By Lina Bhambhani

The Summer Series Event hosted on Sunday, May 29 by the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society celebrated the Great Women in Music Program. The musicians who kicked off the event were Lynne Arriale (pianist), Grace Kelly (saxophonist), and Charenée Wade (vocalist) to honor the legendary Abbey Lincoln, Nina Simone and Joni Mitchell.

“I immediately said yes to this gig because I love the idea of celebrating women in jazz,” said Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society Director Barbara Riching. “Lynne Arriale and Grace Kelly are both known as bandleaders in their own right. That’s the inspiration.”

Across California, many people recognize jazz music, but it is nothing compared to how jazz is played in Half Moon Bay, Calif., Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, represents all types of music from jazz, classical and instrumental and brings it to life at the Douglas Beach House. The society has been hosting events, concerts, and offering membership programs since 1964 and is still going strong. They bring awareness to various genres of music, but the weekend of May 29th they specifically gathered their community to celebrate women in jazz music. .

The event acknowledged power that women have as role models, feminist and musicians. Overall, it was a great turn out for favoring women in the industry, and what made it so inspiring were those who shared the strength and passion of jazz music.

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