4th Annual Women’s History Month Celebration "Protect Your Peace" at Priory Jazz Club by Ife Basim & Omisanya Masterpieces

By Gregory Burrus | Submitted Sunday, March 26, 2017

Women’s History Month Event

The National Women’s History Museum has stated that “Women have impacted American history for centuries. They have led labor movements and run successful business. They have spoken out against oppression, fought for rights, and caused change. Women have used a variety of methods to break barriers and promote equality.”  Since I am sure we all agree that women are fundamental and an integral part of our history and without women, life would not be the same.

We also know that history has shown that women have been extremely successful as composers, songwriters, instrumental performers, singers, conductors, music scholars, music educators, music critics, music journalists and of course music promoters. Add to the fact that Psychology Today states that: Music is often overlooked as a therapeutic intervention: singing, listening, and creating music of any kind will provide an immediate biological and psychological benefit for everyone. In fact, music can be a salvation and antidote to most psychological challenge.

This makes it very appropriate that two very dynamic women, Ife Basim and Omisanya Karade have come together during women’s history to not only celebrate women, but also use the medium of jazz music to deliver a message directly to women which is “Protect Your Peace”. They have been quoted as saying you need to “Practice Peace. Exemplify Peace, Exude Peace and of course Be at Peace”. With that in mind action always speaks louder than words and to that end for the last four years Ife and Omisanya have delivered on their annual message of helping people find salvation, soothe their soul and of course protect their peace through music.

Ife Basim Masterpieces – Women’s History Month Celebration

In its 4th year and bringing you the best in Live Jazz Entertainment.

Considering today's political and cultural environment, it makes sense that Ife and Omisanya have dedicated this year’s event to “Protecting Your Peace”. Since IfeBasim Omisanya Masterpieces has a mission of producing high quality, extremely elegant events, it’s no surprise that they intend to do this by celebrating, presenting and promoting some of the best female talent available.  Gregory Burrus Around Town Photography and Live Music Promotions is very happy to observe and be a part of the inner workings of these two very talented and caring masterminds as they go about creating, developing and planning this year’s Women’s History Month event.

With an all-star cast of vocalists and a world class set of musicians, this 4th Annual Women's History Month Celebration is ready to blow you away with an extremely elegant and very sophisticated night of music and loads of fun. The evening will be a very empowering collaboration of music, song, poetry and dance. lead by a host of very professional women in jazz at the Priory Jazz Club in Newark, NJ. It should be noted that the Priory Restaurant and Jazz Club is located inside a renovated church with one its mission which is to keep Newark's jazz roots alive. It will happen on March 31, 2017 as the ultimate culmination of Women’s History Month. Everybody is invited to join in the making of history, some great jazz by the following professional musicians.

Jazz Vocalists

Ife Basim

A truly memorable voice on the jazz scene with a refreshing combination of beauty, sophistication and talent, Ife Basim (aka joyElaine) has often been referred to as a “complete package “. Her rich vocals and unique phrasing take you back to the days of the classic jazz divas. Her sultry smooth voice invokes shades of Sarah Vaughn and hints at the daring of Billie Holiday.

Ife Basim developed her love of jazz as a child, forming a lasting appreciation for renowned artists such as Duke Ellington, Bessie Smith, Sarah, Billie and Ella. Today, performing with many of New Jersey & New York’s finest musicians, Ife Basim has earned a reputation as an exceptionally gifted song stylist with a repertoire seasoned with classic favorites.

Ife Basim has been warmly embraced by enthusiastic club audiences throughout the New York metropolitan area, and is rapidly gaining a loyal following. She has appeared at several popular venues, including New York’s Lenox Lounge, The Blue Note, Sylvia’s Restaurant, Cleopatra’s Needle and The Lake Club, and New Jersey’s Cecil ‘s Jazz Club, Trumpets, The Bridge Club, The Priory, Diva Lounge, Luna Rossa, The Savoy Grill, Passions Jazz Café, Delta’s Restaurant, Skippers's Plane Street Pub and Deborah's Jazz Cafe.  Having obtained a degree in Performing Arts at Howard University, and her love for production, she has successfully produced past Women’s History Month Celebrations and has teamed up with fellow vocalist.   


