Jazz Clinic with Othello Molineaux, International Jazz Steel Drummer

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Our Jazz Combo had the pleasure of learning from, listening to and playing two songs with Othello Molineaux including Tangerine and Watermelon Man.  Unforgettable!
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Women in Jazz South Florida 2015 Holiday Party

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Sunday with Joan Cartwright, Founder of Women in Jazz South Florida (WIJSF) at Parrot’s Cove hosted by Eric and the Jazzers featuring WIJSF President Jazz Songstress Yvette Norwood-Tiger (L).  To her right, Denise St. Patrick Bell, Flutist Blanche, Diva Vocalist Joan Cartwright and Guitarist Lorna Lesperance.

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(L-R) Women in Jazz Members Lydia, Flutist Blanche, Sherry, Darlene

New Member of Women in Jazz South Florida

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On Friday, November 13, 2015 while enjoying a jazz set with BOSSA JAZZ at The Bamboo Room in Lake Worth, Florida I had the pleasure of sitting with and reconnecting with Legendary Jazz Songstress, Songwriter and Founder of Women In Jazz South Florida JOAN CARTWRIGHT.

I joined this amazing organization on November 13 as member # 298, and their 165th musician. I look forward to this new chapter in my life.

I will be interviewed by Joan Cartwright on her show Music Woman Thursday, December 10 at 4pm. Listen online to Music Woman Blogtalkradio.

Here’s more about the organization. Since 2007, Women in Jazz South Florida, Inc., has been a 501(c)(3) non-profit, educational organization that promotes women musicians, globally, through events, concerts, performances, clinics, lectures, workshops, articles, interviews, newsletters, courses, contacts, research, history, archives, websites, film, audio and video recording, and recognition.

First Jazz Combo Performance Ever!

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Duncan Theater Stage West 7:30 pm – PBSC

It’s official. I am a fledgling jazz musician. I enjoyed every note, riff, and solo.  My stage fright and fears dissolved the moment we began.  I was tasked with introducing each song and the band members.  I also initiated intros and cued outros.  We played Summertime, Tangerine and Bag’s Groove. I recorded the performance as a reminder of where I started and the humility of the moment.

If interested in hearing recording, email fluteity@gmail.com and request a link.

Rehearsal before First Performance

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Tuesday, October 26, 2015

Here’s the crew a day before our First Performance as a Jazz Combo. We are prepared to play our best, support one another, and have fun. Thanks to Professor David Gibble and Jazz Pianist Stephen Scott (pictured in the center with my hand on his shoulder).

Photo L-R Gavino/Vocals, Joe/Guitar, Blanche/Flute, Stephen/Guitar, Josh/Bass, Ian/Drums

I Made The Cut

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After 9 months of committed, disciplined and passionate learning, practicing and growing, I decided I would audition for Palm Beach State College (PBSC) Jazz Combo. So, on Tuesday, August 25, 2015, I picked up two pieces of sheet music I had never seen to learn; Perdido and Now’s The Time.   Two days later on Thursday, August 27, I was expected to play along with about 20 other musicians playing horns, guitars, bass, drums, and vocals. Ironically, I was the only female, only African American, the tallest, the oldest but also the youngest in experience. Regardless, I gave it my best and was one of the lucky ones to hear my name.

I made the cut and was given a chance to live my dream of playing in a band! “You have to start somewhere,” was the advice and encouragement given to me. My Jazz Combo is a sextet including myself on flute with Gavino on vocals, Stephen and Joe on Guitar, Josh on bass and Ian on drums.

I have been recording our rehearsals to be able to hear my progress and relive the moments that took my breath away, opened my ears and freed my mind. I have never been more nervous and exhilarated at the same time. I am learning so much from my Instructor David Gibble, my combo members and our Special Guest Instructor renowned Jazz Pianist Stephen Scott.

I compliment and accelerate my learning by taking private lessons, listening daily, and attending jazz concerts regularly.

Playing Jazz, at this time in my life, is part of a passionate process.