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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library
515 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, New York 10037
Our annual Women's Jazz Festival, in honor of Women’s History Month, features some of the best-known and unsung female performers in jazz today. Our 2017 festival will celebrate Ella Fitzgerald’s centennial birthday and continued influence on the evolution of jazz. «Ella, Ella: A Centennial Celebration of Mama Jazz!» is slated for four consecutive Mondays–March 6, 13, 20, and 27. Each night will explore the multi-dimensional music, life, and legacy of this jazz legend.
The inaugural Women's Jazz Festival (WJF) Conversation will feature an intimate discussion between scholars and musical artists discussing the legacy and life of Ella Fitzgerald. Joining the conversation are Candice Hoyes (jazz vocalist and executive producer of the album, «On a Turquoise Cloud»), Rommi Smith (poet, playwright, and a John Barnard doctoral research scholar at the University of Leeds, U.K. representing African-American jazz and blues women as agents of social change within civil rights movements), Aja Burrell Wood (ethnomusicologist, adjunct professor of African-American music, and guest curator of the 2017 Women's Jazz Festival), and Craig S. Harris (trombonist) (jazz trombonist and composer).
Brent Edwards (Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and faculty at The Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia) will moderate the conversation. The evening will be capped off with a special live performance from Ella Fitzgerald's song book by Hoyes, accompanied by pianist Michael King.
WBGO Jazz 88.3FM/WBGO.org is a media partner of the 2017 Women’s Jazz Festival.