Phyllis Blanford

Phyllis Blanford is an African-American vocalist well-known in Italy, especially for some of her collaborations with great Italian musicians like Tullio De Piscopo and Pino Daniele. ~ Il Giornale, Italy

Blanford is known for exploring the avenues of overcoming the barriers that are often found when integrating different genres in your musical presentation. She explores blending poetry, blues, rhythm and traditional American and Mediterranean blues songs with the intention for a multi-faced musical dance in song.

She’s participated in several European jazz festivals and music tours with Tulli D’Episcopo, Enzo Avitabile, Roberto Ciotti and James Senese.

Phyllis is no stranger to the various levels of artistry, whether it be television, theatre productions or upsetting live crowds with her high-energy performances of tunes she entitles “Rock-Jazz”, hinted with a perfume of fusion underneath.

Blanford takes great pride in being heard around the world & across America, with spins in Washington, Germany, Italy, UK, New York, Bermuda & more. Excited about her future, Phyllis is setting her sites on jazz festivals worldwide and is passionate about finding the best musical settings in Israel to perform.

One unique quality about Phyllis Blanford is her innate ability to fuse musical genres with the foundation of jazz on her new CD “Edgewalker”. This is the album I always wanted to make.” It is “pure, raw, real. My heart, my soul. Expressed. Out loud. Unapologetic. “The Jazz Network Worldwide is proud to feature an artist who forged forward tackling the voices in her head telling her she wasn’t ready to walk on stages with confidence. What I admire most about Phyllis Blanford is her undying desire to believe in herself and to overcome her fear by painting a vocal landscape that speaks directly to your heart. “Endless” is her polished mantle-piece, with an impeccable selection of musicians for this cohesive unit, which is right on point” says Jaijai Jackson of The Jazz Network Worldwide.

Vocalist Phyllis Blanford has a broad vision for her music. She lushly fills the corners of her art is color and edges with her band including multi-reedist Don Braden, guitarist Vic Juris, and drummer Winard Harper and vibraphonist Stefon Harris. These are percussion-rich songs softened with delicate horn arrangements, all increasing the buoyancy of Blanford’s assertive vocals. ~ By C. Michael Bailey ~All that Jazz.

Be sure to check out http://www.thejazznetworkworldwide.com  and to learn more go to http://www.phyllisblanford.com . “Edgewalker" is now available on Amazon, CDBaby.com, iTunes &more.  https://www.facebook.com/phyllisblanford/

Carol Deminski

 Carol Deminski loves all kinds of music! She sings Hot Jazz, Standards, American Songbook, Big Band, Blues, and Classic Pop/Rock. Her repertoire includes songs from greats like Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Fats Waller, Peggy Lee, The Beatles and many more. Carol is a band leader and show producer. She leads the monthly Singer Celebration series at the DLV Lounge in Montclair, NJ. This popular event draws talented jazz vocalists, typically to a standing room only crowd. She is the MC, Lead Vocalist and Band Leader for this event. She produced the Jazz Generations show at the Priory in September 2016. The show covered 100 years of jazz and drew a crowd of about 120.

Ms. Deminski has studied with Grammy Award Winning Jazz and Blues vocalist Catherine Russell and pianist Jon Weber; pianist Norman Simmons (accompanist to Carmen McRae, Anita O'Day, and Joe Williams); Grammy Nominated Jazz vocalist Roseanna Vitro; Jazz vocalist Carrie Jackson; vocal technique guru Barbara Maier, and keyboardist Radam Schwartz. Carol also attended the inaugural 2016 NY Hot Jazz Camp.

In Manhattan, New York City she has performed at the Iridium, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, Mona's, Fat Cat, Kitano, The Rum House, Arthur's Tavern (sitting in with the legendary Grove Street Stompers), Jimmy's 43, and Rue B. In New Jersey, she has sung at the DLV Lounge, Ocean Place Resort & Spa, Robin's Nest, The Priory, Glen Rock Inn, Colts Neck Inn, Moore’s (aka Bill and Ruth’s), the Blue Moon, Hibiscus, Hailey's Harp, Maggie Murray's, Suite 53, Crossroads and elsewhere.

In the Philippines, she performed with the Henry Katindig trio at the Seda Hotel, and with Joey Casal at the Wine Club. In Hong Kong, she performed at the Orange Peel nightclub, and in Zurich at Jazz Barrage.

