2018 Jazz Festival and New Concert Schedule
After much soul searching, the 2018 Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival has been postponed to 2019 in order to find a permanent venue. Since the beginning we have had to seek out different venues each year without establishing a common place, month or date. This has not allowed for the stable and consistent presence the Festival wants and needs. It’s a problem we need to solve now.
We want to thank all of you who have come to the Festival over the past five years and we want you to know we greatly appreciate your support and that the music will not stop while we search for a new home.
We are committed to continue to produce great jazz events featuring outstanding female musicians with the following exciting line-up scheduled in the fall:
Jazz Master Award Concert and Party honoring a major female jazz artist
Jazz at Sundown Series featuring top Festival favorites from past years
Jazz at Oscar’s showcasing the best local artists in a traditional night club setting
We will provide more details on these events in the near future
Women Jazz Musicians Code of Conduct
A collective of female jazz musicians called the “We have Voice Collective,” issued a Code of Conduct on May 1 aimed as setting rules for the way women are treated by men musicians. The collective of 14 women, both instrumentalists and vocalists, hope these rules will stem predatory and improper sexual behavior in the industry. Tenor saxophonist, Maria Grand, said “What we are trying to do is change the cultural mind-set so that people know what to do when they suspect or see abuse.”
So far nine jazz organizations including labels and venues have agreed to abide by the Code. The collective includes veteran musicians, drummer, Terri Lyne Carrington and flutist, Nichole Mitchell. The music industry, unlike the movie industry, has no labor organization like the Screen Actors Guild, which in February released its own code for sexual behavior. The Collective hopes to get more jazz institutions and festivals to accept the Code of Conduct in the coming months.