About International Women in Jazz


Board of Directors
Jacqueline Lennon, President
Tammy Brown
Mitchell Eiss
Natasha Pai
Laine Armstrong, Esq Legal Consultant
Steve Kurtz, Financial Consultant
Cobi Narita, President Emeritus

Advisory Board
Gail Boyd
Dee Dee Bridgewater
Emme Kemp
Dorthaan Kirk
Janet Lawson
Pastor Dale R. Lind
Antoinette Montague, Chairperson
Martin Mueller



International Women in Jazz, Inc. (IWJ) is a non-profit organization committed to supporting women jazz artists and related professionals, and to fostering a greater awareness of the diverse contributions women make to jazz, worldwide [501(c)3].  Through its programs, IWJ provides information and assistance to its members, thus standing dedicated to actively ensuring a place for women as a vital part of the past, present, and future of jazz


IWJ is an organization whose membership comprises of women, men, jazz professionals and enthusiasts.  Among our members are musicians, composers, educators, students, recording industry artists and broadcast professionals, business owners, music management professionals, jazz lovers, and more.  Our headquarters are in New York City, with members located worldwide.


International Women in Jazz grew out of a seminar on Women in Jazz organized by Pastor Dale Lind, and held at Saint Peter's Church in New York City in September 1995. Many women prominent in the jazz community were present, including Universal Jazz Coalition founder Cobi Narita, writer Leslie Gourse, and Lorraine Gordon, owner of the renowned Village Vanguard.

The discussion created so much interest that it became apparent an ongoing forum was needed to address the unmet needs of women in jazz. Narita raised the idea of creating an organization for jazz artists and jazz lovers, with the purpose of advancing the careers of women jazz artists. Narita called a meeting the following November, and IWJ was founded.  

Through the years, IWJ has presented networking events, seminars, workshops, jam sessions, awards, concerts and more.  Recuring events include the monthly "First Mondays," where members share music with one another and newcomers can be introduced to IWJ.  Monthly jam sessions are open to the public.


Quarterly newsletter featuring the latest IWJ news, events and spotlight on members.

IWJ presents its annual Women in Jazz Festival.  The event features concerts led by women musicians.  The renowned artists and IWJ members, photography exhibits, jam sessions and workshops.  The festival is sponsored by IWJ. 
IWJ sponsors master classes and workshops by outstanding women artists.  Most workshops are free or minimal costs for IWJ members. Reservations:  212 560-7553.  See events for current listings.

Join us the first Monday of each month as IWJ members and guests perform a live jam session with notable musicians provided. Publicize your events, CDs and bring your promotional materials. No recordings unless prior permission by IWJ. See Events.  Saint Peter's Church, 619 Lexington Avenue at E. 54th Street, New York City, 7:15 pm - 9:15 pm.

IWJ is currently seeking a musical director to lead and encourage singers to participate and enjoy the benefits of music and performance. For more information contact info@internationalwomeninjazz.org or 212 560-7553.

The IWJ Jazz Chorus first started in the winter of 2009. You don't have to read music to be a member; just love jazz and enjoy singing. The workshops are free to the public. Both women and men are invited to join. The jazz chorus has performed lyrics, melody and harmony, and many members learned to sing a complete song, with a group or solo. The chorus was featured in the Women in Jazz Festival 2010.

IWJ members are invited to apply to perform at Festival auditions, Donne in Musica concerts in Italy and other events in New York City.

International Women in Jazz Awards
Jazz Masters Award
Trailblazers Award
Youth-in-Action Award
Impact Award
Man of the Year Award
Legacy Award
Honoring the Lives and Work of Harlem’s Great Dancing Ladies
Mother of Magnificence Award



Fondazione Adkins Chiti: Donne in Musica (International Adkins Chiti: Women in Music Foundation) Member International Music Council of Unesco and of the European Music Council- (Women in Music – a term created by Patricia Adkins Chiti in 1975) made its debut on the Italian and international music scene in 1978 and quickly gained a reputation as a grass roots movement dedicated to the promotion and presentation of music written by women. The first "Donne in Music Festivals" in Rome, Venice and Naples at the end of the seventies were followed in 1982 by the first book with the same name. In 1996, the international Women in Music Foundation came into being as a showcase and advocate for a large range of styles and genres of music from every country and in all times. IWJ is a member of the Honour Committee of Donne in Musica. Members of IWJ have had and still have the opportunity to perform in Festivals produced by this organization. In addition, women composers are able to send their works for review and possible performance in Italy. For more information, contact adkins.chiti@donneinmusica.org

Jazz Ministry at St. Peter's Church

To continue to bring you the best in Jazz activities and events; we appreciate your annual membership fees by December of each year. Support IWJ Efforts.  Save the Music. All Donations are Tax Deductible. Please refer to Join Page. for membership and other donations or make checks payable to International Women in Jazz
Mail to: International Women in Jazz. Park West Station, P.O.B 20674, New York, NY 10025

Thank you.


Downloadable Documents
IWJ Member Application (Revised Link)

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