PipJazz Foundation and the DFJE Free “Women in Jazz” Workshop May 3

MAY 3, 2014

Location: Maplewood Community Center, 2100 White Bear Ave, Maplewood
Time: 2:00-4:30 pm
Cost: Free

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Workshop registration and concert tickets are available at www.pipjazz.org

St. Paul, MN. The PipJazz Foundation and Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education are pleased to announce the second annual Women in Jazz Workshop on Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 2-4:30 p.m. at the Maplewood Community Center. Celebrating the many women who have contributed to the growth of jazz as performers, composers, bandleaders and educators, this free workshop will be led by an ensemble of some of the area’s most dynamic ladies of bebop and swing: Vocalists Pippi Ardennia and Patty Peterson; saxophonist Kathy Jensen; pianist Laura Caviani; bassist Joan Griffith; and drummer Sheila Earley; along with Sibley High School student saxophonist Ebony Rainwater.

Targeting student musicians in middle school, high school and college, as well as music educators, the Women in Jazz Workshop will introduce participants to the history of women in jazz, provide perspectives on jazz-related careers, and end with an open jam session. Later, at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Theater of the Maplewood Community Center, the Women in Jazz ensemble will perform as the guest artists for the PipJazz Live concert. All students registered for the workshop will receive a free ticket to this exciting concert. Workshop registration and concert tickets are available at www.pipjazz.org.

Jazz has long been considered one of the most democratic art forms, yet women other than vocalists continue to be under-represented as performers, composers, arrangers, bandleaders and educators. Although young women are significantly represented in middle and high school jazz programs, fewer pursue jazz at the college level, and far fewer join the ranks of professional jazz musicians, educators, journalists and business agents. Yet there are increasing numbers of successful “jazz women” who serve as role models for a new generation, including Grammy-winning bassist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding, critics poll-winning/Jazz Times cover artist/clarinetist Anat Cohen, and native Minnesotan acclaimed bandleader and composer Maria Schneider.

The Women in Jazz Ensemble will present the afternoon workshop and perform in the evening concert. 

  • Laura Caviani (piano): Laura is a veteran performer, composer and educator with degrees from Lawrence Conservatory and the University of Michigan. In addition to leading her own trio and quartet, she performs with the Pete Whitman X-Tet, has released four albums, and has a long list of teaching credits including current affiliations at Carleton College, St Olaf College and the McNally Smith College of Music.
  • Joan Griffith (bass): A noted teacher, composer and performer, Joan has toured and recorded as a classical and jazz guitarist, bassist, and mandolinist. Adjunct faculty at the University of St. Thomas, St. Catherine’s University and Macalester College, Joan is also a roster artist in jazz for COMPAS, the Minnesota State Arts Board, and Young Audiences. She also appears frequently with the Minnesota Orchestra as a classical mandolinist. Her recent recordings include Sambanova! with Laura Caviani and Circle of the Dance with Clea Galhano and Lucia Newell.
  • Sheila Earley (drums).  An accomplished percussionist, composer and bandleader, Sheila earned a BA in Business Management at Bethel College, and has fifteen years experience as an executive recruiter in the New York City area. She has performed with a long list of jazz artists, including Tom Harrell, Byron Stripling, Marlena Shaw, Carol Sloane, Norman Simmons,  and Virginia Mayhew, and as part of the Duke Ellington Legacy Band. Sheila has taught privately and performed primarily in the NYC area since 1999.
  • Kathy Jensen (saxophone).  Heard on alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, Kathy is well known throughout the region for her work with the Hornheads, JazzMN Orchestra and as a touring musician with Prince and the New Power Generation. She’s  also an in-demand pit musician for musical shows and theatrical productions at the Ordway, Children’s Theatre, and Orchestra Hall. Locally, Kathy has performed with touring artists such as Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Frank Sinatra Jr., and Natalie Cole. She holds a degree from the U of M in Music Education.
  • Pippi Ardennia (vocals, host). Vocalist, bandleader, songwriter and educator, Chicago native Pippi has been singing publicly since she was 13 years old, and has performed at many of Chicago’s historic jazz venues. In the Twin Cities, Pippi has performed at top venues, including the Dakota Jazz Club, FACES, and the Twin Cities Jazz Festival. Founder and leader of the PipJazz Foundation, including the PipJazz Youth program, Pippi released Love So Good in 2013.
  • Patty Peterson (vocals). One of Minnesota’s “First Family of Music,” Patty has been singing in clubs, theaters, and commercials since she was a youngster. Currently she heads the Patty Peterson and Friends ensemble, performing on stages at the Dakota, Bunkers, and other venues, and hosts The Playroom on KBEM radio. A 7-time winner of a Minnesota Music Award and recently inducted into the Midwest Music Hall of Fame, Patty released her fourth solo recording (The Very Thought of You) in 2013.
  • Ebony Rainwater (saxophone and bass clarinet) is a student musician at Sibley High School.

Both the Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education and the PipJazz Foundation seek to provide educational experiences to support young jazz musicians and build new audiences, through clinics, workshops, mentoring and performance opportunities. Find information about the Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education at www.dfje.org. Learn more about the PipJazz Foundation, youth programs and concerts at www.pipjazz.org.

Register online for the Women in Jazz Workshop (free! space limited!) by April 30 at www.pipjazz.org

Support for the Women in Jazz Workshop is provided in part by a grant from the Metropolitan Region Arts Council (MRAC) through funding from Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.  

Additional support for this workshop and concert provided by Bela Muziko.


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