Pines, Florida, that may be interested in publishing some of the stories about our musical members. So, all was not lost. My experience on the high seas was enhanced by visiting several countries, including St. Thomas, St. Maarten, Jamaica, and Mexico. It’s always wonderful to experience other cultures and made me happy to be an American, when I realized how many amenities we enjoy in the USA. Each Sunday, our band had to evacuate the ship and go through customs, a feat I can do without for the remainder of this year. The long lines were tedious as some weeks there were up to 6,000 guests disembarking. Since we were not regular crew members, this was an unfortunate part of our requirements. By the Sunday that we left the ship, I had truly had enough of this exercise. As usual, the music was our saving grace. We had lots of fun, entertaining hundreds of Jazz and Blues lovers, and I’m sure we left a lasting impression on many of them. As you all know, I’m ever conscious of the need to give women musicians working opportunities. I called three women to do this gig with me – Bertha Hope, Linda Presgrave, and Sally Smith – all pianists, but none were available with such short notice (I only had about a week to pull a band together). So, I wound up engaging three men to do the gig – Walter Bland (p), Anthony Chatman (b), and Art Weiss (d). With the uncomfortable sleeping arrangements, I’m sure the ladies are grateful they were unable to accompany me.
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Accomplishments

Paula Atherton was a featured artist at the New Brunswick Jazz Project on Sunday, November 9

Paula Atherton was a featured artist at the New Brunswick Jazz Project on Sunday, November 9. Read this exciting article

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Gail Jhonson with Chieli Minucci, guitarist from Special Efx

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Follow Jeannette Pina's South Florida Jazz List every month at http://southfloridajazzlist.com/

Follow Jeannette Pina’s South Florida Jazz List every month

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FRIDAY NOV 14, 2014

AN EVENING AT TH COPACABANA with the

Mark Fernicola Latin American Orchestra @ Seminole Coconut Creek Casino

SATURDAY NOV 15, 2014
4th ANNUAL A SAFE HAVEN WONDERLAND GALA

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Celeste Ray is in WY, OR and WA with Four Celtic Voices
November 13 @ 7:30 pm
Wallenstein Theatre, Big Bend Community College
26th and Randolf, Moses Lake, WA 98837
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  • December 12 – The Hurricanes – Marathon Keys, FL – 9 pm – 1 am
  • December 13 The Hurricanes – Marathon Keys, FL – 9 pm – 1 am
  • December 28 -Spoon Wrecker Grille – Marathon Keys, FL – 7 pm – 10 pm

Many thanks to Mimi Johnson for hosting MUSICWOMAN RADIO for the last four weeks, while Joan Cartwright was performing on a cruise ship in the Caribbean. Be sure to listen to the archived shows at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/musicwoman, with the exception of Jean Fineberg’s interview archived at www.blogtalkradio.com/theartsreporter/2014/10/16/jeanfineberg-1

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11/6/2014 5:00 PM Diane Ellis Sax
11/13/2014 4:00 PM Paula Hampton Drummer
11/20/2014 4:00 PM Peggy Duquesnel Malbon
11/28/2014 4:00 PM Lynette Washington NOTE SPECIAL DAY – FRIDAY

NEW CD RELEASES

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We’re excited to announce that our 5th compilation of music by WIJSF members will release in January 2015.

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Peggy Duquesnel’s 2009  release is available at www.joyspringmusic.com

This CD archives the energetic concert of Saskia Laroo and her eight-piece funk unit on May 3, 2013, in Zimbabwe, during the unique Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA). The band with her ​​rocking rhythm section was supplemented on this occasion by rappers and Phantom Complex, African percussionist Pape Seck and the American pianist/vocalist Warren Byrd.

This CD archives the energetic concert of Saskia Laroo and her eight-piece funk unit on May 3, 2013, in Zimbabwe, during the unique Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA). The band with her ​​rocking rhythm section was supplemented on this occasion by rappers and Phantom Complex, African percussionist Pape Seck and the American pianist/vocalist Warren Byrd.  http://saskialaroo.com

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JOIN OUR ORGANIZATION, TODAY!

