Wednesday, March 07, 2007

8th Annual CBJC Jazz festival Now underway


8th Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival

Thursday, March 8th at 10:00 AM - Brooklyn Borough Hall

Scheduled Speakers - 10:30 AM

Brooklyn Borough President, Honorable Marty Markowitz

Brooklyn Historical Society, President Deborah Schwartz

Father Martin Carter, Our Lady of Victory Roman Catholic Church

Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium, Chairman Jitu Weusi

Musical selections by the Bob Cunningham Trio - 10:00 AM

Contact info: Bob Myers, 718.467.1527

Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium/CBJC will hold its 8th Annual CBJC Jazz Festival from April 4th to April 29th 2007. The theme for this year's festival is "Jazz and Rhythm-Voice of the People," which speaks to the tempo of jazz music as it finds its sound in the contemporary voice of the people.

“Jazz musicians have always lived in Brooklyn , composed their music here, and performed for our residents, like ‘ Charlie Parker Place ’ in Bedford-Stuyvesant, which once boasted more than 20 jazz venues,” said Borough President Markowitz. “The Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium’s eighth annual jazz festival confirms that Brooklyn will remain a jazz capital in the days ahead — from legends like Randy Weston performing at the Brooklyn Historical Society to a peek at the young lions at the Youth Jamboree, Brooklyn will be boppin’!”

Some of the events for the 8th Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival include

  • April 4- CBJC Gala Fundraiser / Sugar Hill Restaurant
  • April 5- Jazz Jam Session / Savy's Restaurant
  • April 6- Jeff King Band / Solomon's Porch
  • April 7- Fine Art of Answered Stewart / Afroart Designs
  • April 11- Randy Weston Trio / Brooklyn Historical Society
  • April 26- Jazz & The Spoken Word / Brooklyn Borough Hall
  • April 27- Houston Person Quartet / Jazz 966
  • April 28-Youth Jamboree / Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Center
  • April 29- Gala Farewell for Fr. Martin Carter / Our Lady Victory R.C. Church
The Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium, born in 1999, is an amalgam of jazz musicians, venue owners, churches, community based organizations, and patrons of the music. Over the past 7 years, they have presented an annual spring festival, established a Brooklyn Jazz Hall of Fame, and produced yearly programs of events and activities that feature local jazz musical talents.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006


to benefit

NBUF Student ScholarshipProgram
Long Life's Art Project Art

Event to mark close of 7th Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival

Sunday, April 30, 2006
3:00 till 10:00 PM
Multi Service Center“s Auditorium
1958 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, New York
Jitu Weusi
718 857 1427


Brooklyn Blowout Event to mark close of the 7th Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival. Featuring Some of the Best Musicians in Brooklyn.

- Bishop Nat Townsley and The Gospel Jubilee – sensational gospel group with his younger daughter Bonita and many more. Playing selections from their new CD Follow The Star.
- Charenee Wade – Brooklyn bred talented young singer. She has recently appeared at Tonic Nightclub on the lower east side of Manhattan, a former student of NSP Youth, Inc.
- Miles Griffith - a singer who is in the spirit of the late Leon Thomas. Performing in Brooklyn before a groundbreaking tour of German jazz clubs.
- Andrew Lamb Trio - will be playing music from their recently released CB New Orleans Suite.
- Brooklyn Fashion Show & Sale - Models from Fashion Flyte will exhibit fashions by Brooklyn's designers. Designer Michi, Osun, Takiyah Jerome as well as other vendors will havethe creative artwork for sale.

