Dear Friend of Jazz,
To commemorate the eighth year of the Women of Jazz Series, I will feature my first body of original works, “Unlettered” alongside performing the works of Billie Holiday, Abbey Lincoln and Nina Simone. It was my honor to: 1) present performance poetry alongside Nikki Giovanni and Sonja Sanchez at the Woman-to-Woman Series sponsored by Saturn Motor Cars; and 2) be featured on Russell Gunn’s Grammy nominated album, “Ethnomusicology 2”. I have further been inspired by how I was received by audiences during performances at: 1) Southern Illinois University's “Black Women in American History and Culture; 2) the National Black Arts Festival's “Interpretations: Black Visual Art Past, Present and Future; and 3) the Atlanta Jazz Festival’s “Tribute to Nina Simone.”
My journey as an artist has been amazing. I have performed the compositions of jazz masters for over 25 years. I was proud to have the historic Odd Fellows Atrium and Rooftop located at 236 Auburn Avenue as my last performance site and anticipate a stellar performance at the Rich Auditorium of The Woodruff Arts Center. Please join my host committee in supporting the legacy, history and heritage of women in jazz on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 7:00 pm. The deadline for sponsorship is February 15, 2020.
Thank you in advance for whatever support you are able to render as a patron, attendee or sponsor. I remain inspired by the tradition of jazz and the women who have paved the way.
Jodi Merriday, M.A., M.Sc., Ph.D.
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