2023 TWN Radio + Playlists
In addition to our annual playlist by co-Artistic Director Tulani, we are thrilled to share our first bespoke radio program. Created, curated and hosted by internationally renown DJ, Radio Host, Vocalist/Songwriter/Producer and TWN Mentor, China Moses. Enjoy!
ALUMNAE PRESENTERSLISTED ALPHABETICALLY
Class of 2021
Class of 2022
As a soloist, Faran has performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra (including a performance in Salsomaggiore Terme, Italy), the Ann Arbor Camerata, the Williamsville East Symphonic Orchestra, and the University of Vermont Symphony.
Administratively, she worked as the AAC’s executive director for a season, and held internship positions in the Marketing and Education Departments of the Buffalo Philharmonic, and Education and Concerts/Touring with Jazz at Lincoln Center. She founded Ann Arbor arts collective Red Shoe Company and is a teaching artist with the Kennedy Center, the University Musical Society and the Sphinx Organization.
After graduating from the University of Michigan, Faran moved to Buenos Aires on a Fulbright grant. Faran was also a Turn The Spotlight Fellow, receiving their inaugural Hedwig Holbrook Prize. Faran participated in OneBeat, a fellowship in musical diplomacy and is currently attending the Manhattan School of Music, pursuing a Masters in Contemporary Performance.
Teagan is also an active web designer, notably for research labs at the University of Michigan Biomedical Engineering program.
Class of 2021
Class of 2021
PROF. TONYA BUTLER, JD, LLM
Chair of Music Business / Management at Berklee College of Music, Attorney, Label Executive, Speaker, Podcast Host, Author
HANNAH E. CASEY
Master Yoga and Meditation Instructor, Shiatsu Therapist, Nutritionist, Artist, Game Designer, Writer.
Hannah E Casey is a Master Yoga and Meditation teacher who has brought her holistic approach to luminaries, artists and actors across the nation. Julia Roberts, Madonna, Deepak Chopra, Jessica Seinfeld, Martha Stewart, and many more have benefited from Hannah’s teachings.
Since 1995 Hannah has immersed herself in the Healing Arts. Hannah is trained in Jiva Mukti Yoga, and certified to teach Yoga and Meditation through The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center (Val Marin Canada 250 hours) and Om Yoga (NYC 200 hours). She is a certified level ll Shiatsu Therapist (The Ohashi Center NYC) and is a Certified Raw Food Nutritionist (Ann Wigmore Institute, Puerto Rico.) Hannah has also studied Thai Massage and is a Vipassana Meditation student with over 400 course hours.
Hannah has mentored for The Woodshed Network cohort since 2020, bringing her expertise in yoga, meditation and wellness to cohorts every year.
Musician, Visual Artist, Author, Educator, Icon.
Guided by the forces of family, faith, and music, world-reknown "Queen of Percussion," Sheila E. has made a name for herself as one of the most talented musical icons over the decades. With a fearless nature and a passion for sharing her gifts with others, Sheila truly follows the beat of her own drum. She touches the lives of so many, with her dynamic music career at the heart of everything. Sheila’s eagerness to share her music, openness as an author, and fire for her ministry make her such a relatable, inspirational figure for people of all ages.
DR. REGINA EDMOND, MD
Obstetrician/Gynecologist, Surgeon, Educator, Activist
Artist Manager, Producer, Agent, Writer
Artist manager, producer and agent Pat Harris, has been directing the careers of jazz artists since 1994 with a roster that has included pianist Eric Reed and bassist Richie Goods, Igor Butman and the award winning jazz vocalist Allan Harris. She runs an independent record label, Love Productions Records, for which she has co-produced 11 Allan Harris recordings: The Songs of Strayhorn, Cross That River, Cry of the Thunderbird, Long Live the King, A Nat King Cole Christmas, Open Up Your Mind, Convergence, Black Bar Jukebox, Nobody's Gonna Love You Better, The Genius of Eddie Jefferson, and Kates's Soulfood. For the past 20 years she has produced 2 Great Days of Jazz for the Association of Performing Arts Presenters’ annual conference in New York. Other productions include Jazz at Sotheby’s, Monday Night Jazz in Harlem, and the parlor jazz series, Harlem After Dark.
Harris is a co-writer and producer of the Allan Harris musical Cross That River which made its critically acclaimed debut at the New York Musical Theatre Festival. Cross That River been awarded a Chamber Music America residency grant, and has also appeared at the Kennedy Center, Mass MoCA, Theatre Aspen, Joe’s Pub, the ASCAP Musical Theatre Festival, The State Theater, B.B. Kings Blues Club, the Blue Note, and Rockwood Music Hall. Cross That River was in residency for five weeks at 59E59 Theaters, November 30 - December 31, 2017 and continues to tour the country.