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WIJSF NEWS October 2014

Membership is due March 1st Every Year!

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Celebrating 7 years of Musical Service!

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

What shall I sing for your lullaby? ~ Langston Hughes

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

Message from the Executive Director

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

ACHIEVEMENTS

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MEDIA BLITZ

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

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http://blogtalkradio.com/lifeissobeautiful

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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

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

http://us8.campaign-archive1.com/?u=b0086e48dfe7454781607b17a&id=0e2b8ebc19 

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

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1WIJSF 2015 CRUISE

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

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

JOIN OUR ORGANIZATION, TODAY!

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WIJSF News September 2014

Membership Dues come due March 1st Every Year!

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Celebrating 7 years of Musical Service!

As of September 1, 2014, we have 280 members152 musicians, and 52 males!  Join us, today!

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

Welcome to our newest members: Lisa Yves and Karen Daniels
Featured in this issue: Janice Harrington, Gail Jhonson, Sharon Cline, Melton Mustafa, Jr.
MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
jc-dinahwashingtonwayspeakerCALLING ALL WOMEN COMPOSERS! The deadline to submit your original composition for the WIJSF Music Collection V is October 15. We have 7 spots left, so do not procrastinate. Contact Joan at divajc47@yahoo.com ASAP!!! The flier with all the details is at the bottom of this blog.
The newsletter is a few days late this month, due to my return from Chicago, where I had the honor of speaking at the street naming ceremony of Dinah Washington Way on August 29.  What a great day that was. So many Jazz seniors were in attendance and I got to meet a lot of Facebook friends face-to-face like two of our members saxophonist Diane Ellis and Alvin Carter-Bey, the producer of the event, and Senabella Blue, the Mistress of Ceremony, Sasha Daltonn, producer of Sasha Sings Dinah, several of Dinah’s family members, and vocalists Dee Alexander and Maggie Brown, daughter of the legendary lyricist/vocalist Oscar Brown, Jr.  Then, on August 30, I had the privilege of doing a book signing at the DuSable African American Museum, where I met some wonderful Chicagoans and Ohioans, who purchased my books and our compilation CDs. Thanks to Deborah Collins for facilitating this opportunity for me! Finally, I attended the John Wright Jazz Party in Matteson, IL, where I met more Jazz-loving Chicagoans and had a terrific time, listening to the music of resident musicians and vocalists with Al Carter-Bey! What a great week!
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ACCOMPLISHMENTS

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9/4/2014 4:00 PM Lisa Yves
9/11/2014 4:00 PM Lorna Lesperance
9/18/2014 4:00 PM Julie Holtzman
9/25/2014 4:00 PM Dorie Pride

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Tune into Stan Alston's Internet radio show at  http://wdgpradio.net (Live) or by phone using the tune in application.  There is a chat room. They could direct listeners to my website or call in to the same number you will use and broadcast from there to their audience, September 13, 2014 at 8 pm EST. The call in number is 712-432-0900 - pin  155879#

Tune into Stan Alston’s Internet radio show at http://wdgpradio.net (Live) or by phone using the tune in application. There is a chat room. They could direct listeners to my website or call in to the same number you will use and broadcast from there to their audience, September 13, 2014 at 8 pm EST. The call in number is 712-432-0900 – pin 155879#

UPCOMING EVENTS

Jeannette Pina spends hours collecting event information for her South Florida Jazz Events calendar, so everyone in South Florida will know where to go for the best Jazz!  http://us8.campaign-archive1.com/?u=b0086e48dfe7454781607b17a&id=78700d0201&e=e11c82e705

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

South Florida Jazz Events Calendar

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  • Saturday, September 6 – Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival, Albany Corning Preserve, NY
  • Friday, September 12 @ 8:00 p.m. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA
  • Thursday, September 20, 2014 @ 8 p.m. – 13th Annual AmeriCU Jazz-N-Caz, Catherine Cummings Theatre, Cazenovia College, 16 Lincklaen Street, Cazenovia, NY 13035
  • Friday, September 26 @ 8 p.m. – Carolina Theatre, 310 South Greene Street, Greensboro, NC 27401
  • Sunday, September 28 @ 8 p.m. – Shanghai Jazz Restaurant & Bar, 24 Main Street,Madison, NJ 07940
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DOTTIE KELLY

