• In Conversation with...Claire Martin OBE with special guest host Hannah Horton

    21st January 2022

    We are thrilled to have tempted back Hannah Horton as a special guest host for our latest 'In Conversation with...' and also thrilled to welcome her guest Claire Martin OBE In Conversation with...episode 9

    Hannah is a British Female Jazz Saxophonist who’s music is rooted in jazz, folk and funk. She has performed with many great jazz artists including Ian Shaw, Amy Winehouse, John Etheridge, Tina May, Georgia Mancio, Polly Gibbons, Natalie Williams, Esther Bennett and Irene Serra; and at venues including Ronnie Scott’s, Pizza Express Dean St, The 606, The Pheasantry, Love Supreme Jazz Festival, Royal Festival Hall and The Barbican. She has also toured in Europe and USA with her own and other groups. Her latets album has been going down a storm across the world. “Hannah makes the big beast of a baritone sax sound like an angel” – Ian Shaw https://hannahhorton.com/

    ‘One of the finest jazz singers in the world today’ Jazz Journal. Linn recording artist Claire Martin has to worldwide critical acclaim established herself as a tour de force on the UK jazz scene gaining many awards, including winning the British Jazz Awards eight times during her career which spans over three decades. At the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2011 Claire was delighted to be awarded an OBE for her Services to Jazz and in 2018 she was the proud recipient of the BASCA Gold Badge Award for her contribution to jazz. Full her full biography and to find out more about her work please visit: https://clairemartinjazz.co.uk/

    Claire Martin OBE and Chris Traves have vast combined knowledge from over 60 successful years in the music industry and have joined forces to provide a state of the art recording facility for both singers and instrumentalists.Soup to Nuts Productions offers the perfect package to turn an initial idea for a recording project into the end result of placing a mixed and mastered CD in your hands.From advice on repertoire, arrangers and arrangements, booking and suggesting musicians, vocal tuition before and during studio sessions, the whole journey of making a recording is seamless and professionally delivered so that the artist can just concentrate on making music. https://souptonuts.productions/

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  • Women in Jazz Media monthly team news!

    15th January 2022

    We hope everyone had a wonderful break over the holiday period – we are back and ready for 2022. We are working on many projects this year that will be announced over the next couple of months and of course, celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8th. Do keep in touch with our news and updates and get in touch if you would like to know more!

    As always, the team have been busy with various different projects both inside and outside of our WIJM work:

    Lara Jones has an incredible year planned already and launches her new album on Feb 24th at Servant Jazz Quarters in London before her tour. Tickets available here: Lara Jones at Servant Jazz

    Lara was also interviewed by Lara Eidi in our latest magazine which you can read here

    Rouhangeze is performing at Toulouse Lautrec London, on Feb 12th in ‘A Celebration of Love’: 'Come enjoy a romantic “Love Set” with your chosen one for a Valentine’s evening to remember with Rouhangeze and her band. A singer of depth encased with a velvet tone, sensuality and by far, uniquely different from the flock. She teams up with polish piano extraordinaire and composer Tomasz Bura. His spirited and playful energy effortlessly supports the singing of Rouhangeze, with an interesting twist, interaction and complicity. Also joining this electric duo on stage, we have Tom Mason on Bass (Ghostpoet, Lily Allen, Questlove). They will take you on a beautiful journey tickling your senses with a sensitive, giving and passionate approach as they offer a wide genre of stylistic interpretation. Rouhangeze covers an ethnic diversity beautifully articulate in various languages, ranging from Jazz, soul, and indigenous folk influences. For this special occasion, their repertoire will include poetry and famous love songs across various genres moulded in jazz, with a few surprises'

    Tickets available here: A Celebration of Love

    Ashaine White's next gig is Feb 15th following on from the success of her brilliant EP launch. Tickets here: Folklore: Ashaine White

    You can also read all about Ashaine's conversation with Celine Peterson and Roger Wilson, exploring our new podcast series ‘Knocking Down the Door’ in our latest magazine here

    Kim Cypher has been working on incredible projects and recently interviewed Ami Oprenova which is included in our latest magazine. You can read the article here

    Kim shares this with us all:

    On 1st February my brand-new Gospel-inspired song 'Bring Your Own Sunshine' will release as a charity single for Maggie's cancer care charity. Cancer affects many people's lives. It can be a frightening, daunting and lonely experience. With centres across the UK and worldwide, Maggie's provides a welcoming 'home from home' for anyone affected by cancer. In honour of my beautiful friend Karen Jackson, who fought a long, brave battle with cancer, 'Bring Your Own Sunshine' features phenomenal US guitarist B.D. Lenz and the incredible CK Gospel Choir, composed as an anthem for Maggie's to spread hope, positivity and sunshine just like Karen did.

