2014 ArtistsThe Greatest Jazz Show on Earth at the Annenberg Theater Palm Springs, CA
2014 was a year to remember featuring nearly 40 women poets, cabaret, jazz vocalists and musicians! The weekend celebrated jazz cabaret, world jazz, latin jazz, samba, smooth jazz, traditional and straight-ahead jazz, plus our tribute to the divas!
Also in 2014, we had the inaugural Jazz Legend Award presentation to Clora Bryant. Clora Bryant was a musical pioneer and the only female trumpeter known to collaborate with Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. She played a critical role in carving a place for women instrumentalists in the male-dominated world of jazz. Bryant has had a long and remarkable career, from swinging with the Sweethearts of Rhythm to being one of the last living musicians of the Be-Bop jazz era. Clora Bryant blazed a trail for women in jazz.
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2014 Jazz Festival
The weekend started with a Thursday show, Tribute to Jazz Cabaret. Hosted by comedian Karen Williams, the opening night concert is reminiscent of a cabaret jazz supper club with an unforgettable evening of music, comedy and performance art.
Described as a multi-talented cabaret/comic/singer/pianist/entertainer, Roxanna Ward is notorious for her swinging and witty renditions of classic tunes, cabaret comedy and vivacious stage presence. Rounding out the evening is the winner fo the Fifth Annual Gwendolyn Brooks Competition and 2003 Lambda Literary Award nominee, CC Carter. Carter is an insightful, sensual, improvisational performance artist and jazz poet. The chemistry between the three was electrifying and their spontaneous energy left the audience wanting more.
The Wonderful World of Jazz featured African, Brazillian and Cuban music merged into an exciting explosion of rhythm creating a kaleidoscope of music for the day!
Adaawe is a group of 7 women creating rich organic music for the voice and drum.
Jazz Chicas featured six artists including Queen of Latin Violin, Susie Hansen, Cubanita vocalist Candi Sosa, and the Jazz Chicas featuring Iliana Rose on piano and vocals, Aneesa Strings on bass, Nakeiltha “Nikki” Campbell on congas and Coco Villalobos on timbales and vocals. They presented a fiery blend of Latin jazz, straight-ahead, Afro-Cuban and salsa.
Jazz Under the Stars opened with a Tribute to Marian McParland, the late, great jazz pianist featuring two of today’s young jazz pianists Helen Sung and Kait Dunton.
The Friday Night Jazz All-Stars brought together a world-class group fo musicians lead by vocalist, musician and festival director Sweet Baby J’ai. The gifted group featured the charismatic contemporary jazz saxophonist Pamela “The Saxtress” Williams joined by Mimi Fox, winner of six consecutive Downbeat Magazine critic polls, pianist Sascha Dupont, bassist Lynn Keller, drummer Maria Martinez, percussionist Anindo who, together, created a night of artistry that expanded the realms of jazz.
Grammy-nominated saxophonist and flautist Carol Chaikin leads a quartet that pushed the definition of jazz into a new realm reminiscent of the golden age of jazz when women were fierce but few in number.
Awarded the Best Female Blues Singer by the Los Angeles Music Awards, the powerful Lady GG was join by the winner of the 2008 Los Angeles MIC Award for Jazz and Blues Vocalist of the Year, Marguaret Love for an afternoon of jazz and blues. The spirited band, The Queen of Blues, featured keyboardist Matilda Haywood, bassist Elizabeth Hangan, drummer Andrea Byrd and guitarist Kimberly “KC” Allison, a group that keeps alive the musical spirit of blues greats like Koko Taylor and Etta James.
Saturday night’s Jazz on the Smooth Side kicked off with Grammy-nominated vocalist Perla Batalla who has been described as having “one of the most breathtaking voices on the planet Earth!” (SongTalk Magazine).
Jazz in Pink with Cindy Bradley headlined the night and got the audience on their feet with standing ovations. The all-star female ensemble eminent talent featured special guest 2011 American Smooth Jazz Award Winner for Best Brass Player and Best New Artist of the Year, Cindy Bradley, who has been compared to jazz greats Freddie Hubbard and Lee Morgan. The sextet, Jazz in Pink, is led by musical director, Gail Jhonson, the multi-talented Lori Jenaire, guitarist Darlene Moreno, ace percussionist Estaire Godinez, bassist Robin Bramlett and veteran drummer Benita Lewis.
The crowd favorite, Tribute to the Divas, returned to honor three great vocalists, Dinah Washington with vocals by the great Barbara Morrison, Astrud Gilberto with vocal tribute by Julie Kelly and Angela Bofill with vocal tribute by Dawn Bishop.
The Divas band featured the swinging and commanding Karen Hammock Trio, with Anna Stadlman and Suzanne Morrissette.