  • September 1 – Spoon Wrecker Restaurant, Marathon Keys, FL
  • September 11 @ 7:30 p.m. – Two Brothers Restaurant, Punta Gorda, FL
  • September 27 -Miami Flatfish House Restaurant Blues Festival with Darrell Raines Band

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

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

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CD RELEASES

"CONTEMPORARY

Ragan Whiteside – Flutist, Vocalist, Songwriter |  212-561-0253  | www.raganwhiteside.com www.facebook.com/raganwhitesidemusic, www.twitter.com/raganwhiteside

QUANTUM DRIVE is available at Amazon.com

New Video: “Work it Out” Performance clips:

RAGAN WHITESIDE is a CONTEMPORARY JAZZ FLAUTIST AND VOCALIST. She released QUANTUM DRIVE on JULY 8. Quantum Drive is her third studio release, fusing the coolest elements of Contemporary Jazz, Classic R&B, Neo-Soul, and Hip-Hop, appealing to musicians and music lovers. Collaborating with Ragan are Contemporary Jazz Keyboardist and Arranger Bob Baldwin, Soul Singer-Songwriter and Pianist Frank McComb, Soul Jazz Flutist Althea René, and multi-Grammy Award nominated Singer, Pianist, and Composer Patrice Rushen, who lent her keyboard wizardry to Ragan’s remake of her classic tune, “Remind Me”. QUANTUM DRIVE offers a clever and unique way of unifying generations of music. From the 60’s jerk-worthy “Soul Biscuit” to the Dirty South line-dancing “Work it Out” to the underground club-hopping “Quantum Drive,” there is always something to make you nod your head. “Smokey Room” satisfies your inner jazz fusion-ista while “Like the First Time” embodies the best aspects of falling in love. Ragan Whiteside’s groove driven artistic approach to this musical journey will certainly propel you into a new dimension. Strap yourself in and close your eyes as she takes you down the road to infinite soul on her QUANTUM DRIVE. Available on Amazon and iTunes. For info visit www.raganwhiteside.
Ragan Whiteside – Flutist, Vocalist, Songwriter – 212-561-0253
www.raganwhiteside.comwww.facebook.com/raganwhitesidemusicwww.twitter.com/raganwhiteside
New album: QUANTUM DRIVE available for pre-order at Amazon.com
New Video: “Work it Out”
Performance clips:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQJX6ijtyc0
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WIJSF News August 2014

Membership Dues come due March 1st Every Year!

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Celebrating 7 years of Musical Service!

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

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

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

WHY JOIN WIJSF

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

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

WHAT MEMBERS CAN DO

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

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

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

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

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

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

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TEJA LANISE ON BASS IS LIVING THE DREAM!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CLICK CD COVERS BELOW FOR INTERVIEWS by Andrea Garrison

ONLINE WITH ANDREA

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

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

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

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

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

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

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

Tune into the archives of BTR Radio Host Vanda Guzman

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

UPCOMING EVENTS

SOUTH FLORIDA JAZZ LIST

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PAULA ATHERTON 

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

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

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

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Sunday, August 3 from 7 pm – 9 pm

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

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

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

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Brad Leali, sax
Mike Francis piano
Shaun Mahoney guitarist
Erik Unsworth bassist
African American Performing Arts
Center & Exhibition Hall
310 San Pedro N.E., Albuquerque, NM 87108
505.222-0785

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Pianist extraordinaire Emme Kemp co-wrote the title song, and acted with the first Broadway company, in Bubbling Brown Sugar. Emme worked with the master pianist Eubie Blake.  Presently, she works with vocalist and TV Talk show host JaRon Eames, author of Jazz Conversation. The duo performs every Sunday on New York’s upper east side.
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Every Sunday in JaRon’s Parlor
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We are offering vending and playbill ad space for our concert Saturday, October 11 @ Ferg's Lounge in East Point, GA. www.thegeniusladiesinconcert.eventbrite.com

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

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Celebrating 7 years of Musical Service!