DR. LENORA HELM HAMMONDS
Former US Jazz Ambassador, Fulbright Senior Music Specialist, Professor, Vocalist, Lecturer, Activist
Artist Manager, Consultant, Educator.
Karen Kennedy, is the Founder and President of 24/Seven Artist Development, a leading artist management firm founded in1992 to provide full-range strategic marketing and career planning to the finest artists in entertainment. She has successfully guided the careers of some of the top names in jazz including eleven-time GRAMMY nominee & NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron, twice Grammy nominated vocalist Gretchen Parlato also winner of the International Thelonious Monk Competition, Grammy Award winner saxophonist David Sanchez, guitarist/vocalist Camila Meza and singer-songwriter cellist Gabriel Royal. She has helped shape the careers of four-time Grammy nominee and award-winning composer and educator Stefon Harris, award winning pianist Jacky Terrasson, and pianist James Francies among others.
Prior to launching her business Ms. Kennedy spent 10 years as an executive at several major record labels beginning at A&M Records. While there she initiated YES TO JOBS, an industry wide national high school internship program. She later joined the marketing staff where she was responsible for developing pop, R&B, jazz and classical music. As a Product Manager she worked with Sergio Mendes, Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan, Barry White, Brenda Russell, Randy Jackson and many others. She was later named President of Perspective Records and helped launch the careers of Grammy Award winners The Sound of Blackness and Mint Condition. While at Silas/MCA Records she created marketing strategies and oversaw artist development for pop and R&B artists Aaron Hall, Chante Moore and Jessie Powell.
In 2019 she and Gail Boyd launched Vanguard Arts, a management consulting and development firm for corporations, non-profits and independent artists.
Ms. Kennedy entered the entertainment industry after serving as the Director of the Southern California Environmental Internship Program, a non-profit organization for college students and alumni. Previously she held various college dean and teaching positions at Pitzer College, Loyola Marymount University and University of Southern California.
Ms. Kennedy serves on the NAPAMA Board of Directors, the Jazz Congress Advisory Board sponsored by Jazz at Lincoln Center and the YES TO JOBS Board of Directors. She taught at Julliard School, Manhattan School of Music and is a returning lecturer at the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz in Los Angeles. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from UCLA, a M.A. in Counseling and College Administration from the University of Southern California and is a Ph.D. candidate in Higher Education at UCLA.
Publicist, Consultant, Advocate
While Kingsley's focus at Muse Media tends to be on Jazz (with a few singer-songwriters thrown in for good measure as they are another of her passions), Alisse's tenure in the music industry has allowed her to foster numerous long-term relationships with both talent, managers and the media. She continues to work with many of the artists who she began her relationship with during her years at Warners. Artists and labels with whom Kingsley has and continues to work with include Herbie Hancock, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Wayne Shorter, Joni Mitchell, Terence Blanchard, Carmen Lundy, Luciana Souza, Carly Simon, Rickie Lee Jones, Jane Monheit, Don Grusin, Chaka Khan, Nanci Griffith, Peter, Paul & Mary, Josh Groban, Warner Bros. Records, Nonesuch, Universal, Virgin, Blue Note, Starbucks/Hear Music, Concord Records, Verve Records, and Capitol/EMI. Her corporate clients include The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, the Herbie Hancock Institute, Peermusic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and The Playboy Jazz Festival.
Muse Media provides public relations services which include everything from corporate profiling and CD launch to tour/concert support and Grammy awareness campaigns, as well as the preparation of all materials (strategic pr/marketing plans, press releases, bios, etc.). Muse are happy to attend in-house marketing meetings and strategize/coordinate with companies on not only media outreach, but other avenues of marketing, including new media, radio promotion, advertising, cross-promotions and more. Muse Media enjoys being part of a team and working in a very hands-on manner with our artists/clients and their respective “families.”
Prior to Alisse's years at Warner Records, she was a publicist with Warner Studios Media Home Entertainment and Fred Weintraub Productions/MGM. She is a graduate of USC's Film and Television School with an emphasis on Communications, and versatile in several languages having lived in Europe and traveled extensively.
Artist Manager, Agent, Consultant, Coach, Advocate
Catherine is a former Tennis Pro and Law major at the University of Bonn and has been in the business all of her life. She was born into a family of Jazz aficionados and supporters. Her late father, Gerd Mayer, was a pioneer in the German Jazz Scene after World War 2. It all started with him listening passionately and secretly to this forbidden Jazz music under the Nazis. Later he made a business out of his passion and founded „Konzertdirektion Gerd Mayer/Just Jazz Int“ (officially 1960). He brought mainly US artists to post war Europe.
