In its 20th Season, the Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium, Inc. (CBJC) in partnership with the International Women in Jazz, Inc. honors Women’s Month with Jazz: The Women’s Viewpoint on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 3pm. The afternoon will consist of a panel discussion and performances with renowned women jazz musicians in the Downtown Brooklyn vicinity at Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, 85 South Oxford Street, Brooklyn, NY. CBJC offers annual panel discussions for jazz enthusiast and the community at large to participate in dialogue on the history of Women’s roles in Jazz, present and future.
“Even today, in the era of the “MeToo” movement, women don’t have much of a voice in jazz – but there are signs of change. Traditional feminine instruments such as a pianist, violinist or flutist and a vocalist have been acceptable for women, but the drums, trombone or saxophone have been perceived as instruments for men. Although there has been some attitude shifts towards women Jazz artists, Jazz: The Women’s Viewpoint’s role is to spotlight the issue and sensitize men to the idea that women can play any instrument and excel in leadership roles when given the opportunity,” remarked Bessie Edwards , CBJC Executive Director.
This event will consist of a panel discussion with outstanding women of Jazz: Antoinette Montague, host of “Jazz Women to the Rescue Show” on WHCR 90.3FM, explores the present condition of women in jazz, Dorthaan Kirk, Newark’s First Lady of Jazz, will be moderating the discussion, Gabrielle Garo, Flutist and Ambassador for the 2018 Latin Grammy Awards, represents the future outlook, Gayle Boyd, Artist Management, presents the past and common thread of the past, present and future, and Vinnie Knight, Vocalist, offers a snapshot of the past. The day will start and end with live performances with the JTWVP Band, and close with a live jam session.
- Opening Remarks from CBJC Board
- Moderator: Dorthaan Kirk, Newark’s First Lady of Jazz
- Women In Jazz: State of Affairs: Gail Boyd, Artist Manager
Overview: A commentary by an artistic manager on the state of Jazz in the music industry; recommendations to address issues such as positioning women for growth, attracting younger musicians and increasing audience participation.
- Dance Performance: Elaisa van der Kust
Music by: “The Blues” by Mary Lou Williams
- Reflections: Speaker: Vinnie Knight, Vocalist
A historical look back at the role of women in Jazz; what were the challenges and how they were overcome. How was success measured then?
Today’s Truth: Speaker Antoinette Montague: Where are women in Jazz today compared to earlier times?
Success: 21st Century Style: Gabrielle Garo: How do today’s artists prepare for success?
- Closing – Live Music Jam Session
The Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium (CBJC), now in its 20th year, kicks off music, art and tributes in a series of musical and artistic events throughout the Brooklyn community. Founded by Alma Carroll, Viola Plummer and Torrie McCartney the Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium, also known as CBJC, consisting of local and international musicians based in Brooklyn has entertained countless communities with jazz. This upcoming anniversary will present several site performances and welcome opportunities for the community to embrace the monumental tradition of jazz from a local and global perspective. With a fresh approach, CBJC will be featuring musicians new to scene that bring innovative styles, envisioning the next 20 years, while honoring those who have adorned the stage for decades.
This program is supported in part by public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the NYC Council.