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As Women's History month ends and Public Radio Month begins, we’re showcasing live performances by some of New England’s leading women in music. Be sure to catch Colors of Jazz when host Bonnie Johnson welcomes guests Women of the World, a Boston-based collective of musicians; 16-year-old award winning jazz vocalist Claire Dickson; and Worcester’s Native Soulstress Sunta Jones.
Women of the World help celebrate diversity in music bringing their global groove to the airwaves. In a collaborative that represents women from various countries together in “one voice", the ensemble brings multiculturalism, creativity, and music to another level. The band, comprised of ten women vocalists and instrumentalists, just released a new CD entitled Koloro... We'll hear the combined voices of Ayumi Ueda from Japan & founder of the group; Annette Phlip from India; Giorgia Renosto from Italy; Deborah Pierre from USA/Haiti; and Negah Santos from Brazil. http://womenoftheworldmusic.com
Claire Dickson is inspired by her own musical family and the reminiscent style of Ella Fitzgerald. The Boston-based jazz singer made her first appearance as a soloist at the age of three. By age twelve, Miss Dickson became serious about singing and since then has won numerous awards including Downbeat Magazine's Student Jazz Awards for High School Jazz Vocalist (2012) and Blues and Pop Vocalist (2012). Bringing curiosity and a signature “scat” to her musical voice, Claire's youthful and innovative spirit is being “played” all over the jazz world with her first CD, Scattin’ Doll. www.clairedicksonmusic.com
Sunta Jones has been a part of Worcester's music scene for the last 10+ years, lending her talent to several bands and projects in and around the city. She is currently writing and recording an original, smooth soul CD with KFingers of KTP Productions. Striving to bring “positive vibrations”, when she’s not in the studio, the band leader can be heard at different community events around the city. Most recently Ms. Jones performed as Billie Holiday at the Worcester Public Library's Renaissance Fair in honor of their Big Read event. Often combining her solo voice with drums, Sunta demonstrates “one love” for the music through her strong a cappella and vocalese.
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