Catherine grew up with the family business and experienced tour busses stopping by the house and her mother cooking for the traveling musicians and her parents hosting them. In her childhood, Catherine had the honor to meet a lot of the greats as „Ella Fitzgerald“ or Teddy Wilson, who she called her „uncle“, Slam Steward, Buddy Tate, Harry „Sweets“ Edison and many more. Back in the days her father promoted the Manhattan Transfer and brought her to soundcheck! So little idea she had that many years later she would represent this group (now for about 20+ years) internationally! After the passing of Gerd Mayer in 1996, Just Jazz was taken over by his daughter, Catherine.
Since then she has continuously worked to modernize the agencies jazz roster to create a wider audience for this music of her passion. Mainly an international booking agent, Catherine also manages artists, coaches, produces and consults with various promoters and venues world-wide. She believes that the combination of hard work, passion, professionalism and fun leads to success – along with a network of trusted partners who share the same values of integrity, fairness, honesty, respect of others and love for music.
Her goal is to find more balance between life and work and to continue learning more about this art-form she loves so much.
Publicist, Consultant, Artist Manager, Mentor
Maureen returned to Philadelphia and worked as a product manager at Ropeadope, and then joined DL Media in 2010, where she was Senior Vice President of Artist Services, spearheading campaigns for artists such as Christian McBride, Kamasi Washington, Stanley Clarke, Bob James, Cécile McLorin Salvant, and Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Adrian Younge’s Jazz Is Dead, among others.
Maureen has also taken a personal interest in mentorship programs with women and has mentored both artists and young women in the music industry from the inaugural year of Dee Dee Bridgewater’s Woodshed Network as well as NARAS’ GRAMMY U mentorship program. She has also participated in speaking and mentorship engagements through programs like Jazz Congress and Jazz Philadelphia, is a longtime NARAS member, and has consulted various social causes in our industry such as Lift Every Vote.
She recently launched her independent mangement, consulting and public relations firm, Rua Artist Services.
Exec. Dir. R&B/HipHop for Billboard Magazine, Lecturer/Speaker, Industry Leader, Music Advocate
Gail Mitchell serves as Billboard’s Executive Director of R&B/Hip-Hop, covering the R&B and rap genres as well as music industry business news across all genres and sectors for the magazine and Billboard.com. Mitchell has moderated panels and keynote Q&A’s for industry organizations and companies such as ASCAP, BMI, the Recording Academy, Grammy Museum, Revolt Music Conference, Music Business Association (Music Biz), Warner Records, Pollstar and MIDEM Digital 2020. She has also represented Billboard in stories and broadcast interviews for media outlets including Anderson Cooper 360, CNN Tonight with Don Lemon, NBC’s Today, CBS This Morning, CBS News Radio, CBS Evening News, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show, BET, A&E, Associated Press, Cheddar News, USA Today, The New York Times’ Popcast and the 2021 Showtime documentary Bitchin: The Sound and Fury of Rick James.
Mitchell holds a BA degree in communications from Loyola Marymount University/Los Angeles. Her music industry service includes two terms as a national trustee representing the L.A. Chapter of the Recording Academy. Mitchell was honored at Facebook + Instagram’s second annual Women in Music #EmpowHER luncheon in 2020, alongside Epic Records Chairman/CEO Sylvia Rhone, Motown Records chairman/CEO Ethiopia Habtemariam and Jacqueline Saturn, President of Capitol Music Group’s Caroline division. Mitchell was among 2021’s Empowered Women honorees, as recognized by the Culture Creators organization in partnership with Elle magazine and CIROC. She also serves on the advisory boards for the National Museum of African American Music and the Living Legends Foundation.
Vocalist, Songwriter, Radio Host, TV Host, Voice-Over Talent
DR. JENNIFER MUSSELMAN, PhD
The Musselman Institute
Clinical Psychotherapist, Executive Coach, Doctor of Organizational Leadership
Dr. Jennifer Musselman, PhD is a globally-recognized executive coach and a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in San Francisco, Los Angeles and virtually for high-performing executives and entrepreneurs. With 20 years experience as an executive with Fortune 500 companies like Viacom, consultant for Ogilvy & Mather and tech start-up in LA, she intimately understands the pressures her clients face in balancing their professional goals with their personal happiness. With a collaborative & direct style, she designs practical next steps for flourishing in love and as a leader. She specializes in emotional intelligence, navigating conflict among leaders and couples, driving systemic change(personally and professionally), substance abuse/addiction and anxiety, ADHD, burn-out, stress and depression management. Her clients discover their next life adventure, personally and professionally.
Jennifer's doctoral dissertation in Leadership and Change Management at USC focuses on work-to-life and relationship-to-work stressors that impact performance and relationship satisfaction for entrepreneurs and leaders. She holds a Masters in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University and is licensed by the California Board of Behavioral Science. She pairs her education with her executive training at the prestigious Center for Creative Leadership and her own veteran business experience to coach and counsel high-achieving leaders and couples navigate these often competing worlds. Her refreshingly bold, humorously peppered, purpose-driven style gets quick results. To begin working together, give Jennifer a call or begin a dialogue by completing the form in the menu above.