    On 1st February (Karen's birthday) the song will release on my Bandcamp page and all proceeds will be donated to the fundraising project, where people can also make donations and find out more about the project: Mike Cypher is fundraising for Maggie's Centres (justgiving.com)

    The project has currently raised £2800 including a series of sell-out live performances as part of the project. Filmed in London and New York, the music video will follow in the Spring when the song will be available on all music platforms. The track can be previewed in this short rehearsal video: Bring Your Own Sunshine - Kim Cypher - YouTube

    The cover art (created by one of Karen's daughter's Emily). The 'sunshine' cake was baked full of love and captures Karen's happiness, positivity and sunshine. It expresses perfectly the meaning behind the track and portrays the warm welcome guaranteed at Maggie's Centres, where there is always a cake on the table. Here is a fab photo of the CK Gospel Choir too:

    Esther Bennett is starting a new interview series for us, exploring new releases and helping to spread the word about some incredible new music. First interview coming soon! Esther is also very excited to be performing in London, at Pizza Express Soho ‘​WE ARE SO EXCITED ABOUT OUR GIG AT THE PIZZA EXPRESS, DEAN STREET, SOHO ON MONDAY FEBRUARY 7th, PLEASE DO JOIN US!!‘

    'Esther Bennett is one of the London Jazz scene’s most experienced, highly respected and widely loved jazz vocalists, juxtaposing sensitivity with a sparky sense of humour. Her song delivery leaves audiences utterly compelled and a wonderful evening and performance is guaranteed. Tonight's gig celebrates 2 recently released EPs - 'Safe Places' featuring original material written and recorded with pianist Terence Collie, who is gaining enormous respect as a jazz pianist and from 'The Songs of Duncan Lamont' featuring Duncan Lamont Jnr on saxes & flute. Tonight, we have Richard Sadler on bass, Steve Taylor on drums, and Matt Hodge on percussion' Tickets here: Esther Bennett at Pizza Express

    Monika S Jakubowska is celebrating with Tatiana Gorilovsky on their incredible achievement of being the first female photographers in the National Jazz Archive. You can view here: Monika in the National Jazz Archive She has been busy, as always, working the Jazz scene at Ronnie Scott’s and beyond, capturing some brilliant gigs:

    We published new team member Fausta Joly brilliant poem in our latest magazine, especially written for our London Jazz Festival event. You can read it here

    Wendy Kirkland explored the life of pianist Jutta Hipp in our latest magazine which you can read here Wendy also released her ‘Latin Lowdown Live’ album on Dec 24th which is going down a storm! Here is a little insight on: Latin Lowdown

    Mirian Arbalejo shared with us her thoughts on her search for female artists in 'The Search'

    and last but certainly not least, Fiona Mactaggart interviewed the inspirational Keyna Wilkins here

    These are just a few highlights, but do please do support everyone’s incredible work if you can!

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  • Women in Jazz Media Playlist: Volume 9

    14th January 2022

    Our new Women in Jazz Media Playlist is now out: Volume 9. For this volume, we have created it on Spotify 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.

    As always we would encourage you to buy directly from the artist, and all the links are on our site here:

    Wendy Kirkland Melanie Charles Laila Biali Julia Biel Shannon Barnett Melba Liston Michele Osten Tara Minton Sinika Langeland Tahirah Memory Vimala Rowe Sarah Thawer Cora Coleman Dunham Tank and the Bangas Diana Torti

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  • Our December 2021 Women in Jazz Media magazine is now live!

    23rd December 2021

    We are thrilled to publish our second Women in Jazz Media magazine! Click here

    2021 has been an incredible year for us at Women in Jazz Media and since the publication of our first magazine in March, celebrating International Women’s Day, we have been immensely honoured to work with and support a huge range of inspirational women. It has been a huge challenge to decide on the content for this, our second magazine, which in many ways is a wonderful problem to have. There are so many women across the world, that we want to support and shout about and in fact do so on all of our social media channels as much as we can.

