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  • On The Bookcase with Tish Oney

    31st July 2022

    For this sixth episode in our podcast series ‘On The Bookcase’, featuring female authors from across the world, with host Fiona Ross, we welcome guest Tish Oney. We have original music from Hannah Horton and you can also now find our podcasts in the top 60 Best Jazz Podcasts in FeedSpot! Listen here

    International performing artist, author, and composer Dr. Tish Oney tours worldwide as a symphony pops and big band soloist, jazz vocalist, voice pedagogue, and musicologist. An avid arranger and composer, Oney has arranged several hundred pieces for jazz combo including contemporary jazz, Great American Songbook standards, and her originals. An esteemed conductor, she often works with professional, university, church or community choirs, vocal jazz ensembles, and solo singers as a guest clinician and master teacher.

    Oney has performed and/or recorded with scores of renowned jazz artists and has headlined at hundreds of performance venues worldwide. She was featured as a big band/symphony soloist in the PBS-broadcast concert recorded at Galen Center in Los Angeles: “We Love Ella! A Tribute to the First Lady of Song.” She has performed as soloist with Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Williamsburg Symphony, Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphoria, the U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors, Army Voices, Army Blues (Pershing’s Own), SC Bach, Greenville Chorale, and other outstanding ensembles. She has headlined at international jazz festivals, Las Vegas casinos, and major stages throughout the world. She has appeared as headlining performer at many jazz hotspots including The Jazz Bakery (Los Angeles), The Jazz Corner (Hilton Head Island), Feinstein’s at Loews Regency, and the off-Broadway Triad Theatre (New York). An experienced film, stage, and television actress, Oney imbues her live performances with dramatic power and warmth.

    In addition to her full performing and recording career, Dr. Oney has served as a professor of music at several major universities and colleges, most recently as Coordinator of Music, Director of Jazz Studies and Commercial Music, Director of Voice, and Director of Choral Activities. Several of her former voice students have enjoyed major careers on Broadway, as well as in opera, jazz and commercial music. Considered an expert in multi-genre singing, Dr. Oney has served the National Association of Teachers of Singing as a workshop presenter and master teacher of jazz, classical, opera, music theatre, and commercial styles. She teaches online voice lessons for professional and pre-professional singers throughout the United States and abroad.

    As critically acclaimed musicologist and bestselling author of Peggy Lee: A Century of Song, Tish enjoys opportunities to travel and share her knowledge as part of the official Peggy Lee 100 worldwide centennial campaign. She was honored to be invited as musicologist/artist to the Grammy Museum panel discussion and toast for Lee’s 100th birthday (May 26, 2020). Following the worldwide acclaim for her book, Tish has been a guest on international talk shows “q with Tom Power” broadcast on the CBC, NPR, PRI, and Sirius XM networks, as well as “The Daily with Dave Hodgson” on Talk Radio Europe (broadcast to 120 countries). She is a frequent guest on talk radio, podcasts, and television, and has hosted her own podcast, “The Singer’s Muse” on WGJC in Greenville. Oney’s second book, Jazz Singing: A Guide to Pedagogy and Performance, released in February 2022. A prolific jazz journalist and contributing author to The Journal of Singing, JazzTimes, and Classical Singer Magazine, Oney also writes a column titled “Anatomy of a Standard” for All About Jazz. Her diverse artistic talents combine to form an outstanding performing artist-pedagogue with exceptional technique, improvisational skill, and expertise.

    To find about more about Tish and to purchase her books, please visit her website here

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  • Women in Jazz Media July Team News!

    31st July 2022

    We have all been busy with the recent publication of our July edition magazine which you can find here. The magazine team for this edition are Kim Cypher Wendy Kirkland Tatiana Gorilovsky Monika S Jakubowska Aydenne Simone Isabel Marquez Fiona Ross Paulette Jackson Esther Bennett Charlotte Keeffe Jasna Jovićević Fiona Mactaggart Fausta Joly Hannah Horton with a special article from our patron Maxine Gordon

    We have recently published two podcasts. Hannah Horton talks to Collette Cooper in our recent ‘In Conversation with’ and Fiona Ross talks to author Tish Oney in ‘On The Bookcase’

    Tatiana Gorilovsky has been sharing some incredible photos with us and says ‘July was very generous for amazing gigs and musical discoveries! I was lucky to photograph some of them. The most memorable were Love Supreme Festival that came back after 2 missing years and big concert celebrating life of John Cumming, the creator of London Jazz Festival. I gathered the best pics from each gig together just to show how many colours brings Music to our life!’

