The World Stage Programs

Drum Workshop
• 6:30p.m.–9:00p.m.
For children age 2 to young adults
Admission: $5 Suggested Donation

Started by our beloved Billy Higgins, the World Stage Drum Workshop is a wonderful hands-on experience designed especially for children. Participants learn to play the trap drum set and gain an intimate understanding of rhythm and percussion. Our focus is on roots and the rudiments. This workshop is coordinated by Cornel Fauler.

Jazz Vocal Workshop
• 7:30p.m. — Doors open for sign-up;
• 7:30p.m.–8:30p.m. — Early arrival – practice song;
• 8:30p.m.–10:00p.m. — Class (Sing/Critique)
Admission: $10 Suggested Donation

Find the music in your voice. The World Stage Vocal Workshop provides vocal coaching, ear training and music theory to singers and aspiring singers. The goal: finding the music in your voice and finding your own voice in the music. This workshop instruction is led by composer Howlett “Smitty” Smith, a highly regarded performing artist who is equally adept as a composer, arranger, producer, teacher and vocal coach. Renee Fisher-Mims is the vocal workshop coordinator.

Jazz Vocal Jam Session
• 10:00p.m.–Midnight
Admission: $5 Suggested Donation

This vocal open mic featuring Rose Gales is conducted right after the vocal workshop.

Anansi Writers Workshop
• 7:30p.m.–8:30p.m. — Formal workshop;
• 8:30p.m.–9:00p.m. — Featured reader;
• 9:05p.m.–10:00p.m. — Open mic
Admission: $5 Suggested Donation

The Anansi Writers Workshop was founded in 1990 by Kamau Daáood, Akilah Oliver, Nafis Nabawi and Anthony Lyons. In 1993, Michael Datcher initiated the development of a three-part format for the workshop. Our tradition of a community workshop began in the late 1960s at the Watts Writers’ Workshop, where World Stage co-founder Kamau Daáood started his writing career. For general information and booking, contact V. Kali, the Anansi Writers Workshop Coordinator, at

S.H.I.N.E. Mawusi Women’s African Drum Circle
• 6:00p.m.–8:30p.m.
Admission: $5 Suggested Donation

S.H.I.N.E. Mawusi is about Sisters Healing, Inspiring, Nurturing, and Empowering, in the Hands of God. It was formed and established by Rene Fisher-Mims with an intent & purpose to spread the knowledge of West African Drum culture to women in the community. With a vision of healing, empowering, caring, and inspiring women to play the instruments of African descent, S.H.I.N.E. wishes to pass on the wisdom to those who desire to gain awareness of this culture through teaching and performing in different areas. Performances for concerts, Black History programs, churches, shows, and private parties are many tools used by S.H.I.N.E. in an effort to show the wonderful joy of women drummers and musicians. These sisters come with fire, in addition to endless energy, singing and dancing with power from on High. For booking information, membership or additional information on S.H.I.N.E., please contact Director/Founder Rene Fisher-Mims at (323) 236-8649.

Jazz Jam Session
• 9:00p.m.–Midnight
Admission: $5 Suggested Donation

Fall in, blow, and help play the magic into being. The weekly Jam Session, started in 1990 by drummer Cornel Fauler, provides participants with a forum to gain experience in live performance playing standard compositions. It provides the veteran players the opportunity to teach by example as well as just have a great time. It’s a time for musicians to explore musically, fellowship and network. This workshop is coordinated by James Janisse.

Jazz Workshop
• 11:00a.m.–2:00p.m.
Admission: $5 Suggested Donation

Coordinated by Billy McCoy, this workshop goes through the decades of the past century of jazz development. The Saturday Jazz Workshop functions as a rehearsal band which explores the wide and wonderful world of jazz as performed by a large ensemble.

Woodwind Workshop
• 11:00a.m.–2:00p.m.
For ages 10 to adult
Admission: $5 Suggested Donation (private lessons before or after the workshop available at additional cost)

Teacher and performer Jesse Sharps leads this workshop, which caters to children and adults of various skill levels. Beginners start with the recorder, learning to read and count music. More advanced students are challenged in focused workshops. Lectures by specialists in oboe, basson, flute and more are presented as well.

Roots First
• 3:00p.m.–5:00p.m.
For children age 8 to young adults
Admission: $5 Suggested Donation

This global history of rhythm class is directed by recording artist and performer Derf Reklaw. World rhythms from Cuba, Brazil, Africa and more are examined through percussion instruments including claves, congas and timbales. The rhythms of master drummers such as Baby Dodds and Papa Jo Jones will be explored in an entertaining setting.

Sisters of Jazz Jam Session
• 8:00p.m.–Midnight
Admission: $5 Suggested Donation

Celebrating music, celebrating women with open jam sessions. Sisters of Jazz is coordinated by Rose Gales, a native of Houston, Texas. Ms. Gales began to study piano at age twelve. She says her primary influences include Barry Harris, Wynton Kelly, Tommy Flanagan, McCoy Tyner, and Miles Davis.