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2007 news highlights

I. collegiate competition alumnae (by year, first competition first, then alphabetically)
II. chapters and mentors
(alpabetical)

COMPETITION YEAR: 1998
NAME: Jodi Proznick
INSTRUMENT(S): Bass
SCHOOL: McGill University
ADDRESS: Port Coquitlam, British Columbia (Canada)

2008 started with three nominations at the 2007 National Jazz Awards: Bassist of the Year, Acoustic Group of the Year (the Jodi Proznick Quartet) and Album of the Year (Foundations - Cellarlive). The CD debuted at #49 on the JazzWeek charts and is presently sitting at #21 (after only 2 weeks). 2007 started off with a performance representing Canada at the IAJE in New York with the Jill Townsend Big Band. My quartet had a successful outdoor performance at the 2007 Montreal International Jazz Festival for over fifteen thousand people then later in the year we headed off on a 20 date Canadian tour with generous support from the Canada Council for the Arts. In November, I was invited to be the cover story of Canada's oldest jazz magazine, Coda. It featured and article on my husband, pianist Tilden Webb, and myself including a fabulous quote from David Fathead Newman, with whom we have been touring "When you hear Jodi, you don't hear gender." I was a guest jazz soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Semiahmoo Strings this season. I also had the opportunity to play with international jazz artists such as Scott Hamilton, Christina and Carsten Dahl, Frank Catalano, Jack Mouse, and Darrell Grant as well as many Canadian jazz greats including Don Thompson, Phil Dwyer, Dave McMurdo, and Denzal Sinclaire. I am involved in a couple of live recordings in the near future - one will be with Oliver Gannon on guitar, Swiss sax player George Robert (known for his work with Tom Harrell) and Jesse Cahill on drums. Another upcoming recording is with the Joel Haynes Trio - Tilden Webb on piano, Joel Haynes from Toronto on drums and Seamus Blake, from New York, on tenor sax. As an educator, I have given dozens of clinics, adjudications and workshops at various conferences, universities, colleges and art centers across Canada.

COMPETITION YEAR: 1999
NAME: Rosana Eckert
INSTRUMENT(S): voice
SCHOOL: University of North Texas
ADDRESS: Plano, Texas (USA)

In 2007, Rosana released a duo recording, Two for the Road, with guitarist Terry Hankins, and she also began recording her 2nd full band CD of original songs and arrangements. This upcoming recording will include guest appearances by trumpeter Marvin Stamm and bassist Christian McBride, and it is scheduled for release in the Spring of 2008. Rosana was also interviewed for a Digital Music Education Project created and sponsored by the Monterey Jazz Festival. The project is an online collection of excerpts from interviews done with 16 jazz artist/educators including Randy Brecker, John Clayton, George Duke, Bob Mintzer and Michele Weir, and it can be found at www.montereyjazzfestival.org. In the summer, Rosana enjoyed working once again on the faculty of the Seth Riggs Summer Vocal Program alongside some of the most inspirational and esteemed professionals in the music entertainment industry. Seth Riggs, renowned vocal-technique teacher and creator of Speech Level SingingTM, has coached some of the world's top performers including Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Luther Vandross, and Natalie Cole. Rosana continues to write arrangements for vocal jazz ensemble, published by Hal Leonard Corporation. She works regularly as a clinician, adjudicator, and performer at jazz festivals across the country, and she will be directing All-State jazz choirs in California and North Dakota in the upcoming months. Rosana still lives in Dallas, working regularly as a studio singer, and she has had the honor of teaching vocal jazz at the University of North Texas since the Fall of 1999.

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COMPETITION YEAR: 2000
NAME: Lisa Kelly (Scott)
INSTRUMENT(S): Voice
SCHOOL: University of North Florida
ADDRESS: Jacksonville, Florida (USA)

A nationally recognized artist/clinician, Lisa Kelly has recorded five CDs and is featured on numerous recordings, TV and radio commercials. She and her husband, renowned trumpeter JB Scott, have appeared with such artists as Arturo Sandoval, Ed Calle, Larry Elgart, and Jane Monheit, and have performed for numerous major jazz festivals, jazz clubs, and jazz society concerts as featrued guest soloists and fronting their own small groups and big bands. Kelly and Scott are popular clinicians for jazz camps and adjudicators for high school to collegiate competitions, in vocal and instrumental solo to enssemble categories. In addition to teaching private voice at FCCMS Music School, and music theory and vocal jazz at the Grammy-recognized school, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, Lisa Kelly has earned high credibility as a mentor for jazz vocalists. In 2007, she became the first to present both a solo and a big band vocal jazz masterclass for Florida Vocal Association (FVA) and Florida Bandmasters Association (FBA), at the Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA) state convention, to be presented again in 2008. In 2008, Lisa Kelly’s busy performance schedule will include a three-month engagement in Shanghai, China and the completion of two CD projects. Her dad, Frank Warner, is a professional harmonica player with the famous “Harmonicats” and her son, Jeremy Smith, a co-drummer with the “Essentially Ellington” competition winning Douglas Anderson High School of the Arts, is the co-winner of the 2008 Florida Allstate Jazz Ensemble.

