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Doreen Ketchens was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans has represented New Orleans and the United States in Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, South America, Russia and the United States. They have performed for four United States presidents, including Bill Clinton, George Bush Sr., Ronald Reagan, and Jimmy Carter. The band also boasts 23 volumes of CD’s and 3 DVD’s. In addition to being a superb performer, Doreen is an outstanding educator. She performs in schools around the world, educating students of all languages, spreading the culture and music of New Orleans.
Although this event was cancelled due to a lack of registrants, we are airing this show to discuss the reasons why we called for the Symposium on Women in the Arts. It seems that women in music do not understand the importance of unifying to address the severe marginalization of women in music in performances, music programming, and receipt of financial benefits from grants, across the nation. At www.wijsf.org, we are committed to supporting and promoting women in music, globally. We shall continue to do what we can to increase the profiles of our musical members.
Kimj (Kim Jenkins) born Jan 25, 1957 in Glen Cove, Long Island to Edie and Herbie Jenkins. Both parents were feverishly Jazz and Afro-Cuban music lovers. "Early I knew I was in love with this music". At age nine my mother's brother introduced me to John Coltrane's "My Favorite Things" and that was it. Kimj is a multi-instrumentalist and sings too.Over the years she has traveled here and abroad as a soloist and featured artist. Kimj lives music. "My influences are many. I listen to everyone." My goal is to compose and arrange. I am recently at home in my studio "laying it down. Kimj resides in Fort Lauderdale. She is a member of WIJSF and her song Eternally is featured on the organization's first compilation of women composers, available at http://wijsf.com/JazzComp1.htm
Women in Jazz South Florida, Inc. released its 5th compilation CD of 12 fabulous female composers on January 2, 2015, featuring the original compositions of 12 members:
Carolyn Wilkins - Mary Lou
Sharon Rae North - The Way You Make Me Feel
Sigrun Jording - Lullabye For Mrs. Jones
Joan Cartwright - Loneliblue 1981
Mimi Johnson - Don't Stop Love
Gail Jhonson - Ms. G
Carol Garrett - Live On Purpose
Ragan Whiteside - Funktuation
Karen Daniels - I'm On To You
Peggy Duquesnel Malbon - Old Friends
Colleen Chanel - Fly Like An Angel
laraina_c - Shed Light
This CD is available with the other four WIJSF CDs at www.wijsf.com/compcds.htm
Join our 287 members in our mission to promote women musicians, globally, at www.wijsf.com/join.htm
Bickley Rivera has been working diligently on her new album Breaking The Mold with producer Steve Oliver and is excited that it is about to drop! With amazing guests Will Donato, Tom Schuman (Spyro Gyro), Bonny B, Andy Narell, Nelson Rivera, and more, this album will be a total game changer. Her current album Chillin' After Five focused on complete chill and relaxation. This new album is sure to spark yet another direction for steelpan, which is what Bickley has been immersed in for the last 5 years.
"Pan needs to travel to the corners of the world and spread sounds and melodies in different ways. Most people have heard it in either calypso styles or traditional jazz, but the instrument can carry smooth and long melodies, not just percussive progressions. It is meant to be appreciated in many genres, and I am working to get it there."
This CD features Moving Song composed by Joan Cartwright a/k/a Diva JC, host of Musicwoman Radio
RELEASE DATE: February 24, 2015
LABEL: Tropic Heat Music
Carol Garrett grew up in Detroit, MI, in a musical family. She has a Master’s in Education from Eastern Michigan University and taught special needs children for 28 years in Michigan and Florida. Carol became an ordained inter-faith minister in 1999. She has composed and performed, since she was a child, in Temple, professional and community theatre as well as freelance, and now producing her second album: Live on Purpose (2015)! Her first album, Steps of Faith (1999) can be found at Amazon.com, Itunes.com, et al. Carol is currently ranked # 34 in the world overall and #1 for her songs Complacent and Live On Purpose for Alternative Music in United States, Florida. She is also ranked in the Indie and Christian genres. Carol is a proud member of Women in Jazz South Florida, and Kiwanis Club! Carol is featured on the compilation CD- Women in Jazz South Florida 2015. Her Dad, Sam Robbins, played with Kenny Burrell , Buddy Rich, as well as many local and International Greats. Mom, Shirley, was a singer. Sister Flo, educator and violinist, has been featured on albums with the Wynans, Aretha Franklin and others, and is featured on both of Carol's albums.
