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|Also known as||Sina Winslow, Thomasina, Tunes|
|Genres||Blues, Soul, R & B, Gospel, Funk, Folk, African American music|
|Instruments||Singer, guitar, electric bass|
|Years active||1969 to present|
|Associated acts||Tom Winslow, The Winslows, Two Story Tuesday, Bojembe, Nick Katzman|
Thomasina Winslow is an American blues musician from the Albany, New York area, and the daughter of folk musician Tom Winslow. As a toddler, she sang back-up on her father's folk music classic Hey Looka Yonder (It's The Clearwater); also singing a solo version of One-Two-Three, another version of which she produced on her own 30 years later. In addition to her solo career, Winslow has been a member of four bands, including a duo with Nick Katzman. Furthermore, she has been a teacher in that genre of music, and has significantly influenced other aspiring musicians. Winslow primarily performs covers of Blues standards and has written a number of blues and gospel tunes in her own right. She is also one of a handful of African-American women producers in the "indy" music industry today.
The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States or America, is a country comprising 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles, the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is slightly smaller than the entire continent of Europe. With a population of over 327 million people, the U.S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D.C., and the most populous city is New York City. Most of the country is located contiguously in North America between Canada and Mexico.
Blues is a music genre and musical form which was originated in the Deep South of the United States around the 1870s by African-Americans from roots in African musical traditions, African-American work songs, and spirituals. Blues incorporated spirituals, work songs, field hollers, shouts, chants, and rhymed simple narrative ballads. The blues form, ubiquitous in jazz, rhythm and blues and rock and roll, is characterized by the call-and-response pattern, the blues scale and specific chord progressions, of which the twelve-bar blues is the most common. Blue notes, usually thirds, fifths or sevenths flattened in pitch are also an essential part of the sound. Blues shuffles or walking bass reinforce the trance-like rhythm and form a repetitive effect known as the groove.
Albany is the capital of the U.S. state of New York and the seat of Albany County. Albany is located on the west bank of the Hudson River approximately 10 miles (16 km) south of its confluence with the Mohawk River and approximately 135 miles (220 km) north of New York City.
While she has been teaching a full load of school and private students for over a decade, her primary notability has been from touring in the eastern United States and Europe with Katzman, starting in 2006.
Winslow continues to tour on and off. On May 6, 2011, she again played with Nick Katzman at Katzman's "favorite U.S. venue," The Good Coffeehouse Music Parlor (GCMP), located in Brooklyn, New York. This marks the third time that the coffee house has hosted Winslow. She took another tour of Europe in the summer of 2011, marking her French debut.
France, officially the French Republic, is a country whose territory consists of metropolitan France in Western Europe and several overseas regions and territories. The metropolitan area of France extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean. It is bordered by Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany to the northeast, Switzerland and Italy to the east, and Andorra and Spain to the south. The overseas territories include French Guiana in South America and several islands in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans. The country's 18 integral regions span a combined area of 643,801 square kilometres (248,573 sq mi) and a total population of 67.02 million. France is a unitary semi-presidential republic with its capital in Paris, the country's largest city and main cultural and commercial centre. Other major urban areas include Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Lille and Nice.
Thomasina Winslow grew up in New Baltimore, New York, south of Albany. Something of a child prodigy, she was nicknamed "Tunes" by her brother.She first performed on her father's album Tom Winslow, singing 1-2-3 (One-Two-Three) as a toddler. She also sang back-up that year on the folk music classic Hey Looka Yonder (It's the Clear Water) (It's the Clearwater), about the Sloop Clearwater . As part of her family's group, The Winslows, she toured throughout the folk music festival circuit, including The Great Hudson River Revival.
New Baltimore is a town in the northeast part of Greene County, New York, United States. The population was 3,370 at the 2010 census.
A child prodigy is defined in psychology research literature as a person under the age of ten who produces meaningful output in some domain to the level of an adult expert.
Folk music includes traditional folk music and the genre that evolved from it during the 20th-century folk revival. Some types of folk music may be called world music. Traditional folk music has been defined in several ways: as music transmitted orally, music with unknown composers, or music performed by custom over a long period of time. It has been contrasted with commercial and classical styles. The term originated in the 19th century, but folk music extends beyond that.
Winslow attended Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central Schools.[ citation needed ] She received her A.A. in Performing Arts from Schenectady County Community College and her B.A. in Music Performance from the University at Albany, where she majored in Classical Guitar.
The Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central Schools are located in Albany County, New York. There are four schools in the district: Albertus W. Becker Elementary, Pieter B. Coeymans Elementary, R.C.S. Middle School, and Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School. Albertus W. Becker Elementary is located in Selkirk, Pieter B. Coeymans is located in Coeymans, and R.C.S. Middle School and R.C.S. High School are located in Ravena.
SUNY Schenectady County Community College (SCCC) is a public community college in Schenectady, New York. It is associated with the State University of New York (SUNY). It was established in 1967 in the Van Curler Hotel in Downtown Schenectady and has undergone multiple expansions through the following decades.
