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Women in Jazz Media: The Podcasts

Women in Jazz Media: The Podcasts

By Women In Jazz Media
Women in Jazz Media is a place to explore, discuss and collaborate with women who work in Jazz Media.

In our ‘In Conversation with…’ series we invite guests from across the world to discuss their careers, their challenges and inspirations and to explore what actions we can all take to support and encourage a more diverse Jazz Media industry.
In our 'On The Bookcase' series, with explore the world of female authors across the world, talking to guests about their careers, processes and more.
In our 'Around the World' series, Rouhangeze Baichoo shares music from women in jazz around the world.
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Women in Jazz Media: In Conversation with...Isabella Di Biase
In this episode we have a special guest host, Hannah Horton, in conversation with Isabella Di Biase.  Hannah is a British Female Jazz Saxophonist who’s music is rooted in jazz, folk and funk. She has performed with many great jazz artists including Ian Shaw, Amy Winehouse, John Etheridge, Tina May, Georgia Mancio, Polly Gibbons, Natalie Williams, Esther Bennett and Irene Serra; and at venues including Ronnie Scott’s, Pizza Express Dean St, The 606, The Pheasantry, Love Supreme Jazz Festival, Royal Festival Hall and The Barbican. She has also toured in Europe and USA with her own and other groups. Her latets album has been going down a storm across the world. “Hannah makes the big beast of a baritone sax sound like an angel” – Ian Shaw https://hannahhorton.com/ Isabella Di Biase is a foh/monitors engineers and work in various incredible London venues (Scala, Union Chapel, Heaven, Underworld, etc). She also works as stage tech in London festivals (All Points East, British Summer Time Hyde Park) and as a merch seller for CMI. Isabella was part of a team of female sound engineers for the Women in Jazz Media event for the EFG London Jazz Festival at Toulouse Lautrec in 2021. https://womeninlivemusic.eu/member/isabella-di-biase/
01:04:25
December 05, 2021
Women in Jazz Media: In conversation with...Dr Kathy Dyson and Naadia Sheriff
In this episode we have a special guest host, Helena Summerfield in conversation with two incredible women: Dr Kathy Dyson and Naadia Sheriff Helena Summerfield has worked in music education since 1999 and is a regular performer (saxophone and flute) on the Manchester jazz scene. Helena became the project manager for Jazz North’s Jazz Camp for Girls in 2019 which gives young female musicians a positive first experience of playing jazz and improvising. Helena is a regular contributor to Jazz North’s online broadcasts and hosts the monthly ‘Midweek Jazz’ show on Reform Radio. Naadia Sheriff is a UK Jazz Pianist, Composer, Musical Director Arranger and educator.  In April 2021 Naadia Released ‘Beyond The Fear’ in collaboration with Aimee Hilton. The piece, written as a response to COVID includes spoken word, field recording and a remotely recorded ‘street band’. It raised over £1000 for the charity Breast Cancer Nowand is available to listen to on all platforms.  Naadia is a founder member of Yazz Ahmed’s Hafla band. She appears on the albums ‘La Sabotueuse’ and ‘Polyhymnia’ In 2020 the band were guests on the radio 2 programme J to Z. Since 2018 Naadia has been the pianist and occasional accordionist for Lara Eidifor whom she wrote the song ‘Anon’ using text from Virginia Woolf’s ‘A room of One’s Own’. This was premiered at ‘Hampstead Jazz Club’ for the International Woman’s Day Concert 2020. Since 2019 Naadia has been the Keyboardist for the band ISQwith whom she appears on the albums ‘Requiem for the Faithful’ and ‘Requiem for the Faithful the Remixes’ She also produced one of the tracks ‘Where Beauty Lives’ for the album.Naadia is a teacher of jazz and classical piano currently holding positions in London at St Paul’s Girls School and Merchant Taylors Boys School. She has also worked extensively on the jazz course at Junior Guildhall. In 2019 Naadia founded ‘Kids Concert Club’* and in 2020 received a national lottery grant to fund future concerts.  Naadia is an examiner for ABRSM. Dr Kathy Dyson: As a jazz guitarist I perform in the North with saxophonist John Dyson, with Deirdre Cartwright in ‘Remembering Emily Remler’ and in a duo with NYC guitarist Sheryl Bailey playing here at the Huddersfield Jazz Guitar Festival.  Research reports include two for Arts Council England on the economy for jazz musicians in the North West and on ways to improve jazz education in the North East.I also co-authored a chapter in the Women in Jazz Series and presented many academic conference papers in the UK and abroad, most recently at the Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice conference in Cambridge University. These have been based on PhD research in Learning Improvisation and this work continues through my teaching practice.
