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President Romona Saunders Vice President Dr. Eula Saxon Dean Secretary Brenda Hanserd Treasurer Gloria Young Financial Secretary Melissa Cox Members-At-Large Mary Morgan Vernita Petty Dr. LaVern Tarkington Dr. Camilla Westenberg 2 JAZZ IN PINK | HERBERGER THEATER CENTER • MAY 1, 2009


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ABOUT US

The mission of Phoenix AKARAMA Foundation is to raise and to award funds for programs that advance leadership development, encourage academic excellence, improve women’s heart health, support sisters in need. The Foundation was incorporated during May in the State of Arizona and is a 501 (c) (3) public educational charity. The Foundation is governed by an elected board of directors, which is made up of nine volunteer members. PHXAKARAMA.ORG

In 1908, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority became America's first Greek-letter organization established by college women of African descent. Its roots date back to Howard University, Washington, D.C., where the idea for formation was conceived by Ethel Hedgeman Lyle of St. Louis, Missouri. In a world in which materialism is pervasive, and technology and competition have decreased the need for collaboration and cooperation, Alpha Kappa Alpha serves all mankind through a nucleus of more than 170,000 women in the United States, the Caribbean, Europe, and Africa. AKA1908.COM

The Delta Beta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., of Phoenix,Arizona, is an organization of business and professional women who work together in the spirit of sisterhood and service to make the world a better place.Working through targeted community projects and initiatives in the Valley of the Sun, our members provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build a culture of philanthropy and goodwill in our community and the world. AKA-DBO.ORG 4 JAZZ IN PINK | HERBERGER THEATER CENTER • MAY 1, 2009


2008-2009 GRANT & SCHOLARSHIP AWARDEES

Through the generous contributions of the public and foundation supporters, the Phoenix AKARAMA Foundation awarded more than $25,000 in grants, scholarships and bookships in 2008-2009. GRANTS & SPONSORSHIPS Academy of Excellence Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Arizona Council of Black Engineers & Scientists’ Computer Camp Arizona Guide Rite Foundation Arizona Heart Association Community Educational Services First Institutional Baptist Church Keys Community Center Phoenix Chapter of the Links, Inc. BOOKSHIP RECIPIENTS Miss Sherrill L. Johnson Trevor Browne High School/Arizona State University Miss Nichole L.Tillman Skyline High School/Northern Arizona University

Miss Lina M.Washington Corona del Sol High School/Arizona State University SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS State Farm Insurance Scholarship

Miss Alexandra V. Simmons Mesquite High School/University of California-Santa Barbara Miss Shawn-tae N. Greene Dobson High School/Texas A & M University

Miss Lindsay N. Seymour Greenway High School/Texas Southern University

Miss Ashley B. Hale South Mountain High School/University of Arizona Dr. Peggy L. Payne Memorial Scholarship

Miss Marissa A. Fellows Corona del Sol High School/Arizona State University Karen L.Williams Memorial Scholarship

Miss Danetra L. McDonald Sandra Day O’Connor High School/University of Arizona

Miss Amya T. Jacobs Desert Vista High School/University of Southern California PHOENIX AKARAMA FOUNDATION, INC. | ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA SORORITY, INC. 5


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PHOENIX AKARAMA FOUNDATION, INC. CONGRATULATIONS

ON YOUR STEADFAST COMMITMENT AND DEDICATION TO THE PROMOTION OF EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT THROUGH THE ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM F

VERNOLA SUMNER GLORIA YOUNG

Congratulations to the Queen of our Family DOROTHY FINNIE & PHOENIX AKARAMA FOUNDATION on a successful JAZZ IN PINK concert THE FINNIE DYNASTY Ramona Kimberley-Cantrice Terrance Alexander Camilla Nicole Burley Justice Mecca Devine PHOENIX AKARAMA FOUNDATION, INC. | ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA SORORITY, INC. 7


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7 pm VIP Reception Light Refreshments and Champagne Toast Raffle open 8 pm Master of Ceremonies: Brotha Love Welcome by Romona Saunders Presentation of AKARAMA Board Julian Davis

JAZZ IN PINK PERFORMANCE with Special Guest Artist Marion Meadows • Intermission • (Raffle winners announced) JAZZ IN PINK FINALE

The Official After Party at Doc’s Place 40 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix 85012 in Uptown Plaza at Central Avenue

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ARTIST BIOS

Gail Jhonson (Musical Director / Keys / Vocals)

In 2004, Keep The Music Playing, Gail Jhonson’s highly acclaimed debut contemporary jazz CD on her own Philly The Kid Records, brought her into the international recording spotlight.Gail works as the musical director, keyboardist and vocalist for smooth jazz super star guitarist and vocalist Norman Brown. In 2005, the nation’s highly successful and much anticipated Norman Brown’s Summer Storm Tour was launched with special guest Peabo Bryson, Everett Harp and Brenda Russell followed by the major success of the 2006 Summer Storm 2 Tour with special guest Patti Austin, Alex Bugon and Paul Taylor.

