A Musical Excursion

(just plain ol' fun)

Olivia's Tahiti Cruise

Sweet Baby J'ai performs aboard the Regency, Paul Gauguin cruise ship joined by the mezmerizing "Les Gauguines"  dancers.

 

Bessie Billie & Ruth

(educational and entertaining)

Among the hundreds of women who make up and continue to define the history of American music are three consummate entertainers, creators, educators, writers and pioneers; Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday and Ruth Brown. 

Bessie, Billie & Ruth, a 10 min. short film by Grammy award winning filmmakers Renee Sotile and Mary Jo Godges, celebrate the lives of these famous women caputuring the spirit and skill for survival they possessed.  Actress/singer/writer, Sweet Baby J'ai brings to life three divas, highlighting little known stories about their lives and music. This film was featured on PBS stations around the country.

 

 

Jazz Workshop Performance

(an exercise in time and phrase)

A clip from SBJ's Jazz Is Workshop - Sweet Baby J'ai with Eddie Olivieri and Nedra Wheeler conducts a jazz performance workshop on Improv at 2000+ Bookstore in Long Beach, CA in conjunction with the IAJE Conference. 

 

Divas Breaking Taboos

(educational and entertaining)

In this "herstory" lesson, percussionist, Sweet Baby J'ai celebrates the strong women artists of the 20s who have contributed through their works to the breaking of taboos and the advancement of women in society. This 8 min short film by Grammy award winning filmmakers Renee Sotile and Mary Godges, was featured as Best Short in the Pan Africian Film festival and won many prizes in film festivals around the country.