JAZZ: The Women’s Viewpoint
Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium’s original member, Rosalind Blair, created JAZZ: The Women’s Viewpoint/JTWVP, a core program of the organization. Rosalind, an activist for gender equality, developed programs which addressed barriers in the field of entertainment. Her experiences with Club Jest Us, the wives of musicians who were working to promote events; to manage their husbands’ careers behind the scenes without much personal recognition. It was those circumstances that motivated Mrs. Blair to formulate the platform for JTWVP. A primary goal of this event continues today to give women an opportunity to participate in the discourse of the music industry’s dynamics, to share experiences and inspire others to follow their path to success and recognition for their artistic talents.
The panel is open to female musicians, educators, industry executives, media personnel, and of course, wives of jazz artists. Since 2001, participates in JAZZ: The Women’s Viewpoint have included many advocates for women in the music business, vocalists and musicians such as: Judy Bady, Ntzoske Shangke, Camille Yarborough, Robin Bell-Stevens, Carline Ray, Mickey Davidson, Amy Olatunji, Lil Phillips, Tia Fuller, Kim Clarke, Bertha Hope, Antoinette Montague, Geri Allen, Charenee Wade, Camille Gainer, and Jazzmeia Horn, just to name some.