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. Recently honored with a Living Jazz Legend Award, J’ai brings a wealth of experience and focus to the role of Artistic Director.
Celebrated for her creative and daring programming; SBJ’s penchant for pairing the world’s most visible jazz artists with top-notch female musicians from around the country for a single concert makes for many delightful surprises and musical discoveries for audiences and performers alike. Her Women in Jazz All-Stars recipe fosters appreciation and understanding of the contribution that women have played in jazz.
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!