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New video series ‘Uncovered’ will celebrate new female jazz talent, starting with chart-topper Celeste.
Women In Jazz host a monthly radio show on Soho Radio, organise live events and broadcasts, and run a talent development program amongst other educational work. Now the organisation has launched a new digital editorial platform. ‘Uncovered’, their first YouTube show, features interviews and live performances from some of the brightest female stars of the jazz world.
Women In Jazz are an organisation dedicated to championing female talent in the genre. Alarming statistic time: despite the current jazz renaissance happening in the UK, especially in London, only 5% of all jazz instrumentalists in the UK are women. Women In Jazz founders Louise Paley and Nina Fine are all about addressing the problems of gender disparity in jazz from a positive, proactive standpoint; celebrating performers, professionals and producers working hard to make an impact on the music scene.
Reflecting on the launch of their new editorial platform, co-founder Louise Paley said:
We believe that celebrating the talents of women will help inspire the next generation of artists. Our new digital platform champions the top female talent in jazz, exploring their artistry through live performance and storytelling.Louise Paley, Women In Jazz co-founder
Newly released on YouTube, in the first episode of ‘Uncovered’ neo-soul singer Celeste effortlessly showcases her delicate but rich vocals with a stripped-back performance of her track ‘Some Goodbyes Come With Hello’s’ and discusses her work. Celeste has just released confident debut album Not Your Muse which made her the first female artist in five years to reach number one in the UK album chart. She also earned a Golden Globe nomination for the song ‘Hear My Voice’ which featured on the soundtrack of film The Trial Of The Chicago 7.
Celeste’s episode was shot at Shoreditch Town Hall in East London. The next episode of ‘Uncovered’ by Women in Jazz is due to feature jazz drummer Jas Kayser who released her debut EP Unforced Rhythm of Grace last year.