Can women play jazz? While this controversy may seem hopelessly outdated in an era of such commanding female jazz performers as saxophonists Fostina Dixon, its effects linger like a haunting refrain. Women who play jazz on saxophone, brass instruments still encounter befuddled reception to their very presence: I've never seen a woman do that! or the ubiquitous, You play good for a girl! or You play like a man! Commentary about women in jazz still sticks at fundamental questions: Do they exist? Are they serious? Can they play?
In the case of baritone saxophonist Fostina Dixon, she sure the hell can!
Raye Jones is definitely not only a jazz singer and the songs on the CD indisputably demonstrate that she can sing soul ballads in a more than impressive way. Even better is Raye's self-written tribute to Phyllis Hyman. It is laced by Fostina Dixon-Kilgoe's' elegant soprano saxophone, the actual melody is classy in the extreme, ballad in a classic jazz backdrop.
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Master's plus in performance and educational leadership. Received Educational Leadership Degree from Wilmington University in 2008.
The Christi Award workshop on May 10th was a huge success. Fostina continues to do the Jazz/Soul Workshop including the relationship of many forms of jazz and R&B music. Founder of the Wilmington Youth Jazz Band from 2003. Students from the Tri-State area of Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey come to this workshop seasonally to learn the fundamentals of improvisation