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Women Who Never Got Their Due

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10 Women in Jazz Who Never Got Their Due

“While we’re often taught to think of jazz’s history as a cavalcade of great men and their bands, from its beginnings in the early 20th century women played a range of important roles, including onstage....Prevented from taking center stage, many female instrumentalists became composers, arrangers or artists’ managers...The piano and organ were considered more socially acceptable instruments for young women to play, and few serious fans of jazz would be unfamiliar with the names Mary Lou Williams, Marian McPartland, Hazel Scott, Shirley Scott or Alice Coltrane. But the ranks of female jazz genius run much deeper than that.”

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No mention of Melba Liston?  Or Vi Redd?  Or Marjorie Hyams?  Or Mary Osborne?

Here's a group I just recently discovered.  According to the comments on YouTube, the featured drummer, Viola Smith, was still alive at age 106 last year.

 

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Paywall again. <_<
Of no use to "furriners"

Anyway (and without knowing if the author did include these), I'd nominate

Mary Osborne
Terry Pollard
Jutta Hipp
Billie Rogers
Kathleen Stobart



 

Edited by Big Beat Steve

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Hipp was included.

A few of these folks I was unfamiliar with previously. Not a bad article at all.

Of course, in the more modern era, we shouldn't leave out Barbara Donald, Monnette Sudler, Jill McManus, Linda Sharrock, Irène Schweizer, Jane Robertson, Claire Daly -- and younger contemporary artists like Shayna Dulberger, Amanda Monaco, Mette Rasmussen, Louise D.E. Jensen... maybe a NYT mention would help get the latter group more gigs. 

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Bertha Hope - which was included - to me an obvious choice ....

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Totally. She did a lot running Manna House up on the east side, saw a number of great concerts there.

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Ingrid Jensen

Francesca Tanksley

 

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Barbara Donald ....

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Sounds interesting. I won't pay to read it though.

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Pat Moran, Lorraine Geller, Joyce Collins, Clora Bryant, Joanne Grauer

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Clora Bryant was in the article.

I mean, the situation for women in jazz is so much better today than it used to be in terms of visibility... the challenge, as ever, is getting paid to do the work, and of course sexism is still a huge factor in terms of how an environment geared towards male behavior is really going to encourage equality.

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6 hours ago, Big Beat Steve said:

Paywall again. <_<
Of no use to "furriners"

Anyway (and without knowing if the author did include these), I'd nominate

Mary Osborne
Terry Pollard
Jutta Hipp
Billie Rogers
Kathleen Stobart



 

 

3 hours ago, jlhoots said:

Sounds interesting. I won't pay to read it though.

The women mentioned in the article are:

Lovie Austin

Lil Hardin Armstrong

Valaida Snow

Peggy Gilbert

Una Mae Carlisle

Ginger Smock

Dorothy Donegan 

Jutta Hipp

Clora Bryant

Bertha Hope

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6 hours ago, soulpope said:

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Barbara Donald ....

Yeah, big time.

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Jane Getz - she played in Pony Poindexter's quartet immediately before he left for Europe. In his memoirs, he said "she played her ass off". But besides a Mingus LP there is nothing, it seems.

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Guess Carla Bley would be an obviuos pick, speakin' of more recent times.

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24 minutes ago, mikeweil said:

Jane Getz - she played in Pony Poindexter's quartet immediately before he left for Europe. In his memoirs, he said "she played her ass off". But besides a Mingus LP there is nothing, it seems.

She was gigging at The Lighthouse, Hermosa Beach as late as the late 90s. Not sure about recordings though.

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Iro Haarla.

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37 minutes ago, mikeweil said:

Jane Getz - she played in Pony Poindexter's quartet immediately before he left for Europe. In his memoirs, he said "she played her ass off". But besides a Mingus LP there is nothing, it seems.

She's on that first Pharoah record, on ESP.

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16 minutes ago, JSngry said:

She's on that first Pharoah record, on ESP.

... which accientally featured drummer Marvin Paitillo who also was in Poindexter's quartet. So that was their next gig after Pony took a ride to Europe.

She also played on George Braith's "Musart" LP on Prestige. The Lord disco now also lists several sessions made in California from 1995 to 2017, even one CD of her own leadership, but all for private musician-run labels, it seems.

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On 4/25/2020 at 8:24 AM, JSngry said:

She's on that first Pharoah record, on ESP.

she's on Facebook these days, praising our current president.

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On 4/25/2020 at 7:57 AM, porcy62 said:

Guess Carla Bley would be an obviuos pick, speakin' of more recent times.

She got her due.

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As much as anybody does these days...

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2 hours ago, felser said:

She got her due.

Yes, actually I didn’t read the article so I probably misunderstood the thread

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