$20 General Admission
$10 Students with ID (High School and College)
$5 Children under 12

vendor info call @ 1-718-857-1427

A or C train to Ralph Avenue B25, B40 to Ralph

List of participating institutions:

1. Sugar Hill Restaurant & Supper Club
2. Janes United Methodist Church
3. Afro Arts Designs
4. Solomon Porch Restaurant
5. The Jazz Spot
6. Sistas' Place
7. Jazz 966 @ Fort Greene Senior Center
8. 4W Circle
9. Stuyvesant Heights Christian Church
10. Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts – L.I.U. Brooklyn campus
11. Long Life Information & Referral Network
12. Crown Heights Youth Collective
13. Brown Chocolate Café
14. Jazz Pazzazz Preservation Society
15. Brooklyn Public Library / Marcy Branch
16. Dakar Restaurant
17. The Corridor Gallery
18. Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Amphitheater
19. Bedford Stuyvesant Family Health Center
20. Multi Service Center Auditorium

Support From:

Department of Cultural Affairs
Brooklyn Arts Council
Bedford Stuyvesant Family Health Center

Invited to welcome the participants of this event is the newly elected New York City Council Member, the Honorable Darlene Meadly

National Black United Front/NBUF will present the Community Heroes Award to TWU President Roger Toussaint

Final Night all expected surprise guests will perform.

Company: NBUF
Contact Name: Jitu Weusi
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: 718. 857.1427

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Friday, April 21, 2006


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Sunday, April 02, 2006

Brooklyn Jazz Festival Updates

  • Wed 4/5 MAKING IT ... in the fashion Field! On Wednesday, April 5th, 2006 @ Amarachi Lounge 325 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn NY (between Clifton & Green) 7:30pm $10 with registration* $20 without 718-249 0939 check for full designer show and sale schedule
  • Thur 4/6 Solomon's Porch, 307 Stuyvesant Ave, 718-919-8001, 917-602-0865, 8pm Eric Frazier's "Jazz Jam" with The Eric Frazier Trio. Musicians and Singers welcome to come JAM with us. $

  • Fri 4/7 Jazz 966, 966 Fulton St. (Grand St.), 718-638-6910, 7pm, “Billie's Bounce” Dance Contest - Lindy Hoppers & Swing Dancers with The Ray Abrams Big Band. Cash Prize for Winners. $
  • Fri-Sat 4/7-8 Live @ Williamburg Music Center, 367 Bedford Ave, at S. 5th, 718 384-1654, 10pm, Hosted by Pope featuring Flasher doing rock & roll, Squeezebox, Avant garde accordion, and Lulla, vocalist/songwriter. Performance followed by open mic. Doors open at 10 To contact Pope: Cover Charge $
  • Saturday, April 8 - N.S.P. Youth Inc., (Non-Stop Productions), Youth Poets Cafe / 3 ~ 6 PM, admission $10, Stuvesant Heights Christian Church, 69 MacDonough St. @ Tompkins Ave., info 718.415.3474
  • Sat 4/8 The Jazz Spot, 375 Kosciuszko St, 718-453-7825, 9pm-1am, Great Men In Jazz featuring “Fleet Colley QT” $
  • Sat 4/8- Sistas' Place, Nostrand & Jefferson, 718 756-7600, St, Ahmed Abdullah's Ebonic Tones with Billy Bang, Alex Harding, Alex Blake, D.D. Jackson and Alvin Atkinson
  • Sat 4/8 4W Circle, 704 Fulton St., 718-875-6500, 8:00 pm Jazz Series featuring the “Eric Frazier Trio” Come browse, shop and listen to great music! $

  • Sat 4/8 Stuyvesant Heights Christian Church, 69 MacDonough St. (Tompkins Ave.), 718-15-3474, 3pm-6pm “Youth Poets Cafe” by N.S.P. Youth, Inc.
  • Fri 4/14 Jazz 966, 966 Fulton St, 718-638-6910, 8pm, “Good Friday Jazz Vespers” led by the spiritually joyful jazz, blues & gospel savant Kathy Griggs & Company. $
  • Sat 4/15 Kumble Theater, Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus, 718-488-1624,, 7:30pm to 9:30pm Sabado de Gloria: All Star Salute to the Giants of Latin Jazz” w/ Dave Valentin, Hilton Ruiz, Giovanni Hidalgo, Papo Vazquez and more. Presented by Up Over Jazz Production/United Music Makers, Inc. $
  • Sat 4/15 The Jazz Spot, 375 Kosciuszko St, 718 453.7825, 9pm-1am, Great Men In Jazz featuring “Danny Mixon” $
  • Sat 4/15- Sistas' Place, Nostrand & Jefferson, 718 756-7600,, Eddie Gale with Dick Griffin
  • Monday, April 17 thru April 22 - Sistas' Place presents, Tribute to Jazz: A Music of the Spirit, Sistas' Place, 456 Nostrand Ave., call for schedule 718.398.1766
  • Sun 4/16 Solomon’s Porch, 307 Stuyvesant Ave. 718-919-8001, 2pm, Eric Frazier's “CBJC Jazz Brunch” featuring “Eric Frazier Quintet” Call to reserve seats. $
  • Tues 4/18 Brooklyn Borough Hall, 907 Joralemon & Court Sts, 718.778.0009, ex 18, 4pm–8pm, Long Life Information & Referral Network presents “Jazz & The Spoken Word” w/Louis Reyes Rivera:The Jazzoets & others. Dinner Served at 4:00 pm

