Women in Jazz Media April News!

14th April 2024

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Welcome to our latest team news! We like to share some of the work the team have been doing both inside and outside of their Women in Jazz Media work and we have all been very busy as always.

We released our latest magazine on International Women’s Day which you can read here. You will find articles from our writing team including Isabel Marquez, Wendy Kirkland Kim Cypher, Fiona Ross, Paulette Jackson as well as photography from Monika S Jakubowska and Tatiana Gorilovsky.

You can catch up on all our recent podcasts including Hannah Horton’s ‘In Conversation With…’ talking to Helena Summerfield, Lara Eidi’s ‘The Notes Between’ with Evie Asio and our ‘On The Bookcase’ talking to Judith Tick.

Our next event is trombonist and composer Laura Impallomeni at Karamel Club, London and you can find out more and buy tickets here

We are all very excited about the launch of Paulette Jackson’s new book! ‘My fourth book, “Heaven’s Choir ~ Part 1”, is my personal tribute to R&B, Jazz and Soul artists who are no longer with us. This book was released as an ebook on March 18, 2024. Since that time I’ve had my press release written and distributed over 200 media platforms across the country including Canada!

These are some of the artists I have admired, grew up listening to and sang along with on the radio. Being a lover of music, I hold a deep appreciation for the artists that have shared their gifts with the world. “Heaven’s Choir – Part 1”, is exclusively a tribute book in which I share my memories and feelings about each artist, from my heart and soul. I wanted to pay homage to these artists who left us too soon and contribute towards keeping their music and legacies alive. My hope is that you, my dear readers, enjoy this book and that it brings back fond memories of their music and how it made you feel then and now reminding us all that indeed, music is forever’

Link to buy the book here

To find out more about Paulette, click here

Isabel Marquez has been living the dream in New York and shares ‘Just got back to London after spending 2 months in New York City working with the Women in Jazz Organisation and helping organise their event for IWD! Had the most incredible time immersing myself in the New York jazz scene and learning so much about what needs to be done next to ensure the scene continues to evolve and improve for women, young people and people of colour.’

Hannah Horton has her album launch coming up at Toulouse Lautrec on April 26th. Tickets available here

‘Recorded at the iconic Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho in front of a sold-out audience, Live in Soho is full of energy, intoxicating excitement, with a beautiful flow of tracks. It features a selection of Hannah’s own compositions alongside her interpretation of songs that she holds close to her heart. Hannah’s baritone playing is both cheeky and lyrical. Listen to Las Vegas Tango to be transported to a smoky club in sin city, or the Horn Dance if you want to experience how a Morris Man on speed would feel, then cheer yourself up by soaring with the birds on Surfing Thermals.

Hannah Horton’s band is a vibrant and energised quartet. As well as Hannah on baritone and tenor saxophone, it features Tim Lapthorn on piano, Rob Statham on electric bass and Nic France on drums. The synergy between these razor-sharp musicians is apparent on first listen.

Hannah Horton is an artist who goes her own way. Her strong, clear tone, powerful rhythmic sense and compelling sense of melody make her an unmistakable voice on the scene. As a bandleader, she has been working with the same group of talented musicians for fifteen years: as composer, she released her second album Inside Out in 2021 to overwhelmingly positive reviews, receiving a Parliamentary Jazz Award nomination for Best Newcomer: as a performer, she’s played at all of the UK’s most prominent jazz venues such as Ronnie Scott’s, The Royal Festival Hall, the Barbican, and the 606 Jazz Club, selling out her London Jazz Festival shows. Recognition from the musical establishment has come in the form of awards, endorsements and diplomas, but it’s the way that audiences respond to her unashamedly positive, uninhibitedly personal music, and the emotional honesty of her accessible, engaging take on jazz that delivers the definitive accolade. Hannah’s music always prioritises melody and a sense of playfulness to create a very personal take on jazz that is informed equally by a strong affinity to groove. There are echoes of some of her favourites like Mark Lockheart and Keith Jarrett, and classical composers like Gerald Finzi - but ultimately there’s no-one else who sounds quite like her - a Melodic Maverick. ‘

And talking of saxophones…

Kim Cypher is so thrilled to be returning to world-renowned Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club on Sunday 16th June to perform a lunchtime special on Father's Day, showcasing new original music from her forthcoming album ‘Catching Moments’. Kim will perform with her ALL-STAR band featuring Chris Cobbson on guitar, Alex Steele on piano, Mike Green on bass and her husband Mike Cypher on drums.

Click here to book tickets to join Kim and the band for this very special performance!

Expect an eclectic, lively mix of jazz, Latin and swing together with some well-known favourites. To celebrate Father’s Day, Kim will also unveil a special track from her album 'dedicated to my dear late father and to all fathers everywhere'.

A few other forthcoming live dates are:

Sat 20th April - Swindon Jazz & Soul Festival

Fri 26th April - Ben & Soph's Jazz at Market Bosworth

Thurs 2nd May - Dunkerton's Jazz Sessions 

Sat 1st June - Highworth Jazz Festival

Thurs 6th June - Dunkerton's Jazz Sessions 

Sun 9th June - Colchester Arts

All booking links can be found via Kim's website at: www.kimcypher.com

And last but certainly not least, Germana Stella La Sorsa has been sharing some brilliant videos shining a light on some of the tracks from her new album. Head over to her You Tube page here New live dates will be announced soon, starting with Off the Rails on the 9th of June!

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