    The front cover of our last magazine featured the legendary Dee Dee Bridgewater, photographed by Tatiana Gorilovsky, celebrating the continuing legacy of powerful, independent women in the jazz world. For this edition, we feature Jas Kayser on our cover to celebrate not only the growth of the new generation of powerful jazz women but the increased platforms now being given for female instrumentalists. The cover photo was taken by Monika S Jakubowska, the only female photographer for the world-famous Ronnie Scott’s Club in London. Photography has been a focus for us this year and we were thrilled to help facilitate the inclusion of the first female photographers in the National Jazz Archives in the UK– Tatiana Gorilovsky and Monika S Jakubowska.  You will find this magazine filled with their stunning captures along with Jess Rose who we were thrilled to work with at our LGBTQ+ event organised by Jess’s wife Lara Jones, as part of the London Jazz Festival. This trio of inspirational photographers fill this magazine with beauty, joy and truth.

    I hope you enjoy our second magazine and its purpose - to highlight a very small selection of incredible women working in the jazz industry. This magazine is interactive, so do click away and it will take to you the artists pages. Please do support their work.

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  • Women in Jazz Media Team News

    16th December 2021

    For those of you who would like to follow our team, here is our monthly team update to highlight some of the teams work both inside and outside of Women in Jazz Media. Our group is all volunteer based, so as you can imagine, everyone is working very hard doing their thing!

    We are looking forward to publishing our magazine shortly, with a huge range of articles from the team including Fiona MacTaggart, Wendy Kirkland, Kim Cypher, Mirian Arbalejo, Erminia Yardley, Fiona Ross, Ashaine White, Lara Eidi, poetry from Fausta Joly and Charlotte Keefe and photography from Monika S Jakubowska. Our last magazine was published in March of this year, in celebration of International Women's Day and we hope you will enjoy our second one! Watch this space!

    Wendy Kirkland is excited to be releasing a new album on Christmas Eve: Latin Lowdown Live!

    'Sizzling, uplifting Brazilian and Afrocuban jazz, a sparkling mix of samba, bossa nova and mambo classics plus thrilling original material from Wendy Kirkland's latin sextet, featuring special guest vibraphone virtuoso Roger Beaujolais at the helm. The music has been arranged and/or composed by jazz guitarist Pat Sprakes and also features Wayne Matthews on bass guitar, Steve Wyndham on drums and Jon Richmond on latin percussion. The natural culmination and recording of their Latin Lowdown Live tour of 2021 which began as live streamed concerts then developed into in-person performances and was funded by the Arts Council, this recording is completely live and documents the concert which was attended by enthusiastic patrons, the energy palpable in the mix of music and dedication to the latin repertoire of Brazil and Cuba. To quote two audience members at the concert "We were transported...it was great and life-affirming. The sextet is 'something else'." and "A privilege being part of the recording. What draws me to the band is an admiration for how you create and work together on a shared passion."

    Here's a teaser: Latin Lockdown Live Teaser

    You can pre order here: Latin Lockdown Live

    It's been a busy year for Kim Cypher and here she shares some of her highlights with us:

    Despite all the craziness and uncertainty of the past year, there have been some real highlights for me in 2021 including: Performing a sell-out debut on the main stage at world renowned Ronnie Scott's jazz club; Performing a sell-out debut at London's 'Crazy Coqs' venue with one of my all-time saxophone heroes Barbara Thompson MBE in the audience - that was a truly special and memorable moment I will treasure forever; Performing for the launch of 'Red Flags and High Heels' album by the amazing Fiona Ross at Pizza Epress live Soho; Becoming a team member of Women in Jazz Media; Performing in the EFG London Jazz Festival as part of the Women in Jazz Media team night and sharing the stage with fellow team members Wendy Kirkland and Esther Bennett; Interview with award-winning jazz vocalist Ian Shaw on Jazz FM's Ronnie Scott's Radio; Receiving a personal letter of thanks from US pianist Herbie Hancock for being part of the 10th anniversary of International Jazz Day with my live-streamed performance from London's Toulouse Lautrec jazz venue; Performing on the main stage at a packed Town Hall in my hometown of Cheltenham; Becoming more involved in my writing and radio show hosting including album reviews, features and interviews published on Jazz in Europe, Kind of Jazz, The Jazz Journalists Association plus monthly radio show, 'The Big Jazz Hullabaloo', broadcast worldwide on JazzBites Radio; Getting a shout-out on Channel 5's Jeremy Vine TV Show for my original track and music video 'Crazy Times'; Getting back into the studio and recording with US guitarist B.D. Lenz and the amazing CK Gospel choir directed by Harlano Weekes.

