2013 Jazz Festival Artists

The Inaugural Year for the Women's Jazz Festival

2013

The inaugural year of the festival was highlighted by an array of 26 artists including Grammy winner Terri Lyne Carrington, four-time Grammy nominee Patrice Rushen, Suede and Carmen Lundy. We also screened Girls in the Band, Judy Chaikin’s documentary that award-winning film that amply demonstrates the deep involvement of women in all aspects of American Great musical genre.
Terri Lyne Carrington

Terri Lyne Carrington

Carrington is a Grammy Award winning artist for her albums Beautiful Life (Best Jazz Vocal Album), Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue (Best Jazz Instrumental Album) and Mosaic Project (Best Jazz Vocal Album).

Carrington’s production and songwriting collaborations with artists such as Gino Vannelli, Peabo Bryson and Siedah Garrett.

Carrington has performed on many recordings throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s thru today including Herbie Hancock’s GRAMMY® Award-winning CD Gershwin’s World, where she played alongside Joni Mitchell and Stevie Wonder. She was the 2016 Artist in Residence for the Monterey Jazz Festival, previously awarded to Wynton Marsalis.

Patrice Rushen

Patrice Rushen

Rushen is a multi-Grammy nominated artist. She was the first woman to serve as Musical Director for the 46th, 47th & 48th Annual Grammy Awards, the first woman Head Composer/Musical Director for the Emmy Awards and the first woman Musical Director of the NAACP Image Awards. She served as the Musical Director for Janet Jackson’s World Tour, “janet.”

Rushen’s feature film composing credits include “Men In Black,” “Waiting To Exhale,” Sandra Bernhardt’s “Without You I’m Nothing,” and Robert Townsend’s breakthrough film, “Hollywood Shuffle.”

She has 14 solo albums to her credit and a greatest hits anthology released on Rhino Records in 1997.

Suede

Suede

Imagine a cross between Adele, Diana Krall and Bette Midler and you’ll be approaching some idea of Suede’s powerful presence, musical talents, and well-honed skills. She has an immense joy in entertaining. Pop/Jazz/Blues phenom Suede plays piano, guitar and trumpet, but voice is her first instrument and entertaining is clearly her first love. She is a consummate entertainer and song stylist among the likes of Tony Bennett and company – the classic singer’s singer. She sings original material and pop, blues and jazz standards like nobody you’ve ever heard while jammin’ with some iteration of her fabulous combo – solo to trio and beyond. When she’s really cookin’ her NYC based nine-piece Dangerous Big Band Horns join in to blow the roof off the joint.

Carmen Lundy

Carmen Lundy

Carmen Lundy was honored with the 2016 Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Award by Black Women In Jazz and The Arts, based in Atlanta, GA. As a composer, Ms. Lundy’s catalog numbers over 100 published songs. Her songs have been recorded by such artists as Kenny Barron (“Quiet Times”), Ernie Watts (“At The End Of My Rope”), and Straight Ahead (“Never Gonna Let You Go”).

Her own recordings include Good Morning Kiss, Night And Day, Self Portrait, Something To Believe In, This Is Carmen Lundy, Jazz and The New Songbook – Live at The Madrid, and Soul to Soul.

Her music has been featured on such TV shows as Mad Men, The L Word, Boardwalk Empire, and So You Think You Can Dance.

2013 All-Star Musicians

The first year set the bar for musicians and artists on stage. The 2013 festival brought together over 25 artists to Palm Springs to celebrate a variety of jazz styles.
Tia Fuller

Tia Fuller
Her chart-topping recordings include Pillar of Strength, Healing Space, Decisive Steps and Angelic Warrior.

She has recorded with many jazz greats including Aretha Franklin, Nancy Wilson, Jimmy Heath and Wycliffe Gordon.

Tia is a full-time professor at Berklee College of Music, where she directs the prestigious Rainbow Big Band and Rainbow All-Stars, in addition to 6 other ensembles.

She was a member of the all-female band touring with Beyoncé, as part of the I Am…World Tour and The Beyoncé Experience World Tour.

Mimi Jones
Mimi Jones’’ sound is a delicate fusion of traditional and contemporary jazz, eclectic soul, funk, and rock.

The multi-talented bassist, vocalist, educator, composer, and Jazz Ambassador travels worldwide as a sideman and a soloist artist with extraordinary artists such as Kenny Barron, Lizz Wright, Terri Lyne Carrington’s Grammy-winning Mosaic Project and the Tia Fuller Quartet to name a few.

As a solo artist Mimi, just released her third album with the “Mimi Jones Band,” entitled Feet in the Mud, which features Jon Cowherd, Samir Zarif, and Jonathan Barber

Linda Taylor

Linda Taylor
Linda might be best known for her work on ABC’s “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” hosted by Drew Carey. She has been in several TV house bands including “The Roseanne Show”, “She-TV”, and “Dame Edna”.

