School Programs

Women in World Jazz – A Tribute to women artists around the world

Group director Tal Shalom-Kobi has been active in the music history arena for the past 20 years, researching and performing music written by women from the USA and around the world. The group Women in World Jazz features world music composed by women artists past and present. From USA Blues and Jazz styles, the group ventures to Chile, Brazil, Japan, Cape Verde and the Middle East to celebrate the diversity and power of creativity.

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The group’s performance/workshop program is geared towards elementary, middle and high schools. The programs varies, focusing on Black History Month in February, Women international month in March and Jazz month in April. The content is educational and engaging with an audio-visual presentation, incorporating a slide show, visual props, and student participation. Women In World Jazz teach about these pioneer women and their music, and give the students a taste of their cultures.

Women In WorlWhittemore (1)d Jazz brings together women of different nationalities with extensive experience in performance and education. The music is easy to relate to, diverse and engaging. All members of the group are accomplished musicians playing a variety of music ranging from Jazz to world/ethnic. Our international roster directly influences the choice of repertoire.



“I recently had the distinct pleasure of welcoming Women in World Jazz to the Whittemore Elementary School in Waltham, MA.  As an elementary band director interested in connecting my young musicians to the myriad musical traditions different cultures of the world have to offer, I’m always on the lookout for accomplished musicians who are willing to share their talents and collaborate with my students. Tal and her band-mates more than fit the bill. 

In addition to performing a culturally diverse set for our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classes, WIWJ also worked with me to arrange a simple backing melody for our school’s 4th and 5th grade instrumental students to accompany one of their songs!  They even arrived at the school early to do a quick rehearsal and run through so the kids would feel confident performing for their peers.  I highly recommend any band director in search of an excellent “resident ensemble” to put on a memorable, educationally relevant performance for your school contact Tal ASAP. 

Evan Biela, music teacher Whittemore Elementary school (Waltham)

“… I thought the International Women’s Jazz performance was phenomenal! So cool for our students to see and hear about music, culture, and language from all over the world. I love when they are able to see themselves represented in an inspirational way, and also exposed to cultures that are different from theirs. It was a really rich and meaningful experience for all our students (and me!)!”

Shaina Tofias, 3rd grade teacher

Our kids loved the jazz performance! They were totally engaged and loved the opportunities to come up on stage and participate! Students enjoyed hearing stories about the talented performers, their instruments, and their countries. They asked really good questions of the performers at the end, which showed they were listening and thinking about the music. Most of all, the music was great!! Entertaining and educational at the same time!!” 

4th grade teachers at Hosmer Elementary school (Watertown)

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