Althea Rene (Flute)

Althea worked more than 10 years as a Wayne County Deputy Sheriff (Detroit, Michigan). Today, ahe a full-time performing artist and is regarded among musicians and enthusiasts as one of the nation’s most exciting solo improvisational flautists. The 2008 release, No Restrictions, is Ms. Rene's most recent tour de force. She’s become so popular that she was invited as a featured artist on Brian Culbertson’s prestigious 2007 and 2008 Smooth Jazz All-Star cruises. Black Entertainment Television (BET) even invited Ms. Rene to write and record along side other jazz powerhouses for their hit show “Studio Jams.”

Karen Briggs (Violin)

Ms. Briggs spent 13 years touring and recording with Yannni, and was nicknamed "The Lady in Red." Briggs made her Carnegie Hall debut in 1994, performing with pianist Dave Grusin. She has also performed with a number of other artists over the years, including Stanley Clarke, Wu Tang Clan, En Vogue and Chaka Khan, Wynton Marsalis, Stanley Clarke, Benise, Marla Gibbs, Kenny Loggins, Ashley Maher, Taliesin Orchestra, and Diana Ross, just to name a few. Her career includes appearances in many television and movie soundtracks as well as various concerts (ranging from Carnegie Hall to Harlem's Apollo Theater) and television shows.

Darlene Moreno (Guitar / Vocals)

Darlene came onto L.A.’s music scene as lead and rhythm guitarist for the Maestro of Love, Barry White. She toured worldwide with him for more than seven years doing concerts, television, tracks for TV shows like “Ally Mcbeal” and Arby’s commercials, as well as his live CD. She’s worked as musical director, guitarist and vocalist for The ChiLites and Billy Preston, among others; she has been seen and heard with the likes of Luciano Pavarotti, Rick Braun, Jeff Golub, El DeBarge and Sheila E, just to name a few. Darlene wrote and produced with R&B vocalist Jon B for his Greatest Hits CD. She also composed, played guitar and bass, and programed drums on the first single released on Malaco’s R&B label, J-Town Records. The tune went to No. 35 on Billboard charts. She played in the house band for a full semi-final season of American Idol, and in the on-stage orchestra for the play Ray Charles Live!, which premiered at the Pasadena Playhouse. Darlene presently tours with jazz saxophonist Gerald Albright and is in the studio finishing her own project. 12 JAZZ IN PINK | HERBERGER THEATER CENTER • MAY 1, 2009


ARTIST BIOS

Danielle “Pockett” Brown (Drums)

Danielle’s musical path began at age 6 when her younger brother abandoned his drum set and began focusing on the piano. Since Brown was born into a family with a long line of talented musicians and singers, it was no shock when she began playing drums in church at the tender age of seven. Growing up in a household where music of all kinds constantly filled the air, Danielle learned to play many different styles of music.“Understanding the importance of staying "in the pocket," as well as remaining versatile are definitely the keys to staying in demane,” she says. Her resume includes everything from gospel to jazz, soul to rock, hip hop and funk.

Lynn Keller (Bass)

Lynn Keller began her career as a bassist in Chicago, Illinois. She has spent many years touring with artists such as Diana Ross, The Fifth Dimension Reunion Tour, Michelle Shocked, Oleta Adams, Freda Payne and has played behind everyone from Stevie Wonder, Eddie Money, Olivia-Newton John to Smokey Robinson. Lynn has also worked as Musical Director/Bassist for Rita Coolidge and Nell Carter and Simply the Best. In 2004-2005, Lynn toured the country with the first national touring company of Little Shop of Horrors. Lynn was also the bassist on the world premiere musicals Sister Act and Mask, which opened at the Pasadena Playhouse in Los Angeles. Most recently she joined the orchestra for a new musical, Leap of Faith, which will be opening on Broadway in 2009. In 2008 Lynn was the bassist for Hollywood Week on American Idol, and is currently touring with many of the Idols from Seasons 1 through 7.