  • Tues 4/18 Sista's’ Place, Nostrand & Jefferson St, C, 8pm, Discussion on Jazz: A Music of the Spirit: The Female Projenitors! w/authors Kyra Gaunt, Farah Jasmine Griffin & thesis originators: Monique Ngozi, Ahmed Abdullah & Louis Reyes Rivera $

  • Thu 4/20 Sistas' Place, Nostrand & Jefferson, 718 756-7600, 7pm, “Salim Washington Sextet “ premiering with Louis Reyes Rivera, Suite 1 from Jazz in Jail, an epic poem. $
  • Fri 4/21 The Crown Heights Youth Collective 915 Franklyn Ave, 718 756-7600, 7pm-9pm "The Joe Knight Group" with Mike Ridley & Friends. A special vocal attraction with the great Art Jenkins. Admissions Free! Donations accepted. Contact RGreen

  • Fri 4/21 Jazz 966, 966 Fulton St., 718 638.6910, 8pm, “Randy Weston & his African Rhythms” $
  • Fri 4/21 "Live @ Williamburg Music Center", 367 Bedford Ave, at S. 5th 718-384-1654, 10pm, Hosted by Pope featuring Sub Con, who is celebrating the release of his new album "Subtalk" Feature performance followed by open mic. To contact Pope: $
  • Fri 4/21 Brown Chocolate Café, 1084 Fulton St at Claver Pl 917-754-2956, 7pm, Bedford Stuyvesant Community Legal Services presents their annual fund-raiser “Jazz Concert with Sabor and the Jazz Associates.” 718- 636-1155 $
  • Fri 4/21 Sistas' Place, Nostrand & Jefferson, 718 756-7600,, -Andrew Cyrille/Odean Pope

  • Sat 4/22 The Jazz Spot, 375 Kosciuszko St, 718 453.7825, 9pm-1am, Great Men In Jazz featuring “Johnny James Quartet $
  • Sat 4/22 Solomon’s Porch, 307 Stuyvesant Ave, 8pm, presents “Bob Cunningham Quartet” with special guest: Bill Saxton, Saxophone, Sharp Radway, keyboards, Tony Mapp, Drums and Bob Cunningham, Bass
  • Sun 4/22 Jazzpazzazz Preservation Society hosts, Jazz Connections; Marcy Branch Brooklyn Public Gallery Library, “Jazz Exhibit and Panel discussion” Free! Sugar hill Supper Club “Jazz Fashion Brunch and dance”, items 4 sale 619 DeKalb Ave, , 11am-4pm a 11am -4pm Brunch $20 in advance A-Liners Brooklyn designer show and sale her listen, dance, dine and shop 718-875-1016

  • Sat 4/22- Sistas' Place, Nostrand & Jefferson, 718 756-7600,, Charles Tolliver's Music Inc. Continuum with Robert Glasper, Cecil McBee and E.J Strickland!
  • Sat-Sun 4/22-23 Jazz Zoom “Carryin' It On Photo Exhibit” Dakar Restaurant, 285 Grand Ave & Clifton Pl., 6 pm, Hosted by DVC Press and Overtime Records $
  • Sun 4/23 The Corridor Gallery, 334 Grand Ave, 718-875-53353pm JAZZ ZOOM TRIO A, Premier Concert” (A. Abdullah, A. Blake & A. Harding) presented by DVC Press and Overtime Records $

