Jazz Girls Day 2018 NYC

Girls from ages 10–18 who play, sing, or are interested in learning more about jazz are invited
to participate in a free event that will include workshops, a jam session, and discussions with
accomplished jazz professionals.
Come ready to play and hear from dynamic women in the jazz world!

Sign up here! https://academy.jazz.org/middle-school-jazz-academy-special-events/

Bertha Hope, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Jessica Jones with Claire Daly, Annette Aguilar, Angeleisha Rodgers and JazzGirls from 2017

Bertha Hope, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Jessica Jones with Claire Daly, Annette Aguilar, Angeleisha Rodgers and JazzGirls from 2017


Jessica Jones

Tenor saxophonist/pianist/composer Jessica Jones is an innovative jazz educator and consultant, working with children on improvisation, composition, and oral traditions for Jazz at Lincoln Center, Jazz Camp for Female Instrumentalists (Pretoria, South Africa), Stanford Jazz Workshop, Brooklyn Friends School, and others. She has played with Joseph Jarman, Cecil Taylor, and Don Cherry. The primary outlet for her compositions for the past 20 years has been the Jessica Jones Quartet, a pianoless quartet which has several recordings out and has played many US festivals. 

Photo by Chuck Gee

Photo by Chuck Gee


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Angela Wellman

Trombonist Angela Wellman, hailing proudly from Kansas City, Missouri, has performed with the McCoy Tyner Big BandJoe WilliamsAl GreySlide Hampton and other noted musicians. In 2005 she founded the Oakland Public Conservatory of Music to provide high quality, affordable music education for Oakland citizens. She continues to lead OPC, initiating new programs such as the Black Girls Play initiative and partnerships with SFJAZZ.

Link: http://opcmusic.org/Staff.php

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Musician, Composer, Bandleader, Educator and Activist Roxy Coss has become one of the most unique and innovative Saxophonists on the scene, a definitional voice of the Millennial Movement in Jazz. Roxy is the founder and director of Women In Jazz Organization, a collective of professional jazz musicians who identify as women, gender neutral or non-binary.

Link: https://www.roxycoss.com/about


Kim Clarke

Bassist Kim Clarke  has worked with Yusef Lateef, National Black Theatre, Defunkt, Lester Bowie, Joe Henderson, Bertha Hope, Art Blakey, Clifford Jordan, Sheila Jordan,Queen Latifah, Donald Byrd, Steve Coleman, Nona Hendryx, Oliver Lake, Andy Bey, Screamin Jay Hawkins, Sun Ra, Marylou Williams, Jaki Byard and the Kit McClure Big Band. A student of Barry Harris Workshop and Jazzmobile,  Kim is a 3 time recipient of the NEA Jazz Fellowship Study Grant. Kim is the  bandleader of The Aqua Ninjaz,Inner Circle trio and co-leads MAGNETS!  with the phenomenal saxophonist Rob Scheps.

She is also the president of THE LADY GOT CHOPS WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL Inc which hosts a grassroots festival now in its 16th year.

Link: https://www.allmusic.com/artist/kim-clarke-mn0000097761/biography

other EVENTS of the day

Kay Ray with pianist Patrice Rushen

Kay Ray with pianist Patrice Rushen

5pm FAMILY MOVIES: women in jazz on film 

(with free popcorn! all are welcome)

Filmmaker Kay Ray curates an evening of film clips of performances by Marian McPartland, Mary Lou Williams, Melba Liston with Quincy Jones, Ina Ray Hutton and several all women bands of the twentieth century. In addition, Kay will premiere the trailer from her new film, "In Her Hands,"  chronicling a current all-women band.

Seattle-based Kay D. Ray and was the senior film producer for Experience Music Project where she developed and created over 85 films and just produced and directed the films for the new Museum of History and Industry in Seattle exhibit Edible City. She also created all the exhibit films for the new MOHAI opening, Celluloid Seattle and Essential Seattle. Her feature documentary Lady Be Good; Instrumental Women In Jazz premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival, toured the US in film festivals and school and is now in distribution. Her documentary on jazz great Ernestine Anderson, "There Will Never Be Another You," was nominated for an Emmy award. 

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Educators' Town hall

Educators gather to discuss successful strategies for encouraging girls in the jazz classroom, and to suggest specific topics for future workshops on gender equity for girls in jazz. 

Parents' workshop

Hear from panelists about their experiences as women jazz musicians, and discuss ways to support our daughters in their jazz studies. 



Girls' Activities of the day


 Rhythmic activities


Guest panel: Women Creating Their Own Opportunities in Jazz

JALC’s Young Women’s Jazz Orchestra performance

Jam session

Adult Workshops

12:15-1:15 Parent Panel Discussion & Workshop -  It Takes a Village: How Can We Support Our Girls to Continue and Succeed in Jazz?

Panelists: Jessica Jones, Kim Clarke 

1:30-2:30 Educators Town Hall -  Girl-Friendly Jazz Ed: How Do We Create Safe Spaces to Encourage Girls?

Panelists: Angela Wellman, Roslyn White, Moderated by Jessica Jones

FOR EVERYONE and open to the public:

4:45 JALC Young Women’s Jazz Orchestra performance

5-6:30pm Movie Night -

Filmmaker Kay Ray curates an evening of film clips of performances by female jazz greats of the twentieth century.

Whole family welcome!

Free popcorn!

For more information or questions
Contact: Ceren Yasaroglu, Coordinator


or Jessica Jones at revaletters@gmail.com