She has performed with many musicians, including: (keyboardists) Radam Schwartz, Richie Mcrae, Dave Braham, Gary Schaeffer, Benjamin Rosenblum, William Gorman, Kelly Green, Jesse Gelber, James Austin; (bassists) Mike Weatherly, Jared Engel, Brian Nalepka, Dan Martin, Earl Sauls, Ben Rubens; (drummers) Don Williams, Michael Mittelsdorf, Bruce Tyler, Noel Sagerman, (guitarists) Charlie Jones, Courtney Sappington, Bruce Hector, Frank Sole, Jon Boudrot; (front liners) Joe Licari, Barry Bryson, Vince Gardner, Dave Dilzell, Scott Ricketts, Jim Bogle, Jeff Hummel, Cornell McGhee and Frank Grasso; and in Asia, with Henry Katindig, Jeannie Tiongco, Colby Dela Calzada, Joey Casal, and Jeun Nackorda ... to name a few.


Sherry Gibson

Singer, playwright, artist, producer and former Soul Train and American Bandstand dancer! Sherry Gibson has performed on stage and recorded with local bands in the 1980s; sang throughout NYC with the Traditions Ensemble under the tutelage of Ms. Yvonne Hatchett, including at the reading of The Makeover, written by Peter Eliscu, music by Doug Booth, and Directed by Petronia Paley. 

Sherry has also performed at various venues throughout NYC with Pamela Baskin-Watson’s vocal jazz ensemble, sang at a Billy Holiday tribute event, Cobi Narita’s, The Kitano, Metropolitan Room, Zeb’s, Cleopatra’s Needle and participated in Angeline Butler’s production of Women of Jazz.

 Sherry studied at Barry Harris’ Jazz Vocal Workshop, with Ted Muzio and Marlon Saunders.  In addition, Sherry Gibson has singlehandedly produced several large-scale benefit concerts, wrote a play and read several parts in the plays Greener Grasses and Queens of Heart, written and directed by Sabura Rashid. 



Jacquelyn Gilliam

Born in San Bernadino, California, raised in Central New Jersey, and currently residing in Piscataway, Jacquelyn's singing career started in church influenced by Gospel music. Her first solo was at the age of 5 singing for relatives, ‘I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day". She grew up in both church choirs and school choruses. Jacquelyn quotes her former guitar instructor, John La Greca, when she says, "a good song is a good song."

This genre blending singer provides some landmark musical gems, and the result is a sophisticated musical style creating an entirely new sound. She blends Contemporary, Pop' Jazz, R & B, music styles, effortlessly blending with her soulful voice. Jackie is a great talent and very charming as she explores new grounds showing that she is willing to take new chances.'(Carrie Jackson)

She has graced the stages of Trumpets Jazz Club, Crossroads, The Italian Bistro, and numerous other venues in Central Jersey. She has worked with several well-known music giants such as Radaam Schwartz, Richie McCrae, David Braham, and John Bianculli. More than a few highly-acclaimed singers (William Phillips, Rocky Robinson, Carrie Jackson, Jackie Jones, and Stephen Fuller) have encouraged and invited her to their stages to sing a tune.

She has been among other featured artists through Carrie Jackson's Jazz Collective at Trumpets Jazz Club and most recently has done two shows as the solo featured artist with John Bianculli at the Italian Bistro. If asked she will tell you, "We are more than one thing in life" Jacquelyn has enjoyed a successful career in teaching Spanish but has stayed connected to her passion for singing along the way. She has done this through celebrating special life events of friends, family, and colleagues. This is the path that has led her to be a performing artist in her own right. She was inspired by Roberta Flack's segue into singing from teaching. Jacquelyn embraces the mantra "I don't sing because I'm happy. I'm happy because I sing."



Omisanya Karade

Omisanya is an exceptionally multi-talented Native of Newark.... has performed all over the country and the world as far as the South Pacific and Africa soon to make a European tour. Omisanya has performed at all the all the local jazz clubs in New Jersey in New Brunswick, West Orange’s Cecil's, along with numerous venues around Harlem, New York and Newark, NJ.

With a degree in music/ music education Omisanya has performed background, lead vocals and most genres from gospel, R&B and even classical music. Her gifts now bring her to the wonderful world of Jazz and Blues, as a co-producer and co-writer of this Women’s History Month Event where her objective is to communicate an elevated vibration to share with mankind in the Name of Love and creativity.

