2016 ArtistsThe 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
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, 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.
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!
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 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.
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
Carringtons 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
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.
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
– 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
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.