Thursday, December 29, 2011

Best of 2011 by Sophie's Divas Andrea & Kimberly

Today Sophie's Divas Andrea and Kimberly took you all on a magical journey through the year in song.  We played music from the collective's Best of 2011.  Selections were from Andrea, Kimberly, and Helen.

We at Sophie's Parlor wish all of you the best in 2012 and we are excited about the beautiful music we have yet to play.  You can always play this show in the Archived Shows section of  Please be sure to keep up with us via social media see below to always stay in contact and please don't hesitate to contact us.

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Please be sure to pass along women you may know who are doing great things in music and beyond.  Here's to a great year, we welcome 2012 with open arms!

Playlist for Thursday December 29, 2011

Pam ParkerSophie's ThemeImaginePam Parker34

Dayay SuarezBailaloGiles Peterson Presents Havana Cultura: The Search ContinuesBrownwood33

Mary Lou WilliamsCapricornZodiac Suite

Zara MacFarlaneBlossome TreeUntil TomorrowBrownwood30

Natalia ZukermanCome UndoneGas Station Roses

Maimouna YouseffGypsy WomanThe BloomingMaimouna

FreshlygroundFire is Low




KINGSupernaturalThe Story - Single

Irka MateoReencuentro             


Dee Dee BridgewaterLady Sing the BluesElenora Fagan (1915-1959)

SomiAfrican LadyRed Soil In My Eyes

AsaThe Way I FeelBeautiful Imperfection

Terri Lyne CarringtonMosaic TriadThe Mosiac Project

Dezaray DawnChameleonChameleon EP

LiraWith My Eyes


Esperanza SpaldingWild is the WindChamber

Silhouette BrownFools GoldTwo

Nila KayTurn it UpSerial Love

Lulu FallUnconventionalIt's Official

Lulu FallUnconventionalIt's Official

Aisha KhalilThis is HeavenJourney to My-Ka

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Tis the Season with Diva Kimberly C. Gaines

... Joy, love, generosity, respect, happiness, caring... there are  certainly more words to describe the season and New Year. Let's continue to add them to the list! The holiday hustle and bustle have worn me thin. The spirit in the season is missing. Normally, this is the time of year where the energy of giving is magnified but it is just the opposite. The giving of gifts does not constitute the "holiday spirit". I hope this show was a reminder of those values that are more beneficial for our society. Rekindle the true spirit of giving!
Hope you enjoyed the tunes... Support independent and local artists!

1:07:22Nina SimoneSeeline WomanAnthology [Disc1}66
1:09:49Esperanza SpaldingWinter SunChamber Music Society61
1:17:15Carmen McRaeThe Christmas SongCarmen McRae Sings Lover Man and Other Billie Holiday Classics62
1:22:19SomiAfrican LadyRed Soil In My Eyes65
1:26:25KINGHeyThe Story - Single66
1:30:51Deborah BondHighest MountainMadam Palindrome63
1:35:52Diana KrallLet it snowChristmas Songs60
1:40:55Concha BuikaLoveMi NiƱa Lola61
1:46:59Edyta GorniakWhite Christmas63
1:49:08Erykah BaduIncenseNew Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh61
1:52:30Esperanza SpaldingI Adore YouThe New Jazz Divas62
1:59:55Maimouna YouseffReason For BreathingThe Blooming59
2:07:17Vanessa WilliamsWhat Child is This55
2:11:24The RuralsRelax Your SoulA Rural Life54
2:18:03Amel LarrieuxDear To MeBravebird55
2:22:57Alisa FinemanOcho KandelikasClosing the Distance; Poems, Prayers & Love Songs58
2:26:27Nancy WilsonWhat Are You Doing New Years EveYesterday's Love Songs, Today's Blues64
2:31:03MaiyshaGodsThis Much Is True59
2:34:44Esperanza SpaldingWild Is The WindChamber Music Society56
2:40:27Marsha AmbrosiusFar AwayLate Nights & Early Mornings54
2:48:09The SupremesSilver BellsMerry ChristmasMotown54
2:53:30Dezaray DawnDeep WatersDeep EP51
2:53:45Maimouna YouseffThank YouThe Blooming

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Call for Proposals

"Sophie’s Parlor Politics: 40 Years of Women in Radio"

A conference sponsored by the women of Sophie’s Parlor

Saturday - March 10, 2012

Sophie's Parlor Women's Radio Collective will be presenting special programming to honor the Fortieth Anniversary of the collective. We are planning to celebrate Women's History Month by hosting a weekend of music and dialogue featuring local artists, music experts, and female radio programmers. This event is in honor of International Women's Day (March 8th), Women's History Month (March), Sophie’s founders and alumnae, and female musicians, artists, and activists who have collaborated with Sophie’s over the years.

