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Jazz In Pink is the world-renowned, all-female, all Star band based in Los Angeles, CA. In just six years, Jazz In Pink has emerged as one of the world's most prominent and popular all-female, ensembles. They enjoy a growing social media presence on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks. Jazz In Pink delivers a mixed genre which is primarily Jazz with soul, R&B, symphonic, rock and hip hop undertones. The band's core members are Gail Jhonson, Althea René, Maria Antoinette, and Karen Briggs. Since 2008, Jazz In Pink has not only performed throughout the country and around the world, but has worked to fill learning, social, and cultural gaps through community outreaches and events. The talented band consistently captivates audiences. Collectively and individually, members have performed along with Alex Bugnon; Norman Brown; Eric Bent; Bobby Womack; Sheila E; Peabo Bryson; David Benoit; Kirk Franklin; Donnie McClurkin; Yolanda Adams; The Virginia Symphony; Jonathan Butler; George Duke; Stanley Clarke; Wu Tang Clan; Everett Harp; Brenda Russell; Patti Austin; The Time and Yanni.Their CD, 1st Collection, was released in 2014. It features Gail Jhonson, Karen Briggs, Althea Rene, Robin Bramlett, Cindy Bradley and many other talented, eclectic musicians.

musicians who have shared the Pink Stage

piano
Gail Jhonson
violin
Karen Briggs

Chelsey Green

Dayren Santamaria
flute
Althea Rene

Kim Scott
harp
Mariea Antoinette
guitar
Darlene Moreno
Kat Dyson

Angela Swan
drums
Danielle Thompson

Pockett" Brown
bass
Lynn Keller
Rhonda Smith
Robin Bramlett

Ellen Sandberg

Ariane Cap

Zuri Appleby
keyboards
Sundra Manning
Rachel Eckroth
Isha Love
Noriko Olling

vocalists

Pamella Elaine

Nneena Freelon

Lynne Fiddmont
Chanel
Lori Jenaire
Tamina Khyrah-joi 
Lisa Deveaux

Josie Aiello

Aanha Neal
saxaphone
Tomoka Nomura-Jarvis 
Paula Atherton
Jeanette Harris

Pamela Williams
percussion

Yakira Ketchens

Estaire Godinez
Patsy Meyer

 

The Playboy Jazz Festival (PBJF) as celebrated for the 41 st time on June 8-9, 2019 was a sun-dappled smorgasbord of Soul Music, World Music (with offerings from Africa, Cuba, Europe, etc.), Roots Music (Blues and other forms of Folk), some Rock & Pop and various permutations of the Jazz that was in vogue when Playboy Magazine creator Hugh Hefner first started it in Chicago. Now an annual summer attraction of the 17,500 Hollywood Bowl in Southern California, it provides open-minded music lovers with a one-stop sampling of ear and eye candy delights. Here are 2019’s highlights from the perspective of one who has attended PBJF for over 30 years.

Photo 1: Jazz in Pink’s Gail Jhonson with bassist Robin Bramlett. Photos by Craig T. Mathew and Greg Grudt/Mathew Imaging

The all-female septet Jazz in Pink led by musical director/keyboardist Gail Jhonson and featuring the unique frontline of violinist Karen Briggs and harpist Mariea Antoinette set the early Saturday afternoon off with contemporary jazz versions of Soul hits such as Heatwave’s “Boogie Nights” chased with a mashup arrangement of Freddie Hubbard’s “Little Sunflower” with Curtis Mayfield’s “Pusherman.”

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Back and Forth....the highly anticipated release from Jazz in Pink! Their first single, Got To Be True, co-produced by smooth jazz trumpeter Lin Rountree, was the first released in 2014, followed by the CD-1st Collection.... available at cdbaby