Lynette Sheard

Lynette Sheard is a gifted versatile vocalist with a five-octave range and perfect pitch. She is an actor, producer, director and vocal coach. Her performances have been acknowledged in numerous publications including, NY Times, Broadway World, The Record, Hot House and the Chronicle. The Star Ledger proclaims that “Her voice reaches deep into one’s soul and finds a soft spot”.  She performs Jazz, R&B, Gospel, Soul and Pop music NY, NJ, PA and Las Vegas.

 Theater credits include principal roles in: Dream Girls, Smokey Joe's Cafe Ragtime, Swing, Aida, A Raisin in the Sun and most recently Gary Coleman in Avenue Q in which Broadway World declared that “she is fabulous with a voice that shakes the rafters” She is also the unseated West Orange Idol.

She has also appeared in Thursday and Friday’s performance of “For Colored Girls…” (lady in Purple) at the 4th Wall Theater in Bloomfield and has had encore performance as Lena's younger Mama in Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun.

TV credits include: BET, NJN and ABC. She has received countless awards and recognition for her musical service work with children, the elderly and veterans. She is a founding member of the Guiding Stars - a Medical Missions group of professional performers who volunteer to entertain
veterans and children in hospitals. Her performances have raised thousands for Hurricane Katrina survivors, The American Red Cross and numerous other charities.

Lynette Sheard is a gifted and versatile vocalist, actor, producer and director. She is the unseated "West Orange Idol." Her performances have been acknowledged in numerous publications, including NY Times, The Record, The Chronicle and most recently, The Star Ledger, which proclaimed that, "Her voice reaches deep into one's soul and finds a soft spot." She performs Jazz, R&B, Gospel, Soul and Pop music in NY, NJ, PA and Las Vegas. Theatre credits include principal roles in: Smokey Joe's Cafe, Ragtime, Swing, Aida, Outcasts.


Patricia Walton

Born in Germany, raised in New York and currently residing in New Jersey, Patricia has been singing since she can remember.  Her singing career started in school choir, while still in Germany.  She was a soloist and member of the Mt. Sinai UCC choir, a member of One Accord, and as a lead vocalist for several party/dance bands has performed at various venues in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

As featured artist, she has recently appeared at The Priory, 16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro, Trumpets Jazz Club, Crossroads, and Duke's Southern Table where she has worked with musicians such as Radam Schwartz, Dave Braham, Don Williams and JJ Shakur.  Patricia also volunteers her time performing for the residents of the Lyons VA Rehabilitation Center and White House Nursing Home, and takes part in the annual charity fundraiser hosted by Salem Roadhouse Cafe.

 Her repertoire includes Jazz, Blues, Pop, R&B and Gospel.  Her musical influences include Billie Holiday, June Christie, Mahalia Jackson Barbara Streisand, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion and many more. Quoting her mentor, Carrie Jackson, "Patricia possesses a cool, sultry style with a vocal range that is strong, yet relaxing. She sings with sincere spirit, while exploring the nuances of the melody and lyrics to deliver renditions of Jazz, Blues and R&B standards that make the listener take notice of her creativity and charisma".

Patricia studied voice with Phil Orlick who made it a point to pick unfamiliar songs to encourage students to find their own voice and discover creative ways of presenting the story and lyrics. She also studied Musical Performance at HB Studio under Helen Gallagher and attended Craig Derry’s vocal boot camp. Currently, she is a member of the Jazz Vocal Collective (a weekly jazz vocal workshop) founded by Carrie Jackson.

Patricia believes that music is the one thing we all understand; if she can touch just one heart in the audience through a song, then she succeeded in sharing the gift that God gave her!



Jazz Musicians

Sheryl Bailey

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There's no description more apt for Sheryl Bailey than "A sizzling guitar goddess", coined by Elliot Simon of All About Jazz.  Adam Levy of Guitar Player Magazine calls Sheryl "One of the most compelling tones of her generation", and Frank Forte of Just Jazz Guitar ranks her "among the best bop guitar players with a fresh approach and something new."

Sheryl's playing is unquestionably "sizzling". She has groomed incredible chops and impeccable taste with which she applies them. It's said (by Lee Metcalf, The Villager) that she can "go from zero to blazing in two beats", but she is continually praised for never sacrificing melody and lyricism for technique. "She balances superior technical skills with a strong lyrical sense and swinging touch..." continues Metcalf, and Joe Taylor of Soundstage says "Bailey combines an astonishing command of the fingerboard with a seemingly endless flow of melodic invention."