  • Tues 4/25 Sugarhill Restaurant & Supper Club, 609 DeKalb & Nostrand Aves, 7pm to 9pm, 718.797.1727, presents “Vocalist Cynthia Holiday
  • Fri 4/28 Jazz 966, 966 Fulton St., 718 638.6910, 8pm “The unrivaled Cynthia Scott & Quartet $
  • Fri 4/28 The Comfort Zone, 289 5th Ave (bet 1st & 2nd Ave), 8pm, Publisher, Author Du Ewa M. Frazier host “Word Canvass-Open Mic Jazz Set featuring Eric Frazier $
  • Sat 4/29 Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Amphitheater 1368 Fulton St (bet New York & Brooklyn), 718.415.3474 1pm - 4pm Youth Jazz Jamboree/Wellness Day” sponsored by the Bedford Stuyvesant Family Health Center, N.S.P. Youth, Inc. & Youth Arts Academy $
  • Sat 4/29 Solomon’s Porch, 307 Stuyvesant Ave, 8pm-11pm, 917-602-0865, presents “James Spaulding Expressions” honors the legacy of Duke Ellington. $
  • Sat 4/29 The Jazz Spot, 375 Kosciuszko St, 718 453.7825 9pm-1am, Great Men In Jazz featuring “Ben James Ensemble $

  • Sat 4/29 Williamsburg Music Center,367 Bedford Ave., at S. 5th, 718-384-1654, 10pm “A Tribute to Roland Alexander” featuring the Gerry Eastman Quartet. Honoring their saxophonist Roland Alexander who has taken ill earlier this year. Gerry Eastman, Bass, Joe Ford, Horns, Taru, Drums, Mamiko, Keys $
  • Sat 4/29- Sistas' Place, Nostrand & Jefferson, 718 756-7600, St, Vanessa Rubin with Trio
  • Sun 4/30 Brooklyn Blow Out”, 1958 Fulton St (bet Ralph & Howard), 718-857-1427, 3pm-10pm, hosted by N.B.U.F. Come hear the best musicians in Brooklyn. featuring A-Liners Brooklyn designer show and sale will be $

Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival up dates can be seen at,

Saturday, April 01, 2006

CBJC Festival Schedule

  • Saturday, April 1 - "Black & White Benefit Show And Dance" - Ron Anderson & The Versatiles / 7 ~ 12 Mid, $55 admission, Janes United Methodist Church, 660 Monroe St.@ Malcolm X Blvd., info 718.469.5572
  • Saturday, April 1 - Afroarts Design presents, The Fine Art of Al Johnson & Jeff King Band / 3 ~ 8 PM, No Cover- Refreshments served, Afroarts 316 Stuyvesant Ave @ Halsey, information 718.573.6110
  • Solomon's Porch the Jeff king band 307 bedstuy ave - 8pm 1-718-919-8001
  • Friday, April 7 - Billie's Bounce: The Ray Abrams Big Band (Billie Holiday Birthday Celebration) / 8 ~ 11 PM, Cover TBA, JAZZ 966, 966 Fulton Street, information 718.638.6910
  • Saturday, April 8 - N.S.P. Youth Inc., (Non-Stop Productions), Youth Poets Cafe / 3 ~ 6 PM, admission $10, Stuvesant Heights Christian Church, 69 MacDonough St. @ Tompkins Ave., info 718.415.3474
  • Saturday, April 15 - Sabado De Gloria: A Salute To the Giants of Latin Jazz, with Dave Valentin, Hilton Ruiz, Giovanni Hidalgo, Papo Vazquez and others / 7:30 ~ 9:30 PM, tickets: $60, $45, $25, Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts, Long Island University's Brooklyn Campus, information 718.467.1527
  • Monday, April 17 thru April 22 - Sistas' Place presents, Tribute to Jazz: A Music of the Spirit, Sistas' Place, 456 Nostrand Ave., call for schedule 718.398.1766
  • Tuesday, April 18 - Jazz and The Spoken Word, Long Life Information and Referral Network / Dinner and Performance, FREE, 4 ~ 8:30 PM, Brooklyn Borough Hall, information 917.535.9781
  • Tuesday, April 25 - Vocalist Cynthia Holiday / 7 ~ 9 PM, Cover TBA, Sugarhill Restaurant & Supper Club, 609 DeKalb Ave @ Nostrand Ave., info 718.797.1727
  • Saturday, April 25 - Youth Jazz Jamboree/Wellness Day (NSP Youth Inc. Bedford Stuyvesant Family Health Center & Youth Arts Academy) / 1 ~ 4 PM, FREE, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza Amphitheater, 1360 Fulton Street
  • Saturday, April 25 - James Spaulding Expressions, Honors The Legacy of Duke Ellington / 8 ~ 11 PM, Cover $20 BYOBB, Solomon's Porch, 307 Stuyvesant Ave., information 917.602.0865
Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival up dates can be seen at,