She is a frequent film composer, including director Mark Ryan’s “Through The Cracks” and Judy Minor’s “Anatomy Of A Breakup”.

Linda has released two albums. The first, “Pulse”, is an acid jazz instrumental work. Following the events of 2001, Linda released “Sum Blues” with her R&B band Threshold, featuring guest performances by Keb’ Mo’.

Jazz Festival 2013The inaugural weekend began with Jazz with a Splash, featuring Estaire Godinez and her all-female Latin jazz group including pianist Sunnie Paxson, bassist Robin Bramlett, and drummer
Benita Lewis. Joined by festival music director Sweet Baby J’ai, the afternoon was a start to a very special weekend!

The Opening Night Dinner Gala featured acclaimed vocalist and PSWJF music director Sweet Baby J’ai with her all-star band performing an evening of “West Coast Cool” including contemporary compositions and arrangements by celebrated West Coast women musicians. The all-star group of musicians included pianist Karen Hammack, violinist Lesa Terry, Grammy nominated saxophonist Carol Chaikin, drummer Suzanne Morissette and percussionist “LA”.

Yve EvansSaturday kicked off with Jazz + Blues = Soul featuring vocalist Yve Evans who brought a mix of jazz, gospel and blues, followed by the Texas Song Bird Sherry Pruitt and the Queens of Blues bringing down the house with down down home blues! The Queens of Blues included bassist Anna Stadlman, pianist and vocalist Matilda Haywood, guitarist Suzanne Thomas, drummer Andrea Byrd, and bassist Elizabeth Hangan.

 

Saturday night opened with the jazz-pop diva Suede with her sassy, smooth, intoxicating sound like Adele meets Diana Krall meets Bette Midler.

Carmen Lundy, Mimi Jones, Tia Fuller, Patrice Rushen, Terri Lyne Carrington, Sweet Baby J'ai, Linda Taylor Photo Pat MunsonHeadlining the night was the masterful acoustic jazz performed by a collective effort women led by Grammy Award winning drummer, Terri Lyne Carrington, this world-class group of women musicians gave the audience a special night to remember. The band included multi-Grammy nominee Patrice Rushen on piano, Tia Fuller on sax, Mimi Jones on bass, Linda Taylor on guitar and internationally known vocalist Carmen Lundy.

Wrapping up the weekend was our Tribute to the Divas which celebrated the music of Peggy Lee sung by Gina Saputo, Sarah Vaughn sung by Rose Mallett and Phyllis Hyman sung by Lori Jenaire. Photo by Takemi

All-Star Vocalists

Estaire Godinez
Estaire Godinez
A smoldering vocalist and ace percussionist, the Oakland, CA born Mexican-American has recorded more than sixty albums. From stints with Prince to Coke Escovedo to the Brothers Johnson, Estaire has proven herself a stylistic chameleon capable of wearing dozens of musical hats. She has also toured with George Benson to effortlessly combine conga beats with a fusion of jazz, pop and Brazillian/Afro-Cuban.
Lori Jenaire
Lori Jenaire
Jenaire took the music world by storm with her CD, Fruition, featuring her remake of the Mamas and the Papas smash, California Dreamin’. “If only all 21st Century soul music as like this,” says Ann Archer of Radio and Records. Her debut on the dance club scene produced a smash remix of “You Know How to Love Me,” achieving Bullet status on Billboard Top 20 Dance Charts and Grammy consideration.
Gina Saputo
Gina Saputo
Saputo celebrates the life and music of Peggy Lee with fresh arrangements of her legendary music. Gina as forged a sophisticated musical reputation evolving into a multi-faceted performer for crowds in LA and worldwide. Jazz Station Magazine called her “one of our favorite vocalists on the contemporary jazz scene, scatting and phrasing in a very creative way. Not to be missed.”
Yve Evans
Yve Evans
An intangible quality in her music animates, reaches out and touches the soul of the listener. World traveled, comfortable with a large stage or intimate supper club, tennis shoes or sequins, Evans has garnered several coveted awards over five decades as testimony. Evans is a “private party in a public place.”
Rose Mallett
Rose Mallett
Born in Chicago, IL, Rose began singing in the elementary school chorus and continued with musicial theater, movies and music venues across the US. “For the festival, I’ll sing songs by Sarah Vaughn. I’ve always loved the creative vocal paint brush she articulated so beautifully; the sweeping highs and lows and the unexpected, delightful twists and turns. Whether Jazz or Broadway tunes the style was distinctively Sarah!”
Sherry Pruitt
Sherry Pruitt

“They call me the Song Bird of Texas. I was born to sing. I have utilized my gift all over the world. Music lives deep in my soul and making people feel what I feel has always been my goal. Music give me the pleasure to share what the universe has given us all, Joy & Pain! It truly is a form of love making and I love to make love,” says Pruitt.