As of July 1, 2014, we have 274 members146 musicians!  Join us, today!

Music, the sound of the spheres, begins in the womb! ~ Diva JC
We know an age more vividly through its music than through its historians. ~ Rosanne Ambrose-Brown
R.I.P. Little Jimmy Scott (July 17, 1925 – June 12, 2014)

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

New members: Ariane Cap (CA) and Sharon Rae North (VA)

Featured in this issue:  Bertha Hope, Peggy Duquesnel Malbron, Teja Lanise, Dr. Donna Singer, Sharon Marie Cline, Mimi Johnson, Lucretia Daniel, Catherine Russell, Julie Holtzman, and Gail Jhonson

MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR

Dear WIJSF Members:
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June just whizzed by. The most fun we had, this month was Mimi Johnsondotnet’s Genius Ladies concert at Ferg’s 258 Bar & Lounge in East Point, GA. See the wonderful photos on Facebook. Also, check out Mimi’s stage play scheduled for July 9 in Roswell, GA, below.
In this issue, I would like to address supplemental income for musicians.  Besides teaching, conducting workshops, and having a day job, I would like to suggest that you consider joining my travel club as a traveler and/or as a business partner.  The one thing that most musicians have in common is that we travel.  Of course, my experience has been that promoters and presenters pay for my travel expenses. However, as I get older and less in demand for stage performances, my wanderlust does not decrease.  Our new member Lucretia Daniel was introduced to me by Lydia Harris in 2013.  Both of these ladies are dynamos and now we are a team of travel agents.  Visit my FYI TRAVEL CLUB blog for more information and join us in our quest to see the world and make a considerable income!  Be sure to see my Bucket List and do not hesitate to ask me questions.

MEMBERSHIP DUES

Ladies and gentlemen, FYI, WIJSF dues come due every March 1.  I’m sure you know how difficult it is for most of us in this downturned economy.  I want to thank Lydia Harris and Peggy Duquesnel Malbron for paying their dues, last month. I encourage you to pay your dues in support of the work we do through this organization.  Just go to www.wijsf.org or www.wijsf.com/join.htm and pay online.  If you prefer to mail a check payable to Women in Jazz South Florida, Inc., just let me know and I’ll email you our address. Also, we now have 273 members. With your help, we can get to 300 by the year’s end, so please invite ONE friend to join us.  Remember, they do not need to be a musicians to join us in our mission to promote women musicians, globally!

MOST IMPORTANT!symposium-womeninarts

We’re almost at 350. Let’s pump it up over the weekend! Share this petition with all your contacts, please. Thanks, Joan – http://www.change.org/petitions/women-in-jazz-south-florida-inc-hold-a-symposium-on-women-in-arts

The most important statement from a woman musician in this century!!! Téja Lanise please tell her we salute her!

The most important statement from a woman musician in this century!!! Téja Lanise please tell her we salute her!

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

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Karen Briggs, Robin Bramlett, Joan Cartwright, Gail Jhonson, Kim Scott, Benita Lewis, and Darlene Moreno. It was delightful to meet and hear Jazz in Pink at the Steel City Jazz Fest in Birmingham, AL, on June 7, 2014. They are dynamic on stage!

More BWIJ Award Winners

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Cellist Shana Tucker                           Bassist Teja Lanise            Filmmaker Janice Roshalle Littlejohn

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On June 22, Téja Lanise (bass) performed with Jonelle Monae at the Hollywood Bowl and STEVIE WONDER walked onstage for a surprise performance! He SANG and PLAYED! Téja declared, “It was AMAZING! I’m still in shock! It was all I could do to contain myself onstage! Of course, I cried after the show was over. I’m just SO grateful for all these amazing, unexpected blessings in the past 6 months! I could have never dreamt this!”

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Prior to being on stage with Brandy and Prince, while performing with mega-star Janelle Monae, whose group Jamanati was featured on The David Letteman Show on June 11, Téja toured with Musique Soulchild, and was a part of Amazing Musicwomen with Joan Cartwright, in 2012.

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Congratulations to Dr. Donna Singer.

Auditions are over for me with NBC The Voice.

I am very happy to say that I made it to the 4th round out of 6.

It’s been a fun, crazy, wouldn’t change it for the world ‘ride’. Thanks everyone for the love and support. Next stop, international jazz festival in Nebraska with The Doug Richards Trio, not a bad gig.

Also, Donna got hired for gig in Pompano, FL, and Jazziz Jazz Club/Restaurant in Boca Raton, FL, Entertainment Manager asked me for my press kit.

Both are great establishments in South Florida, Hooray!

Extra Extra Donna Singer has recorded a video with Doug Richards Trio. Her husband, Roy Singer wrote this song with Carole Belle. This video goes live on MTV – VH1 and BET in one week, yippee!!

Lucretia Daniel just completed a tour in California and Nevada

CD RELEASES & NEWS

Taking another trip around the world with the new CD "THIS IS WHERE I WANNA BE". In the past two weeks, the album has been played in Jakarta, Japan (along with a nice review in Japanese), Barcelona, Italy, London, Polish Radio, Brazil,  Venezuela, Australia, France... not to mention the US coast to coast, heavy in the midwest, FL, upstate NY,  northern CA and now on Honolulu radio in Hawaii! </p><br /> <p>I wish I could travel with the CD and see all of these amazing places! Putting it in my manifesting pot!  </p><br /> <p>To get your copy of the CD, go to iTunes.com, Amazon.com, CDbaby.com... or your favorite music retailer.  I'm quite proud and grateful for the positive response the CD is receiving. In Love & Music, Sharon

Sharon Marie Cline’s CD THIS IS WHERE I WANNA BE is taking a trip around the world. In the past two weeks, the album has played in Jakarta, Japan, Barcelona, Italy, London, Poland, Brazil, Venezuela, Australia, France, and in the U.S. from coast to coast, with heavy airplay in the Midwest, FL, Upstate NY, Northern CA, and on Honolulu radio in Hawaii!  Sharon said, “I wish I could travel with the CD and see all of these amazing places! Putting it in my manifesting pot! I’m quite proud and grateful for the positive response the CD is receiving. In Love & Music, Sharon.”  Get your copy at iTunes.com, Amazon.com, CDbaby.com or your favorite music retailer.

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The 57th Grammy Online Entry opens from July 1-23, 2014 (First Round) for recordings released between October 1, 2013 to July 23, 2014.  We will be submitting our fourth compilation CD of 10 fabulous female composers in several categories.  If you are a voting member of The Recording Academy, we strongly suggest you vote for our CD!

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Our newest member #274 Ariane Cap is an extremely talented bassist who has partnered with a brilliant bassoonist to create some magnificent music! Click the image to get to Ariane’s website and listen to her music.

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This is the real cover without Joan’s edit

CONTEMPORARY JAZZ FLAUTIST AND VOCALIST RAGAN WHITESIDE TO RELEASE QUANTUM DRIVE JULY 8TH Quantum Drive is the highly anticipated 3rd studio release from Jazz/Soul Flutist, Vocalist and Songwriter Ragan Whiteside. Fusing together the coolest elements of Contemporary Jazz, Classic R&B, Neo-Soul, and Hip-Hop, this album appeals to both musicians and music lovers alike. Collaborating with Ragan on this soulful collection are Contemporary Jazz Keyboardist and Arranger Bob Baldwin, Soul Singer-Songwriter and Pianist Frank McComb, Soul Jazz Flutist Althea René, and multi-Grammy Award nominated Singer, Pianist, and Composer Patrice Rushen, who lent her keyboard wizardry to Ragan’s remake of her classic tune, “Remind Me”. QUANTUM DRIVE offers a clever and unique way of unifying generations of music. From the 60’s jerk-worthy “Soul Biscuit” to the Dirty South line-dancing “Work it Out” to the underground club-hopping “Quantum Drive,” there is always something to make you nod your head. “Smokey Room” satisfies your inner jazz fusion-ista while “Like the First Time” embodies the best aspects of falling in love. Ragan Whiteside’s groove driven artistic approach to this musical journey will certainly propel you into a new dimension. Strap yourself in and close your eyes as she takes you down the road to infinite soul on her QUANTUM DRIVE. Available for pre-order on Amazon and iTunes.  For tour dates and additional info, Please visit http://www.raganwhiteside.com ****************************************   _____________________________________________________________ Ragan Whiteside - Flutist, Vocalist, Songwriter cell: 914-830-8498 www.raganwhiteside.com www.facebook.com/raganwhitesidemusic www.twitter.com/raganwhiteside New album: QUANTUM DRIVE available for pre-order at Amazon.com New Video: "Work it Out" Performance clips: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQJX6ijtyc0 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIk9j2TVZVU http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67jT0RLJr5s

