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Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival seeks new venue in Cathedral City

CATHEDRAL CITY – This community is quickly becoming the go-to place for special events, whether it’s a lipstick station, a Fun-O-Rama, yoga, or the SoCal Car and Dog Show. Now, the Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival is eyeing the community, especially the Cathedral City Community Amphitheater, for its event.

Organizers are asking city council this week to approve a special use permit authorizing the Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival on November 12 and 13, 2022. Attendance is expected to be around 900 per day between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

PSWJF searched for a new location that allows them to lock in an exact date each year. Over the years, their primary location has been the Annenberg Theater in Palm Springs. The event wants to develop this festival and potentially include art exhibitions like
Good. The Cathedral City Community Amphitheater is great for growth and its convenient location near Highway 111 with ample parking, according to a staff report.

In October, the Cathedral City Public Arts Commission (CCPAC) voted unanimously to sponsor the festival and authorize, upon council approval, $ 6,000 from the Public Arts Fund.

With a move to Cathedral City, organizers said they would change the name of the festival to “The Greater Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival“.

For information that Director of Communications Chris Parman has compiled, the Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival (PSWJF) was founded in 2013 by Gail Christian and her partner, Lucy DeBardelaben. This duo has been hosting music events for over a decade under the L&G Events roster. Prior to the PSWJF, they had also produced the Sisterfire Festival in Washington DC in the mid-1980s, worked at Michigan’s Women’s Festival and, more recently, the Palm.
Spring Women’s Week.

The PSWJF brings the highest caliber female jazz performers to the Palm Springs area for a multi-day, multi-event walking jazz tour of Palm Springs. They started this festival to attract jazz fans from all over the world to celebrate this incredible genre performed by a team of female musicians. Artists who have performed at the festival include top names and award winners like Diane Schuur, Nona Hendryx, Terri Lyne Carrington, Patrice Rushen, Mimi Jones, Ann Hampton Callaway, Judith Hill and many more.

The PSWJF is controlled and managed by the Palm Springs Women’s Jazz and Blues nonprofit. It exists to preserve and foster an appreciation for jazz and blues music and to support female jazz and blues musicians who have traditionally strived for recognition and employment. The festival includes concerts, exhibitions, presentations, films and other events that promote understanding and enjoyment of the work of women artists.

Willie J. Johnson