Sheryl attended Berkley College of Music where her years of dedication and focus won her 3rd place in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Guitar competition in 1995, and she was chosen as a Jazz Ambassador for the U.S. State Department in 2000 for a South American tour. She is now said to be "One of the top players in an emerging generation of jazz guitarists" (John Heidt, Vintage Guitar).

Her own trio, The Sheryl Bailey 3, is a modernized version of the organ trio-"the ultimate organ trio" according to JazzInside Magazine. In addition to their 15-year plus residency at NYC's 55 Bar, they have toured China, Canada, Europe and the US. She also tours the world as a member of David Krakauer's "Ancestral Groove". A partial list of others with whom she has performed and recorded with includes Richard Bona, George Garzone, Bill O'Connell, Mike LeDonne, Irene Cara, Shingo Okudaira, Ingrid Jensen, Dwayne Burno, Tommy Campbell, Simon Woolf, Alex Garnett and Ken Peplowski.

To date, Sheryl has 9 CDs out under her name, and a live DVD, The Sheryl Bailey 3 Live in NYC (Mel Bay). In 2010 MCG Jazz released A New Promise, her tribute to Emily Remler, produced by Grammy-award winner, Marty Ashby, featuring Sheryl as the solo artist with Three Rivers Jazz Orchestra. In Downbeat Magazine Phillip Booth commented, "She is one of the new greats of her chosen instrument". Her 2014 release on the Cellar Live label, A Meeting Of Minds features The Sheryl Bailey 3. In 2015.

Sheryl is a Professor at Berklee College of Music, and at the Collective in New York.  Sheryl lives up to Elliot Simon's description, in all facets of her work. Earning "Rising Star" status on Downbeat's Critic's Poll 2013, 2014, and 2015. 



Kim Clark

Best known for her tenure with the pioneering avant-funk unit Defunkt, bassist Kim Clarke began playing R&B at age 18; a self-taught musician, she was a college sophomore when she first learned of the Jazzmobile project's Saturday workshops, changing her major to music and proceeding to study under the likes of Jimmy Owens, Lisle Atkinson, Buster Williams, Victor Gaskins, Jimmy Heath and Ernie Wilkins. Awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz study grant, Clarke honed her skills under the tutelage of bass great Ron Carter; a stint at Barry Harris' jazz improvisation workshop followed, and soon she was the house bassist at a number of Harlem jazz clubs as well as the Jazz Cultural Theatre's "Art Blakey Breakfast Jam." Clarke joined Defunkt for 1982's Thermonuclear Sweat, remaining with the group for over a decade; concurrently she toured Europe and Japan with a variety of artists before going on to lead the jazz group Inner Circle Quartet and the funk/jazz project A.W.O.L. (Angels with Outstanding Lawyers). In the late 1990s, Clarke also teamed with saxophonist Rob Scheps to lead the Oregon-based Magnets.

Bassist Kim Clarke is the producer of the LADY GOT CHOPS Women's History Month Music Festival as well as the leader of MAGNETS!, Jamaikit Funky and the Inner Circle Q'tet (performed at the Cape May Jazz Festival 2011). Kim has been working in and organizing quintets for various occasions for over 30 years. Kim’s touring experience includes: Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Lithuania, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Romania, England, Nice, Austria, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, Finland, Lichtenstein, Sardina, Corsica, Poland, Spain, Romania, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, France, Portugal, Turkey, Sicily, Greece Pakistan, Japan, Guyana, Nassau, & Trinidad; most of which was with Joseph Bowie's Defunkt and Defunkt Big Band. Kim has also toured internationally with Joe Henderson, the National Black Theatre, George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band, Doran, Stucky, Studer and Clarke, Annie Whitehead Experience, Teri Jenoure, Bertha Hope Trio, Teri Thornton Trio, the Kit McClure Big Band and Ursula Dudziak. Among my local experiences have been house bassist at the Jazz Cultural Theatre, Blue Note Jam Session with Ted Curson and JAzz Spot. I have worked with Art Blakey, Andy Bey, Little Jimmy Scott, Olu Dara, Leon Thomas, Yusef Lateef, Queen Latifah, Nona Hendryx, the Ghetto Fighters, Screaming Jay Hawkins, Edwin Hawkins, Cassandra Wilson, Gloria Lynn, Cissy Houston, Dakota Station and Rhonda Ross.

In addition to presenting educational jazz history workshops from k thru college, Kim does her utmost to bring the type of music to your event that your crowd enjoys most via professionals experienced in a variety of musical situations from theatre, concert, festival and celebrations. 