48:23
October 31, 2021
Knocking Down The Door with Céline Peterson and Roger Wilson
The first episode in our new podcast series 'Knocking Down the Door' with partners Céline Peterson and Black Lives in Music, produced and hosted by Ashaine White. Platforming inspirational black women in the Jazz industry. In our first episode, host Ashaine White talks to our partners Céline Peterson and Roger Wilson. Artist Representative and Producer Céline Peterson has presented concerts and given inspiring speeches all over the globe (Canada, The United States, Denmark, Barbados, Switzerland, and South America), and manages some of the most exciting jazz artists on the scene today, including JUNO Award winner Robi Botos, 2018 Ellis Marsalis Piano Competition winner Ben Paterson, and Member to the Order of Canada, Dr. Dave Young. She is a producer of the Kensington Market Jazz Festival, which takes place every September in the heart of downtown Toronto and over the course of 3 days and presents over 400 local artists in 24 venues to 5000+ patrons. This artist-driven and volunteer-fuelled festival is led by singer, songwriter, philanthropist, and Officer of the Order of Canada, Molly Johnson. Céline has also worked extensively with Coalition Canada and their Youth4Music initiative as an Ambassador. Céline has always been a proud ally to the up-and-coming generations of musicians, and along with her work at the Coalition, has done workshops at various schools including Durham College, and The Chicago Academy for the Arts. "Working with Music Makes Us, and specifically as a youth ambassador for the Youth4Music program, Céline has consistently proven to be an articulate, passionate and inspiring leader who motivates others in person and through her writing." - Holly Nimmons • former Executive Director, Music Makes Us, the Coalition for Music Education in Canada. Black Lives in Music addresses the current inequality of opportunity for black people aspiring to be artists or professionals in the Jazz and Classical music industry. Black Lives in Music believes in real equality for Black people to learn musical instruments at grassroots level and to allow them to pursue and realise their musical ambitions. Made up of a number of partners who are all working towards the same goal: to dismantle structural racism in our industry, they aim to support the industry in providing better professional opportunities and achieve equality for Black professionals at all levels and in all areas of the UK Jazz and Classical industry. Representation matters, we need to take action together and create a level playing field for everyone to have an equal chance to succeed. Black Lives in Music stands for equal opportunities – for Black people to be able to work successfully in the UK music industry without being the subject of discrimination. Roger Wilson has many years of experience on both sides of the stage as musician, educator, tour manager and administrator. Conservatoire trained, he has worked extensively in the commercial, jazz and classical sector with a wide range of artists from Lesley Garett and Bryn Terfel to James Brown and Quincey Jones. He has also played in some of London’s most successful music theatre productions. As an instrumental teacher and lecturer, Roger has worked throughout the UK music education sector at all levels. In recent years, he has been dedicated in his support for the professional development of aspiring young jazz musicians.
