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More Than 'The Chick Singer': Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves & Terri Lyne Carrington Talk About Being Women in Jazz

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Wednesday May 18, 2016

From Billboard
By Natalie Weiner

Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves & Terri Lyne Carrington Talk About Being Women in Jazz

At events like International Jazz Day, the UNESCO-sponsored event designed to promote the music across the globe, “Jazz is…” statements abound, defining the music (on mostly extramusical terms) as everything from freedom to innovation to blues to fun — all different ways of arguing, in the face of the usual commercial citations to the contrary, that it is essential. One one less expected argument is that jazz is inclusive — not an adjective it prompts often, particularly when it comes to women. “Critics have often used the fact that women and transgender musicians are missing from the historical record as proof of their supposed inability to properly understand the music,” writes The New Inquiry’s Elizabeth Newton of jazz’s eternal imbalance. As people of all races and nationalities (hence the “International”) embrace the music, women remain underrepresented — though that is changing, slowly but surely, as a panel of women gathered at (fittingly) Washington D.C.’s National Museum of Women in the Arts on International Jazz Day (April 30) to discuss.

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