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By Culturekiosque Staff

NEW YORK, 28 MARCH 2008- International Women In Jazz and Midtown Arts Common in cooperation with St. Peter's Church in Manhattan will present their second annual jazz festival honoring super jazz legends Celia Cruz, Ella Fitzgerald, and Peggy Lee (displaying their history in photographs and music), and living jazz legends Sarah McLawler, Marian McPartland, and Carline Ray (featuring the living legends in a panel discussion). The festival kicks off with the Donna Carter Trio in a jam session on Friday evening 4 April. The three-day event includes: live jazz jam with college students and other musicians, business management panel discussion, "What Is Jazz?" workshop for youth, concerts featuring bands led by women jazz musicians, and major concerts Saturday and Sunday evenings.

Through its programs, International Women In Jazz provides information and assistance to its members in order to ensure a place for women as a vital part of the past, present, and future of jazz.

Festival Event Schedule

Friday, April 4 6:00-10:00 pm Reception and live jazz with Jazzberry Jam. Jazz jam session with Dona Carter Trio, past IWJ Youth in Jazz Awardees, college jazz musicians and others.

Saturday, April 5
9:30-11:30 am Panel Discussion: "Manager and Agent To Have or to Have Not"

1:00-2:30 pm "What is Jazz?" workshop with Lauren Hooker and Bertha Hope

1:00-1:45 pm Joan Cartwright and Jazz Hotline (IWJ Band)

2:00-2:45 pm Jan Leder Quartet (IWJ Band)

3:00-3:45 pm Pauline Jean Quartet (IWJ Band)

4:00-5:30 pm Panel Discussion with living legends Sarah McLawler, Marian McPartland, and Carline Ray

7:00-7:45 pm Mary Foster Conklin Quartet (IWJ Band)

8:00-9:00 pm Catherine Russell and Carline Ray Quartet - Vocals and Bass

9:15-10:15 pm Mayra Casales Octet - Congas, Timbales

Sunday, April 6 5:00-6:30 pm Jazz Vespers with Lil Phillips Trio (IWJ Band)

7:00-7:15 pm Marian McPartland - Piano

7:15-7:30 pm Sarah McLawler -
Piano, Vocals

7:45-8:45 pm Myrna Lake Band - Vocals

9:00-10:00 pm
Akua Dixon Quartet - cello, vocals - with special guest Steve Turre - trombone, shells

St. Peter's Church
619 Lexington Ave at 54th Street
New York, NY

Tel: (1) 718 468 73 76

Women in Jazz Festival Web Site

Photo above:
Celia Cruz
Portrait with Afro Hairstyle, 1960s
Photo by Hererra Studios; courtesy of Omer Padilla-Cid
Photo courtesy of Bass Museum of Art

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