    As for next year, the main focus early on is a charity single as part of my fundraising project 'Bring Your Own Sunshine' in honour of Karen Jackson and raising money for cancer charity Maggie's. The song is due for release on 1st February and is an anthem for Maggie's Centre in Cheltenham and their centres across the world. The uplifting gospel inspired track will share love, hope and positivity to all cancer patients and their friends and families. Also, a couple of original tracks inspired and composed during lockdown will be released as we look towards a brighter tomorrow.

     Beyond that, who knows...more tour dates and more music!

    Aside from doing an incredible job with our London Jazz Festival event, Lara Jones has been incredibly busy:

    'I am absolutely delighted to announce that I’ll be releasing and then touring my new solo album ‘flow’ in February!! This will be my first solo tour and I couldn’t be happier to be playing in these spaces, working with the most brilliant promoters. I am so excited to share more of this new music with you, it’s been so much fun digging deep into production and electronics. Huge thanks to Help Musicians UK for all the support through the Peter Whittingham Jazz Award. I’ll be adding more dates for the tour in the new year and super excited to share more about the incredible support lined up. Ticket link: https://linktr.ee/larr95

    I’ll be releasing my new single ‘Pillow’ alongside a super weird but really fun video on the 28th Jan. Stay tuned for pre-save links, artwork and teaser vids. What a way to end the year!

    Ashaine White has had an incredible year with the release of her EP Fairytales and many other exciting projects including performing at Union Chapel London and being a key part of the Serious London Jazz Festival team. Last gig of the year coming up on Dec 21st and tickets are available here

    and last but not least Esther Bennett!

    Esther is delighted to be joining the house band on a regular jazz niģht at The Red House where she will be singing favourite standards, original material with Aled Thomas on piano, Alex Keen on bass and John Withers on drums and of course; some jazzed up Christmas songs!🎄♥️🎄♥️🎄♥️🎄♥️🎄 Tickets available here

    And speaking of Xmas, Esther's "A Yellow Ribbon (and Love)" is one of many Christmas songs that Blossom Dearie asked Duncan Lamont to compose and which appeared on her Christmas album "Christmas Spice So Very Nice". Claire Martin OBE said "This song is sublime" and it's available here along with a wonderful video

    Esther spent a decade working and touring "The Duncan Lamont Songbook" with Duncan until he sadly passed away in 2019. She produced an EP of his songs along with Sarah Moule in 2020 called "The Songs of Duncan Lamont" available here :

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  • In Conversation with...Isabella Di Biase with guest host Hannah Horton

    7th December 2021

    We are thrilled to welcome Hannah Horton as a special guest host for our latest 'In Conversation with...' and also thrilled to welcome her guest Isabella Di Biase In Conversation with...episode 8

    Hannah is a British Female Jazz Saxophonist who’s music is rooted in jazz, folk and funk. She has performed with many great jazz artists including Ian Shaw, Amy Winehouse, John Etheridge, Tina May, Georgia Mancio, Polly Gibbons, Natalie Williams, Esther Bennett and Irene Serra; and at venues including Ronnie Scott’s, Pizza Express Dean St, The 606, The Pheasantry, Love Supreme Jazz Festival, Royal Festival Hall and The Barbican. She has also toured in Europe and USA with her own and other groups. Her latets album has been going down a storm across the world.

    “Hannah makes the big beast of a baritone sax sound like an angel” – Ian Shaw

    https://hannahhorton.com/

    Isabella Di Biase is a foh/monitors engineers and work in various incredible London venues (Scala, Union Chapel, Heaven, Underworld, etc). She also works as stage tech in London festivals (All Points East, British Summer Time Hyde Park) and as a merch seller for CMI. Isabella was part of a team of female sound engineers for the Women in Jazz Media event for the EFG London Jazz Festival at Toulouse Lautrec in 2021.

    https://womeninlivemusic.eu/member/isabella-di-biase/

    Huge thank you to Hannah for guesting presenting this episode!

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