Tuesday, March 21, 2006











6:00 ~ 11:00 pm reservations 718.797.1727




BILLY HARPER(saxophone)



TWO SHOWS ONLY: 7:00 PM & 8:15 PM / $20 cover

AT 9:00 PM






SPONSORS: The 7th Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival 2006 and CBJC activities are made possible by,

Lead Sponsors - NYS Assembly Member Annette Robinson; NYC Council Member Albert Vann; Brooklyn

Delegation to the New York City Council and CBJC member organizations. This CBJC program is supported,

in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the State of New York Natural

Heritage Trust Department,, BAC/JPMorgan Chase Regrant Fund, Yamaha Corporation of America and




Taken Tuesday, February 7, 2006

Sugarhill Restaurant & Supper Club

Left to Right

NYC Council Member, Al Vann; Anheuser-Busch Geographic Marketing Manager, Cynthia Holiday Moore; Pastor Brown Memorial Baptist, Church, Rev. Clinton M. Miller; City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs Associate Arts Program Specialist, Amanda Wells and

Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium Chairman Jitu Weusi.

Ray Abrams Big BandJazz 966 April 7th

The Ray Abrams (18-piece) Big Band,

under the direction of Ervin Simpson, featuring the vocal stylings of

Tulivu-Donna Cumberbatch,

appearing at Jazz 966 on 966 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11238

8 to 11 PM, Information: 718-638-6910 x 23 or 25 /website:

Donation $15.00

Friday, April 7, 2006,

On this occasion, the band appears in a program entitled:

Billie's Bounce- A Billie Holiday Birthday Celebration.

This event is part of

The 7th Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival,

Jazz: A Music Of The Spirit

(March 29 Th“ April 30, 2006)

"...and in the center of it all was the hard-swinging 18 piece Ray Abrams Big Band."... 24/7

"With toes tapping and fingers snapping, residents filled the park and swayed the night away."... Lynbrook/East Rockaway Herald

"The solos were deft and complex, veering off the melody into zones of time, space and sound."...24/7

This highly professional swing band, which actually started in the 50’s under the vision of Hank Dougherty, was acquired by Brooklyn’s famous jazz saxophonist and prolific arranger, Ray Abrams. Ray passed on in 1997, but the band continues to entertain lovers of swing and classic-jazz. The 18 members of the band consistently recreate the unforgettable love ballads-- that Donna sings wonderfully-- and the hard swinging, finger-snapping, toe-tapping instrumental tunes of the greatest swing-bands of the 40’s and 50’s, many of which feature the band’s soloist and Donna’s swinging vocal stylings.

The band’s library of musical arrangements is lengthy and well rounded, ranging from the still modern sounding charts created by Ray Abrams, to the swinging big-band charts from the minds of arrangers like Sam Nistico, Quincy Jones, Sy Oliver, Neal Hefti and so many others. This valued musical library supports the bands ability to create a well-rounded program of classic-jazz as played by the bands of Basie, Ellington, Herman, Hawkins, Eckstine and Hampton, etc.

The band's unique ability to perform to the spirit of the music and to swing at the drop of a hat is consistently nourished by the very dedicated skills of the band’s leader, Ervin Simpson, who has led the band since 1998. No doubt, this ability to swing the most beloved songs from The Classic American Jazz Songbook, explains why the band continues to maintain a growing presence in the tri-state area.