She has been playing covers of Blues and gospel music at solo gigs, which have included the Cambridge Inn in Cambridge, New York, and the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. She also played in the 1990s in concerts with Two Story Tuesday and Bojembe around upstate New York, including Glens Falls, Albany, and Colonie. [ citation needed ]
Gospel music is a genre of Christian music. The creation, performance, significance, and even the definition of gospel music varies according to culture and social context. Gospel music is composed and performed for many purposes, including aesthetic pleasure, religious or ceremonial purposes, and as an entertainment product for the marketplace. Gospel music usually has dominant vocals with Christian lyrics. Gospel music can be traced to the early 17th century, with roots in the black oral tradition. Hymns and sacred songs were often repeated in a call and response fashion. Most of the churches relied on hand clapping and foot stomping as rhythmic accompaniment. Most of the singing was done a cappella. The first published use of the term "gospel song" probably appeared in 1874. The original gospel songs were written and composed by authors such as George F. Root, Philip Bliss, Charles H. Gabriel, William Howard Doane, and Fanny Crosby. Gospel music publishing houses emerged. The advent of radio in the 1920s greatly increased the audience for gospel music. Following World War II, gospel music moved into major auditoriums, and gospel music concerts became quite elaborate.
Cambridge is a town in Washington County, New York, United States. It is part of the Glens Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area. The town population was 2,152 at the 2000 census.
Stockbridge is a town in Berkshire County in western Massachusetts, United States. It is part of the Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 1,947 at the 2010 census. A year-round resort area, Stockbridge is home to the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Austen Riggs Center, and Chesterwood, home and studio of sculptor Daniel Chester French.
Winslow's day job is that of a music and performing arts teacher at Saint Anne Institute, a reform school for girls,where she administers the "Expressive Arts" program. She was quoted as saying "Teenagers have a lot to express, especially children-at-risk. But they haven't always been directed as to how to do that. We try to help them." Funding for this program was a Youth Advancement Through Music and Art (YATMA) grant. In addition to the Expressive Arts award, she has won numerous other grants, including a New York State Education Department grant.
Music education is a field of study associated with the teaching and learning of music. It touches on all learning domains, including the psychomotor domain, the cognitive domain, and, in particular and significant ways, the affective domain, including music appreciation and sensitivity. Music training from preschool through post-secondary education is common in most nations because involvement with music is considered a fundamental component of human culture and behavior. Cultures from around the world have different approaches to music education, largely due to the varying histories and politics. Studies show that teaching music from other cultures can help students perceive unfamiliar sounds more comfortably, and they also show that musical preference is related to the language spoken by the listener and the other sounds they are exposed to within their own culture.
Performing arts refers to forms of art in which artists use their voices, bodies or inanimate objects to convey artistic expression. It is different from visual arts, which is when artists use paint, canvas or various materials to create physical or static art objects. Performing arts include a range of disciplines which are performed in front of a live audience.
A reform school was a penal institution, generally for teenagers mainly operating between 1830 and 1900. In the United Kingdom and its colonies reformatories commonly called reform schools were set up from 1854 onwards for youngsters who were convicted of a crime as an alternative to an adult prison. In parallel, "Industrial schools" were set up for vagrants and children needing protection. Both were 'certified' by the government from 1857, and in 1932 the systems merged and both were 'approved' and became approved schools.
Winslow made a short Upstate New York solo tour during December 2007 and early 2008. She had her first headlining show at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs,in addition to featured guest spots on WRPI in Troy, New York and WAMC in Albany, New York, as well as a gigs at the Java Jazz Cafe on January 3, 2008, in Delmar, New York.
In March 2007, she was featured in Caffe Lena's "3rd Annual Blues Fest" alongside Mark Tolstrup and Beaucoup Blue.In May 2008, Winslow returned to Java Jazz for a second show.
In the Summer of 2008, Winslow played gigs further out in Upstate New York, including three gigs each at Colonie Center and the Barnsider BBQ Restaurant in Lake George.
On December 8, 2008, Winslow performed a one-hour live show on WRPI, the college radio station of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, for its "Stormy Monday Blues" show.
Winslow had a significant tour in Spring 2009.This included a performance at Marietta, Ohio's River City Blues Festival in March 2009, a show in Easton, New York, blues festivals in Denmark and Germany, and return shows at Caffe Lena and the Good Coffeehouse with Nick Katzman.
Winslow made her Australia debut at the Cairns Blues Festival on May 12, 2012.
Winslow performed at the 2014 Clearwater Festival.
Winslow was a guitarist, co-lead singer, and musician in the R & B band Bojembe. The other members were John Zumbo, Sean Mack, and Terry Plunkett. They produced one album in 2005–2006 before the band became inactive, but is still sold online.Most of the songs from the CD can be purchased in MP3 format. Bojembe's most recent public gig was at the River Street Beat Shop in Troy, New York, for which a blogger wrote that "Winslow's roots are in the deep folk-blues tradition, (while) her work with Bojembe leans toward a decidedly funky groove with a world music spin."