37:43
September 25, 2021
Women in Jazz Media: On The Bookcase. Episode Two with Monika Herzig
The second episode in our new podcast series ‘On The Bookcase’, featuring female authors from across the world, with host Fiona Ross, with original music from Hannah Horton. In this episode we welcome Monika Herzig. In 1987, the pedagogical institute in Weingarten, Germany awarded a scholarship for a one-year exchange program at the University of Alabama to one of their students, jazz pianist Monika Herzig. Together with her partner and guitarist Peter Kienle, she arrived in the States on a one-way ticket, with one suitcase of belongings and one guitar in August 1988. Since then she has completed her Doctorate in Music Education with minor fields in Jazz Studies at Indiana University, where she is now a faculty member in Arts Administration. Her book “David Baker – A Legacy in Music” was released November 2011 on IU Press, and Experiencing Chick Corea: A Listener’s Companion on Rowman and Littlefield, 2017. As a touring jazz artist, she has performed at many prestigious jazz clubs and festivals, such as the Indy Jazz Fest, Cleveland’s Nighttown, Birdland, the Manchester Craftsmen Guild, to name just a few. Groups under her leadership have toured Germany, opened for acts such as Tower of Power, Sting, the Dixie Dregs, Yes, and more. She has released more than a dozen CDs under her leadership on her own ACME Records as well as Owl Studios and Whaling City Sounds. Her awards include a 1994 Down Beat Magazine Award for Best Original Song, a Jazz Journalist Association Hero 2015 award, as well as grants from the NEA, the Indiana Arts Commission, MEIEA, among others. Her newest project “SHEroes” features the world’s leading female jazz instrumentalists including Leni Stern, Jamie Baum, Ingrid Jensen, Jennifer Vincent, Ada Rovatti, Mayra Casales, Reut Regev, and more with a second release date of March 2018. Thomas Garner from Garageradio.com writes, “I was totally awed by the fine musicianship throughout”. https://www.monikaherzig.com/
32:06
September 11, 2021
Women in Jazz Media: In Conversation with...Janine Irons and Gary Crosby
In this episode Ashaine White talks to two inspiration people - Gary Crosby OBE and Janine Irons MBE, founders of the incredible Tomorrow Warriors. Tomorrow’s Warriors believes in a world where opportunities for participation, ownership and leadership in music and the arts are available to all and its CEO Janine Irons is a woman with a purpose.  With three decades of service to the music industry as joint leader and founder of the acclaimed and respected talent development organisation, she has always been a passionate advocate for excellence, equality and an inclusive approach in the design and delivery of music education. Through her work, she has delivered alongside co-founder Gary Crosby OBE, against considerable odds, a unique organisation that with its focus on black and female talent and those facing socio economic barriers, truly gives back and significantly contributes to the progress of young talent progression, diversity & social mobility in the arts in this country. Gary Crosby OBE is a towering figure in jazz. He was a founder member of the seminal Jazz Warriors in the 1980s. As founder of Gary Crosby’s Nu Troop and Jazz Jamaica, he has earned a reputation as one of the UK’s most respected bassists and band leaders whilst, as cofounder of Tomorrow’s Warriors, he has nurtured the early careers of hundreds of aspiring young jazz artists, from the inaugural Tomorrow’s Warriors of Byron Wallen, Tony Kofi and Denys Baptiste to the current ‘new wave’ of Sons of Kemet, Zara McFarlane, Binker & Moses, Ezra Collective, Nubya Garcia and Nérija. https://tomorrowswarriors.org/
57:24
July 30, 2021
Women in Jazz Media: In Conversation with Charisse Beaumont
In this episode Ashaine White talks to Charisse Beaumont, Chief Executive of Black Lives in Music. Black Lives in Music addresses the current inequality of opportunity for black people aspiring to be artists or professionals in the Jazz and Classical music industry. Black Lives in Music believes in real equality for Black people to learn musical instruments at grassroots level and to allow them to pursue and realise their musical ambitions. Black Lives in Music is made up of a number of partners who are all working towards the same goal: to dismantle structural racism in our industry. We aim to support the industry in providing better professional opportunities. We also want to achieve equality for Black professionals at all levels and in all areas of the UK Jazz and Classical industry. Representation matters, we need to take action together