COMPETITION YEAR: 2001
NAME: Laila Biali
INSTRUMENT(S):piano (voice, composition)
SCHOOL: Humber College
ADDRESS: Brooklyn, New York & Toronto, Ontario

2007 was a more "pop-oriented" (cross-over) year for me. Following a brief stint with Chris Botti's band as his featured singer, I was asked to join singer/songwriter, Paula Cole, on the road as keyboardist and back-up singer to promote her new album, "Courage." From there, I was asked to join Blue Note recording artist, Suzanne Vega, on keyboards and BG's. (I'm currently in Australia with Suzanne's band.) I also released my own recording, "From Sea to Sky," with CBC Records. And on March 1 of this year (2008), I am officially moving to Brooklyn and will be dividing my time between Toronto and New York.

COMPETITION YEAR: 2001
NAME: Karine Chapdelaine
INSTRUMENT(S): double bass
SCHOOL: McGill University
ADDRESS: La Plaine, Québec (Canada)

Starting 2007 with a performance at Carnegie Hall with Paquito D'Rivera, part of a latin workshop from the Weil Institute and finishing the year with a concert with Oliver Jones, releasing his latest album . Working on a second album and getting ready to play with "Karine Chapdelaine and the Sketches" at the IAJE, in Toronto 2008!

COMPETITION YEAR: 2002
NAME: Daniela Schächter
INSTRUMENT(S): Piano
SCHOOL: Berklee College of Music
ADDRESS: Brooklyn, New York (USA)

Daniela Schaechter will be leading her group in a 1 month tour in July that includes concerts in Italy, Spain, Portugal and France. In the first part of the year 2008 she will be mainly focused on finishing her project about the 1908 earthquake in Messina Sicily in which she combines poetry and music: it will be a World Premiere in Fall 2008. On February 3rd she will be at the Blue Note with the Big O Orchestra which will feature one of her compositions “Incrocio” from her last CD “I colori del mare” available on www.cdbaby.com/danielas2 or www.splaschrecords.com. Daniela leads her Quintet in NYC, Boston, in Washington DC and Philadelphia. Also she will be teaching at Berklee College of Music starting from Spring 2008. More details and a complete press kit are available at http://www.danielaschaechter.net.

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COMPETITION YEAR: 2004
NAME: Janelle Reichman
INSTRUMENT(S): Tenor Sax, Clarinet
SCHOOL: University of Cincinnati (BM), Manhattan School of Music (MM)
ADDRESS: New York, New York (USA)

I will be finishing my MM degree at Manhattan School in May so I am currently getting my recital program together. I recently recorded for 5Play's newest album "What the World Needs Now" which will be available in early 2008, and in addition I'm still playing with the DIVA Big Band which is doing some exciting gigs in 2008, including a trip to Germany in February. Other than, I'm teaching for the NYPOPS Salute to Music program, teaching privately in Eastchester, NY, and freelancing as much as I can. I also recently started subbing in the Big Apple Circus which has been a lot of fun.

COMPETITION YEAR: 2005
NAME: Maeve Royce
INSTRUMENT(S): Bass
SCHOOL: The New School, class of '07
ADDRESS: Brooklyn, New York (USA)

2007 has been an exciting year with lots of firsts and lasts! In January I began my last semester at The New School and finished up my bachelors degree this spring. It was great to participate as an alum for New School's 20th Anniversary Gala Concert in June, performing in a group with Barry Harris, Roy Hargrove, Jimmy Heath, Benny Powell, Charles Tolliver, and Chali Persip. This spring also saw the release of "The Dept of Evil," Rachel Z's new trio project featuring Bobbie Rae on drums and myself on bass. So lots of playing and touring in the spring and summer and a trip out to Europe with the trio. Also, this summer was my first time in downbeat with a nice 2 page photo of the dept of good and evil band and a surprisingly cool article.The record has received some great press in the past months which is always encouraging. I've also been performing in the city with another talented graduate of The New School, Natalie John. The quartet plays some beautiful original music and we're looking forward to getting into the studio later this month. I recently started working at Lincoln Center with the Middle School Jazz Academy, and put in my applications to Grad School at Jiulliard and NYU. So 2007 has been a inspiring year- here's to hoping for lots more great music in 2008!

COMPETITION YEAR: 2005
NAME: Carmen Staaf
INSTRUMENT(S): Piano
SCHOOL: New England Conservatory
ADDRESS: Brookline, Massachusetts (USA)

Carmen Staaf was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2005, the weekend before she was to tour Scandinavia with the Sisters in Jazz. After chemotherapy, radiation and a stem cell transplant in 2006, she has been in remission for two years, and is playing, recording and teaching. Carmen raised over $1700 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by organizing two benefit concerts: one classical concert and one in which she played with jazz and klezmer musicians including George Garzone, Esperanza Spalding and Hankus Netsky. She is in her third year on the piano faculty at Berklee College of Music, having been hired upon graduation from New England Conservatory and Tufts University. She teaches private jazz piano lessons and improvisation labs, and is active in faculty performances. In 2007 Carmen recorded an album of mostly original music entitled "Reflection", due out in spring of 2008. She also played on upcoming albums by Four Across (www.myspace.com/fouracross), Kenji Shinagawa, Peter Kenagy and Ayn Inserto. She worked with pianist Danilo Perez to make transcriptions of a number of his recordings, which will be available for download on his website. In 2007 she toured both US coasts with Four Across and performed with her own group and other musicians in Boston, New York and around the Northeast. She played accordion with members of the Klezmatics, the Klezmer Conservatory Band, Metropolitan Klezmer (at the KlezMORE Festival in Vienna, Austria), and with an NEA National Heritage Fellow (in an NPR-broadcast performance near Washington, DC).