Of late, the Band has appeared at an increasing number of venues in the five boroughs and on Long Island.

Upcoming appearances:

*Eisenhower Park, LI-- June Afternoon Swing Concert at the Lakeside Theatre

*Valley Stream, L I, Town Park, -- August 23, Swing Concert/Dance in the Park Series

*Bronx Central Library-- August 26, Swing Concert

*Freeport Public Library, LI—Swing Concert in tribute to Black History

Judy Bady to Perform CBJC GAlA

Judy Bady Will Appear @ CBJC Gala



6:00 ~ 11:00 pm reservations 718.797.1727

Judy Bady, a native of Benton Harbor, MI, is a
vocalist, actress, writer and instructor who has won
multiple, consecutive DOWN BEAT® music awards and has
performed and/or recorded with Gary Bartz, Hamiet
Bluiett; Tom Burns; George Cables; Doug Carn; Andrew
Cyrille; Jon Faddis; Billy Harper; Billy Hart; Jon
Hendricks; John Hicks; Oliver Lake; Bill Lee; Barney
McCall; Bobby McFerrin; Rene McLean; Diane Moser;
Misha Piatigorsky; Badal Roy; Hilton Ruiz; Paul
Serrato, Aaron Scott, Francesca Tanksley, Reggie
Workman, and Piotr Wojtasik among others.  She has
also performed as a leader in Moscow, Russia and
Szczecin, Poland.
Judy recorded and released her debut CD as a leader in
November 2003 entitled “Blackbird,” (which was
produced by Misha Piatigorsky,, who
was also instrumental in arranging Judy’s tour in
Moscow, Russia in December 2003).  “Blackbird” has
been reviewed in, (where she was
also cited on the site's 2004 list of New York's Best
New Talent); THE SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, (where it also
was named as of of the top ten jazz recordings of
and by the Alternative Music Press Syndicate. 
“Blackbird” is also being played on radio stations
world wide.  Samples of "Blackbird" can be heard on, (high-speed Internet connection
required), and on
Judy was also featured in the international
award-winning documentary, “Jazzwomen:  The Female
Side of Jazz,”  Judy was also
included in Scott Yanow’s book on jazz singers,
entitled, “The Jazz Singers.”  The book profiles the
top 500 jazz vocalists of all time, will be published
by Backbeat Books in 2005, will be nationally
distributed and will be available in most bookstores
in 2005.
Judy’s producer, Misha Piatigorsky, entered his
composition, “Low Talk,” (on which Judy sang lead
vocals), in the 2004 Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz
International Composers Competition sponsored by BMI
and was awarded the top prize.  Misha and Judy
performed “Low Talk” at the 2004 Thelonious Monk
Institute of Jazz International Jazz Vocals
Competition at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
on September 13, 2004.  For information about the
Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, visit
Judy was also chosen to perform at the 32nd Annual
International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE)
International Conference in Long Beach, CA in 2005.
Additional information on Judy Bady can be found on
her website at, and by doing an
advanced search on her name at
                   JUDY BADY                          
Judy Bady cited in ALLABOUTJAZZ-NEW YORK’s and on’s 2004 lists of New York’s Best
New Talent,
“Blackbird” listed as one of the top ten jazz CD’s of
2004 by Richard Scheinin in the December 19, 2004
"Judy has developed an extraordinarily broad concept
of her vocal artistry.  As we listen to her dramatic
and rich vocabulary of musically composed American
song, we are astounded." - George W. Carroll/The
Musician’s Ombudsman,,
"Bady's acerbic timbre and salty directness recall
Della Reese and Carmen McRae." - Fred Bouchard - DOWN
Lead vocalist on the international award-winning
composition "Low Talk," composed by Misha Piatigorsky,
winner of the 2004 Thelonious Monk International Jazz
Composers Competition sponsored by BMI,
“This is one powerhouse of a singer; a force of nature
and a gospel/jazz belter with a respect for her
progenitors." - Joel Levin, Alternative Music Press
"Judy is expressive, whether singing, scatting,
snickering or humming, you'll feel the spirit of the
song." - D. Oscar Groomes, O'S PLACE JAZZ NEWSLETTER,
"Anyone who's heard Judy sing never forgets her." -
"Here's a jazz singer with a voice for moving
mountains.  Bady's voice carries the legacy of
street-corner quartets and church choirs, but it all
comes out jazz." - Richard Scheinin, SAN JOSE MERCURY
"Judy Bady, (whose voice brings to mind the
wonderfully rich tones of Carmen McRae, Betty Carter,
Shirley Horn and Abbey Lincoln), is certainly a talent
worth keeping an eye (and ear) on.  Her voice, her
sense of swing, and mostly her joyful and fun approach
to music making are a refreshing and enlightening
experience." - Craig W. Hurst,
"Judy Bady is beyond doubt the most soulful, gutsy and
simply real new jazz singer to step out in a decade.
Her voice is way warm, and her swing is deep.  As my
assistant Joe Petrucelli said, "That's a voice with
character."  - Howard Mandel - Down Beat, Jazziz,
Musical America, and Swing Journal (Tokyo), is heard
on NPR, is the author of Future Jazz (Oxford
University Press, 2000), and is the president of the
Jazz Journalists Association,
"Her approach is somewhere between Abbey Lincoln and
Leon Thomas and just as powerful as either." - Mark E.
"Judy Bady is an exciting and consummate jazz
vocalist." - Oliver Lake,
"Finally a REAL jazz singer with great depth and a
huge spirit.  Ahhhh!" -  Chuck Miller, Program
Director, WRTI/90.1 FM - Philadelphia,
“That Judy Bady!!…Makes one’s heart swing!!…Makes one
want to sing!!” - Billy Harper,
Ralph Johnson Bunche Distinguished Graduate Fellow –
Rutgers University - 2000-2002,
"Somebody get Judy a job as a singer." - Bobby
Winner - 1994 & 1995 DOWN BEAT® Student Music Award -
Jazz Vocal Soloist,
Outstanding Performance - 1996 DOWN BEAT® Student
Music Award - Jazz Vocal Soloist,
"A contralto voice suggestive of both Nina Simone and
Sarah Vaughan in its rich, resonant tone." - George
Bronze Medal Winner – 1998 Savannah Onstage Int’l.
Arts Festival/American Traditions Competition For
“An heir apparent to Shirley Horn.” – Gene Downs –