RAGAN WHITESIDE RELEASES QUANTUM DRIVE ON JULY 8
Quantum Drive is the highly anticipated 3rd studio release from Jazz/Soul Flutist, Vocalist and Songwriter Ragan Whiteside. Fusing Contemporary Jazz, Classic R&B, Neo-Soul, and Hip-Hop, this album appeals to musicians and music lovers alike. Collaborating with Ragan are Bob Baldwin, Frank McComb, Althea René, and Patrice Rushen (Remind Me).  QUANTUM DRIVE unifies generations of music from the 60’s Soul Biscuit to the Dirty South’s line-dancing Work it Out to the underground club-hopping Quantum Drive. Smokey Room is for the jazz fusion-ista and Like the First Time is for lovers. 
Available on Amazon and iTunes. Get details at www.raganwhiteside.com

[Silent scream and a backflip] "Remind Me" is #1 most added on the Billboard Radio Chart for 6/30/14!!! Thank you radio family!!!!!  Listen to snippets at http://www.raganwhiteside.com/music/

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“Remind Me” is #1 most added on the Billboard Radio Chart for 6/30/14!!! Thank you radio family!!!!! Listen to snippets at http://www.raganwhiteside.com/music/

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

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

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OoN with Ariane Cap (Bass) & Paul Hanson (Bassoon)

  • July 5 – 12: Noon to 2.00 PM – Step Up Music Vallejo Jazz Coaching and Jam lead by Ariane Cap, 51 Daniels Street @ MIRA Theater.  For info: Patricia Kutza – pkhiredhand@gmail.com
  • July 7-11: Golden Gate Bass Camp – Teaching with Rufus Reid, Megan McDeWitt, Patt Klobas, Richard Duke and others, www.goldengatebasscamps.com
  • July 10: Concerts in the Park, Tracy with Jean Fineberg’s Party Monsters featuring Tia Carroll, Lincoln Park, 5.00 PM
  • July 24: Mountain View Summer Concert Series – July 24 @ 6:00 pm
  • July 26: Fundraiser for the Clearwater Zendo in Vallejo, wiNick Philips vallejo – zencenter.org
  • August 2nd: Musically Minded Academy – OoN Bass/Bassoon Duo Ariane Cap & Paul Hanson

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Solo Piano Performance:
Friday, July 18 & Saturday, July 26
Sir Winston’s – Queen Mary
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
1125 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802
562-499-1657
This is a cozy listening environment and a great chance to visit and request your favorite standards!

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Sunday, August 3 @ 7 pm – 9 pm
Spaghettini Grill and Jazz Club

