The SWEETHEARTS JAM SLAMS are a celebration of women in jazz, brought to you by the creative team of SWEETHEARTS OF SWING. SWEETHEARTS is a new musical featuring a diverse cast of women jazz musicians, inspired by true stories of interracial all-female swing bands in the 1940s.
At each SWEETHEARTS JAM, participants are invited to blow their horns, slap that bass, tinkle those keys, or pound those drums on a Great American Songbook standard of their choice, backed by Angeleisha Rodgers and an all-female house band. We'll kick off each jam with a tune from the SWEETHEARTS score, including players who have been at previous jams. Each week will also include a celebrity guest musician, like Jami Dauber, Nadje Noordhuis, Shirazette Tinnin, Sylvia Cuenca, Vanessa Trouble, and many others.
Doors are open to all, so bring your friends and fans to celebrate women in jazz!
Jam sessions for women jazz musicians
led by Angeleisha Rodgers and
an all-female house band!
Everyone is invited to come listen and dance!
Meet the House Band:
Calling all women jazz instrumentalists and swing music fans!
Second Sunday Sweethearts!
Swing 46 is the only jazz and supper club in the world that has live swing music and dancing seven nights a week. Each night you will find the most talented, professional musicians from all over the world with charts and arrangements that are impeccable and true to the genre we celebrate.
Second Sunday of the Month
(next: April 10, May 8)
349 W. 46th St.
(Players get in free!)
Angeleisha L. Rodgers is rapidly making her mark as one of today’s most sought after trumpet players in New York City. Recently, Rodgers performed with bassist Kim Clarke for the 12th Annual Ladies Got Chops:
Angeleisha Rodgers (Trumpet)
Women's History Month Music and Arts Festival in New York, and she joined Sherrie Maricle and members of the DIVA Jazz Ensemble for an event with the Ronald McDonald House Magical Music Program. In February 2014, she performed with Grammy-winning gospel artist Tye Tribbett in Maryland, and was a featured player in the November 2013 airing of BET’s NAACP Image Award-winning, Black Girls Rock 2013, an annual televised special, where she performed with Janelle Monae Patti LaBelle, Ledisi, and Kelly Rowland. Last December, Rodgers traveled throughout the East Coast with Kim Burrell for her Freshly Orchestrated Holiday Tour and was selected by Grammy-winning gospel artist, Pastor Donnie McClurkin, to perform for Church Without Walls sponsored by Perfecting Faith Church last summer.
Melissa Slocum (Bass)
Bassist Melissa Slocum has been performing worldwide since 1982 and has worked with such legends as Art Blakey, Lionel Hampton, Cab Calloway, Clark Terry, Wynton Marsalis, Woody Shaw and Hank Jones. Comfortable in genres ranging from duo to big band, traditional to avant garde, she has performed and recorded with Charli Persip and Superband, Ralph Peterson and the Fo'tet, Avery Brooks with Craig Harris, Howard Johnson and Gravity, Dakota Staton, Kevin Mahogany, the Firey String Sistas and the all woman big band DIVA, among many others. She has worked with bandleaders Eddie Chamblee, David "Fathead" Newman, Frank Wess, Hamiet Bluiett, Don Byron, Jay Rodriguez, Frank Lacy and Nioka Workman; pianists Walter Davis, Jr., James Williams, John Hicks, Kirk Lightsey, Cyrus Chestnut, Roy Merriwether, Henry Butler, James Weidman and Darrel Grant to name a few. Television appearances include Newport Jazz Festival 1999, Kennedy Center 25th Anniversary Gala, BET Interview, CBS Sunday Morning, CNN with the Kevin Mahogany Quintet and CBS News with Lionel Hampton.
Lucianna Padmore (Drums)
A Bronx native, New York based drummer Lucianna Padmore has been praised by Modern Drummer magazine for “Deep grooves and serious fusion chops.” Lucianna's versatile drumming is featured with artists in the Jazz, Hip-Hop, Funk, Rock, Pop and Fusion genres. An alumnus of LaGuardia High School for Music and the Performing Arts and the New School University, she has received awards from Jazz at Lincoln Center and BMI for her jazz improvisation. Lucianna's current live and studio projects include a residency at Red Rooster Harlem with the Rakiem Walker Project, Stratospheerius with electric violinist Joe Deninzon, Primordial Jazz Funktet, Bertha Hope's Jazzberry Jam, as well as leading her own quartet. As an educator, she is active in drum instruction and jazz outreach in the N.Y. tri-state area. Lucianna is an endorser of Soul Tone Cymbals and was featured in the book “Sticks and Skins”.
Bertha Hope (Piano)
Bertha Hope pianist/composer, is a passionate supporter of women in the arts, still active on the Jazz scene,has a women's ensemble Jazzberry Jam! and another unit devoted to the repertoire of her late husband, Elmo Hope. Hope will tour in Europe with her trio this fall.