    We were thrilled to see Isabel Marquez recently graduated from Cardiff University with a BA in Music! Isabel is writing multiple reviews for Jazz Views, as well as interviewing lots of amazing musicians. She has also been working with NYJC, and will be helping at their annual summer school this year. Isabel has started writing and making her first EP which will be out later this year! We were excited to publish her first article in our magazine, interviewing fellow team member and award winning journalist Mirian Arbalejo. You can read it here

    Fausta Joly shares ‘Our month long, Fervor Festival launches next week with four weeks of incredible live music from soul jazz pop, to Swedish star Stina Wollter and her blues duo! 4th August - 27th August. Check out the press release attached and our website to book tickets now. www.fervorfestival.com/whats-on

    Fiona McTaggart has been very busy at the recent Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival. You can read her live reviews here: SCuba - live review Alan Benzie - Tribute to the Headhunters - Live review De Beren Gieren - Live review Brian Molley Quintet play Getz and Byrd's Jazz Samba - live review Martin Kershaw Octet: Poets -Live review

    We are very excited to share an exclusive video of Esther Bennett performing at her recent gig at Toulouse Lautrec: https://youtu.be/UYRjDy6QaAQ

    Esther has also been busy working on her new album "Home is Where the Art is" which should be out by the autumn. Esther explains ‘I've decided to go for it and make an album rather than just an EP so this will involve recording more tracks 1 (or possibly 2) of which might involve me playing a standard (or 2) on alto sax....Yes. It's out from under the bed and I've been having fun playing through a few tunes I used to play regularly more than 10/15 years ago. Let's see what happens at my next recording session on August 2nd where I get to play them with pianist Terence Collie!

    Meanwhile, I'll be spending my Birthday in Birmingham, visiting friends, researching archives for my spoken word album track and video called "My Birmingham" and soaking up the commonwealth games atmosphere 

    And last but by no means least Kim Cypher is busy with her 'Brighter Tomorrow' project - A Tribute to The Arts which will be featured in our forthcoming magazine dedicated to the project. A brand-new original track and video with one of the UK's greatest jazz performers Liane Carroll is coming soon as part of the project! Here's a sneaky preview of Kim Cypher's 'Tomorrow's Song' filmed at London's 606 Club: https://youtu.be/PCUUsn8-G6

    Photos by Ron Milsom and Tatiana Gorilovsky

    Thank you, as always, for the incredible support and for reading our updates!

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  • Women in Jazz Media Playlist 15!

    22nd July 2022

    Our new Women in Jazz Media Playlist is now out! We publish a new playlist each month and try to share a wide range of women from across the world - new releases, legacy artists, new and established artists and also some women we think you should know about but maybe don't!  We keep it to 15 artists per playlist to give you time to discover, listen and share these incredible women. Do please get in touch if you have music you would like us to include - either your own or recommendations. We are especially keen to share music from female instrumentalists and composers.

    The playlist is on Spotify here and You Tube here, but as always we would encourage you to buy directly from the artist where possible, and all the links are on our site here:

    Betty Accorsi Tasha Smith Godinez Isabel Marquez Sarah Bernadette Rouhangeze Nancy Wilson

    Jean Fineberg Lynne Arriale Melissa Aldana Megumi Yonezawa Jas Kayser Roxy Coss Somi

    Idit Shner Yelena Eckemoff

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  • In Conversation with...Collette Cooper

    21st July 2022

    Welcome to our 13th episode of ‘In Conversation With’ featuring music from Hannah Horton! You can now find our podcasts in the top 60 Best Jazz Podcasts in FeedSpot! In this episode, host Hannah Horton welcomes our special guest British singer-songwriter, actor, podcast host and all-round artist extraordinaire Collette Cooper. You can listen here

     Collette Cooper is a critically acclaimed artist signed to the independent label Thelonious Punk Records championed by BBC Introducing, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 6 Music, Soho Radio and Jazz FM. Her influences go back as far as Bessie Smith, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Nina Simone, Kurt Weill, and Billie Holiday. 

