Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival honors Alice Coltrane

According to its website, the Palm Springs Women’s Jazz and Blues Association, the 501 (c) (3) behind the Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival, exists to “preserve and foster an appreciation of jazz and blues music and to support female jazz and blues musicians who traditionally strive for recognition and employment”.

In addition to an annual festival, the organization organizes concerts, exhibitions, presentations, films and other events that promote understanding and enjoyment of the work of women artists.

On Saturday 13 November, the association will honor the pianist and harpist Alice Coltrane (1937-2007) with her Master of Jazz Prize, which will be presented at Michelle coltrane, daughter of Alice and John Coltrane.

Coltrane is considered one of the most innovative and creative jazz artists of his time. Previous Jazz Master Award winners are Diane Schuur, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Barbara Morrison.

The cocktail party, the organization’s first live gathering in nearly two years, will take place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Laura O’Kane’s home in Palm Springs.

Artists attending this year’s event include Tierney Sutton, a nine-time Grammy nominated jazz singer; Kat Dyson, a master guitarist-singer and former member of Prince’s band; Sunnie Paxson, contemporary jazz pianist; Lindsay Artkop, a popular drummer on tour and in session; and Robin bramlett, a contemporary bass player.

The talent is handpicked by the co-founder and artistic director of the organization, Sweet baby I have. “Every year, I form an extraordinary group of musicians,” she says. “And what makes it so wonderful is that some of these musicians are playing together for the first time, which can make for a spontaneous and exciting concert. We are looking forward to it.”

The event will also include the presentation of an Outstanding Achievement Award to a local high school jazz student.

Tickets for the event cost $ 100 and can be purchased at Proof of vaccination and masks will be required for all guests, performers, staff and volunteers, and there will be plenty of room outside at a safe distance.

For more information on the Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival or to make a donation, visit

As the philanthropy and special sections editor of The Desert Sun, Winston Gieseke writes about nonprofits, fundraising and people giving in the Coachella Valley. Contact him at [email protected]

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