October 14, 1994
Expanded from two to three days, this dynamic concert series was held October 14-16, 1994 for packed houses at Antone’s Nite Club, 2915 Guadalupe. An exciting, talented lineup was featured each evening.
Friday featured Pamela Hart, Beth Ullman, Willie Nicholson, and Mady Kaye, with a debut performance by Nancy Webb. These fine vocalists were accompanied by the Sandy Allen Trio and Tony Campise.
Saturday featured Julie Burrell, Donna Menthol, Hope Morgan, Pamela Hart, and a debut from Chandra Washington, all accompanied by the James Polk Trio and Bob Meyer.
Sunday brought a variety of styles from Karan Chavis, Judy Arnold, LaDonna Jones, Glenda Dotson, and LaMonica Lewis. These ladies were joined by Kyle Turner and Standing Room Only.
Here is some of the program information from that concert series: Women in Jazz is Austin’s only vocal showcase. An annual concert showcase for both professional and amateur female vocalists in Austin, its diverse roster of quality talent provides Austin audiences with an opportunity they rarely have: to hear quality vocal jazz and pop in a market where such performances are notoriously scarce. In addition to providing quality entertainment and a venue for these artists, Women in Jazz promotes jazz appreciation to Austinites unfamiliar with this musical tradition, and provides the featured artists with the visibility they need to pursue professional opportunities in the recording industry.
The Women in Jazz concert is made possible in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts and Women And Their Work. HartBeat Productions has joined the DiverseArts Production Group, Inc. consortium for the production of Women in Jazz. DiverseArts Production Group, Inc. is an innovative new cultural cooperative bringing together experienced production professionals, administrators, artists, and scholars who collaborate on multidisciplinary projects that showcase artistic excellence, provide cultural education, promote economic development, and celebrate ethnic heritage and diversity for the arts in Austin, Texas. These objectives, along with HartBeat’s desire to provide a promotional opportunity for professional and amateur vocalists are consistent with HartBeat Production’s initiatives. Women in Jazz is the premier performance of the DiverseArts season of events. This year, the production group is operating under the umbrella of Women and Their Work.