Mariea Antoinette (Harp)

"Harpist to the Stars" Mariea Antoinette released her debut CD Sexy Paradise, offering up Smooth Jazz and R&B classics produced by Carl Evans Jr. (leader and producer of renowned jazz fusion group Fattburger). Both Jamie Foxx and Ludacris raised their champagne glasses to Mariea and called her performances “chill as hell” and “off the chain!” Mariea majored in music at UCSD, and went on to earn her master’s in harp performance at University of Arizona. She performed at the 2006 BET Awards with Ne-Yo, played for Magic Johnson Productions, Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Awards, Ivana Trump, Colin Powell, California Association of Lawyers and Judges and Mercedes Benz Maybach National Tour. She recently played a Barack Obama private reception and continues to perform with many international A-list events.

Rachel Eckroth (Keys)

Pianist, singer and composer Rachel Eckroth spent the last decade working in Las Vegas and New York City. Recently relocated to her native Phoenix, Arizona, she performs frequently with her own jazz trio and is the keyboardist with the Khani Cole band. In 2005 her first CD, MIND, was released; her latest CD project is currently in production. After moving to New York City she entered the master's PHOENIX AKARAMA FOUNDATION, INC. | ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA SORORITY, INC. 13


ARTIST BIOS

Rachel Eckroth cont’d

program at Rutgers University and studied piano with the legendary Stanley Cowell, earning an MFA in 2005. Part of the BMI jazz composers workshop under the instruction of Jim Mcneely and Mike Abene, Rachel currently leads a big band in Phoenix geared toward playing new compositions.

Chanel Nicole Gouveia (Vocals - Lead / Background)

Born in the Motown city of Detroit, Michigan, music was inherited and ran all throughout Chanel’s blood. She had her first début at age 7 for an audience of 800 people. After her performance, Chanel always knew this was a gift she loved and wanted to share with the world. Shortly after, Chanel and her family moved to Phoenix. Since then she’s been unstoppable, competing and winning contests, pageants, local television shows and events. She was one of the finalists to star in the movie Dreamgirls as Effie. She has performed internationally, tapping into various styles such as pop, disco, techno, classical, and other genres. Chanel is currently working on her next CD release, which features her first single, “Why You Wanna.”

Marion Meadows (Soprano Saxophone)

Smooth jazz-styled soprano saxophonist Marion Meadows was born in West Virginia and raised primarily in Connecticut; after adopting the classical clarinet at age 9, he moved to the saxophone as a teen, later studying composition and arranging at Boston's Berklee College of Music. A protege of Joe Henderson and Eddie Daniels, Meadows later served a long stint as a member of Norman Connors' Starship Orchestra; after a series of session dates and sideman gigs, he made his solo debut in 1990 with the RCA release For Lovers Only, followed in 1992 by Keep It Right There. Resurfacing two years later with Forbidden Fruit – after 1995's Body Rhythm – Meadows jumped to Discovery to issue 1997's Pleasure. He then moved to Heads Up for Another Side of Midnight (1999), Next To You (2000), and In Deep (2002). – All Music

Julian Davis (Harmonica)

A 19-year old self-taught musician of the chromatic harmonica, Julian has worked on creating and refining his musical talent since age 10. He performs at many social functions throughout the Valley – including City of Phoenix's MLK Breakfast, The Links Holiday Luncheon, and Arizona Black Expo, among others – and performs frequently as an apprentice with such music luminaries as Marion Meadows, Dennis Rowland and Margo Reed. Julian also collaborates with The Nostalgics Harmonica Trio of Mesa, and is a founding member of the “Young At Harp” Youth Harmonica Committee of the Society for the Preservation and the Advancement of the Harmonica (an international harmonica organization). A musician for the Men's Chorus of Tanner Chapel A.M.E. Church in Phoenix, Julian is involved with AAMASU High School To College Program (African American Men at Arizona State University) and Kappa League's Young African American Male Leadership Program. Julian is a firstyear student of Mesa Community College's Jazz Studies program. 14 JAZZ IN PINK | HERBERGER THEATER CENTER • MAY 1, 2009


GOOD LUCK DOROTHY FINNIE & PHOENIX AKARAMA FOUNDATION JAZZ IN PINK... COOL & SMOOTH

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Good Luck & Best Wishes to my beautiful niece

DOROTHY FINNIE & PHOENIX AKARAMA FOUNDATION on a successful

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CONGRATULATIONS TO DOROTHY FINNIE & PHOENIX AKARAMA FOUNDATION ON A SUCCESSFUL JAZZ IN PINK SCHOLARSHIP CONCERT Your Friends, Rory & Becky Wirtjes

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