and create a level playing field for everyone to have an equal chance to succeed. Black Lives in Music stands for equal opportunities – for Black people to be able to work successfully in the UK music industry without being the subject of discrimination. Charisse Beaumont has over 13 years of experience in brand creation and delivering market innovation. A former Company Director of Preacher Boy Entertainment, an independent award-winning artist management and record company, Charisse has worked with corporate businesses, media organisations, artists and charities, providing first-hand extensive advisory and consulting services to artists, managers, labels and students to develop and manage their career in entertainment. Charisse has a strong knowledge of the UK’s urban music scene and has worked closely with award-winning and Grammy-nominated music artists across the UK and US from the beginning of their career. https://blim.org.uk/
38:29
June 12, 2021
Women in Jazz Media: On The Bookcase. Episode One with Dr Tammy Kerndole
The first episode in our new podcast series ‘On The Bookcase’, featuring female authors from across the world, with host Fiona Ross, with original music from Hannah Horton. In this episode we welcome Dr. Tammy L. Kernodle. Her work is hugely significant and inspirational to many. Primarily in the areas of African American music (Classical and Popular), jazz, and gender and popular music, she served as the Scholar in Residence for the Women in Jazz Initiative at the American Jazz Museum and has worked closely with a number of educational programs including Kennedy Center’s Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival, Jazz@Lincoln Center, NPR, Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame Lecture series and the BBC.  Her work has appeared in American Studies, Musical Quarterly, Black Music Research Journal, The Journal of the Society of American Music, American Music Research Journal, The U.S Catholic Historian, The African American Lectionary Project and numerous anthologies. Dr Kernolde is also the author of biography Soul on Soul: The Life and Music of Mary Lou Williams which sits proudly on ouy Women in Jazz Media bookcase. She served as Associate Editor of the three-volume Encyclopedia of African American Music and as a scholarly consultant for the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s inaugural exhibits entitled “Musical Crossroads” and appears in a number of award-winning documentaries including Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band and Girls in the Band and recently Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool. In 2014, she received the Effective Educator Award from the Miami University Alumni Association and in 2018 was awarded the Benjamin Harrison Medallion. The Harrison Award is the highest award given to a Miami University faculty member in recognition of their research, teaching and service. She is currently the President of the Society for American Music. https://miamioh.edu/cca/academics/departments/music/about/faculty-staff/musicology/tammy-kernodle/index.html https://www.press.uillinois.edu/books/catalog/83hbk7nh9780252043604.html https://hannahhorton.com/
53:02
June 04, 2021
Women in Jazz Media: In Conversation with...The F List
In this episode we have a guest host, Women in Jazz Media team member,  Wendy Kirkland in conversation with two incredible women: Vick Bain, founder of the F List and board director Amy Pearce. ‘There is simply no excuse not to have as many women onstage as men’ Former CEO of BASCA, now PhD researcher, women in music campaigner and equality, diversity and inclusion consultant Vick Bain created the fantastic F List for Musicians: “It’s my mission to make the music industry a more equitable and inclusive environment for all women to succeed and flourish in. Together we are going to do amazing work’. Joining us with Vick, is board member, promoter, producer, strategic content consultant and jazz specialist Amy Pearce. Women in Jazz Media is very proud to be one of their sister organisations and have the opportunity to discuss their work. https://thef-listmusic.uk/ https://vbain.co.uk/
43:14
May 06, 2021
Women in Jazz Media: In Conversation with...Ashaine White talks to Céline Peterson