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II. chapters and mentors

MENTOR NAME: Katchie Cartwright - Chair
INSTRUMENT(S): voice, flute
SCHOOL: Northwest Vista College
ADDRESS: San Antonio, Texas

August marked the end of my first year with Northwest Vista College in San Antonio, and my husband, saxophonist Richard Oppenheim, and I are enjoying the jazz scene in south Texas. Our daughter, bassist Eleonore Oppenheim, graduated from the music program at Yale University, toured Europe and the US with the Philip Glass Ensemble, and is now continuing her musical studies at Mannes College of Music in New York. Needless to say, we're very proud parents. I'm having fun hosting Planet Jazz, a weekly radio show that features jazz and improvisation from all over the world, for San Antonio's jazz radio station, KRTU. Recordings from Sisters alumnae and mentors are welcomed! I presented papers on "New Swing: The Hindustani-Jazz Collaborations of Dhanashree Pandit Rai" (Society for Ethnomusicology) and "Intercultural Improvisation: Lessons from John Cage" (International Society for Improvised Music). An anthology entitled Ramblin' on My Mind: New Perspectives on the Blues, to which I contributed an essay on Ella Fitzgerald, is in press for University of Illinois, with a relase date expected in January 2008.

MENTOR/COORDINATOR NAME: Laura Dreyer
INSTRUMENT(S): Alto, Tenor, Sop. Saxes, Flute, Clarinet
SCHOOL:
ADDRESS: New York, New York

In 2007 Laura Dreyer presented her jazz improvisation clinic that combines jazz & theatrical/comedy improv entitled "Improv Soup," at The Berklee College of Music BTOT, The First Annual Jazz Improv Convention in NYC, and for the faculty of The NY POPS Salute To Music program. She also performed steadily with her Brazilian Jazz group at Dekk in Tribeca, and at the Hoff-Barthelson Music School Concert Series. She performed as a side-person with Brazilian Breeze at The Zinc Bar, NYC, The Big O Orchestra, and at various NYC locations with vocalist Kerry Linder in addition to many other engagements. Laura continues to teach woodwinds and jazz improvisation at Hoff-Barthelson, The NY POPS Salute to Music, and the Church St. Music School.

 

CHAPTER: Helsinki, Finland
MENTOR/COORDINATOR NAME: Ira Kaspi
INSTRUMENT(S): Voice
SCHOOL: Sibelius Academy
ADDRESS: Lohja, Finland

Ira Kaspi released two CDs in 2007 (both available at CD Baby and i-tunes). Last year was very busy for singer Ira Kaspi. Her collaboration with guitarist Peter Engberg led to the duo´s second CD Ira & Peter Duo "A Rose". The CD has in reviews been thanked for the relaxing mood it puts you in and that was exactly what the duo strived for. In addition to covers the CD includes a couple of original songs by the duo and this is the direction Ira & Peter are now moving towards so the next CD will most likely be all originals. Ira and Peter have experience of working on original material together from the start of their collaboration in 2001 when Peter produced the CD Ira Kaspi TownBeat "Inner Voices" that featured Ira´s pop flavoured jazz tunes. The other CD Ira released in december 2007 Ira Kaspi "Monrepos In My Heritage" is a Big Band recording of composer Erik Lindströms songs. The "stirdy" arrangements are mostly written by Antti Rissanen (a couple of the arrangements by Ape Anttila and Mikko Hassinen). All the lyrics are written by Ira and in them she wanted to capture old time romance using modern language. The release concert was a success with nearly 700 people attending. The material will be performed as a warm up for the Manhattan Transfer in july 2008 at the Imatra Big Band festival. In addition to performing the material with the Sibelius Academy Big Band Ira and Antti are also visiting other Big Bands performing the material in respective cities. Ira teaches at the Sibelius Academy, but also started her own school with her husband musician Ape Anttila in Lohja, Finland.

CHAPTER: Michigan
MENTOR NAME: Laurie Marino Sears
INSTRUMENT(S) : Saxophone, Flute and Clarinet
SCHOOL(S): Interlochen Arts Academy & Grand Valley State University

The Laurie Sears Quartet performs at jazz festivals, in concert series and in clubs throughout northern Michigan and in Grand Rapids, East Lansing and Kalamazoo. Co-hosted 2007 guest performances and clinics at Interlochen were by Peter Erskine, Chris Brubeck, Xavier Davis, Bob Sheppard and Billy Childs. Interlochen saxophone students have participated in Essentially Ellington competition, Grammy Band and have been Downbeat Award recipients. Next guest is Bob Mintzer in April of 2008.

MENTOR/COORDINATOR NAME: Sunny Wilkinson
INSTRUMENT(S): Voice
SCHOOL: Michigan State University
ADDRESS: East Lansing, Michigan (USA)

Celebrating Women's History Month, MSU Jazz Studies Program and the Women's Resource Center sponsored a concert featuring guest artist and mentor trombonist Brenda Flowers. The band was comprised of all women from the Jazz Studies Program at MSU, Kathleen Murray on Bass, Sarah Slonim on Piano, Mackenzie Viventi on Drums, Lynn Gruenwald on Alto Saxophone and Lulu Fall on Vocals. The concert featured arrangements and originals by the MSU Women. Following the concert there was spirited discussion about women in jazz.

