When asked if women musicians are at the same level as men in Jazz, our 261st member
Ellen Seeling replied, “Women have been ready [to play Jazz] for over 60 years!”
Welcome new members: Gerrianne Brizan, Ellen Seeling, Alvin Carter-bey, and Toni Byrd
MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR
Dear WIJSF Members, March was a wonderful month, especially for Women in Music! Personally, I had a great time in Florida with Jus’ Cynthia, who staged her Tribute to Nina Simone, featuring our President Lorna Lesperance as the narrator. Sally Smith accompanied them on piano, along with drummer David Nuby and bassist Ploomie. The icing on the cake was the group Harmonies of Hope, five young vocalists who delighted the packed house at Old Dillard Museum in Fort Lauderdale, on Thursday, March 20. On Saturday, March 22nd, we had our 7th Anniversary party at the home of our delightful hostess Dee McCord Ochoa in Sunrise, FL. About 20 people attended and the only downside was that I had to run out to a gig for the Saint Laurence Shelter for the Homeless, which I did with Lyn Moore and her husband, drummer Sandy Rubin. The upside was that we were joined by Debbie Pierce Taft on saxophone for the first set! Then, on Sunday, March 23rd, Lyn, Sandy, bassist Sergio Caiazzo, and I were featured on the Many Cultures One People program presented by Jewish Family Services of Broward County at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts. We had a great time. Enjoy the video below with highlights of these four events. In only five days, I had a whirlwind, plus I got to spend time with my father (94) and his dear wife Fran (48)! Yaaaaaah!
Meanwhile, back in the ATL, I’m working on my 11th PhD course (of 18) and two important interviews popped up. First, see the video I made of an interview on KCBS with trumpeter Ellen Seeling. Then, see the video of my interview by Al Carter-bey on WHPK. Both Ellen and I are discussing the rally staged in San Francisco on March 22nd to protest the all-male Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra led by Wynton Marsalis, who makes $1.5 million per year and pays his 15 band members $100,000 per year, through public funding from the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA). Since 1986, NOT ONE FEMALE has been hired in this band and you and I are paying for the band to operate. This is a travesty and Ellen Seeling is on the front line bringing awareness about this issue.
Watch this playlist of two very important videos
Then, to add fuel to the fire, I’ve been nominated for two awards and I’m to be honored with the Lady Jazz Master Award by Black Women in Jazz, at the Rialto Center for the Arts, here in Atlanta. I did some digging and learned that of 134 NEA Jazz Masters, only 15 women or 11% have 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!!!
This event will take place on May 2, 2014. Please make your FINAL VOTE for our members and our CD
In the past two decades a very difficult phenomenon has arisen. So-called Jazz festivals feature anything BUT Jazz. However, on of our talented male musicians, Melton Mustafa, Jr. was invited to perform at Jazz in the Gardens, in Miami. If you don’t know, let me tell you, this young man is a died-in-the-wool Jazz player. Read this article about him also linked to his photo. Visit his website: www.meltonmustafa.com
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALBERTA HUNTER
FEATURE STORY: COUPLES
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.
SATURDAY, 5 April @ 6:30 pm NICKi MATHIS’ AFRIKAN AMERIKAN JAZZ QUINTET JEN ALLEN, JIM DAGGS, JOEY, MIKE SCOTT SWAN DAY CT ILLUSIONS NIGHT CLUB ON RT 69 WOLCOTT, CT 06716 TICKETS: http://www.showclix.com/event/3801952 and at the door
April 25th is the Masters Marketing Mastery Conference 2014 at Broward County Convention Center. Florida members will find it beneficial to your business and bottom lines. Get details at www.daywithmasters.com
Coming up on May 2, 2014
Note the final round of voting for the TOP Nominees in each category runs from April 1 – 22. VOTE HERE
Joan Cartwright will co-host this podcast on Friday, April 4 @ 5 p.m. EST with Judy Joy Jones and the filmmaker Emmanuel Itier and producer Sharon Stone. Tune in at BlogTalkRadio and get details about the movie at www.femmethemovie.com
YOUR STORIES: Members please submit photos, fliers, and announcements to Joan Cartwright at email@example.com by the 28th of each month.