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What instrument do you play?
Piano
Who influenced you to listen to jazz
many artist, church
How did you find out about the WDCJN?
www.washingtondcjazznetwork.ning.com
My Website
http://http://www.reverbnation.com/jazzsoetry#
Where are you located?
Broooklyn, New York
Tell us about yourself
Yamaha endorsed keyboard artist. She is a long time associate and former musical director and pianist for Natalie Cole.She wrote La Costa and was Alicia Keys H.S. music teacher

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At 2:19pm on November 16, 2010, Bruce Whitcomb said…
Hey Ziz- This site is THE PLACE. I just joined two days ago. I see you've been a member for several months. There is so much to share and learn here. Other networking or friend sites are all very cool; but when it comes down to it, we're either die hard jazz lovers or not. If that's the truth, then THIS is a much better place for us to share our ideas and keep old ideas and sounds new. Meanwhile, keep me posted on that other thing when there is something to share on that. Didn't you meet George Johnson a few years ago? I think you talked about him when you were starting doing the Bklyn loft scene a couple years ago? Just curious. Love Ya- BW
At 2:09pm on March 15, 2010, WASHINGTON DC JAZZ NETWORK said…




Aziza recently performed at BLUES ALLEY to a full house. Each song she had the audience mezmerized with her poetic words and music. They moved, grooved, and shouted with joy as Aziza stole their hearts! Jazz + Soul + Poetry = "JAZZSOETRY". A once in a life time experience you'll never forget. Find out what the buzz iz all about. Bring Aziza and Jazzsoetry to your city, festival, club or University.
At 1:56pm on February 26, 2010, WASHINGTON DC JAZZ NETWORK said…
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Aziza, a composer, pianist, poet, vocalist, arranger and music educator is a YAMAHA endorsed Artist.
Aziza was born and raised in new york city. She started playing piano at 8 years of age and began composing music while attending The High School Of Music and Art and The Manhattan School Of Music. She has a master's degree in music education and a bacherlor's degree in theory.


At 1:55pm on February 26, 2010, WASHINGTON DC JAZZ NETWORK said…
She taught in the new york city public schools system for approximately 16 years as a licensed music teacher.


Alicia Keys was her vocal jazz improvisation and theory student for 3 years at The Professional Performing Arts School in new york city and on Nov. 13, 2007 Aziza and Alicia Keys appeared together on Good Morning America where Alicia is quoted saying that "Aziza taught her everything!"


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Click link to watch AZIZA appearing on Good Morning America as the station surprises her former student ALICIA KEYS - 11 Time Grammy Awarding winning Singer with an impromtu visit:


In June 1997, Aziza received The Presidential Scholar Distinguished Teacher Award from President Bill Clinton.
At 1:55pm on February 26, 2010, WASHINGTON DC JAZZ NETWORK said…


Her most popularly recorded song to date is the platnum recording "La Costa" performed and recorded by Natalie Cole during the time when Aziza,( who was then known as Linda Williams) was her music director and pianist. Other recordings of La Costa have been done by Ahmad Jamal, Jorge Dalto, Phil Upchurch, Franciso Agua bella and many others. Aziza recorded 2 very different versions of it on her Jazzsoetry vol.1 cd.


"Aziza has mined the depths of black music to come up with a sound that is sophisticated, melodic and funky as hell".... Kenny Barron, jazz pianist and composer
At 1:55pm on February 26, 2010, WASHINGTON DC JAZZ NETWORK said…


She has collaborated and written recorded lyric versions of tunes by Ahmad Jamal( Whisperings, My latin, Picture Perfect, It's Only a flower), Ray Bryant( One Fine Day, which is the lyric version of Cubano Chant)and the late Tommy Turrentine( Big Brown Eyes).




Aziza has worked with other artists such as Marvin Hamlisch,


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Whoopi Goldberg,

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Rodney Dangerfield,


James Brown


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At 1:54pm on February 26, 2010, WASHINGTON DC JAZZ NETWORK said…


Dan Akroyd in the movie "Dr. Detroit",


Linda Hopkins,


Marlena Shaw,


Freda Payne, Alex Blake, Benny Powell, Russel Blake, Buddy Williams, Sonny Redd, Rene McClean and Cecil Payne to name a few.


Aziza's(Linda Williams) music has been sampled by artists in the U.K and Japan. One such artist goes by the name of Ben Westbeech. "Elevate Our Minds" and "Capricorn Rising" are still very popular in Europe. In 1979 she recorded her first album for Arista Records called City Living. "Elevate Our Minds" is one of the tunes on that album.
At 1:53pm on February 26, 2010, WASHINGTON DC JAZZ NETWORK said…


Aziza was Shelton Becton's designated keyboard sub in Oprah Winfrey's Broadway Hit musical The Color Purple, conducted by Linda Twine and ran for two and a half years at The Broadway Theater in nyc.


On April 6, 2008, Aziza appeared on Oprah Winfrey's Big Give which was taped @ Carnegie Hall in New York City. Aziza accompanied Natalie Cole on piano.
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AZIZA "JAZZSOETRY VOL. 1" JAZZ + SOUL + POE"TRY = JAZZSOETRY. J to the A and double the ZZ - JAZZ
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At 1:44pm on February 26, 2010, WASHINGTON DC JAZZ NETWORK said…
Hi Aziza

Welcome to our family...The Washington DC Jazz Network!

We encourage all members to participate in discussions, make comments on blogs, join special groups for networking, upload videos, music and a profile photo etc. To invite more friends click the share/invite button. Our goal is to reach thousands.. The more we network the more we grow as a close knit family and the more power we have to preserve America's Classical music "JAZZ"

Remember to follow your dreams. Your dreams are your destiny!

Looking forward to networking with you ....

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