2006 news highlights

I. collegiate competition alumnae (by year, first competition first, then alphabetically)
II. chapters and mentors
(alphabetical)

COMPETITION YEAR: 1998
NAME: Sara Caswell
INSTRUMENT(S): Violin
SCHOOL: Indiana University, 2 BM degrees in 2000 (Classical Violin Performance, Jazz Studies); Artist Diploma in 2002 (Violin Performance) - Manhattan School of Music, MM degree in 2006 (Jazz Violin)
ADDRESS: New York, New York

This has been an exciting year for me on many fronts. One highlight was graduating in May from the Manhattan School of Music with my Masters Degree in Jazz Violin. Another highlight has been the attention my latest CD, 'But Beautiful' (Arbors Records, 2005), is receiving. It spent 9 weeks (including a #1 ranking) on nationally-syndicated jazz radio host Bob Parlocha's list of Top 40 New Releases, was included in Coda Magazine's Top Tens of 2005 by reviewer Bill Falconer, was selected by Dr. Herb Wong for his Blue Chip Jazz CD Awards: Top Instrumentals of 2005, & has received great reviews, including one in the Feb. 2007 issue of JazzTimes. My debut CD, 'First Song' (Double-Time Records, 2000), continues to do well, tracks from which were recently played on NPR's Morning Edition. Still another highlight was the tour I participated in this fall with Grammy Award-winning violinist Mark O'Connor as part of his Fiddle Celebration ensemble. Each concert featured seven string players performing a variety of music ranging from classical to bluegrass, symbolic of the musical diversity at Mark's summer music camps; I was the jazz representative. In addition to this tour, I gave many concerts as co-leader of the Caswell Sisters Quintet with my sister, vocalist Rachel Caswell, & entered my third season as a member of the New York Pops orchestra. I continue to teach jazz violin privately, as well as at Manhattan School of Music's Precollege Division & the Mark O'Connor Fiddle Camp & Strings Conference during the summers.

COMPETITION YEAR: 1998
NAME: Anat Cohen
INSTRUMENT(S): Tenor Sax / clarinet
SCHOOL: Berklee College of Music
ADDRESS: New York, New York

A few months into the year I realized that I should record something in 2006. The year turned to be a productive year for me. I completed 2 new albums of mine that are coming out these days. A clarinet album with a jazz quartet and a string quartet on a few songs called "Poetica" and a large ensemble project we have been working on for a while called "Noir". We created unique instrumentations for this semi big band that has among others 3 cellos(!) - I call this ensemble the "Anzic Orchestra". Lotsa fun. I got to record a new album with my brothers (3Cohens.com) - Playing with my brothers makes me feel right at home. I love it. And recently I got to record another project with a new group called the Waverly Seven (.com) - great musicians, pure fun. Beside that I visited Caracas (Venezuela) 3 times and got more familiar with their incredible music playing with the great guitar master Aquiles Baez - check out some of their traditional music - it feels so good. The Choro Ensemble (.com) released a new album and we went to Brazil for 3 weeks - now how can that be anything but fun? And Igot to know some new places in the world that I haven't visited before so; bye bye 2006 - you were a great year for me. I am grateful.

COMPETITION YEAR: 1998
NAME: Jodi Proznick
INSTRUMENT(S): Bass
SCHOOL: McGill University
ADDRESS: Vancouver, BC, Canada

I am happy to report that I am doing great - living in Vancouver and playing my bass. The past couple of years have been particularly exciting for me. I have had the great pleasure to perform with some incredible musicians: George Coleman, Sheila Jordan, David 'Fathead' Newman, Ed Thigpen, Houston Pearson, Eric Alexander, Seamus Blake, Mark Murphy and Charles McPherson to name a few. I was a featured performer with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra this season. My group "The Jodi Proznick Quartet" won the Galaxie Rising Star of the 2004 Vancouver International Jazz Festival and a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to record my debut CD "Foundations" on the Cellar Live label. The album was listed as a top pick of 2006 on CBC Radio's After Hours, www.ejazznews.com andmany other jazz programs across Canada and the western U.S. We have been invited to compete in the Montreal International Jazz Festival's "Prix De Jazz" competition this summer. I am looking forward to recording a DVD concert with Sheila Jordan and the Babayaga String Quartet this summer. In the fall I will be recording a second release with the Joel Haynes Trio featuring Peter Bernstein on guitar. After finishing my B.Mus. at McGill University, I went on to complete my Masters in Art Education from Simon Fraser University . I am currently teaching in the Jazz Studies Program at Capilano College in North Vancouver, B.C.. Most importantly, I got married to my best friend, pianist Tilden Webb in 2004. We have been touring together with David Fathead Newman, the Jill Townsend Big Band and the Joel Haynes Trio.

