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Past Events

October 2015


Wed. Oct 28th, Jazz radio host, Jeri Gardiner interviewed Connie Fredericks-Malone about Carole Fredericks and Taj Mahal.

After the show it is time for a selfie! Jim Malone, radio host Jeri Gardiner, and Connie Fredericks-Malone.

Banner at the classroom door

Dr. Willie Hill, Director UMass Fine Arts Center, Beverly Hill, Gretchen Holbrook-Gerzina Dean UMass Honors College, Connie Fredericks-Malone, Jim Malone

Lynda Brown-Fredericks, Rosemary Tracy Wood Director Art for the Soul Gallery, Connie Fredericks-Malone

Retired French teacher and Language Chairman, author Nancy Gadbois shares with the audience how she discovered the music of Carole Fredericks

Light fair was enjoyed by all at the reception.

Thank you Traci Talbert owner of DT's Catering for the delicious entrees and presentation.

Richard Fredericks, Kaylee-Anna Williams, Kareena Williams and their dad, Ozzie Williams enjoy a spontaneous family reunion at the reception.

Richard Fredericks and longtime family friend Tom Oakley.

An audience of friends, fans and family.

Thank you Rosemary Tracy Woods, founder and owner of Art for the Soul Gallery and Dr. Willie Hill, Direct UMass Amherst Fine Arts Center for the introductions.

Dan Peraino, Agent with The Kurland Agency gained some rare insight into his newest client Taj Mahal.

Thank you to the staff and technical support at the UMass Center at Springfield, UMass Amherst Fine Arts Center, The Springfield Cultural Council and Art for the Soul Gallery for supporting the presentation of BLUES IN OUR BLOOD The Artistic Evolution and Musical Influence of Carole Fredericks and Taj Mahal.

November 2011


Connie Fredericks-Malone

Thanks to a grant from AATF National Headquarters this November Dr Jim Malone and I will be headed back to northern California. Our last visit was in 2007. We will again attend the FLANC/Foreign Language Association of Northern California Annual Conference at Berkeley City College on Nov. 4th - 5th. At the conference the foundation will have an exhibit booth displaying the full range of language units, books and authentic Fredericks Goldman Jones memorabilia. Dr Jim, Anne Jensen and I will present a double session: Who is Carole Fredericks and why is her story so important?, and How do you teachers use the music of Carole Fredericks in the classroom? We head to the Palo Alto area for National French Week, 8-14th following the conference. We plan to visit individual schools and French classes, present student assemblies and two workshops for teachers. We can’t wait to see our friends again and to meet the newest members of this thriving French community in northern California.

Spring 2011

Embassy Speakers Program

US Embassy Paris
'Carole Fredericks the African American Chanteuse'
March 2011

Late last year we were notified that our proposal, 'Carole Fredericks the African American Chanteuse' had been approved by the Minister Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy Paris. Jim and I were especially keen on meeting with students and faculty at high schools in the "banlieues". Our contact at the Embassy, Véronique Bornet scheduled our visits and accompanied us to each location.

1) Thursday, March 10, 2011: program at the Fontainebleau Theater for students of Lycee Francois 1er and Lycee Francois Couperin (about 400).

2) Friday, March 11, 2011: program at Internat d'Excellence de Sourdun with students of the Internat, of Lycee les Pannevelles and of another Lycee (about 300). See photos.

Due to a cancelation, Jim had the opportunity to present a Career Guidance and Planning workshop to the students from Internat d'Excellence de Sourdun. The workshop was huge success and prompted discussion among faculty, staff and students about this kind of career counseling support in the French educational system. Here is a short video clip from his session.

3) Tuesday, March 15, 2011: Program at Lycee Jacques Brel in La Courneuve (Paris 93 banlieue) with 200 students. See photos.

After each presentation students peppered us with questions about Carole's life in the United States and how she rose to success in France. Jim and I were impressed with their thoughtfulness and beautiful command of English. Many of the students were not born when Carole was in the limelight in France, and yet they immediately identified with the challenges she faced and were motivated by how she overcame them. The conversations with students were meaningful and revealing. Their comments reflected the impact of our presentations and we were humbled by their sincerity. Here are a few emails from students and teachers.

Jim and I were also deeply honored when Claire Ormezzano of the Embassy's Press Office asked us to share our experience on film for the website. Please see: [see the video clip on the far right of the screen].

