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Review for Women in Jazz South Florida Inc, Plantation, FL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I first learnt of Women In Jazz South Florida in 2008 when I was living in the Miami area - from Joan Cartwright. I came to admire her commitment to promoting women musicians, and her tireless efforts to bring together a community and its supporters. Of course I knew how important it was, and is, to bring awareness to women who write music, as women often belittle themselves and their talents. Women's music is charged with the kind of love that embraces giving, enduring, and opening a space for the heart and its whispers. Of course, soul and spirit, with eyes closed, do not think of the gender that houses them. Poets and composers know that. But the experience of womanhood was primarily expressed and accepted by vocalists. Women very seldom ventured into composition or instrumentation. I myself preferred to sing other people's compositions and hid my music from all ears for decades: Until I had lived enough to not think about what others would think, and reached out. Joan has been a marvelous and staunch supporter of women's music and I am grateful to her for the work that she does. I am happy to be a member of Women in Jazz South Florida Inc.

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