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COMPETITION YEAR: 1999
NAME: Rosana C. Eckert
INSTRUMENT(S): voice
SCHOOL: University of North Texas
ADDRESS: Texas

Rosana kicked off 2006 with her second solo performance at the IAJE Annual Conference in New York City. Her quintet was joined by special guest trumpeter Marvin Stamm and performed her arrangements and original songs. Her debut CD, At the End of the Day, was a finalist for Best New Jazz Album in the 2006 Independent Music Awards and continues to receive international airplay. Last summer, Rosana had the pleasure of working on the faculty of the Seth Riggs Summer Vocal Program alongside some of the most inspirational and esteemed professionals in the music entertainment industry. Seth Riggs, renowned vocal-technique teacher and creator of Speech Level SingingTM, has coached some of the world's top performers including Michael Jackson, Prince, Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Luther Vandross, and Natalie Cole. Rosana continues to write arrangements for vocal jazz ensemble, published by Hal Leonard Corp and soon by UNC Press. Rosana still serves on the jazz faculty of the University of North Texas, teaching both privately and in the classroom. She is on the faculty of the North Texas Summer Vocal Jazz Workshop and the Texas All Star Jazz Camp, and she is enjoying work as a clinician/adjudicator/performer at jazz festivals around the country. She is currently working on her second solo CD.

COMPETITION YEAR: 1999
NAME: Rachel Eckroth
INSTRUMENT(S): Piano
SCHOOL: University of Nevada Las Vegas
ADDRESS: Phoenix, Arizona

With her newest trio release, "MIND" (cdbaby.com), Rachel Eckroth is becoming a sought-after pianist, composer, and arranger in New York City. The Phoenix, Arizona native has been on the east coast since 2001, recently earning a Master's degree in jazz performance from Rutgers University. Since moving to New York, she has worked as a sideman with the Russ Spiegel Big Band, Alex Heitlinger sextet, Tia Fuller Quartet, John Ventimiglia, and has performed at venues such as Jazz Gallery, Blue Note, Knitting Factory, Smoke, Night and Day, Jules Bistro, Deerhead Inn, and the Garage. Recently, she performed off Broadway as musical director/pianist in David Cassidy's "The Rat Pack is Back." Rachel was featured in the October 2005 issue of Jazziz magazine. Her piece, "Tapestry" was selected to be on October's "Jazziz on Disc." Currently, Rachel is the keyboardist with the Khani Cole band. (www.Khanicole.com) While still in school, many of her big band pieces were recorded by the UNLV Jazz Ensemble on a CD entitled "Coloring Outside the Lines"(TNC Jazz). It received five stars in Down Beat magazine and was voted one of the best CDs of the 90's (see Down Beat, January, 2000). Now, as an accomplished composer, Rachel is frequently asked to be a featured guest artist at colleges and institutions around the country. These have included the UNLV jazz ensemble, the Nevada Jazz Orchestra, the Lon Bronson Jazz Orchestra, Rutgers Jazz Ensemble, and Phoenix College. Besides her obvious love for jazz ensemble writing, Rachel composes for a wide variety of mediums including choral works, string ensembles, rock bands, and electronic based music.

COMPETITION YEAR: 1999
NAME: Tia Fuller
INSTRUMENT(S): Alto, soprano saxophone and flute
SCHOOL: Spelman College/ University of Colorado at Boulder graduate
ADDRESS: New Jersey

Recently I have been signed to the Mack Avenue Record label, releasing my sophomore album "Healing Space" on Feb. 20, 2007. This album features my all female quartet: Kim Thompson (drums and former SIJ alumna), Miriam Sullivan (bass), and Miki Hayama (piano), as well as Sean Jones (trumpet). This quintet also recorded the first album "Pillar of Strength" (available at www.cdbaby.com/tiafuller, or www.tiafuller.com). For the past year I have been touring and performing with T.S. Monk Septet, Ralph Peterson Septet, Rufies Ried Quintet, and the Sean Jones Quintet. In addition, last fall i had the honor to record with Nancy Wilson Big Band on her most recent album, "Turned to Blue." Simialrly, I have been featured on Sean Jones' recordings "Eternal Journey," "Gemini," and "Roots." (Mack Ave. Records) Currently I am the director of The Harlem Jazz Museum's "Harmony in Harlem" ensemble. This combo is a group of middle school and high school aged students wanting to excel in the genre of jazz. I have also been conducted resdidencies and clinics at Kansas StatevUniversity, Tiffin University, Hanks High School and Ohio State University. In addtion, I have been on an national and internaltional tour with the R&B star, BEYONCE, promoting her new album "B-Day," and featured with her in her new video "Irreplaceable," as well as the Today Show, Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America,Tyra Banks Show, and a the View.

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COMPETITION YEAR: 2000
NAME: Lisa Kelly-Scott
INSTRUMENT: Voice
SCHOOL: University of North Florida
ADDRESS: Jacksonville, Florida

Featured vocalist on several major jazz festivals, including the Monterey Jazz Festival with the University of North Florida JE I, the Jacksonville Jazz Festival with University of North Florida JE I and the St. Johns River City Band with Jane Monheit, and the New Smyrna Beach Jazz Festival with the Florida Swing Orchestra. A 5th year faculty member for the University of North Florida Jazz Camp faculty, directing a combo and serving as the vocal jazz instructor. Performing artist for numerous for jazz clubs, jazz societies and high profile events with the Kelly-Scott Quintet, JB Scott’s Swinging All Stars and the Florida Jazz Plus music groups. Will be presenting two vocal jazz clinics at FMEA, “Integrating a Vocalist Into Your Jazz Band” for FBA, and “Singing Jazz: How Do You Begin To Learn Your Craft?”, a vocal jazz master class for FVA. She will also present and perform, for a 5th year, new jazz vocal charts for the professional reading session. Her son, Jeremy Smith, drummer with the Douglas Anderson SOTA, winners of the Essentially Ellington competition at Lincoln Center; her husband, JB Scott, director of UNF JE I, winners of the Next Generation Jazz Festival in Monterey, CA.

