Women in Jazz

About three years ago, when it was decided that the building at 610 North Street would be dedicated to music and the arts, I started to think of all of the programs that I had wanted to produce if and when the opportunity ever presented itself. “Women in Jazz” was something stirring in me for quite some time, and with the awareness of the moment, it became even more relevant.

I reached out to several female musicians that I have known throughout the years (still working on a time that they can fit Madison into their schedule) and some that I have never met. I contacted Sharel Cassidy’s agency https://www.sharelcassity.com/ and offered November 22 and 23. About that same time I received an email from Katherine Kramer about booking “Jazz on Tap” the notion was unique and intriguing, but when she told me of who would be performing with her I was all in. Roberta Piket and Virginia Mayhew are standouts in their own right, and in combination with Madison’s Laurie Lang and Milwaukee drummer David Bayles I was absolutely sold and it gave me a perfect opportunity to declare the start of “Women in Jazz”.

Jazz on Tap came to fruition on Thursday, October 4 and it was all that I hoped it would be, using our space as an artistic platform.

 Last August I reached out to New York saxophonist Roxy Cross (hopefully coming soon) and found this information on her website.   Mission Statement:     WOMEN IN JAZZ ORGANIZATION INTENDS TO HELP LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD IN JAZZ, SO THAT WOMEN AND NON-BINARY PEOPLE HAVE AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN AND CONTRIBUTE TO JAZZ, LEADING TO AN IMPROVED AND MORE RICH, DIVERSE, AND SUCCESSFUL ARTFORM. THE ORGANIZATION IS COMMITTED TO HONORING BLACK AMERICANS AS THE CREATORS OF JAZZ.     WIJO aims to empower the individuals within the organization, as well as coming together in solidarity to empower the larger community of jazz musicians who identify as women or non-binary. WIJO works to address inequalities in jazz culture, to change the landscape of the current jazz scene. WIJO also works to improve the perceptions and treatment of women and non-binary people in jazz from outside the jazz community.         WOMEN IN JAZZ ORGANIZATION IS A COLLECTIVE OF PROFESSIONAL PERFORMING JAZZ MUSICIANS WHO IDENTIFY AS WOMEN OR GENDER NON-BINARY. LARGELY A NEW YORK CITY-BASED ORGANIZATION, WITH CONNECTIONS TO OTHER INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS NATIONALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY.

Last August I reached out to New York saxophonist Roxy Cross (hopefully coming soon) and found this information on her website.

Mission Statement:

WOMEN IN JAZZ ORGANIZATION INTENDS TO HELP LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD IN JAZZ, SO THAT WOMEN AND NON-BINARY PEOPLE HAVE AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN AND CONTRIBUTE TO JAZZ, LEADING TO AN IMPROVED AND MORE RICH, DIVERSE, AND SUCCESSFUL ARTFORM. THE ORGANIZATION IS COMMITTED TO HONORING BLACK AMERICANS AS THE CREATORS OF JAZZ.

WIJO aims to empower the individuals within the organization, as well as coming together in solidarity to empower the larger community of jazz musicians who identify as women or non-binary. WIJO works to address inequalities in jazz culture, to change the landscape of the current jazz scene. WIJO also works to improve the perceptions and treatment of women and non-binary people in jazz from outside the jazz community.

WOMEN IN JAZZ ORGANIZATION IS A COLLECTIVE OF PROFESSIONAL PERFORMING JAZZ MUSICIANS WHO IDENTIFY AS WOMEN OR GENDER NON-BINARY. LARGELY A NEW YORK CITY-BASED ORGANIZATION, WITH CONNECTIONS TO OTHER INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS NATIONALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY.