Monday

JAZZ IN 2015 FOR OAKLAND VENUES & EVENTS WAS OFF THE CHAIN!!  LET'S ALL MAKE 2016 BETTER BY SUPPORTING OUR LOCAL CLUBS THAT PROMOTE JAZZ:

THE SOUND ROOM 

PIEDMONT PIANO COMPANY

DUENDE

UPTOWN


Tuesday

PETITION LAUNCHED & GAINING SUPPORT!

In less than 2 weeks, The Monterey Jazz Festival will hold its 57th annual event. Since its inception in 1958, MJF has had a history of limiting the number of women who are jazz instrumentalists while boosting the careers of hundreds of male jazz instrumentalists. This is a huge problem that affects the economic survival of the women musicians that are ignored, left behind and generally not supported. It affects their hiring for other venues throughout the year locally, in the state, in the USA in general, and also abroad.  The 'ASK' here is simple: That MJF commit to increase it's 2016 roster for female jazz instrumentalist headliners by at least 25%. MJF should reflect the values that California and the West Coast have always been known for in being one of the leaders the country in the arts community: PROGRESSIVENESS. 
Won’t you please sign this important action and become an agent of real change for the whole world of music?
Thanks and do SHARE widely! 
joey brite
jazz promoter & activist
Oakland, Ca.


https://www.change.org/p/colleen-finegan-bailey-managing-director-of-the-festival-monterey-jazz-festival-let-the-music-grow?recruiter=374980892&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink


Monday

Monterey Jazz Festival: Hire More Women Players!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MONDAY JULY 27, 2015            

CALL TO ACTION!!  

The upcoming Monterey Jazz Festival (Sept 18-20, 2015) has (yet another) - ALL MALE HEADLINER cast of instrumentalists!!!!!!  AGAIN!!!! With one exception: Geri Allen on piano. (Sheila Escovedo is performing as well, but not as a solo headliner.) There are about 4 female vocalists. Again. When the HELL are they going to GROW A CLUE?!!!!!                   Please join our campaign to draw attention to the outright exclusion of female jazz instrumentalists by TAKING ACTION in ANY of the following ways starting NOW & throughout August: 

1) Tweet the following by copying & pasting in its entirety: 

 @MontereyJazz 2015 lineup represents #MalePlayersTakePriorityInHiring #FemalePlayersComeSecond
  
2) Write to them (send an email & copy us on it) with the following sentiment: 
"You need to review your mission statement. YOU EXCLUDE female jazz instrumentalists as headliners for the most part. By doing this, you are actively participating in the old-boys club of sexism that the ACLU will learn about as they are now learning in Hollywood. Female instrumentalists have now and always have been extremely important as role models for the growth and representation of breadth in the jazz genre. Please address this immediately by vowing to increase the number of female instrumentalists as headliners by at least 30% for your 2016 line-up. #WeWantChangeNow #CantWait
Here's their email:  jazzinfo@montereyjazzfestival.org
Here's ours: behindthecurtainproductions@gmail.com

3) You can call them directly and ask to speak to the festival promoters and just read out the speech above. The direct MJF line: 831.373.3366 
  
4) Fax them if you like with a typed out version of the exact language above: 831.373.0244

Thanks for reading this. Please spread the word.
joey brite in Oakland, Ca. 
ADMIN for Facebook Page: SUPPORT INCLUSION OF FEMALE JAZZ MUSICIANS
https://www.facebook.com/SupportInclusionofFemaleJazzMusicians?fref=ts

Also: https://www.facebook.com/LettheMusicGrow?fref=ts

Friday



Roberta Donnay & The Prohibition Mob Band
Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, Ca.
Thursday night Jan. 22, 2015

VOCAL STYLIST, WAJEEDAH, IN CONCERT DEC. 6, 2014 IN OAKLAND, CA.


WAJEEDAH WILL BE PERFORMING AT MUSICALLY MINDED ACADEMY IN OAKLAND, CA. ON SATURDAY DECEMBER 6, 2014.

HOWARD WILEY ON SAX, FRED RANDOLPH ON BASS, with BEN FLINT ON PIANO & ACTING AS M/D.

TICKETS: https://wajeedah.eventbrite.com

BEHIND THE CURTAIN PRODUCTIONS IS PROUD TO HAVE BEEN INCLUDED IN  WORKING CLOSELY WITH WAJEEDAH ON SEVERAL OF HER PROJECTS.

HERE IS SOME FOOTAGE FROM THE YOUTUBE CHANNEL:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBrNoroJmBU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNqhk489kcI