COMPETITION YEAR: 2001
NAME: Airelle Besson
INSTRUMENT(S): trumpet
SCHOOL: Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris
ADDRESS: Paris, France

Numerous news with different orchestras: -my own quintet called "Rockingchair": we mixed our first cd it will issue in 2007. We performed in numerous european jazz festivals. -Didier Levallet quintet "songes et silence", we recorded a cd in december, to be issued in 2007 and performed on french radio. -groups with Nelson Veras (incredible brasilian jazz guitarist), performances in Parisian jazz clubs -Concerts in different french jazz festivals with the orchestra "le gros cube". -Première mondial of the "Opéra jazz" "la Tectonique des nuages" at Jazz a Vienne. -european jazz festival with the "Diagonal" (small big band), we recorded a cd, it will issue in january/february 2007. -Promotion for the cd "Opera Budapest" issued in 2006. (label BMC) with the Gabor Winand-Gabor Gado quintet. (hungarian musicians) recorded in 2005 at the Budapest jazz festival. -Project with south african musicians at the New Morning in Paris -First performance with Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra and Carla Bley in Guimaraes, Protugal. -I have been invited as a guest for many shows and recordings for French artists during the year.

COMPETITION YEAR: 2001
NAME: Karine Chapdelaine
INSTRUMENT: bass
SCHOOL: McGill University
ADDRESS: La plaine, Québec, Canada

I launched my first album this year, called Karine Chapdelaine & the Sketches. This album was in nomination for best jazz album of Quebec. I did also 2 gigs for the Montreal Jazz Festival, toured with the jazz signer Samina and I had a gig with Oliver Jones and my good friend Tara Davidson!!

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COMPETITION YEAR: 2001
NAME: Tara Davidson
INSTRUMENT(S): alto & soprano saxes
SCHOOL: University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada
ADDRESS: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

2006 saw me recording my second CD as a leader, recording a CD as a guest with Juno winners Mike Murley and Guido Basso, and touring Canada with The Murley/Braid Quartet. Teaching and performing around Toronto helped filled in the blanks. A good year!

COMPETITION YEAR: 2002
NAME: Daniela Schächter
INSTRUMENT(S): Piano
SCHOOL: Berklee College of Music
ADDRESS: Brooklyn, New York

Daniela Schächter had a tour in Russia in January 2006 and in Indonesia in March 2006 leading her Trio.Later in May she released her new CD "I Colori del Mare" with the Italian Jazz label Splasch Records. In the same month she performed at the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival leading her Quartet with Alex Sipiagin on trumpet, Oleg Osenkov on bass and Terri Lyne Carrington on drums. Daniela performed at the Ochos Rios Jazz Festival in Jamaica with the Kevin Mahogany Quartet with whom she had several performances in the summer 2006: among others the concerts at Iridium Jazz Club in NY. She was featured in the famous jazz program Marian McPartland Piano Jazz in which she had the opportunity to perform in duet with the legendary pianist. Her CD "I colori del mare" had all great reviews on www.jazzreview.com, www.contemporaryjazz.com and www.allaboutjazz.com. Also she was featured among the top jazz musicians in NY in the Japanese PLAYBOY MAGAZINE of October 2006 and appeared in an article by Elzy Kolb regarding Sisters in Jazz in the magazine JAZZIZ of the same month. Recently an interview with her was published in the Italian magazine "I LOVE" of the GIORNALE DI SICILIA.

COMPETITION YEAR: 2003
NAME: Elizabeth Goodfellow
INSTRUMENT: drums
SCHOOL: San Jose State University
ADDRESS: Felton, California

Beth is continuing to work as a freelance musician in the Santa Cruz/San Francisco area. She is currently working with an early-swing show band touring the Western U.S. and Canada, as well as playing in modern jazz combos.

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COMPETITION YEAR: 2004
NAME: Brenda Earle
INSTRUMENT: piano
ADDRESS: New York, NY

This year I did a lot of touring in the US and Canada in support of my new CD "Happening". "Happening" is an album of original material and re-worked versions of songs by Kern, Sting and Suzanne Vega, and features my New York band with Joe Martin on bass, Bill Campbell on drums, Joel Frahm on saxophone and string quartet. I toured extensively in the Southeast United States, performing in Atlanta, Charlotte, Savannah, Winston/Salem, Washington, DC and Florida, receiving excellent reviews for each of my shows. I performed shows in New York City with my trio and quartet. I headlined shows at the Port Hope Jazz Festival (Ontario), Mitton Village Jazz Festival (Sarnia, On. ), the Jazz Is Society (Calgary, AL.) and the Blowing Rock Jazz Society (NC) and some of these performances were broadcast live on the radio. The summer found me teaching at the New York Summer Music Festival at SUNY Oneonta (Upstate New York), where I conducted the jazz choir, performed in the big band and directed combos. I composed 9 new jazz choir compositions/arrangements, which were performed this summer, and I premiered a new work for string quartet and voice. I performed concerts with John Riley and Dick Oatts. I have performed a series of shows with the Diva Big Band and Sherrie Maricle's Five Play, performing at the Deer Head Inn and for the opening of the Performing Arts Center in Miami. (John Kerry was there!) I have been active as a teacher, giving clinics at colleges in the US and Canada and teaching in NYC for the Feel the Music organization, which provides music and art for families of 9/11.