In this episode Ashaine White talks to Céline Peterson ‘In terms of race and gender, it’s incredibly uneven, in every aspect of the industry. And the other thing I want through in there is age. I’m young, you’re young and we are not taken as seriously by older, white men in particular, and older white women…and I really can’t wrap my head around it! It’s infuriating. It’s definitely made been more difficult, being a young woman of colour. It’s like everything going against us in that sense’ Artist Representative and Producer Céline Peterson has presented concerts and given inspiring speeches all over the globe (Canada, The United States, Denmark, Barbados, Switzerland, and South America), and manages some of the most exciting jazz artists on the scene today, including JUNO Award winner Robi Botos, 2018 Ellis Marsalis Piano Competition winner Ben Paterson, and Member to the Order of Canada, Dr. Dave Young. She is a producer of the Kensington Market Jazz Festival, which takes place every September in the heart of downtown Toronto and over the course of 3 days and presents over 400 local artists in 24 venues to 5000+ patrons. Céline has also worked extensively with Coalition Canada and their Youth4Music initiative as an Ambassador. Céline has always been a proud ally to the up-and-coming generations of musicians, and along with her work at the Coalition, has done workshops at various schools including Durham College, and The Chicago Academy for the Arts. ​Céline’s career began over a decade ago when she started working in Social Media Management, a field in which she is still active. Her efforts and successes have put her at the top of the list for many artists who want to expand their online presence. It started when she created a Facebook page for her late Father, legendary jazz pianist Oscar Peterson, which now serves as both a hub where his fans can gather and find endless content both personal and professional about one of the world’s most celebrated jazz artists, and as a platform where she chooses to showcase some of today’s up and coming artists in the jazz world. "Céline Peterson is a brave and articulate champion for jazz. A valiant writer and speaker who works lovingly and tirelessly for the cause of dedicated musicians. Her brilliant mind and deep heart motivate her outspoken support for the present and future of music education. With honest humility and courage, she speaks the truth of the immeasurable importance for our evolving society to realize that jazz is a precious art form for us to invest ourselves in and to treat with care, dignity and devotion. I’m grateful for Céline’s encouragement of my efforts, because her sincerity won’t ever allow her to “pretend” where the sanctity of music is concerned. Céline is the real deal and the international jazz community is blessed by her humanity, soul and voice." - Benny Green, Pianist, Composer, and Educator https://www.celinepeterson.com/
43:16
March 24, 2021
Rouhangeze presents: Around the world Women in Jazz Vol 1
Special edition and launch of new series for International Women's Day 2021: Rouhangeze presents: Around the World Women in Jazz
01:05:15
March 08, 2021
Women In Jazz Media: In Conversation with...Angelika Beener
In this episode, Ashaine White talks to writer Angelika Beener. A fascinating and inspiring conversation exploring working in today’s Jazz industry and how to develop a career as a writer: ‘Do the work, rise to the occasion as much as you can and then shoot your shot! You’d be surprised who might give you a chance, especially if you are black and especially if you are woman. This is a good time for us to kick in the door’
48:46
February 28, 2021
Women in Jazz Media: In Conversation with...Jiaowei Hu
In this, episode, Ashaine White talks to Jazz writer Jiaowei Hu.  Jiaowei tells us that ‘Through jazz writing, I hope to bring people and different parties together, to build bridges for people to meet, across ethnicities and races, across religions and beliefs, across genders and generations, across occupations and fields, even across diverse ways of thinking. That's how jazz has enlightened me, so I want to write about it in return. One day it suddenly hits me, that I should help to let the world hear what's happening in China as well. I feel it part of my mission since I'm also among those who write the most about jazz in my country. Being a long-time follower of All About Jazz, I wish to contribute, as much as to learn. To connect, as much as to be connected. Diversity. Freedom. Naturality. I'm totally in for these and jazz just has them all. So here I am, writing on jazz from the Far East, from China. Here is a growing market; the musicians can tell, too. But that's only the shallow surface of it. To dig a bit deeper, I think today many Chinese are in common in the spirit - usually a bit timid to express it though - that we aspire to open up to the world and get connected. Be it our musicians, aficionados, agents and managers...our culture. To connect and be connected, just like anyone else'
22:38
February 28, 2021