This experience - meeting with students and faculty members, and working with Embassy staff - exceeded all expectations. Our sincere appreciation goes to Véronique Bornet for inviting us to participate in the Speakers Program. We cannot thank her enough for the outstanding job of organizing and coordinating the schools for our visit. Jim and I welcome the opportunity to return to Paris again in support of the U.S. Embassy and we look forward to meeting more students and faculty.

Spring 2011


A Unique French Contest Yields Creative Projects By New England Students!

The votes have been tallied and the judges have made their decisions. The winners of Carole Fredericks French Contest organized by the Cultural Services of the Consulate General of France in Boston and co-sponsored by the Carole Fredericks Foundation in Canandaigua, NY were announced on Monday, May 23rd.

Let me take this moment to thank Claudette Blackwood, Public Relations Director for BERNARDAUD North America for support of this project with beautiful gifts to each participating teacher. Many thanks to Samantha André, contest coordinator, and , Anne Miller and the panel of judges for their input.

The contest was based on the Carole Fredericks' French language music videos and open to French classes throughout the five (5) New England states. The students' interpretation of the music videos, creative illustration Carole’s career in France as well as the quality of the overall project submission were vital factors in determining the winners. Of the 38 submissions received six (6) winners were selected.

The panel of judges, Dr. Eileeen Angelini, Dr. Armelle Fee, Anne Miller and I had the pleasure of choosing two (2) winners from each grade level: elementary school, middle school and high school in three (3) categories: essay, video performance and display board. In addition to the winners, there were a number of submissions that deserved recognition as well. The Consulate General of France, and judges bestowed Honorable Mention to three (3) participants in recognition of their work.

Félicitations to all of the students and teachers who participated in the first ever Carole Fredericks Contest! You may view the winning submissions below.


1.) French-American School of Rhode Island

Teacher: Gwenn Delourme
Providence, RI 02906
Students: 4th and 5th Grade


2.) Colicot Elementary School

Teacher: Esra Buyakozer
Milton, MA

Students: Miwa Soiner, Liam Kelly, Shane Berry, Jack Delaney, Groely Stoodt, Isabello DeFilippo, D'laigha Cameron-Miller, Adrian Wright, Eva Hiller, Colleen Lenahan, Lily Burke, Daniel Balerna, Haley O'Brian, Lara McNelu, Chae Diani

Display board: 'Carole Fredericks'


Tucker Elementary School

Teacher: Alexandra Sewall Milton, Massachusetts



1.) Pierce Middle School

Teacher: Jeanne Roulleau
451 Central Avenue
Milton, MA

Essay: ‘Carole Fredericks’ by Julianna Chen

2.) Sherwood Middle School

Teacher: Heather Leger
Shrewsbury, MA

Students: Bianca Cesa, Jenny Chen, Johanna Geremia

Display board: 'Carole Fredericks'


1.) Ipswich High School

Teacher: Richard Ladd
Ipswich, MA

Students: French 3, 4, 5 classes

Video: “Respire”

2.) Billerica Memorial High School

Teacher: Elisabeth Bojarski
Billerica, MA

Essay: “Né en 17 à Leidenstadt” by Katherine Norman


Cambridge School of Weston

Teacher: Anne Dykiel
Weston, MA,

Essay: “Né en 17 à Leidenstadt” by Will Blum

Westbrook High School

Teacher: Mrs. Fournier
Westbrook, Maine

Essay: “Nous Avons Tous Des Regrets” by Sarah Hopkins

February 15 to November 9, 2008

Blues in Our Blood: The Artistic Evolution of Taj Mahal and Carole Fredericks

The Springfield Museums
21 Edwards Street
Springfield, MA
Contact:, 413-263-6800

March 6, 2008

Blues in Our Blood: Growing Up in Springfield 1940-1970

Connie Fredericks-Malone
‘Museums a la Carte’ lecture series
Davis Auditrorium in the Museum of Fine Arts
Springfield Museums
Contact:, 413-263-6800)

July 19, 2008

The Music of Fredericks Goldman Jones: Vibrant Resources for the Dynamic French Classroom

Karen Traynor, Anne Jensen, Andrea Henderson, Dr. James Malone, Ph.D. and Connie Fredericks-Malone
3 hour workshop
American Association of Teachers of French 81st Annual Convention
Liege, Belgium

Winter 2006

Thursday, February 9 / 1:15 pm

Press Conference

Unity First Newswire
Springfield, MA

Thursday, February 9 / 6pm


Pan African Historical Museum USA/PAHMUSA
Tower Square
Springfield, MA

Friday, February 10

Taj Mahal, Connie Fredericks-Malone and Richard Fredericks Visit to French Classes

