2016 Artists

The Greatest Show on Earth Annenberg Theater Palm Springs, CA

“We have crafted a collection of extraordinary musicians merging jazz, blues and funk who will descend on Palm Springs over the Labor Day Weekend for a compelling musical tapestry.” Sweet Baby J’ai, Artistic Director.


Dee Dee Bridgewater

Dee Dee Bridgewater

3 Grammy’s, 7 Grammy nominations and a Tony Award says it all. Dee Dee Bridgewater is known world-wide as one of the greatest jazz vocalists on the scene today. A true Ambassador of Jazz. She has played with Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins and Dexter Gordon.

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Check out her version of La Belle Vie recorded at The International Jazz Day Global Concert 2015.

Ann Hampton Callaway

Ann Hampton Callaway

“Ann Hampton Callaway, like the great jazz diva Sarah Vaughan… has a voice so rich, flexible and extravagantly gorgeous that it hardly matters what use she puts it to. The sound always comes first and is what you most remember.” …New York Times

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Here she sings, Good Morning Heartache, a song made famous by Billie Holliday.

Pamela Williams

Pamela Williams

Since topping the charts for five months with her debut album, The Saxtress, Pamela Williams has been a mainstay on the smooth jazz scene and has appeared with Prince, Patti LaBelle, Queen Latifah and Regina Belle.

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Enjoy this medley of Fly Away With Me/Uptown/Whipped (Live) and hear why fans and reviewers call her the First Lady of Sax!


Sweet Baby J'ai

Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival
Artistic Director, Sweet Baby J’ai

Few entertainers can command a stage like the indefatigable Sweet Baby J’ai. A creative force on the music scene for nearly three decades, she tours the world with her genre defying work, which both embraces and expands jazz tradition. She is an award winning, critically acclaimed vocalist/composer/arranger/writer and educator.
The New York Times touts her voice as being part cream, part honey and all soul – Sweet Baby J’ai’s latest release fuses jazz, blues, R&B and Latin, making bold statements and incredible nuances simultaneously. Radio and music critics all agree that her album impressively delivers on what its title promises – taking you Straight To That Place!
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2016 All-Star Musicians

Each year we are honored to feature some of the great jazz musicians of the day. Many have their own albums and performed at jazz festivals around the world. We also feature newer artists to bring together working greats and soon to be greats. The 2016 festival will bring over 20 artists to Palm Springs to celebrate a variety of jazz styles.

Paula Atherton
Sax player/vocalist/songwriter and Kalimba Music recording artist Paula Atherton has shared the stage with such contemporary jazz notables as The Rippingtons, Nick Colionne, Chuck Loeb, Karen Briggs, Four80East, David Sanborn, Bob James, and Chieli Minucci to name a few.

Paula has also worked in the traditional jazz field; one of the notable performances being a week long engagement at the Blue Note NYC with pianist and jazz legend, Hank Jones.

Her solo albums include Let Me Inside Your Love, Groove With Me, Enjoy the Ride and, her most recent, Ear Candy.

Mimi Jones
Mimi Jones’ sound is a delicate fusion of traditional & 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 feature Jon Cowherd, Samir Zarif,
and Jonathan Barber
Tina Raymond
Drummer Tina Raymond has shared the stage with jazz luminaries including Bobby Bradford, Emil Richards, Art Lande, Darek Oles and Vinny Golia. Tina has performed nationally and internationally at many festivals including the Costa Rica’s International Jazz Festival, Sweden’s Women in Jazz Festival, and The Mary Lou Williams Festival. Striving to push musical boundaries, Tina blends traditional jazz vocabulary with african polyrhythm and classical percussion techniques. Tina regularly performs and records with contemporary composers including Grammy Award winning D.J. Johnson, Putter Sminh, Catherine Pineda and Jon Armstrong.
Sunnie Paxson
Voted on of Los Angeles’ Best Jazz Performers in Los Angeles Magazine and listed in Jazz Week’s as one of the Top 100 Artists for radio spins, contemporary jazz pianist, songwriter, producer, and performer Sunnie Paxson is known for her driving grooves and memorable melodies. She worked extensively with Stanley Clarke, Harvey Mason, Michael Paulo, Everette Harp, Sekou Bunch, Michael Sembello, and many more.
Karen Hammack
Karen Hammack
Karen Hammack is a highly in-demand pianist who has toured all over the world as musical director with the likes of pop legend Melissa Manchester, Jazz and Gospel great Niki Haris, and currently with Grammy nominated world music artist Perla Batalla. These artists have taken her from Royce Hall to the Kennedy Center. Because of her mastery of different styles she has performed and recorded with Michael McDonald, Don Was, Jackson Brown, jazz greats Chuck Berghofer, Bill Frisell, Eric Marienthal and Larry Koonse, vocalists Tierney Sutton, Gretchen Parlato, and Kate McGarry. Karen studied jazz at Orange Coast College and studied privately with famed jazz pianist Terry Trotter. For the past fifteen years she has been part of trumpeter Bobby Rodriguez’s Jazz Adventure which brings the wonderful history of jazz to young students all over Southern California. Karen is also an accomplished singer-songwriter and jazz composer.
Linda Taylor