Brianne Ford

 With a musical resume that reads longer than those of many seasoned veterans, jazz pianist Brianne Ford has been a girl on a mission to become a star since a very early age. Born and raised in the home of Jazz, the great American city of New Orleans, Brianne Ford began her obsession with the piano at the age of seven performing in her church and mastering her craft through professional lessons.

When Ford wasn’t performing on stage, she spent much of her time listening to jazz musicians on her radio. Her infatuation for the genre grew into what would become a lifelong passion for jazz artistry and sound. Growing up enthralled by the Jazz musicians and clubs of her hometown, Ford wasted no time jumping right into the heart of the jazz scene in New Orleans. Ford began playing at local clubs and attended the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (N.O.C.C.A), a gifted art program whose alumni include Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Nicholas Payton, and Jonathan Batiste.

Ford has often cited her N.O.C.C.A music teacher Clyde Kerr Jr. and teacher Ellis Marsalis as one of her biggest music career influences. By the age of 20 Brianne had performed at several well-known New Orleans venues and events such as Snug Harbor, the Funky Butt, Le Meridian Hotel, the Coca Cola Essence Festival, The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the Maison Bourbon, and the Ritz Carlton. Ford's success in New Orleans landed her opportunities to share the stage with some of the industry’s best, including jazz legends such as saxophonist Donald Harrison, Nicholas Payton, and Jason Marsalis to name a few. Her determination and feverish display of raw talent made her a standout in a music genre that has for years been male dominated.

Having reached a pivotal point in her music career with the opportunity to attend one of the country’s best jazz programs at William Paterson University in New Jersey.  Ford migrated to the NJ/NY metro area. After enduring the pain of Hurricane Katrina, she quickly gained her footing in the bustling jazz scene, working as a side person and bandleader in New York City and New Orleans with performances reaching globally as far as Trinidad for their International Jazz Day celebration. Ford would continue to grow her already extensive resume and was inspired to begin working on her debut album, Invocation.


Debra Kreisberg

Saxophonist Debra Kreisberg performs, composes, arranges and records with the New York City-based Latin-jazz ensemble Los Mas Valientes, and the award-winning klezmer ensembles Metropolitan Klezmer and Isle of Klezbos, with whom she has toured in the U.S., Canada and in Europe.

 She is the leader of two jazz projects, East Harlem Trio, and The Highliners Jazz Quintet, and is a member of the Latin-jazz quintet Esencia and the Latin-jazz big band Bronx Conexión, led by master percussionist / composer Victor Rendón.

A graduate of the Eastman School of Music with a master in jazz performance from Manhattan School of Music, Debra has performed with renowned singer-songwriters Natalie Merchant, Jill Sobule and Rachelle Garniez; jazz luminaries Harvie S, Chuck Redd, Sheryl Bailey and Tommy Campbell; the Rochester Philharmonic; the world-blues project Hazmat Modine; and Taylor Mac in the world premiere of Taylor Mac's 24-Decade History of Popular Music at St. Ann's Warehouse.

Her playing and compositions have been heard on CBS Sunday Morning, CNN Worldbeat, WBGO, SiriusXM Radio, Ebru TV’s Rhythm and Roots and on Showtime's The L Word.



Whisper J. McRae

Whisper McRae is a 19-year-old rising star drummer from Paterson, New Jersey, where she attended high school at Rosa Parks School of fine and performing arts. Whisper now attends college at SUNY Purchase in New York as a jazz studies major.

Whisper enjoys playing many styles of music and has participated in many music programs such as Jazz House Kids, William Paterson summer jazz work shop and an all-female jazz program.

She's has studied with several drum instructors along the way/ mentors such as Dan Johnson, Shirazette Tinnin, Matt Kane, and Jeff Tain Watts.  

Sought after by many venues and professionals she has played in many venues such as Trumpets Jazz, Montclair, NJ, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola - Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, Atlantic City, Met life, Club Swing 46, In Church, Clements Jazz Place, Newark NJ, the Disability Pride Parade in NYC, Downtown Brooklyn, The Priory Jazz Club, the Newark museum, Hat City Kitchen, Orange, NJ and other venues around the Greater New York, New Jersey area.

In her appearances, she has shown the ability to smoothly mix and sync with fellow musicians and deftly escape to some beautiful solo’s as required. Whisper continues to use the tools she's been given to become a successful musician and have an impact on today’s music scene.



