“Worcester Public Library had the pleasure of hosting Women in World Jazz on a Saturday afternoon in November and what a treat it was!  Not only can these ladies jam, they provide an education on the jazz standards we all know and love, but whose backstories aren’t common knowledge. People of all ages and backgrounds attended their show, most of them moving to the music in their seats—one enthusiastic participant sat in the front row and played the maracas along with them! In the week following their performance, members of both the public and staff asked, “Who played on Saturday?  They were good!

I recommend booking WIWJ without reservation. Tal Shalom-Kobi is very responsive to emails, flexible about scheduling and delightful to work with in person.  We look forward to welcoming them back to WPL in the coming years.”

Christina Connolly , Public Services Supervisor
Worchester library

“On Saturday, October 21, 2017, the wonderful group called Women in World Jazz performed at the Milton Public Library as part of my Fall concert series, which is supported by our Friends.  We had an attendance at this event of over 70 people who all really enjoyed their presentation.  All of the musicians are very good players and they bring an enthusiasm to their repertoire that is just great!  The band provides a map of the world and encourages children at their events – before each song is performed – to locate the geographic place from which individual songs originate, and they also used visuals to show details about each composer, which was a nice addition to the concert.  The front singer – Candida Rose – is very talented, has a natural stage presence, and is quite effective at bringing the audience along with her as she performs, first sharing a few details about the background of the tune.  Women in World Jazz performed unique material from Africa, Japan, Haiti, the USA, and more, and I would gladly host them again here in Milton.  Tal Shalom-Kobi, the Director and upright bass and accordion player for the group, is very easy to work with and it was a pleasure meeting all members of the band.  I will share information about Women in World Jazz with all of my colleagues so that they might consider them for a library program in future.”

Jean B. Hlady
Adult Services Librarian
Milton Public Library

Women in World Jazz sponsored by the Friends of the North End Branch Library recently heated up the North Bennet Street School atrium with their stylish renditions of jazz music from around the world. This quintet celebrated diversity with an eclectic music selection that tapped into a variety of cultures and eras. Their talent and enthusiasm were on display as they actively engaged the audience in the music, at one point even handing out rhythmic instruments for audience participants to stand up and join in the power of jazz. The music experience smoothly became an educational experience as an accompanying PowerPoint ran simultaneously to the music and put a face to the celebrated and mega talented women who performed with such originality and passion.

Patricia Sabbey
North End Library


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