    ​Collette is difficult to fit into any box – she has a unique sound of her own. Her music is eclectic with dramatic, dark, and sometimes theatrical tones, with a strong blues and jazz influence. Her truly unique style and visually captivating performance leave audiences enchanted and wanting more with her raspy, hauntingly unique vocals.

    Her vocal style is often described as ‘Janis Joplin channeling Edith Piaf with a sprinkling of Esther Phillips’. Her original work is timeless yet fresh, and her versions of covers are unlike anything else you’ve ever heard, she completely makes them her own. Collette plays at all major venues in and around London with sold-out performances at the Jazz Café, the Blues Kitchen, The 100 Club, The Roundhouse, The Piano Bar Soho, amongst others.

    Alongside her musical and acting career, Collette is also an activist. She currently has a piece of her artwork in The Now Exhibition curated By Leah Wood. An exhibition bringing awareness to the current climate and helping raise money for Drop4Drop charity. Collette has performed for Samuel l Jackson’s charity One For The Boys at Abbey Road Studios recently performed for Vivienne Westwood’s Cool Earth charity in an effort to save the planet and is an ambassador for the Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Charity. She recently performed a gala night in their honor at the Grosvenor House Hotel alongside KT Tunstall and Texas. Collette is also a proud ambassador for the Wild at Heart Foundation, a London-based dog rescue charity.

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  • Women in Jazz Media Magazine July edition, out now!!

    20th July 2022

    Excited to launch our Women in Jazz Media Magazine July 2022 with Laura Impallomeni on the cover taken by Mark Lord Photography.

    Over 200 pages full of incredible women! Click here

    Including Kim Cypher Wendy Kirkland Hannah Horton Aydenne Simone Esther Bennett Charlotte Keeffe Music Maxine Gordon Ali Affleck Cecilia Sanchietti Ilaria Capalbo Natalie Greffel Deanna Witkowski Jasna Jovićević Jo Harrop Sheila Jordan Georgia Mancio Nick Lea Bradley M. Stone Tina May Alice Coltrane Alina Bzhezhinska Melba Liston Tiny Davis Tara Minton Emily Francis TOKUNBO Paulette Jackson Tony Kofi and so much more...

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  • New podcast series: Sticks and Thrones with Migdalia Van Der Hoven

    8th July 2022

    Excited to launch a brand new podcast series 'Sticks and Thrones' with guest host Migdalia Van Der Hoven. Migdalia's first guest is British drummer Ciara Chinniah and the episode is available here with music 'Girl Facing South' by Migdalia!

    Migdalia van der Hoven is an International Award winning Mexican drummer currently touring with SIX the Musical across the UK. She is also a Vater Drumsticks, Bosphorus Cymbals and RTOM Corporation artist and a Berklee College of Music graduate (where she studied and performed with Jackie Santos, Terri Lynn Carrington, Victor Mendoza and Mark Walker). She is known for her groove, sensitivity and versatility across multiple genres such as funk, jazz, fusion, latin jazz, pop and world music. She became the first Mexican Female drummer to ever perform at Ronnie Scott’s and the EFG London Jazz Festival. Migdalia has become “Woman of the year 2022” in Mexico in arts and culture for her contribution in music nationally and internationally. Migdalia's Website

    Ciara Chinniah is a British Drummer and Educator from Essex in the UK.
    With a love of Odd Time signatures, Ciara has been described as a Pop/Rock drummer with a progressive/fusion edge. Upon graduating from the ACM, Ciara has played many theatre shows, performed in bands across the UK, Europe and America. Everything from folk, fusion and blues to Rock, pop and metal! Aside from ACM, Ciara went on to study intensively at LAMA in LA under Ralph Humphrey and Joe Porcaro. Subsequently she returned and studied with the great Jazz drummer Bob Armstrong. Ciara currently has a busy schedule, teaching and recording from her home studio in Essex.

    She is the co-host of the Podcast ‘Drum Education Live’ and 'Drummer Mamas' a podcast opening up the conversation about juggling parenthood and a career in drums.Ciara plays for Electro Pop duo The Penelopes who regularly gig in Paris and London. Whilst she explores her love of odd meters with her band Red Monster and on her social media. Ciara endorses NickyMoon cymbals. Ciara's website

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