COMPETITION YEAR: 2004
NAME: Linda Oh
INSTRUMENT(S): Bass
SCHOOL: Manhattan School of Music
ADDRESS: New York, New York

In 2006 Linda graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts with first class honours. She then spent some time in New York to play and take lessons from the likes of Scott Colley, Greg Cohen and Drew Gress. In April she participated in the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program and toured Italy in June with Perth group Speedball. Linda also established the West Australian Sisters in Jazz Big Band performing compositions and arrangements by herself and by other Western Australian female musicians. This group also conducted workshops for high schools. In August she recorded with pianist and former director of the Victorian College of the Arts, Dr Tony Gould and is now residing in New York City studying Masters at the Manhattan School of Music and playing around town.

COMPETITION YEAR: 2004
NAME: Janelle Reichman
INSTRUMENT(S): saxophones, clarinet, flute
SCHOOL: University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, BM in 2001 (Jazz Saxophone); Manhattan
School of Music, MM degree (graduation in 2008, Jazz Saxophone).
ADDRESS: New York, NY

After living in Cincinnati for five years, I moved to New York this past August. It has been one big transition since then! Getting my Masters at the Manhattan School of Music keeps me pretty busy, but I try to play sessions as often as I can. Playing lead tenor in the MSM Jazz Orchestra has been great, especially last semester when we did “The Meditations Suite” for big band with guest soloist Dave Liebman, as well as performed at Dizzy’s Club Cocacola. I’ve also been teaching clarinet with the NYPOPS, as well as teaching private lessons on every instrument I play at a privately owned music store up in Crestwood, New York (it’s a lot to carry but I am glad to have the work!). I’m also very excited to be going on the road with Doc Severinsen’s band for about a month beginning in February. I continue to make my way back to the Midwest for club dates now and again. I’m looking forward to 2007—I think it’s going to be a great year!

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II. chapters and mentors (alphabetical)

MENTOR NAME: Katchie Cartwright - Chair
INSTRUMENT(S): voice, flute
SCHOOL: Northwest Vista College
ADDRESS: San Antonio, Texas

Tooting in the new year...2006 was a busy one. A new recording with Mark Holen’s Zambomba (Noches Flamencas,), a New York-based jazz-Latin-flamenco group (Harriton Carved Wax). Extremely honored to receive not one but two Fulbrights (the doctorate is good for something, Sisters!), one at the Ionian University in Corfu, Greece; the other at the National Conservatory in Beirut, Lebanon. Worked and performed with some amazing faculty in these two schools, and extraordinary students, a couple of whom are now pursuing careers and education in the States, including the multi-talented singer-pianist Penelope Tzanetaki, now in NYC. Speaking of Fulbrights, and mentor-to-mentor mentoring, two faculty with whom I worked through the State Department abroad have since been awarded Fulbrights themselves: Adolphe Yacé from Côte d’Ivoire, who is completing his doctorate at Boston University, and Dimos Dimitriadis from Greece, who will be in New York on Fulbright in March 2007. I continue to be proud of my students, who seem to be all over the world at this point, including two graduates from my program at San José State who are now working on Doctorates in New York: Hal Weary (piano) and Trineice Robinson (voice), a former AAJC/HBC student all-star. My daughter Eleonore Oppenheim, a classical bassist, is due to graduate from Yale in May, and set to tour with the Philip Glass ensemble (not a bad first gig). In August 2006, I accepted a post with Northwest Vista College in San Antonio, Texas, and my husband and I are happily beginning a new chapter of music and education.

MENTOR/COORDINATOR NAMES: Shiela Jordan/Jay Clayton - Mentor Chapter
INSTRUMENT(S): voice
ADDRESS: New York

Shiela Jordan and Jay Clayton continue to mentor at their Vocal Jazz Retreat at Willow Farm in upstate New York. The last retreat included one of the first Sisters in Jazz competition winners, pianist, Dawn Clement. The mentoring workshop is 3 days, culminating with a lovely barn concert on saturday night.

MENTOR NAME: Claire Daly - Adjudicator
INSTRUMENT: baritone sax
ADDRESS: New York, New York

Claire is playing regularly at the Bowery Poetry Club with her tribute to Rahsaan Roland Kirk. She is also performing some with the Cincinnati based hip hop group, "Iswhat?!". They toured Europe in November and hope to return in '07. She continues to play in Joel Forrester's band and lead her own quartet. This year she joined the faculty of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Middle School Jazz Academy.

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MENTOR NAME: Laura Dreyer - Competition Applicant Mentor
INSTRUMENT(S): Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet
ADDRESS: New York, New York

Saxophonist, flutist and composer Laura Dreyer performed weekly at the Tribeca lounge, "Dekk," with her Brazilian-jazz trio. The group performed Laura's original compositions, as well as Brazilian-jazz standards. She also performed regularly with "Sabor Brasil" at Lucielle's Grill at BB Kings in NYC, and at the Rose Festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. Laura remains on the faculty of Hoff- Barthelson Music school in the jazz department where, in addition to teaching private lessons, she leads ensembles and teaches jazz theory. She recently performed at a clinic with saxophonist Bob Mintzer, along with other faculty artists Ed Palermo and Rolf Sturm. Laura will be conducting a seminar at the Berklee College of Music in january based on her study of comedy improv as applied to jazz improv, and doing a saxophone clinic at Rayburn Music as well.

