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Jazz! The Women's View Point
Skylight Gallery in Bed-Stuy Restoration Plaza
Brooklyn, NY
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Jazz! The Women's View Point (JTWVP)is part of the 14th Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival - which is held throughout the Month of April.

JTWVP will be Saturday, APRIL 20, 2013, staged in the beautiful Skylight Gallery, Central Brooklyn's premiere visual arts exhibition space on the 3rd Floor of Restoration Plaza, 1368 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11216. TIME: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

This year's program is about HEALING: Jazz Healing Force of the Universe.  The power of healing with music in particular this American made music called Jazz!

Live performance provided by BERTHA HOPE 'TET one of the city most astonishing pianists (read more at

AZANIA -          Few people are born with the gift of instantly touching people's hearts with their voice. Azania is one of them. Originally from Sierra Leone, West Africa, this multi-cultural artist was born and raised in the U.S. & in Geneva, Switzerland. From the age of 6 she knew that singing was her calling and loved to see the joy her voice brought to people. "It's a beautiful way to share emotions and connect with people on a deep level" she says. more at

CYNTHIA HOLIDAY -    A native of Newark, NJ, Cynthia Holiday is a vocalist and songwriter who grew up in a house of jazz lovers. Her stepfather, Calvin Hughes, played the trumpet with Frank Foster, Clark Terry, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, toured with Big Maybelle and was a big band leader. Cynthia was always surrounded by musicians and was able to learn what life was like on the road and was coached on how to succeed in the business.
The Newark School for the Arts was the beginning for Holiday's vocal training and it was also the alma mater for many famous artists. She later met the late jazz composer, Duke Anderson with whom she continued her vocal studies and piano as well. Anderson was so impressed that he introduced her to Bob Harris who hired her to song with the Bob Harris Orchestra in 1990. Holiday's recent jazz vocal coaches include Kevin Mahogany, Marion Cowings, Myrna Lake, Radam Schwartz and the late, Rita DaCosta Turrentine. more at


MONIQUE NGOZI NRI  -      Monique Ngozi Nri is a poet, singer, writer and administrator. Her parents, Celeste Nri nee Franklin from Barbados and Cyril Onura Nri from Nigeria, met as international students in London where she was born. A child of the Biafran war, she was raised in Lagos, Enugu, Owerri, Umahia in Nigeria and London.   In London, Monique worked in non-profit organizations and local government for eight years developing services for women and other underrepresented groups. She was the Women's Development Coordinator for Yaa Asantewaa Arts Center (The Factory) where she was privileged to host performances with Maya Angelou, Carlyle Phillips, Serious Bizness and African Dawn. She also worked as the Community Media Worker for Black Arts in London and Artrage Magazine where she interviewed Jayne Cortez, Maya Angelou, Micere Mugo and Nawal El Saadawi. Her published work from that period includes articles on artists from the African Diaspora in various discipline - literature, dance, theater, music, film and several poems and prose fiction pieces.  more at

RENEE MANNING  -      Born and bred in Brooklyn, N.Y., Renee Manning stands out from the crowd. Her robust voice, rich tones and impeccable time make her truly a musicians vocalist.    Her debut in the jazz world as the singer with the Mel Lewis Orchestra (from 1983-1989) was the longest tenure of any vocalist associated with that organization . By chance, Mr. Lewis heard RenĂ©e performing at Mikells . He invited her to sit in with his band at the Village Vanguard and after a standing ovation hired her as his vocalist on the spot. Since then she has proven to be an incredibly versatile singer. Many, however associate her with big bands and the blues. Her big band associations and collaborations have included the Chico OFarrill Afro Cuban Orchestra, The George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band, Dukes Men as well as a large ensemble project with Lester Bowie and Earl McIntyre.  more at!

You will get a chance to have a Q&A which each of the above panelists and performers.  

Refreshments will be served.  It is handicapped accessible.  Donation is $10.

The late Rosiland Blair founder of this forum wanted to set a stage for women to speak on the topic of Jazz.  An opportunity to participate in a discourse regarding the dynamics of the jazz community from a female perspective. If jazz is a cultural lifeline and culture expresses, the civility of a people, women in the Jazz environment are the ones who can bring forth the truth.  Therefore the position women must take is to speak on the facts that relate to them in this rich cultural expression.

Come join us for a afternoon of  music, dancing and laughter.

Lauryn Jackson,
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Skylight Gallery in Bed-Stuy Restoration Plaza (View)
1368 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11216
United States

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Music > Jazz

Minimum Age: 10
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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