3005 Old Ranch Parkway
Seal Beach, CA 90740

(562) 596-2199
Advance tickets encouraged and available at: Spaghettini.tix.com

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Monday, July 21 @ 8:30 pm – JULIE’S “Ageless BDAY BASH for IFAW”
BIRTHDAY BASH for JULIE HOLTZMAN – pianist / singer / arranger
Featuring BOOTS MALESON, my fave bassist in the Universe!
Wondrously diverse program will include rare & familiar gems :
  • BACH : Italian Concerto
  • GERSHWIN: “Summertime”
  • JOBIM: ” A Felicidade” / “Happiness” ( J. Holtzman)
  • MERCER: “Dream” / “Reves ” ( French/ J.Holtzman)
  • FAURE: Apres un Reve (pour pno et bass) avec BOOTS!
  • DEBUSSY: Clair de Lune
  • J.HOLTZMAN: “Spring Fever” (Falling in love is like a hi-wired act with no net!)
  • DONALDSON: “Makin Whoopie” ( YIDDISH)
  • JULIE’S “Blues Mantra”/GERSHWIN:”The Man I Love”( Fr. & Catalan)/ Rhapsody in Blue
Songs in 5 Languages
Champagne/Wine/Cheese & Hors d’oeuvres
An intimate Venue in NYC ( address given upon Reservation)
Monday, July 21 @ 8:30 pm – JULIE’S “Ageless BDAY BASH for IFAW”
SPACE LIMITED. Reserve Early via Paypal @

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  • 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
  • Aug 16 New York, NY – Iridium
  • Sep 6 Albany, NY – Albany Riverfront Jazz Fest
  • Sep 20 Cazenovia, NY – Jazz-N-Caz at Catherine Cummings Theatre
  • Sep 28 Madison, NJ – Shanghai Jazz
  • Oct 4 Falmouth, MA – Falmouth Jazz Festival
  • Oct 5 Wellfleet, MA – Wellfleet Preservation Hall
  • Oct 11 Helena, AR – King Biscuit Blues Festival (with Jimmy Vivino & Black Italians)
  • Oct 18 Nancy, FRANCE – Nancy Jazz Pulsations
  • Dec 13 Princeton, NJ – McCarter (Berlind) Theatre (with Ladies Sing The Blues)

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SHANA TUCKER

Chamber Soul cello, vocals, guitar

  • 19 July 2014 – ST. LOUIS, MO
    Kranzberg Arts Center – 500 N Grand Blvd.
    featuring Kenya (soul/jazz)
    7:30 PM doors; 8:00 PM show
    $12; $15 door
    www.kranzbergartscenter.org
  • 20 July 2014 – CHICAGO, IL
    Uncommon Ground on Devon – 1401 Devon Ave
    w/Kenya (soul/jazz)
    7:00 PM Shana | 8:00 PM Kenya
    $20; RSVP strongly suggested
    www.uncommonground.com

MEDIA BLITZ

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7/2/2014 1:00 PM Karen Briggs Violinist
7/3/2014 4:00 PM Kim Scott Flautist
7/10/2014 4:00 PM Camille Thurman Sax
7/17/2014 4:00 PM Mimi Jones Bass
7/24/2014 4:00 PM Shirazette Tinnin Drummer
7/31/2014 4:00 PM Melissa Moonchild Stokes

karen-kimSPECIAL SHOW WITH KAREN BRIGGS ON JULY 2 @ 1 P.M.

Bertha Hope talks with musicians about her husband pianist and composer Elmo Hope

 

EXTRA!  EXTRA!

Genius Cooking with The Diva & Daughter

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WIJSF NEWS JUNE 2014

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Celebrating 7 years of Musical Service!

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

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

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

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

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

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

There are many ways to make the most of your online and offline marketing activities. Content creation, syndication, sophisticated integrated marketing strategies, and award-winning publicity all help to create a compelling experience for your target market, clients, and customers.  Potential clients know ABC, NBC, YAHOO!, CNN, NBC,  and other major media outlets, but they may not know you. And that’s where a good publicist comes in.
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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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About Fran Briggs
Fran Briggs is an award-winning writer, professional journalist, and the Director of Operations of eMediaCampaigns!—a dynamically different, international, news distribution and public relations firm. Her work has been featured on CNN, FOX, ABC, NBC, CBS, Oprah, Lifetime Television, The View, Black Enterprise, Entrepreneur Magazine, and more. She catches the attention of inundated consumers, editors, news directors, and reporters. Her clients include professional athletes, Olympic Champions, speakers, recording artists, authors, children, Mothers of five, writers, entrepreneurs, and more. She shows people how to use the media and social networking to establish their credibility, enhance their reputation, position themselves as experts, sell more products and services, promote their initiative or event, and establish themselves as ‘The peoples choice’. For a free consultation, call 206.279.0818, friend her at www.facebook.com/FranBriggs, or  visit www.FranBriggs.com
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Get some great information on attaining sponsorship in Part 1 of 3 episodes on The Arts Reporter with guest Fran Briggs. Listen to the archived show at www.blogtalkradio.com/theartsreporter/2014/05/30/fran-briggs.

