Freedom of Expression: Interviews With Women in Jazz (Paperback)
Since the arrival of the 21st century, jazz has evolved into a truly cross-generational, multicultural musical art form that is assimilating an unprecedented array of musical styles and techniques. At the same time, the male-dominated paradigm that has defined the historical narrative of jazz is no more. Women are shaking up the music industry while the general public is becoming much more aware of the contributions female musicians have made to jazz. "Freedom of Expression: Interviews With Women in Jazz," a collection of interviews with 37 female musicians, musicians of all ages, nationalities, and races, and representing nearly every style of jazz one can imagine, provides evidence of this profound evolution. The interviewees, including Terri Lyne Carrington, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Eliane Elias, Carmen Lundy, Anat Cohen, Diane Schuur, and Sherrie Maricle, speak about their earliest experiences playing music, the years of practice required to become a professional musician, and what jazz means in the new millennium. These interviews will inform and inspire both casual and seasoned fans of this music, as well as young musicians taking their first steps in the journey to master their craft. "At long last, an in-depth recognition of the female contributions to jazz. As Dr. Billy Taylor said about the lack of awareness of female musicians: 'If it isn't written down, it didn't happen.' Now everyone will know that it did happen and continues to happen. What a great gift to the history of women and music." - Judy Chaikin, director of "The Girls in the Band."The interviewees: Mindi Abair - SaxophonesCheryl Bentyne - VoiceJane Ira Bloom - Soprano SaxophoneSamantha Boshnack - TrumpetDee Dee Bridgewater - VoiceTerri Lyne Carrington - DrumsSharel Cassity - SaxophonesAnat Cohen - Clarinet, SaxophonesJean Cook - ViolinConnie Crothers - PianoEliane Elias - Piano, VoiceAyelet Rose Gottlieb - VoiceLenae Harris- CelloVal Jeanty - Electronics, PercussionJan Leder - FluteJennifer Leitham - Double BassCarmen Lundy - VoiceSherrie Maricle - DrumsJane Monheit - VoiceJacqui Naylor - VoiceAurora Nealand - Saxophones, ClarinetIris Ornig - Double BassAlisha Pattillo - Tenor SaxophoneRoberta Piket - PianoCheryl Pyle - FluteNicole Rampersaud - TrumpetSofia Rei - VoicePatrizia Scascitelli - PianoDiane Schuur - VoiceEllen Seeling - TrumpetHelen Sung - PianoJacqui Sutton - VoiceMazz Swift - Violin, VoiceNioka Workman - CelloPamela York - PianoBrandee Younger - HarpMalika Zarra - Voice.
About the Author
Chris Becker writes about all styles of music for several print and online publications, and is an active composer of music for dance, film, and mixed-media installations.