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March 25, 2015

Lady Be Good

March and April are my two favorite months of the year! March is Women’s History Month and provides the opportunity to showcase many of our amazing jazz ladies and April is Jazz Apreciation Month (JAM) and features the art form in its fullest.  I just wish we could extend both months over the rest of the year – maybe soon – Recently there has been some depressing news since the most recent Nielsen Soundscan numbers revealed that jazz has shrunk down to a 1.2% sales percentage. My reservation with those figures is that jazz is active outside of Soundscan accounting, meaning the business is conducted directly between the artists and fan after a performance, through their websites, etc. My own experience with all of your wonderful supporters confirms my theory, jazz is alive and well!

I’m always on to new jazz adventures and the beginning of JAM (Jazz Appreciation Month) will be very special as I’LBGFinalPosterm bringing in documentary filmmaker Kay Ray who recently completed “Lady Be Good”, a documentary that keeps accumulating international awards. We have planned a series of concerts/ screenings/ discussions.  Our format will be a 30-minute concert bey regional female leaders followed by a screening of the documentary and a discussion with the filmmaker, the musicians, and the audience. Kay Ray is coming in from Seattle for our series and we will give her a warm Hoosier welcome. Here are the event details – hope to see you at one of those special occasions:

Friday, April 10, 7Women in Jazz Poster Final-1:30pm, Brown County Playhouse, 70 S Van Buren St, Nashville, IN, www.browncountyplayhouse.org – AND – a free/open jam session clinic at 4pm

Sunday, April 12, 3.30pm , The Jazz Club, Carnahan Hall, 800 Main St, Lafayette, IN, http://www.thejazzclub.org/

\Monday, April 13, 5.30pm, Indianapolis Central Library, 40 E St. Clair St, http://www.imcpl.org/events/featured/

Tuesday, April 14, noon and 6.3opm, Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana, 318 Main St, Lafayette, IN

Enjoy a trailer of the documentary here 






March 1, 2015

The Whole World In Her Hands with Jamie Baum and Monika Herzig

Saturday, March 28, 7-10p | $15JamieBaum2

The Jazz Kitchen • 5377 N College Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46220 • 317.253.4900

Special jazz jam session / clinic for students of all ages – Saturday, March 28,11a – 1p | FREE funded by Altus Flutes & the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation. (more…)

Sneak Preview for our March 7 Program at the Harlequin

On Saturday, March 7Ladies in Jazz2 (1), we’re gathering a group of the finest regional performers who all happen to be female for an unforgettable night at the Harlequin Theater in Columbus at the Fair Oaks Mall. Let me introduce those amazing ladies to you and also the program that we have planned for that night: (more…)

February 19, 2015

The Power of Improvisation

According to Forbes, employers currently value creativity as the single most important trait in an employee.  Everyone is looking for ideas and unique solutions to problems as ideas drive our current economy. Hence, the role of education has changed too. Rather than being facilitators of knowledge, teachers need to help their students develop their creativity and ideas. (more…)

February 12, 2015

Women’s History Month Celebrations

It’s become a tradition for me to lead a variety of gatherings of fantastic jazz women during March, which officially is Women’s History Month. There is no shortage of talent far and wide and putting these celebrations together is incredibly rewarding.  The goal is to not only showcase some of the amazing musicians near and far, but also music written by women that might not be as familiar as it should be. (more…)


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    Convention Center
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    Brown County Playhouse
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    The Jazz Club
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