CALLS TO ACTION

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

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

LIKE the FB Page and SIGN and SHARE the Petition

Let us help to bring awareness and solutions!

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Congratulations to Kara Delonas a deserving young bassist in New Jersey

Congratulations to Kara Delonas a deserving young bassist in New Jersey

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NEW RELEASES

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

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

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

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EDUCATION

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

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

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

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

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Joan’s new book

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

 For information about Arts & Healing Program

Please contact: Marpessa Quintar-DeMoraes or Marize Casaes

 artsandhealing@brazilianvoices.org

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  • June 6-8 – OcraFolk Festival – Ocracoke, NC
  • July 19 – Kranzberg Arts Center – St. Louis, MO
  • July 20 – Uncommon Ground on Devon – Chicago, IL

 

 

 

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

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Friday & Saturday, June 27-28 – 8 PM 

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

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

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

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NIKA REJTO

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

– 18 September in Danny´s Jazz in Oviedo. – 19 September in Sport in Luarca. – 20 September In Las Caldas in Oviedo. – 25 September in Almabique Jazz in Gijón. – 26 September in Sandras Cafe in Ujo. – 27 September in Tolivias Jazz Festival
The Master class will be on 27 September, after noon, in Pipos School
Nika Rejto

MEDIA BLITZ

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GUESTS IN JUNE ON MUSICWOMAN RADIO

6/5/2014 4:00 PM Laura Klein
6/12/2014 4:00 PM Ginger Dee
6/19/2014 4:00 PM Paula Atherton
6/26/2014 4:00 PM Courtney Bryan
Amazing Musicwomen on The Arts Reporter (TAR TV) on MJTV Network. Produced by Mimi Johnson with co-hosts Joan Cartwright and Sandi Blair, featuring Ragan Whiteside on flute

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

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

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

Thanks,

Al Carter-bey

WHPK 88.5 FM

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TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

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

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

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

JOIN OUR ORGANIZATION, TODAY!

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WIJSF News May 2014

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Celebrating 7 years of Musical Service!

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

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

MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR

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

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[SEE JOAN’S PHOTOS HERE]

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

[SEE JOAN’S PHOTOS HERE]

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

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

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Yvette Devereux is a Triple Threat!

CALLS TO ACTION

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

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

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

Let us help to bring awareness and solutions!

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

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Article

Article on accomplishments of Immediate Past VP Stan Alston

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

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Happy Birthday, Shirley Horn, May 1

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FEATURE STORY: COUPLES

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

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Emma and Malcolm Black

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Saskia Laroo and Warren Byrd

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

 

NEW CD RELEASES

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

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

South Florida Jazz Events calendar! Thanks Jeannette Pina!

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

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

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CONGRATULATIONS! Toni Byrd

CONGRATULATIONS! Toni Byrd

Lenore Raphael

 

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Promoting the NEW RECORDING

“Love Notes-A Tribute To Oscar Peterson”

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

 FRIDAY May 2   12:30 PM – 3 PM

The Spice of Life

6 Moore Street, Soho, London

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SATURDAY May 3rd   8:30 PM 

For the Marlow Jazz Club

Christ Church

Oxford Road, Marlow, Bucks

www.marlowjazz.co.uk for info and tickets

THURSDAY, MAY 8th 9 PM

Casa da Musica

Porto, Portugal

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with Alberto Jorge, bass and

Peter Ingram, drums

FRIDAY-SATURDAY MAY 9th

The Jazz Club

Lisbon, Portugal

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Nicki Mathis

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

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