MENTOR NAME: Suzan Jenkins, JAI Sisters in Jazz Mentorship Program
SCHOOL: B.S. University of Maryland University College; MBA University of Maryland University College, December 2007
ADDRESS: Rockville, MD

As President of Jazz Alliance International I have mentored several Sisters on the business of music and continue to do so; I am interested in mentoring veteran and "new born" women entering the music business. I am a visionary CEO with a knack for leading cultural initiatives in museums, for-profit and non-profit settings. I have over 20 years' extensive experience spearheading policy and guiding organizational, program and campaign development in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. I am a Peabody Award winning radio producer. I am a strategic thinker and team builder who develops innovative projects and cultivates organizations. Through my career I have been ingenious at forging partnerships and collaborations in the global marketplace and would love to share those concepts with Sisters in Jazz. For the past three years, JAI has programmed the JAI Industry Track. Each year I work closely with Don Lucoff and Lee Mergner of JazzTimes to plan the industry track panels, workshops and events. Panels that address issues concerning issues regarding the media, new technology, glass ceilings, the health and welfare of musicians have now come to the forefront as the Track looks to push the envelope and explore issues like new paradigms in business, technological advances and best-practices.

MENTOR/COORDINATOR NAME: Christine Jensen - Guest Director 2003
INSTRUMENT(S): alto and soprano saxophones
SCHOOL: McGill University
ADDRESS: Montréal, Québec, Canada

Jensen and her Canadian quartet released her third recording as a leader on Montreal's Effendi Records, entitled "Look Left" in 2006. She was recently nominated for an Opus Award for "Concert of the Year", featuring Donny McCaslin with her big band, a live concert that was recorded and broadcast on Radio-Canada in February 2006. She looks forward to touring Sweden in February 2007 with her sister Ingrid and Nordic Connect, an ensemble that they co-lead with Swedish pianist and composer Maggi Olin. They will also launch their CD "Nordic Connect-Flurry", which features compositions by by all three jazz artists on ArtistShare in February 2007. Jensen is currently teaching arranging and ensembles at McGill University in Montreal, while staying active as a performer, clinician and adjudicator.

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MENTOR NAME: Tanya Kalmanovitch - Competition Applicant Mentor
INSTRUMENT(S): viola, violin
SCHOOL: New England Conservatory
ADDRESS: New York, New York

In September 2006, violist and violinist Tanya Kalmanovitch joined the faculty of the department of Contemporary Improvisation at the New England Conservatory, where she directs the conservatory's first contemporary improvisation ensemble for classical musicians. In 2006 Kalmanovitch toured in France as a member of pianist Benoit Delbecq's quintet featuring Mark Turner, appeared as a featured soloist in Ronan Guilfoyle's Simulacrum at the Bray Jazz Festival in Ireland, and toured the US and Canada with Ravish Momin's Trio Tarana. She led her own groups in performances in the Netherlands and the Czech Republic, and appeared as a featured soloist and co-artistic director in the launch of the New York Symphonic Jazz Orchestra. January 2007 marks the launch of the Brooklyn Jazz Underground, a new collective of Brooklyn-based bandleaders founded in 2006, and launching with its first annual festival at Smalls in New York City. Kalmanovitch continues to teach regularly at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, UK and the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague, NL. In 2006, she presented workshops on improvisation for jazz and classical musicians at the Universirty of Michigan, the Art-Ez Conservatorium in Arnhem, NL, and the Jaroslav Jezek Conservatoy in Prague, CZ. She will shortly be presenting workshops at Wellesley College and the Berklee College of Music in Massachusetts. Her latest recording, Heart Mountain, with pianist Myra Melford will be released in May 2007.

MENTOR NAME: Renee Rosnes, Guest Director
INSTRUMENT: piano
ADDRESS: West Orange, New Jersey

In 2006, Renee released her tenth recording as a leader: "A Time For Love" on the VideoArts label. It is a trio date featuring Peter Washington on bass and Lewis Nash on drums. She is a founding member of the San Francisco Jazz Collective, an octet led by saxophonist Joshua Redman, and including Nicholas Payton, Miguel Zenon & Eric Harland among others. This past year the band toured and recorded the music of Herbie Hancock, as well as their own original compositions which are commissioned every year. Aside from leading her own trio and quartet, Renee continues to work regularly with Bobby Hutcherson and James Moody.

MENTOR/COORDINATOR NAME: Sunny Wilkinson - Past Chair
INSTRUMENT(S): voice
SCHOOL: Michigan State University
ADDRESS: Michigan

March, 2006, the Jazz Area at Michigan State along with the Women's Studies Program at MSU sponsored a Women in Jazz event that featured many of our past SIJ mentors, Ingrid Jensen, Marion Hayden, Gayelynn McKinney, Ellen Rowe and Sunny Wilkinson. We also spotlighted Lynn Gruenwald, a senior alto saxophone player at MSU. The house was packed, the vibe was good and the SIJ mentors and students played and spoke about their experiences in music.

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