Women in Jazz Concert
Claudia Bloom
Mary Petrich

On February 15, the Changing Hands audience will be able to hear the culmination of a year of hard work promoting women in jazz through a grant provided by the Az Commission on the Arts.

Claudia Bloom and Mary Petrich have spent the year researching and performing the music of women in jazz. They have also reached out to the female jazz community in Phoenix, some of whom will be performing at this concert.

Also featured (as part of this grant) will be some members of Phoenix Jazz Girls Rising, an exciting new project that supports young female musicians learning to improvise. They are swinging!

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Claudia Bloom has been a musician of many hats throughout her life. Classically trained at a major university, she went on to play in bands that specialized in Jazz fusion, rock, pop, smooth jazz and salsa. Overseas tours courtesy of the Department of Defense, hotel gigs, and a short stint on a cruise ship cured the travel bug and were followed up by a permanent home in the Phoenix, Arizona. She is currently the pianist/organist at Desert Palm United Church of Christ, whose members embrace her modern arrangements and reharmonizations of hymns, spirituals, and pop and jazz standards.  Claudia was awarded a grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts to research and perform music by contemporary women musicians and engage the community with classes and workshops for younger women musicians. In collaboration with Mary Petrich, their work includes a new educational program at The Nash, “Phoenix Jazz Girls Rising,” which provides girls 10-17 with an entry point into jazz performance.

Mary Petrich has been developing her own creative vision for the past 20 years. Her desire to push the boundaries has led her to many projects and collaborations, the latest being the album “Murmuration” with her quartet “Open Hand”. With an abiding love for free style improvisation and the intimate collaboration of small group settings, she is equally at home playing standards and working in larger group formats. Large group work includes the Phoenix Symphony, the Grammy award-winning Phoenix Chorale, the Az. Music Festival Orchestra, and the Nash Composers Coalition.

Recent Claudia Bloom/Mary Petrich Duo Performance

Talking to Myself: https://youtu.be/fFRhxSEG--o

Other recent performances can be found at



 Others performers include:

Julianne Colwell is a jazz saxophonist and vocalist residing in Phoenix, AZ. She is a recent graduate of Arizona State University and holds a degree in Jazz Saxophone Performance. She is a music instructor at Phoenix Conservatory of Music and is the social media coordinator for The Nash in downtown Phoenix, where she also leads the Nash Education Intern program - a group that performs at schools across the valley to teach the young community about jazz music. 

Monica Shriver is a musician,clinician and teaching artist based in Phoenix, Arizona. - www.monicashriver.com . She has a diverse and creative professional career performing in big bands, jazz combos, pit orchestras, rock bands, chamber ensembles and orchestras, playing saxophones, flutes, and clarinets. She is the creator of Monica Shriver’s Abstract Art Creative Music Experience, the leader of Doublers Collective, a doubling saxophone quintet with rhythm section and the Monica Shriver Jazz Project which performs jazz standards and originals. Monica is an active and sought-after jazz improvisation teacher, adjudicator and clinician for all instruments and ages, presenting clinics at schools, jazz festivals, state and national conferences. She is adjunct faculty at Phoenix College where she teaches Rock History, History of Jazz and Popular Music, and Hip Hop Music and Culture. Monica is also an abstract artist and explores the intersection of art and music. She is the co-founder of Brave Musician - a movement of courage and artistic empowerment for musicians.

Pamela Morita, pianist/vocalist, has lived in Phoenix since 2000.  Originally from Chicago, she has played at various hotels and clubs since 1981.  In 1985 she did a tour in Sweden and in 1994 moved to Norway where she performed and recorded her own CD, “Strings that…,” with prominent Swedish jazz musicians. She is currently an adjunct faculty member at Paradise Valley Community College and teaches a Jazz Combo class and jazz piano.  She is the pianist for Cross of Christ Church and has her own private piano studio at home.  She is also the Director of Nash Futures, a jazz program for young people ages 12–19. Pamela has also performed at various venues such as Eddie V’s, the Phoenician, Nordstrom’s, and Top of the Rock Restaurant at the Wyndam Buttes Resort in the Phoenix area and plays for private events--parties, weddings, graduations, etc.