This March 2016 well-meaning friends and artists will celebrate the14th Annual LADY GOT CHOPS WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH FESTIVAL. The last one was COMPLETELY unfunded.For those who are totally unfamiliar with the story of the festival in brief: in 2003
I met the Mom-Daugther team owners of a small and lovley cafe in Brooklyn and over time played their weekly jam session. When March came we decided to create a calendar of events for women's history month. Having played for years in Kit McClures all women Big band I knew plenty of great ones. Thus began the LADY GOT CHOPS Women's Jazz Festival. The cafe closed in 2009.Not knowing if i should continue without a home base i was encouraged by several friends to keep it going-One became the manager of a club and donated a few bookings and i met artists,librarians club owners/jazz ministers willing to share and particpate.it cost them nothing- the Jazz Foundation donated for the cost of making bannsers and fliers and thats how its been ever since.
I have been doing all the artwork- the coordinating- web-design-promo and contact-Folk did their part -spread the news & booked themselves when I didnt have anything to share. Most of the events were well attended and some magical music happened. There were some problems too which stemmed from a lack of finance and naivete with regard to mental health of a dear friend and extremely talented person. This festival has been such a test without money- I have been working with venue owners to hire women at no extra expense to their normal budget as well as some artists who would never settle for what I could offer save for friendship and love..they participated. I want to pay them and rent a large venue and a weekend to have so many of these talented folk perform and be paid properly as well as experience fellowship etc.
In the past there was a plea on kickstarter. Lowering the
amount I was able to make the quota$1500. Which was used to pay folk.The jazz Foundation graciously offered $300 for hardcopy promotion for 3 years in a row. Cobi Narita also was very supportive as well!
This year I would like to invite some friends from overseas to perform and give them lodging as well as top billing .There is so much beautiful music going on and more even to be created.Please consider
this project built on the wings of the internet
Visit the site and poke around the calendar links and videos.This is the festival of the unsung ladies putting food on their tables- sending their children to school-teaching-breaking down the walls of unacceptance daily with pure skill and tenacity.
Wont you join us with a contribution of any size? All are appreciated.
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