Dr. Donna Singer is a graduate of the New York Academy of Theatrical Arts, with formal training at Julliard. She is an international recording artist, who is an electrifying and dazzling show-stopper with a remarkable repertoire of jazz, swing, and R&B. Her cool, sultry, vibrant, and playful voice has wowed audiences in intimate cafés, theaters, and concert venues. Donna has a wholesome presence that is fun, energetic and memorable. Her music is played on radio stations in the U.S. and on the Europe Jazz Network. Take the Day Off: Escape With Jazz was #20 on 2012 CMJ Jazz Charts with radio airplay on 175 stations in the U.S., Netherlands, Canada, UK, Japan, and Germany. Jazz in the Living Room is available for purchase online. It will be released internationally in January 2014. Kiss Me Beneath The Mistletoe was #23 on the 2012 CMJ Jazz Charts. To accommodate the growing demand of followers, Donna’s CDs are available on iTunes, CDBaby, Rhapsody, GooglePlay and Amazon, in USA, UK, Germany, and Japan. Her YouTube videos have over 500,000 views. She has organized concerts in upstate New York for fundraisers for United Way, Federation for the Homeless, and St. Baldswick Day, and other concerts in NYC and at Jazz Festivals.
Ariane Cap was born in Innsbruck, Austria. Classical piano and recorder at 5. Conservatory of the Land Tirol, on piano and flute from 6-18. Local rock, pop, and dance bands on electric and acoustic bass. In 1996, Jazz bass and education at Academy of Music in Vienna. In 1998, graduate student at U of Miami on scholarship. Teaching assistant at U of South Florida, Tampa, for graduate Certificate of Music. Studied with Victor Wooten, Steve Bailey, Chuck Rainey, Gerald Veasley, Kai Eckhardt, and Kenny Werner. Mozartband with Viennese Philharmonic members. Celtic Rock Band Tempest. Recordings: Sippy Cups, Palmwine Boys, and Keith Olsen. Co-created Cirque du Soleil's The Tempest, Amaluna, in Montreal. Performance: guitarist Muriel Anderson and German Flamenco Stars Tierra Negra, pianist Diego Rodriguez, vocalist Daline Jones, Lara Price's Girls Got the Blues in Bay Area, Generation Esmeralda with Jimmy Goings, in Brazil, 80's Rock and game music with Raj and Zenmasters, solo originals/covers of Bach via Jazz to African World Music and effects and looping setup. Duo with bassoonist Paul Hanson in OoN Band (Out of Nowhere). Founded Step Up Music Vallejo, teaches, co-conducts bass seminars and camps. Teaches at Berkeley Jazz School and Berkeley Jazz Workshop. Her pattern system approach, integrating music theory and ear training are in demand. Books on Bass Synergy System and 33 Creative Ensemble Practice Exercises are forthcoming. 2014 artist-in-residence for Ucross Foundation in Wyoming. Composer and sound designer for games for Wolf Track Audio, Karney Music, and Sound and Somatone. www.arianecap.com, www.oonband.com, www.wijsf.org
A dynamic duo, The Diva & Daughter Joan Cartwright and Mimi Johnsondotnet come together to discuss their accomplishments in 2014 and goals for 2015 and beyond. Joan is pursuing her DBA in Business Marketing, while Mimi owns and operates an online TV network - www.mjtvnetwork.info targeting all markets globally that are interested in positive influential TV.
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.
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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