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Shirazette Tinnin was born in North Carolina to parents in Gospel groups. From 4, she loved drums. She studied with Cindy Blackman, Lewis Nash, Terri Lynne Carrington, Allison Miller, Sherrie Maricle, and Ernie Adams. She received a Music Industry Studies degree; recorded Stories of This Land with Sinclair; earned jazz scholarships and an athletic scholarship. At Northern Illinois University, she had scholarship for drum set and jazz pedagogy and studied with saxophonist Ron Carter in Chicago. She performed with flutist Nicole Mitchell for NIU in Liberace Jazztet Scholarship Program. She is one of last recipients of The Sisters in Jazz Collegiate All-Stars for IAJE Award (2008) and taught at Columbia College in Chicago. She performed with Jimmy Heath, Slide Hampton, and Renee Baker and toured Spain and Peru, where she discovered Cajon and wrote a song on The Liberace Jazztet release Equity. She moved to New York in 2009, and is the drummer at Tutuma Social Club with Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet. She was with Alicia Keys on BET in Black Girl's Rock (2012). She toured with Tia Fuller at Umbria Jazz Festival, Molde Jazz Festival, and Turkish Ambassadors in D.C., and leads Shirazette Experiment Core-Tet in New York and overseas. She performs with WuTang Klan, Diva, Tom Browne, Hugh Masekala, Mimi Jones, Pauline Jean, Afrikkanitha, and Camille Thurman. She is a clinician and teacher, and authored two articles for Modern Drummer and Tom Tom Magazine on musicians and health. Signed to Hot Tone Music, she is endorsed by Canopus Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Latin Percussion, Beato Bags, and KickPort. -
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Mimi Jones was born in the Bronx to parents descended from Barbados and St.Croix, which explains why Mimi has so many musical influences that flow easily through her compositional style. As a child, her parents always played music... more

Camille Thurman was born in St. Albans, NY. She is a saxophonist, flutist, vocalist, composer, and educator. Her lush, velvety, rich, warm sound on tenor saxophone has been compared to tenor greats Gene Ammons, Dexter Gordon... more

Kim Scott was born in Birmingham, AL. She burst onto the jazz scene in 2011 with her debut CD Crossing Over. After a successful global campaign, her CD made it to the BDS Billboard and charts. In 2014, she performs... more

Karen Briggs was born in New York . When her family moved to Portsmouth, VA, she started on violin at 11, at junior high school. With strong family music influences, Karen experimented with the violin, outside of it's traditional... more

Courtney Bryan, a native of New Orleans, LA, is ?a pianist and composer of panoramic interests? (New York Times). Her music ranges from solo works to large ensembles in the new music and Jazz idioms, film scores, and... more

Paula Atherton was born and raised in NY. She studied saxophone with Lee Konitz, Sal Mosca, Bob Mintzer (improvising), Liz Gorrill add Gerry Janssen (vocal improvising and voice), Jim Mc Neeley and Enos Payne (piano and... more

Ginger Dee Davis is a talented musician, songwriter, and professional emcee from Omaha, Nebraska. Growing up in the Midwest in a highly musical family, Ginger sang in a quartet with her sisters and best friend around the Midwest. By... more

Laura Klein grew up in New York City, has a B.A. in music from SUNY Buffalo, and attended the Berklee College of Music. A jazz pianist, composer, and arranger, she has recorded with FivePlay Jazz Quintet the three-horned band... more

Toni Byrd was born in Memphis, TN, and moved to Atlanta, GA, in 2000. She established herself as one of Atlanta's unforgettable and versatile vocal artists. Nominated by Black Women in Jazz for Best Black Female Jazz Singer and for... more
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