Meet Me On Brunswick St. – Sarah Vaughn

At the end of this special Women's History Night Celebration, this wonderful experience is not over as the Women’s Jazz Jam Session is just getting started.  Here the celebration continues in honor of Sarah Vaughn whose childhood was spent on Brunswick St. in Newark, NJ.

Continuing the wonderful sprit of the evening, "Meet Me on Brunswick St." jam session is a way for everyone to network, swap some jazzy ideas, cement old relationships and form some new friendships. Doesn't matter who you are, bring your instrument, your voice and or your just good spirit and have a good time.

Vendors - Supporters

In line with making this a great event, allowances have been made to let others come on board and help support the cause. Some of the vendors onboard at the time of this writing are listed below.

Artist Cathleen McCoy Bristol

Cathleen (Cathy) McCoy Bristol is a painter and illustrator of portraits, figure work, land and cityscapes and spiritual scenes. Cathleen McCoy Bristol is a former student of and instructor at the Newark school of fine and Industrial arts, the Junior Museum of the Newark Museum and Arts Unbound. Cathy has freelanced as a fashion illustrator and painter focusing mostly on portraits, figure work, and landscapes. She has also worked on a commission basis with numerous pieces in private collections.   http://cathymccoybristol.webstarts.com/

 Gregory Burrus Around Town Photography

Gregory Burrus is a supporter of local businesses, community events, jazz, blues musicians, and local art exhibitions. Gregory is a manager and promoter of the South Orange Village Center Alliance Downtown After Sundown Live Music Events, Board Member of the North Jersey Blues Alliance, Friend of the Valley Arts District in Orange, NJ,  an avid supporter of jazz, blues and art all around our towns and the Greater New York, New Jersey area.  On a regular basis, Gregory gets the word out through social media marketing, photojournalism writing articles for JerseyIndie. http://www.gregoryburrusaroundtown.com

Makeup and Moor

Makeupand Moor -  Professional Makeup Artistry & Photography Services - She paints faces. He frames moments.  Services for all occasions including Weddings, Birthdays, Professional Headshots, Maternity Photoshoots, Newborn Photography, Family Portraits, Editorial Projects, and more! 


Katthyz Kreations

From childhood, KatthyzKreations has always had a passion for creating in different at forms. My latest creations start from my love of music and fashion. Each piece is uniquely designed with Guitar pics and beads that different healing power to bring positivity and peace to the wearer It gives me great pleasure to share my gifts and talents with you.  


 Yvonne Onque

 Yvonne Onque, Owner and Creator of God-S Wearable Art – So who is God-S? She is your Momma, Auntie, Sister, Daughter, and Friend. She is YOU! She is the everyday woman who defies odds and stands in her power. She is collective feminine energy. We encourage you to wear your God-S Wearable Art as a testimony to the universal blessing of women as life bearers, nurturers, teachers and inspiring leaders in today's multifaceted global village.”



So, what more could one want, women’s history, a great jazz venue, good food, lots of spirits, may epic professional musicians, dedicated promoters, get your image captured for social media, for our website, for history, have fun, dance when the spirit hits you, of course you can hang out and jam all night long.  Ife Basim Masterpieces – 4th Annual Women’s History Month Celebration is an event you don’t want to miss as it will be one of best experiences in Live Jazz Entertainment. Join us March 31st, 2017 7 PM in the Priory Jazz Club. Like us on Facebook 4th Annual Women's History Month Celebration "Protect Your Peace" and let us know you are coming.

About the Author

Gregory Burrus with Ife Basim and Omisanya Karade Founders of Ife Basim Omisanya Masterpieces.

Gregory Burrus with Ife Basim and Omisanya Karade Founders of Ife Basim Omisanya Masterpieces.

Hi Guys -  Congratulations on producing an elegant and epic night of music. The 4th Annual Women's History Month Celebration "Protect Your Peace" produced by IfeBasim Omisanya Masterpieces at the Priory (Jazz Club) in Newark, NJ is going to be historic.

This year Gregory Burrus Around Town Photography will be partnering and supplying picture and video services. We are going to have a blast so come on through and have a great time.  

Gregory Burrus is a supporter of local businesses, community events, jazz, blues musicians, and local art exhibition and is urging you to come on out and have some fun, protect your peace and support a great Women’s History Month event. Connect with Gregory atFacebook | Google+ | YouTube | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest | Vimeo.

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