Ladies Who Swing & Sing

Dec 29, 2013
Billie Holiday; photo by Michael Ochs/Getty Images

Billie Holiday (1915-1959); photo by Michael Ochs/Getty

Our lessons and classes are for those who want to engage in music as a subject – learning to make music, listening to music, expanding their knowledge about music. Wherever you may find yourself on your musical journey, welcome to the Pasadena Conservatory of Music.

On New Year’s Eve 2013, the Pasadena Conservatory of Music will be thirty years old. Founded by Silke Sauppe and Wynne Stone, they’ve blossomed from a faculty of eight and a volunteer administration to a faculty of 75 who teach piano, strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion, guitar, jazz studies, vocal arts, chamber music, and theory, history, and composition. They have a Board of Directors, as well as an Advisory Board, and now enroll over 1,300 students a year.

Tuesday and Friday nights, starting January 7th and 3rd respectively, “The Ladies Who S(w)ing with the Band” program begins. This is a course celebrating “the achievements of women instrumentalists and vocalists in jazz from the early 1900s through the end of the swing era in the early 1940s.”

Mary Lou Williams

Mary Lou Williams (1910-1981)

Saxophonist and ethnomusicologist Dr. Ray Briggs, chair of PCM’s jazz studies department, will lead the class.

Ladies Who S(w)ing with the Band
Tuesdays, Jan. 7th-Mar. 11th, 7-9 p.m.
Fridays, Jan. 3rd-Mar. 14th, 10 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Cost: $275-$300
For more details, visit or call 626.683.3355

Ethel Waters

Ethel Waters (1896-1977)

Here’s Billie singing “All of Me”:

All of me
Why not take all of me
Can’t you see
I’m no good without you
Take my lips
I want to lose them
Take my arms
I’ll never use them
Your goodbye left me with eyes that cry
How can I go on, dear, without you
You took the part that once was my heart
So why not take all of me…




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