Women In Jazz 2011 Dayton,Ohio

Jazz Central's First Lady Beverly Jackson

Article published in the Dayton Daily News:

Women jazz musicians get to showcase talents at fest
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By Adam Alonzo, Contributing Writer 4:35 PM Saturday, June 25, 2011

Ladies take the lead today during the 29th annual Women in Jazz festival at Dave Hall Plaza in downtown Dayton. The performers are listed below, along with their reflections about why they perform jazz.
Vocalists Audrey Whitaker and Beverly Jackson (performing at 1 p.m.): “I love jazz because it’s calm and relaxing, to me and to the audience,” Jackson said. “It’s like a medicine that touches the heart, soul and intellect.”
Vocalist Elizabeth Hayes (2 p.m.): “People use the word jazz to mean so many types of music,” said Hayes. “I want my audience to be reminded of jazz from earlier decades, when the genre was new and close to its roots.”
Vocalist April Aloisio (3 p.m.): “I sing jazz because it makes me feel fantastic and free, in my entire body, mind and spirit,” she said. “It’s a totally spontaneous, emotional release and you never know what’s going to happen next!”
Vocalist Patricia Berg (4 p.m.): “Jazz was on my bucket list,” she said. “I was kind of a late bloomer coming to the stage, so this is my first time performing for the Women in Jazz festival. Now I can die happy!”
Vocalist Sandra Rutledge (5 p.m.): “I sing jazz because it’s the original music of America, birthed from the African-American experience,” she said. “Jazz allows me to reach down into my soul and express spontaneous emotions.”
Organist Linda Dachtyl (6 p.m.): “What I have always enjoyed about jazz as a performer is the deep groove and spontaneity of the music,” she said. “I study the Hammond B3 genre to pay homage to all who have come before me, but also enjoy the personal freedom to put my own stamp on it.”
Vocalist Brenda Flowers (7 p.m.): “I like singing and playing jazz because it is a big part of my life,” she said. “I truly love the music and I always feel a spiritual connection when I am performing.”
Teresa Hunt (8 p.m.): “Jazz is my third love, with God being first and my grandson second,” Hunt said. “I sing jazz to soothe my soul. It’s my stress reliever.”

Adam Alonzo is a contributing writer for the Dayton Daily News. He can be reached by e-mail at music@adamalonzo.com.

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