Sophie’s Parlor is the oldest continuously running women’s music radio collective in the United States. Founded in 1972 at Georgetown University, Sophie’s has been a part of the Pacifica Network on WPFW, 89.3 FM in Washington, D.C. since 1977. Sophie’s Parlor presents an eclectic mix of women’s music from around the world every Thursday from 1-3 pm. Additionally, we host and produce compelling discussions on women’s issues ranging from music, to domestic violence, to health, to social justice.

We invite scholars, artists, activists, and professionals to submit proposals for presentations, workshops, papers, or exhibits. [NOTE: Individuals submitting papers for consideration must be prepared to present a speech/synopsis of the paper in panel sessions rather than merely reading the paper aloud.]

The first half of the conference will be focused on women and the arts/music. The second half will focus on women’s social and political issues.

Deadline – January 15, 2012

Proposals should be submitted to:

(electronic submissions only please)

Please include a short description of each presentation and a one-page c.v. for each presenter.

We are looking forward to a fabulous conference!


The Women of Sophie’s Parlor

Friday, December 9, 2011

"The Best for Last"

Andrea,  Diva of the Day
For my last show of year as your Diva of the Day I thought I would bring you some of my favorite women that I have played this year,  some new voices & sounds I think you will enjoy and a great interview with an amazing rising vocal star.

Today in the parlor, on this brisk winter's day, we celebrated "The Best for Last" cause this is what I feel like I have saved for us all.  Joining me in the parlor was the soulful, the sensational, the allegory speaking Jimetta Rose Smith.  She spoke of her philosophies on music, on the artistry of it all, and the fusion of Ella, Billie and Sarah.  

Check out what Jimetta had to say and what music was played in the parlor today by cutting and pasting here: scroll down to Mid Day Jazz for Dec. 8, 2011, 1pm and click play.
Super Duper Shout Outs to fellow radio producer DJ Ausar for sharing wonderful women with me that appeared on this week's show, much appreciated! 

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Support the women in the playlist because they made our day just a little bit brighter!

Remember! Sophie's Parlor is a show by women, about women, but for Everybody. 

Jazz for Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 1:00 PM
Artist Song Title Album

Pam Parker Sophie's Theme

Maimouna Youseff
When Music Breathes The Blooming

Ama Chandra
I Shouldn't Have Let You Kiss Me Destiny

Mary Lou Williams
Ring Dem Bells Mary Lou Wiliams Story

Patti Austin
Lady Be Good Avant Gershwin
Jill Scott
He Loves Me (Lyzel in E Flat) (Movements I, II, III)
Experience: Jill Scott 826+ Live
Nina Simone Mood Indigo
Four Women: The Nina Simone Phillips Recordings
Vince Vella F/ Danay Suarez & Julito Padron Bailalo

Giles Peterson Presents Havana Cultura: The Search Continues
Eliane Elias Take Five (Version 2)
Selections From Light My Fire

Jen Krupa - Leigh Pilzer Quintet
Scratch  JLQ
Phyllis Hyman You Know How To Love Me
Southport Weekender Classics Vol. 1 CD1
Asa The Way I feel
Beautiful Imperfection
Dee Dee Bridgewater Miss Brown to You
To Billie WIth Love from Dee Dee
Jimetta Rose Glory Us
The Barber's Daughter
Jimetta Rose Sweet Necessity
The Barber's Daughter
Flora Purim Light As a Feather

Butterfly Dreams
Zara McFarlane Mama Done
 Until Tomorrow
Eisley Kind
The Valley
I Just Want To Hang Around You Mega Mix
Mega Mix

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