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Jazz The Womens Viewpoint

Jazz! The Women's Viewpoint is an annual forum conceived seven years ago by the late Rosalind Blair, who was a member of the pioneering group Club Jest Us; a group of women promoters who were responsible for the vanguard recording at Night of the Cookers. Her desire was to set a safe place where women can share their views on the topic of Jazz, and their involvement on both artistic and personal levels. If Jazz is a cultural lifeline and culture expresses the civility of a people, women in the Jazz environment are the ones who can bring forth the truth. Therefore the position women must take is to speak on the facts that relate to them in this rich cultural expression!

Initially, the forum included a panel of 6 including musicians and wives of musicians concluding with a musical presentation. An honorarium was paid to all participants. Ms Blair funded the entire program herself. The presentation has evolved to be Intergen-

erational and the addition of more music. We ask that each panelist in addition to the discussion, present a small selection of her art.

Jazz! The Women’s View Point has had stellar roster of talented musicians and equally talented wives of musicians lend support to this forum over the years. They include Amina Baraka, Dena Vireo, Miriam Sullivan, Charande Wade, Bertha Hope Melba Joyce, Bernice Brooks, Dee Ramey, Evelyn Blakely, Linda Hudson Deidre Murray, Jacqueline Bonneau, Keisha St Joan, Akua Dixon Turre, Lil Phillips, Lakeisha Benjamin, Keisha Saint Joan, the Kim Clarke Trio, Tulivu Donna Cumberbatch, Nikki Williams, as well as the wives of musicians Bayyinah Abdus Sabur, Eloise Jones, Gloria Ware, Carline Ray, Carolyn Dunlop, Sayydah Garrett, Sandy Jordan and Amy Olatunji. The last couple of years, the moderator has been Shelia Anderson of WBGO.