Founder, Marilyn Rosen Presents Booking and Management Agency
Rosen then saw the opportunity to create a Symphony Division at the agency that would provide a new performance venue for her artists. Combining diverse programming with symphony orchestras became a passion for Marilyn who then set up her own agency in 2013 that specializes in symphony bookings. Marilyn Rosen Presents has become the only agency in North America whose main focus is on symphony performance opportunities which has made Rosen the “go-to” agent for artists aspiring to perform with symphonies.
"Jackie Boom"...Award-winning Mixer, Engineer, Mentor, Advocate
Road Manager, Live Events Planner, Logistics Specialist, Mentor
Shelby began her behind-the-scenes career in music as an Assistant Tour Manager to the Eagles, supporting each of the legendary band members and industry titan Irving Azoff. She then went on to work as Ticketing and Fan Package Program Coordinator for Rock giants, Van Halen.
She transitioned to Production Management during her work with world-renown magician David Copperfield. Shelby returned to music providing her expertise as Tour and Operations Management for Grammy winning Jazz icon Ramsey Lewis and the Grammy winning contemporary Classical Ensemble, Eighth Blackbird.
Managing a crew of 35+ while touring with a company that performed 500+ shows/ year, Her strong budget preparation and analysis experience, coupled with her strong interpersonal and team building skills make her an indispensable part of the DDB team.
President & CEO of DC Jazz Festival, Humanitarian, Arts Advocate
A&R Scout, Talent Agency Booking Operations, Vocalist, Advocate, Mentor
Prior to UTA, Juliet worked as a broadcast assistant at BBC Introducing in the West. Whilst there she solidified her love of discovering new talent and helped with BBC Broadcasts at Glastonbury Festival. When in Bristol she hosted live Jazz Funk Soul nights in the city. She is also a musician in her own right.
Juliet is actively involved in organisations which promote the empowerment and success of women in the music industry, especially women in jazz.
Drummer, Composer, Bandleader, Educator, Fitness Coach
Shirazette Tinnin is a recent 2022 Latin Grammy Nominee for (Andean-Funk “The Sacred Leaf) Make Jazz Fellow, Fulbright Scholar recipient, drummer, composer and bandleader. She is a newly appointed full time associate professor at Berklee College in the percussion department, where she directs The Dee Dee Bridgewater Ensemble and teaches Private Instruction in the percussion department. ( Spring 2022). Tinnin performs with Lea Delaria (Orange is the New Black), Endea Owens, Yuri Juárez’s Afro-Peruano, Afrikkanitha, Alan Harris, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Alicia Olatuja, Nicole Mitchell, Tia Fuller, Mimi Jones, Orange Coffee (2022 New Artist Release) Alicia Keys; Black Girls Rock (BET) and leads her own projects called The Sonic WallPaper Band and her jazz trio for political injustices called “Moods of Her”.
Shirazette Tinnin has television credit for the 1st season of The Meredith Viera Show on NBC.(2015) along with around the world notariety!
Tinnin’s wide accomplishments include music coordinator for Urban Bush Women founded by Zawolé Zollar. Tinnin was Musical Director for Alan Harris’s “Cross That River” and curated the final festival presentation at Little Island (summer 2021) called Jazz Women.
Shirazette has a background in classical percussion, world percussion and her primary is on drum set. Tinnin studied at Appalachian State University for her undergraduate degree and her masters from Northern Illinois University in Jazz Pedagogy. Tinnin has a diverse background in fitness with certifications in TRX, DNA Fitness Programming, Corrective Exercise and Exercise Therapy from ISSA and NASM.
Shirazette has released a new album called “The Cards That Life Can Deal” in 2021 and it’s available on SoundCloud, iTunes and Spotify.The album was added to JAZZIZ’s INSIDE TRACK.
KIMBERLY M. WANG
Photographer, Editorial, Brand Storyteller, Director, Producer, Mentor
Kimberly M. Wang specializes in editorial, brand storytelling, and modern Fine Art Portrait Photography.
Her editorial work has been featured in the New York Times, Vogue, Vogue UK, and Le Monde, and her clients have included Amnesty International and Christies, as well as some of the world's most notable visual and performing artists.
15+ years spent creating programming as a Director and Producer for Martha Stewart, ESPN, MTV and many other major networks taught Kimberly that everyone has a tale to tell, and she has long embraced the opportunity to witness and capture the human experience in action.
She recently relocated from her beloved home base of many years--New York City--to sunny Southern California, and lives with her rescued hound mix, Lila, and her life partner Frank.