Jeannette Muzima

Why Me?

I have been a performing artist and educator for most of my adult life.  I am still a performing artist. I also have extensive experience as a board member of several non-profit arts organization.

Let me tell you a bit more about my experience.  I am a self-taught jazz composer and musician, and founded 

and led the all-women’s jazz quintet, BOUGAINVILLEA, from 1978—1995 in the Boston area. We played all the usual suspects, clubs, benefits, concerts at universities such as Harvard, MIT, and the University of Maryland, College Park.  We were also privileged to perform at the Montreal Jazz Festival, New York Women’s Jazz Festival, and several other festivals including the 17th Michigan Women’s Music Festival.

In 1982, we were featured in a special concert as the winner of the Top New Talent Combo at the 5th Annual Kansas City Women’s Jazz Festival, chosen from a group of 32 contestants from the U.S. and Cuba.  We were excited to hear and meet other festival performers like the great jazz vocalist, Nancy Wilson, the celebrated Manhattan Carlyle Hotel cabaret pianist and vocalist, Barbara Carroll, and Alive, the widely loved, nationally touring women’s jazz quintet from the San Francisco Bay Area, featuring their brilliant vocalist, Rhiannon.

I reference these fabulous musicians to let you know that this festival was highly esteemed by top professional jazz artists, as well as  many others, professional and otherwise, and by the community at large. Throughout the 5-day festival, every concert was sold out, and every jam session, open to festival performers and attendees alike, and anyone who wanted to sit in, was packed.  We had a complete blast! There was so much great music going on day and night, with scheduled jams as well as impromptu jams in performers’ hotel rooms, it was truly an embarrassment of riches. We loved it and met so many great women jazz artists.