9am - High School of Science and Technology
12:00pm - Van Sickle Middle School
1:30pm - Rebecca M. Johnson Magnet School for the Visual and Performing Arts
Springfield, MA

Friday, March 31/ 10:30am


Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Language (NECTFL)
Taj Mahal Performance
Opening General Session
Broadway Ballroom
Marriott Marquis
New York City

Winter 2005


Wednesdays at 4:00 Eastern / 3:00 pm Central
Saturdays at 7:30 pm Eastern / 6:30 pm Central
Broadcast: Notre Carole! Music Videos by Fredericks Goldman Jones
Featuring American Singer Carole Fredericks
SCOLA Channel (check website for local listings)

Wednesday FEBRUARY 23, 5:00 p.m.

Connie Fredericks-Malone
Workshop: Carole Fredericks: An American in Paris
Hobart and William Smith Colleges Offices of Intercultural Affairs
288 Pulteney St.
Geneva, NY

MARCH 10 - 12

Connie Fredericks-Malone and Nancy Gadbois
Workshop: Musical Videos: the critical tool
37th Annual Central State Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Columbus, OH

Spring 2005


Wednesdays at 4:00 Eastern / 3:00 pm Central
Saturdays at 7:30 pm Eastern / 6:30 pm Central
Broadcast: Notre Carole! Music Videos by Fredericks Goldman Jones
Featuring American Singer Carole Fredericks
SCOLA Channel (check website for local listings)

Saturday APRIL 2, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Connie Fredericks-Malone and Karen Traynor
Workshop: Carole Fredericks: A Recipe for Success
Ontario Modern Language Teachers Association
Double Tree International Plaza Hotel
Toronto Ontario Canada


Carole Fredericks

Birthday: June 5, 1952
Springfield, MA


Carole Fredericks

Died: June 7, 2001
Dakar, Senegal


Carole Fredericks

Buried: June 18, 2001 Montmartre Cemetery Paris, France

Summer 2005


Wednesdays at 4:00 Eastern / 3:00 pm Central
Saturdays at 7:30 pm Eastern / 6:30 pm Central
Broadcast: Notre Carole! Music Videos by Fredericks Goldman Jones
Featuring American Singer Carole Fredericks
SCOLA Channel (check website for local listings)

JULY 7-10

AATF Annual Convention

Quebec City

Thursday JULY 7 - Sunday JULY 10

Nancy Gadbois, Rebecca Fox, Connie Fredericks-Malone
Workshop: From Start to Finish: Using the Musical Videos of
Carole Fredericks in Your Classroom
American Association of Teachers of French
Quebec, Canada

Fall 2005


Wednesdays at 4:00 Eastern / 3:00 pm Central
Saturdays at 7:30 pm Eastern / 6:30 pm Central
Broadcast: Notre Carole! Music Videos by Fredericks Goldman Jones
Featuring American Singer Carole Fredericks
SCOLA Channel (check website for local listings)

Fall 2004

WED and SAT, SEPT 2004 - JAN 2005

CDF Music Legacy presents authentic French language music videos on the SCOLA CHANNEL
Wednesdays at 4:00 Eastern / 3:00 pm Central
Saturdays at 7:30 pm Eastern / 6:30 pm Central


French Lessons Keep Singers' Legacy Alive

Interview with Brenda Tremblay
National Public Radio, NPR Online


CDF Music Legacy LLC launches website


CDF Music Legacy
Exhibitor: Tant Qu'Elle Chante, Elle Vit!
Connecticut Council of Language Teachers
2004 Annual Fall Conference
Radisson Inn and Conference Center
Cromwell, CT


Connie Fredericks-Malone and Nancy Gadbois
Workshop: Carole Fredericks: A Recipe for Success
New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers
2004 Annual Meeting
Clarion Riverside and Rochester Convention Center
Rochester, NY

NOV. 5 - 11, 2004

Celebrate National French Week

Take French out of the classroom and into the community!


2004 Just Plain Folks Music Awards

Galaxy Theatre
Santa Ana, CA


Connie Fredericks-Malone, Nancy Gadbois, Margaret Sullivan
Workshop: Emotional Intelligence and the Musical Video
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
ACTFL 2004 38th Annual Meeting
Hilton Chicago
Chicago, IL