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Pure Jazz Magazine Special Women's/Jazz Month Issue

PJM celebrates women's month and Jazz month with this special issue

meaning as this all may

meaning as this all may seem, somehow it makes me wonder, how much of all of this is my/their/your fault? What did I/ they/you do to encourage this type of behavior and energy?... Probably, nothing. Living in the hyper-sexual world and culture that we do, women are constantly subjected to harassment on one level or the other in the work place not only by men, but other women too. So, I decided I would include experiences from fellow female Jazz artist and their #MeToo experiences and how they handled their situations. Actress/Jazz singer Rochelle Thompson reveals in her own words the challenges being the bandleader with a group of disgruntled, disrespectful men who refuse to take instruction from a woman... “It is quite disheartening to sing and be the bandleader and hear one of your band members tell you a set should only be 40 minutes and cut it off; as well as show up inappropriately dressed after having been informed of the dress code. Displaying that my executive decision meant nothing. “I was singing in a club and a couple from Italy came in toward the end of my second set, ordered a magnum of champagne and dinner. The place wasn’t packed, but I immediately extended the set to make them comfortable until the next set. I felt the need to “school” the musicians saying: “I am proud to be standing on the shoulders of strong women who endured but did not tolerate inequity in the workplace;, Ella Fitzgerald who took over the band for three (3) years after Chick Webb’s passing, Dinah Washington, who had her own agency, Queen’s Booking Agency run by Ruth Bowen and LaRue Manns because she refused inequity. She was also the first African Ame rican female singer to play Las Vegas. Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae, Mary Lou Williams were bosses and bandleaders that took care of business in a man’s world. ”I am continuing that legacy!” You would have thought those musicians knew better, it is the 21st Century! Well, as Abbey Lincoln once said: “You got to pay the Band!” Baltimore Jazz singer Adrienne Townes, expressed “I’ve been very blessed dealing with musicians here in the USA and abroad. Never had any problems. That’s funny isn’t it?... Jazz was fine, acting was another story. If I didn’t have values and morals, I might be a star in Hollywood now.” Tamm E Hunt About TAMM E HUNT: Actor, Jazz Vocalist, Producer, Director, Activist, Visual Artist, Lyricist and Author of the forthcoming dissertation BALTIMORE JAZZ CHRONICLES. Tamm E is also a Lecturer, Public Speaker, Entrepreneur/Business Woman, Writer, Playwright... A Renaissance Woman who lives in Baltimore with her cat, Mali Hepshetsut Searcy, her keyboard and laptop praising and giving thanks to the UNIVERSE. To order copies contact Duke University Press Box 90660 Durham, NC 27708-0660 www.dukeupress.edu 646.492.2904 Sololist to Choir www.sherylrenee.com Info@ sherylrenee.com Page 10 - Pure Jazz Magazine

What Happened to Nina Simone? This is a must see movie, the “High Priestess of Soul” is captured. Her life is told with all the unique subtleties of the star she was destined to become. When you think of Nina Simone all you can remember is the extraordinary talent this lady would display. This feature had a full length run at the ICP theater in New York City ( at Sixth Avenue and Third street) and was well worth seeing on both the large and small screens. It still airs from time to time. Most filmgoers have seen it twice. You will not be disappointed. A huge thank you goes to the film distributor Netflix where you can catch it anytime, a movie not to be missed — www.netflix.com Pure Jazz Magazine - Page 11