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    LornaLesperance

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    Lorna Lesperance was born in Jamaica, W.I. She is the President of Women in Jazz South Florida, Inc. and one of the composers featured on the WIJSF Music Collections III and IV.


     

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    GerrianneBrizanTheIDs

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    The I.D.s formed in 1964, with Founding Members: Gerrianne Lewis (Brizan), Joan Sitkowski, Linda Joy Mitchell, Roberta Dilts, and Cecille Flaim (Lopez). Additional members include: Penny Green, Vanesa Saco, Barbara Bullied, and Jean Ishizuka. All members were raised in the Woodside Projects. The I.D.s were influenced by the British invasion, blues, R&B and Motown. Their original songs include: "Beatles Come On Back", "Don't Come Knockin' (at my door)", and "Five Guys". Instrumentation included: lead guitar, two rhythm guitars, bass, lead vocals, and drums. They had gigs at the New York World's Fair of 1964 at the New York State Pavillion and United States Pavillion and at Prospect Park in Brooklyn, Operation Head Start, and The Cafe Wha. Joan and Linda met as toddlers. Gerrianne met Joan in 3rd grade. Linda and Gerrianne met in Girl Scouts. Their manager got their picture in the paper. Vanesa, Barbara, and Jean came as a package deal. The band was set. They practiced at each others' houses and the music kept them grounded, creative, and out of trouble. They had an opportunity to audition with the Stones' manager but Roberta gave up the drums. They disbanded in 1968, because they went to college. Joan and Gerriane continued writing music into the late 1970's and early 1980's. Linda, Cecille and Gerrianne became teachers and used music in their classrooms, over the years. They were unique in that they were all different colors, yet, got along well with each other.


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    MochaBlueBlaze

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    Mocha Blue Blaze (Shenece Scott) was born in Jonesboro, Louisiana. She began singing in church at four.  She attended the University of Southwestern Louisiana, majoring in Vocal Music Education. She inspires people with thought-provoking lyrics and melody. She is active in her community, encouraging awareness of the arts and the value of artistic expression in everyday life. She performs from Atlanta, Georgia to San Francisco, California. Mocha recorded a spirited album Chocolate Rhythm, a gumbo of genres, with a jazzy favor, blues, neo-soul, pop, R&B, and reggae. Most of the songs were produced by. Christian Simeon. The rest were produced by Darren Osborn, snd co-produced by Denise Val Spohn Osborn, except one produced by Brent Latin. Mocha is the mother of three extraordinary people, a deep thinker with a quest for knowledge and a lover of life. Her song Medicine Woman has been submitted for a Grammy nomination and featured on the Women in Jazz South Florida Music Collection IV.


     


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    SigrunJording

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    Sigrun Jording was born in Germany with Scandinavian roots. Today, she lives in Holland. Truly gifted, she started making music at four years old. She studied the classical piano for many years but at the age of 17 she fell in love with the saxophone and with jazz music. She went to Holland to study music in Rotterdam and Amsterdam. She studied at the famous ´Berklee College of Music` with Bill Pierce, Georges Garsone, Phil Wilson, Casey Scheuerell and others. Sigrun Jording works as a freelance musician and has played at national and international clubs and festivals. She has performed with Michiel Borstlap, Loet van der Lee, Jasper Soffers, Gulli Gudmundsson Cyriel Directie, Marius Beets, Thomas Winter Anderson, Guus Bakker, Tine Schneider, Henk Sprenger, Elvis Sergo, Lydia van Dam, Anne Chris, Saskia Laroo, Dave King, Charlie Mariano, Allan Harris and others.


    www.sigrunjording.nl


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    laraina_c composer

    in Music

    laraina_c is a vocalist, recording artist, woodwindist and mix engineer. Since 12, when the school’s band teacher gave her a mouthpiece to take home and learn to blow, music has found its way to laraina_c. Never one to look a gift mouthpiece in the reed, laraina_c taught herself the clarinet in a week, and by the time she finished middle school she had learned to play the saxophone, flute, oboe and bassoon. Away from music for many years, she found her way back and is growing as a woodwindist. Recently, she completed a degree in IT and is blossoming into a vocal performer and recording artist, while exploring her digital audio workstation. She understands that communication is an incredibly powerful tool and her deepest desire is to utilize the communicative power of music to connect with people, move them meaningfully, and provide aural escapes in which her listeners can experience peace and regeneration. Certified as a Master in Writing and Producing from Berklee College of Music, and a member of both the Recording Academy and Audio Engineering Society, laraina_c continues to study music theory and ear training, and plans to further her musical career by performing with live bands, becoming a leading audio Mix Engineer, and completing her first CD, My First Time. Her song Change The Life has been submitted for a Grammy nomination, along with the compilation CD it is featured on – Women in Jazz South Florida Music Collection IV.