Guitarist, composer for over 17 years on “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” with Drew Carey and new host, Aisha Tyler. Has toured, recorded and/or performed with Art Garfunkel, Maia Sharp, Terri Lyne Carrington, Tracy Chapman, Sheila E., Christopher Cross, Carlos Rios, Edwin McCain, Don Was, Jim Keltner, Edward Roth, Richard Perry, Kirk Whalum, Namie Amuro, Chante Moore, Wayne Brady, Vesta Williams, Thelma Houston, Marilyn McCoo, Louis Price, and more.
Film scoring includes “Through The Cracks” directed by Mark Ryan, and “Anatomy Of A Breakup” directed by Judy Minor.

All-Star Vocalists

Pam Trotter
Pam Trotter
Known for her role in Dream Girls, she has performed on television, radio, stage and recordings,and toured across the United States and Canada with the Broadway National Tour of THE COLOR PURPLE in her dream role as SOFIA. Williams has also worked with Babyface, Chante Moore, Sheila E., The Ohio Players. She’s recently been on the same bill as a solo featured artist with John Legend, Toni Braxton, Eric Benet and George Benson to name a few. Along with being a noted musician, she has written and produced songs for the late Teena Marie.
Sascha Dupont
Sascha Dupont
Award-winning songwriter and pianist/vocalist Sascha Dupont has four successful albums to her name, and did more than 80 shows on prime time TV in her native Denmark.

Being a well acclaimed pianist, her playing has taken her around the world and already as a teenager she had the honor to play with Duke Ellington’s Big Band when they were visiting Denmark.

These days Sascha is working on several new and exciting projects, one of those is the project “Love Therapy” with her husband, songwriter Bryan Conner.

Rosalia de Cuba
Rosalia de Cuba
Rosalía de Cuba is a singer with a powerful voice and great charisma that showcases Afro-Cuban Jazz and world music, Rosalía is a natural and joyful singer that shines on stage! When you hear her deep contralto voice, reminds you Cesaria Evora, Celia Cruz and Shirley Bassey.

– Around the World with Cuban Beat Año 2012
– Esto También Me Gusta Año 2003
– Adivina de Donde Soy Año 1999
– Un Poco Más Año 1998
– Lágrimas Negras Año 1997

Gennine Jackson
Gennine Jackson

One of California’s most sought after vocalists, Gennine is a returning favorite of the Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival. From the Great American Songbook to today, she effortlessly crosses genres bringing her fresh take on classics and modern hits alike.

Gennine also renders a stunning performance in her “Essence of Whitney” Tribute Concert where she performs with musicians who actually worked/toured with the legendary Whitney Houston. She’ll be featured Saturday, September 3 at the Cool Jams event with Pamela Williams.

Cathy Segal Garcia
Cathy Segal-Garcia
Cathy Segal-Garcia has been one of the main forces in building and connecting the L.A. jazz scene over the last 40 years. She’s sung, taught, produced, composed, and created situations in which everyone wins. With 9 CDs in the marketplace boast of her connections with top musicians. A silky warm voice and a relaxed and welcoming demeanor make her a welcome guest all over the world for anything she chooses to do.