NC Jazz Girls Day Evening Concert with Arnetta Johnson
NCCU Jazz Studies is co-presenting its second annual JazzGirls Day.
The event features special guest trumpeter/composer Arnetta Johnson and bassist Dr. Natalie Boeyink, Lydia Dudley, Serena Wiley, Jasmine Best, Shaena Ryan Martin and Dr. Lenora Helm Hammonds.The location of the 6:30 p.m. events on Friday, March 31, is the Durham Arts Council, PS1 Theatre (120 Morris St. Durham, NC 27701).
History of JazzGirls Day
It was founded by Sarah Cline, director of the legendary jazz program at Berkeley High School in San Francisco in 2012. The events and program were meant to encourage young women to explore jazz and improvisation. A subsequent event was presented at the Jazz Education Network conference in 2017, which sparked the idea for an event in North Carolina. Since its inception, similar JazzGirls Day programs have been produced in El Paso, Boston, Seattle, Washington D.C., and Phoenix, as well as at SFJAZZ and JALC.
In March 2019, the first NC JazzGirls Day (JGD) took place on the UNC-Wilmington campus. The event brought together an all-female team of educators and performers to mentor young jazzwomen. Participation in JGD was open to all middle school and high school students who identified as young women who were interested in exploring jazz. All instruments and voices were welcome, and there was no prerequisite of jazz experience or participation in a school jazz ensemble. Twelve middle school and high school jazz girls participated in the inaugural events activities. In fall 2020, UNC-Greensboro director of Jazz Studies Steve Haines produced a successful JazzGirls Day event, with 38 participants and featuring saxophonist/composer Camille Thurman.
JazzGirls Day's Mission
UNC-Wilmington jazz coordinator, assistant professor/bassist and NC JazzGirls Day producer Natalie Boeyink describes the mission of JazzGirls Day:
The purpose of JGD is multi-layered. It is an opportunity for young jazzwomen to build camaraderie and play together when they are usually a small minority in their schools jazz ensemble. They get to work on their jazz skills and improvisation in an environment free from worrying about mistakes and how their male peers may be judging them. JGD provides a safe environment to get their questions answered and conduct an honest discussion about the jazz industry. It gives participants a network of women jazz educators and professionals in the state. Best of all, they get to interact with and witness professional jazzwomen performing at a high level, modeling a career path for jazzwomen vocalists and instrumentalists."
The 2023 event at North Carolina Central University will be the second hosted by NCCU Jazz Studies. Sponsors of the 2022 event included the North Carolina Arts Council, Tribe Jazz Orchestra®, the National Endowment of the Arts, NCCU Jazz Studies, St. Josephs Foundation/Hayti Heritage Center and the Jazz Education Network. Sponsors for 2023 include Durham Arts Council, North Carolina Arts Council and Tribe Jazz Orchestra. Information and questions can be directed to NCCU Department of Music Interim Chair Dr. Lenora Helm Hammonds at LHelm@nccu.edu or 919-530-6319.
PS1 Theatre (View)
120 Morris Street
Durham, NC 27701
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One of the best small performance venues in the Triangle area, PSI Theatre is on the upper level of the Durham Arts Council building just beyond Semans Gallery. PSI Theatre is perfect for a theater, musical or dance performance, film screening, seminar, lecture, pageant, or other business and community meetings.