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    CamilleThurmanSax

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    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 and Lester Young. Camille’s ability to sing four octaves and perform vocalese greatly influences audiences reminiscent of Minnie Riperton, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan. Her ability to take the sounds evocative of yesteryear’s legends and creatively pair them with the nuances, edge ad freshness of today’s music not only expanded the possibilities of jazz in the the upcoming generation but gained her the respect of audiences in Israel, Switzerland, and around the world. An accomplished performer and composer, Camille shared the stage with Dr. Billy Taylor, Benny Golson, Chaka Khan, Alicia Keys and other jazz and R&B icons. Camille leads her own quartet, which toured Russia, performed at the International Women in Jazz Festival, Super Jazz Ashdod Israel Jazz Festival, and others worldwide. She has appeared on BET’s Black Girls Rock as the saxophonist in the All Star Band and has performed at venues including the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and the Jazz Standard, just to name a few. Camille released two albums on the Hot Tone Music Label –Origins and Spirit Child.


    www.camillethurmanmusic.com


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  • 01:52

    Women Composers Part 2

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    Composer, Vocalist and Author Joan Cartwright goes Online With Andrea to discuss the release of the second compilation CD of women composers produced by Women In Jazz South Florida. Hosted by Andrea R. Garrison.

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    KimScottFlautist

    in Music

    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 Smoothjazz.com charts. In 2014, she performs at the Steel City Jazz Fest, Preserve Jazz Festival, Atlanta Smooth Music Festival, and Catalina Island Jazz Traxx Festivals, and Lake Arbor Jazz Fest. Chair of the Music Department at the Alabama School of Fine Arts, she has been an educator for 13 years.  Classically trained, Kim is a member of the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra and performs across the U.S. and abroad.  Her sophomore CD Rite of Passage released May 18, 2013.  The first single released from her CD Golden was the #1 most played and most added track the day it released, making her one of the hottest new flutists on the scene.  Produced by Kelvin Wooten, Rite of Passage features funky and soulful grooves and the latest single, Block Party, is #14 on the BDS Billboard chart, #17 on the Smoothjazz.com chart, and #6 on the Smooth Indie Star chart.  It is climbing and the CD features Sweet Obsession with Kim’s sultry voice. Mark Edwards of Smoothjazz.com wrote, "Let Kim Scott's sensual style take you on a journey, one that will never have you thinking the same way about Smooth Jazz flute ever again."


    www.kimscottmusic.com


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    PaulaAtherton

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    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 composition). Paula shared the stage with The Rippingtons, Nick Colionne, Chuck Loeb, Cindy Bradley, Gail Jhonson, Karen Briggs, Althea Renee, Matt Marshak, Four80East, Chieli Minucci and Shilts.  She worked at the Blue Note NYC with pianist and jazz legend, Hank Jones for a week.  Her current release Enjoy the Ride has guests Nick Colionne and Cindy Bradley.  The first single Sassy Strut, featuring Nick Colionne, was on Billboard’s Smooth Jazz chart for 15 weeks, and reached #15.  The second single Herbie was on Billboard’s chart for 7 weeks, reaching #22.  Her 2009 release Groove With Me featured Chieli Minucci, Greg Adams, and Onaje Allan Gumbs. Artists Music Guild (AMG) nominated Paula as Artist and Female Vocalist of the Year. Groove With Me was Album of the Year and Send Down An Angel, which reached #9 on FMQB’s Adult Contemporary chart with 899 spins, was Song of the Year.  Paula played the Berks Jazz Fest in 2014, with Project 222, in 2012 with Jazz in Pink.  Other 2014 dates include Jazz at Jack’s (6/21), Spaghettini’s (8/16), Detroit (8/24), New Brunswick Jazz Fest (11/9), and Home in CT (10/18).


    www.paulaatherton.com


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    CelesteRay

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    Celeste Ray began her musical studies at six, influenced by her parents, who played classical piano and guitar.  Celeste was captivated by the piano. Her repertoire of ranges from Irish dance tunes to original compositions with Celtic influences.  Celeste performs on the double-bowed Psaltery, bringing the beauty and unique tones of that instrument to the public, through workshops that are unmatched in the Celtic scene.  Her first CD featured Alex Acuna from Weather Report and Joni Mitchell’s band; and the second featured Steve Kujala and Paul McCandless and received international distribution and acclaim with the Access Label in San Francisco.  The founder of Four Celtic Voices, Celeste and her co-musicians performed on QVC-TV for 4-5 million people. Their CD Four Leaf Clover hit No. 1 in the World Billboard Charts. Four Celtic Voices toured Albany, selling out the Egg Performing Arts Center and Chautauqua Amphitheater with an audience of 2,600, to standing ovations.  Celeste has 6 recordings. Celtic Blessings received rave reviews CD Reviews and Folkmagazine in Germany.  She performs vocally and on the harmonium, invented in Brittany. Celeste performed at Carnegie Hall, Government House of Queensland, Australia, and for Pete Seeger in NY. She toured from coast to coast and received NYSCA and NEA grants. Her passion is keeping the Celtic Arts alive with her show Four Celtic Seasons, celebrating the seasons in mixed media with upbeat jigs and reels. Website


    Celeste's composition Ashley is featured on the WIJSF Music Collection IV


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  • 01:55

    Women Composers

    in Lifestyle

    Composer, Vocalist and Author Joan Cartwright goes Online With Andrea to discuss the release of the first compilation CD of women composers produced by Women In Jazz South Florida. Hosted By Andrea R. Garrison.

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