As a business woman, Winslow manages and produces music for herself and other artists in a variety of music. She is one of the few African-American woman today producing records for indie artists, including herself.
She is the owner of a production company, Winslow Productions.As part of her production work, Winslow also mentors up-and-coming performing artists.
Winslow was, for a while, an artistic agent.She has also collaborated with a local visual artist, Kim Morris, for a concert and art show.
Winslow's music is sold on Amazon.comand other online sales web sites, such as CDBaby. Due to the nature of the Blues market today, as a musical tradition outside the mass market, Winslow's albums have not "charted". In fact, sales of music she has performed or produced has sold more outside the United States. This has been especially in England and Germany, where she has performed with Nick Katzman, as well as in Poland, Denmark, and Latin America.
Winslow figured out that music downloads, such as MP3, could actually increase her sales, especially overseas; such a file sharing business model has been documented by Harvard University researchers,as well as in Wikinomics , whose authors call "MP3 b-web."
One of Winslow's most fruitful and notable collaborations has been with Bluesman Nick Katzman. As related in that article, Katzman has mentored a number of younger Blues artists, including Winslow, taking her "under his wing." The duo has performed recently from Brooklyn, New York to Stamford, England and Berlin, Germany.
In April 2006, Katzman was slated to perform at the Good Coffeehouse Music Parlor in Brooklyn, his favored venue in "the States".He had previously performed with Ruby Green (Terry Garthwaite), and had recorded Sparking Ragtime & Hardbitten Blues, a now-classic LP, with Green, since released as a CD, so their fans expected they would perform again together. Instead, Winslow substituted for Green; in Katzman's own words:
I was getting my e-mail and was about to zap what I thought was ... spam.... I decided to open it anyway and it turned out to be a letter from a singer/guitarist named Thomasina Winslow who said she was covering tunes from my Kicking Mule LPs on her new CD. Now, mind you, this is NOT an everyday occurrence for me, so I went immediately to CDbaby and listened to her recording. She had a version of "I'm Goin' Away" where she played guitar at least as well as I did and sang wonderfully. I was of course flattered that someone was so involved with my music and very impressed with how well she handled the material. It turns out that she is the daughter of a Gary Davis disciple named Tom Winslow and apparently she grew up around the Davis' scene and was pretty much brought up in a folk-blues household.
She said that I was a primary musical influence for her, so I've asked her to come and do a guest appearance at the gig, and she said she'd come all the way down from Albany to do it, so it looks like we'll be hosting Thomasina Winslow on that night, too. I'm not sure how much exposure she's had or even how much she's done professionally. The idea of my music somehow finding its way back to young black musicians is very exciting for me.
I'll be meeting her for the first time at the gig, so it should be an
interesting night.— email from Nick Katzman, quoted at IGS Guitar Forum blog of April 2006
Fans of Katzman were once again on notice about a second show in April 2007.A fan posted a review on his blog that it was a "Great show! Nick and his cohorts were wonderful!"
Winslow flew out to Germany to tour with Katzman in the summer of 2007, when they performed a few gigs in Berlin, Germany and recorded music videos.
The duo played at the Stamford Arts Centre Blues and Folk Festival, and were the second-billed act for "Guitar Day" ("8.30pm Nick Katzman & Thomasina Winslow 10.00pm Jeff Lang").It was favorably reviewed in Monty's Music News, an on-line Music newsletter, as a "great evening Concert in The Ballroom." Blogger Ginger Mayerson called their performances "cute" and "Oh, I just love these trips down memory lane, don't you?", adding "I like the way this singer, Thomasina Winslow, sings."
In April 2008, Winslow and Katzman recorded a song for a future CD.[ citation needed ] They also performed together again at the Good Coffeehouse in Brooklyn on April 25, 2008.
They received the "Artist of the Day" from the oneartistaday.com website, which celebrates "Independent artists", on October 1, 2008.
Winslow and Katzman toured both America and Europe in mid-2009. They had a gigs in Brooklyn, Saratoga Springs,and Easton, New York from April to May 2009. They performed at the Mississippi Blues Nacht Festival in Köpenick, Germany on July 18 and 19, 2009.
Katzman and Winslow took a short tour of Germany and Denmark in July and August 2010. They performed in Bad Sobernheim and Skarrild, Denmark at the Danish Folk, Blues, and Ragtime Guitar Festival.She also performed a solo gig in Frankfurt, Germany.
On Friday, May 6, 2011, Winslow once again played with Nick Katzman at Katzman's "favorite U.S. venue," The Good Coffeehouse Music Parlor (GCMP). This marked the fourth time that the Good Coffeehouse has hosted Katzman, and the third time for Winslow. The GCMP is housed in a 1900 Gothic Revival mansion's "great room"—noted for excellent line of sight and superb acoustics.[ citation needed ]
Winslow recorded a music video with Marco Haber of Mudfunk in December 2007, covering Fly Like An Eagle .She performed in the Old Songs Sampler Concert in Voorheesville, New York in January 2010. She appeared as a part of a group of female musicians at a Caffe Lena show called Ladies Sing the Blues in February 2010.
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