• In Conversation With...Migdalia Van Der Hoven

    28th November 2022

    Welcome to our latest episode of ‘In Conversation With’ featuring music from Hannah Horton! You can find our podcasts in the top 60 Best Jazz Podcasts in FeedSpot! In this episode, host Hannah Horton welcomes our special guest, Migdalia Van Der Hoven. Click here to listen

    Migdalia van der Hoven is an award-winning Mexican drummer known for her groove, sensitivity and versatility across multiple genres such as funk, jazz, latin and pop. Having just recorded a new album 'Point of Departure' live at Abbey Road Studios we are excited to chat to her before her debut performance at Jazz Café Posk this week.

    Migdalia became the first Mexican Female drummer to ever perform at Ronnie Scott’s and the EFG London Jazz Festival and recently was honoured as “Woman of the year 2022” in Mexico in arts and culture for her contribution in music nationally and internationally. Currently touring with SIX the Musical across the UK, Migdalia is also a Vater Drumsticks, Bosphorus Cymbals and RTOM Corporation artist. She is a Berklee College of Music graduate (where she studied and performed with Jackie Santos, Terri Lynn Carrington, Victor Mendoza and Mark Walker). Migdalia has performed in the UK with Scott Stroman, Adam Glasser, Russell Brand, Paul Enger (Caffe Nero), The All Souls Orchestra, Women in Jazz and on the BBC/ITV. She was part of the Beantown Jazz Festival in the USA and is currently a member of the National Jazz Orchestra of Mexico where she performs and also supports young women through scholarships to continue their studies in jazz. She also offers masterclasses internationally and is one of the UK judges for Hit like a Girl Contest 2022, which is the biggest female drum/beats contest worldwide.

    Together with her latest project "The Migdalia van der Hoven Quartet", she launched her new EP "Girl Facing South" with a series of dates in and around London including the EFG London Jazz Festival 2021, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Toulouse Lautrec, Pizza Express Live and more. The EP comprises a mix of original and West Coast fusion tracks and has received positive reviews from Grammy Award winning artists.

    Hannah is a British Female Jazz Saxophonist whose 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 latest 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

  • The Notes Between: A new podcast series with Lara Eidi

    23rd November 2022

    Welcome to the very first episode of our brand-new podcast series’ The Notes Between’ with Lara Eidi. Conversations exploring everything behind and about the world of songwriting! Our theme music ‘Opened Eyes’ is from Lara Eidi herself available here

    In this first episode, Lara talks to songwriter Liv Monaghan. Available on Spotify Apple and Anchor

    Liv Monaghan is a vocalist and songwriter based in Paris. Producer and story-teller with two studio albums of compositions released between 2016 and 2018 and another on the way. ‘My music pulls threads from Jazz, Soul, Rock, and Romanticism to create an alternative, sometimes experimental, often poetic and always original sound’. Lover of the left-behind, of old things of letter-notes and half-light ghosts which get stitched, strung or typed back up together to make something new.

    Liv Monaghan website

    Lara Eidi is an artist that thrives on being different.  Born in Athens Lebanese- Canadian parents, her entire life and career is that of a  singer-songwriter , multidisciplinary artist, educator and writer. Undefined by style, Lara’s music has earned her own unique place in the music world as a storyteller, jazz and folk singer, composer and recording artist heard at venues in London including the Barbican, St Martins in the Fields, Green Note, Edinburgh Festival, Beirut International Festival to name a few. Born in Athens to Lebanese-Canadian parents, her music has gained her critical acclaim as an artist with a truly unique voice (BBC Artist, 2020- 2021), who manages to shift between musical styles and vocations owed to her diverse background as a singer ( Guildhall School of Music and Drama ); writer ( English Literature from the University of St. Andrews) and educator. Lara's passion and artistry comes from a pure and authentic drive to connect with audience members as well as students, creating a space where the healing power of music can be felt by all.  Recently supported by Hawkwood College and the Francis W Reckitt Arts Trust, Lara is set to record her new album in Spring 2023, and has just launched her very first podcast on songwriting 'The Notes Between' with Women in Jazz Media.  Finally, her passion for music as a life choice has led her to become an in demand educator, offering workshops at leading music institutions as well as community spaces in Europe. 

    "Lara Eidi is one of those singers who connects with the audience as soon as she starts to sing. Perhaps psychologists can explain the gift – and it is a gift "Sandy Brown Jazz- London

    Lara Eidi website

  • Behind the Pen: A Writer’s Journey with Paulette Jackson

    23rd November 2022

    The world of jazz (and music) journalism is a competitive struggle at times, particularly for women looking to break the mould and find a name for themselves in a historically male-dominated industry. Despite this, there are plenty of women who have successfully navigated their writing and journalistic careers, embarking on different paths and timelines to get where they want to be. Women in Jazz Media have been exploring the stories and experiences of several female music writers, who have been transforming perceptions in the music industry one word at a time, including Jane Cornwell, Hilary Robertson, Sandra Booker, Jordannah Elizabeth, Lara Eidi, Fiona Ross and many more. These interviews aim to uncover the wonders and challenges of being a writer, hopefully inspiring many young women to follow their own writing ambitions!

    To start off the series, written by Isabel Marquez and published on Jazz in Europe, we’ve spoken to the incredible Paulette Jackson. A published author, the founder and CEO of Jazz Zone Radio, and host of ‘The Classic Soul Music Café’ radio show, Paulette Jackson has built her incredible career from a love of songwriting and storytelling.

    Behind the Pen: A Writer’s Journey with Paulette Jackson

  • Women in Jazz Media Team Playlist! Anniversary special edition!

    23rd November 2022

    Today is our two year anniversary, so we thought we would publish a special team edition of our playlist. Many people ask us all about our work outside of Women in Jazz Media, so take some time out and find out a little more about the musicians and composers in our team! You can listen on Spotify and/or You Tube

    Kim Cypher

    Wendy Kirkland

    Esther Bennett

    Hannah Horton

    Sandra Booker

    Charlotte Keeffe

    Fiona Ross

    Lara Eidi

    Diana Torti

    Ashaine White

    Adyenne Simone

    Laura Impallomeni

    Vimala Rowe

    Isabel Marquez

    Jasna Jovicevic

  • Women in Jazz Playlist: EFG London Jazz Festival Special edition!

    14th November 2022

    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! This month we have a ‘special edition’ playlist, highlighting the incredible music of the artists playing at our EFG London Jazz Festival events from the 17th-20th of November!  

    Spotify Playlist You Tube Playlist

    Find out more about each event and get your tickets here

    Migdalia Van der Hoven Ashaine White Vimala Rowe Adyenne Simone (Big Mama)

    Laura Impallomeni Charlotte Keeffe London Gay Big Band Janette Mason Lara De Belder


    10th November 2022

    Huge thank you to everyone who came and supported the second of our new monthly residencies at Jazz Cafe Posk in London, with Esther Bennett launching her brilliant new album ‘Home is Where The Art Is’. Such an incredible night and wonderful performances from Esther and her musicians Richard Sadler, Steve Taylor, Terence Collie and her special guest John Hogg

    Here are a selection of photos from the night taken by Tatiana Gorilovsky:

    Esther Bennett black and white photo singing into a mic - black background. Very moody and powerful.

    Esther Bennett black and white photo standing up looking to the ceiling singing in a mic. Spot light very clear and Terence Collie sitting at the piano, head down.

    Special guest: John Hogg

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