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Northern Kentucky University’s School of the Arts, in association with Jazz Alive, Inc with support from Ohio Arts Council, will be hosting a multi-day long event entitled "Sistahs Who Swing."

The event will celebrate and highlight African American women artists, educators, and businesswomen. There will be discussion and reflection on a variety of issues that all women in business and the arts face in the pursuit of successful careers and lives.

Internationally renowned and award-winning jazz vocalist René Marie will be the guest artist-in-residence/clinician for this event. The celebration will conclude on Saturday, March 26 with a performance by René Marie and the NKU Jazz Faculty.

All events are free and open to the public – thanks to the generous support of the NKU SOTA Tom and Christine Neyer Family Visiting Artist Fund and NKU College of Arts and Sciences Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Fellowship.


Event Details

Thursday, March 24

10:30 am - Sistahs Who Swing Panel Discussion // NKU Otto Budig Theatre

Staking Your Place: African American Women in Business, Education & the Arts
• Laura Gentry, Kathy Wade, Angela Powell Walker, Taren Plesinger-Kenebrew, Virinda Garland Doddy, Adoria L. Maxberry and Shelia Williams

12:00 noon - Luncheon with Panelists // UC Ballroom

Lunch provided for the first 65 registrations through generous support of the NKU College of Arts and Sciences Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Fellowship

1:00 pm - Keynote/Art & Design Speaker // NKU Otto Budig Theatre

• Josie Love Roebuck, Artist

2:30 pm - Integrating the Arts: A Conversation with Angela Powell Walker // NKU Math-Education-Psychology Center 292


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Parking is available for a fee in the Welcome Center Garage on Thursday and Friday. 


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Friday, March 25

10:30 am  -  René Marie: Guest Speaker // NKU Greaves Concert Hall
 3:00 pm  -  Master Class with Rene Marie // NKU Greaves Concert Hall



Saturday, March 26


8:00 pm  -  René Marie Concert // NKU Greaves Concert Hall

René Marie Performance with NKU Jazz Faculty         



Parking is available for a fee in the Welcome Center Garage on Thursday and Friday. 

Free parking is available for the Saturday evening Rene Marie Concert in Lots D and I.

INFO on Parking & Directions




Rene Marie

René Marie
Guest Artist-in-Residence/Clinician

In a span of two decades, 11 recordings and countless stage performances, vocalist René Marie has cemented her reputation as not only a singer but also a composer, arranger, theatrical performer, and teacher. Guided and tempered by powerful life lessons and rooted in jazz traditions laid down by Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington and other leading ladies of past generations, she borrows various elements of folk, R&B and even classical and country to create a captivating hybrid style. Her body of work is musical, but it’s more than just music. It’s an exploration of the bright and dark corners of the human experience, and an affirmation of the power of the human spirit.

René has been twice Grammy-nominated for Best Jazz Vocal Album in 2017 for Sound of Red and 2015 for I Wanna Be Evil: With Love to Eartha Kitt. Perhaps more than most artists, René understands music’s capacity to heal and inspire. Part of her musical philosophy has been focused on giving back.

“I have never forgotten the early lessons learned about the power of music,” she says. “Today, I try to imbue that feeling of emotion into every song I write and every song I sing – every time. I am very happy to be alive today, doing the things I love to do – singing, composing, writing, teaching and arranging.”



WGUC Cincinnati Spotlight for Tuesday, March 22 ►

Laura Gentry, President Jazz Alive previews the event with Elaine Diehl.

Sistahs Who Swing
LAG Productions
Jazz Alive