Monday April 10, 2017
From The Huffington Post
Sexism In Jazz: Being Agents Of Change
By: Terri Lyne Carrington
There has been abundant dialogue about sexism in jazz—since I can remember – but not enough conversation with the violators and not enough self-evaluation. These current times feel especially critical and seem to be generating a heightened sense of awareness, so I have recently shared these thoughts with many leading men in jazz to evoke reflective and meaningful conversation. Many elements of jazz have remained in the past, therefore artists that are trying to move jazz forward can’t be in the past regarding social issues. I have experienced a charmed and fruitful career, feeling relatively unscathed in comparison to many other female musicians, but the current climate of activism suggests we don’t hide behind our instruments or be reclusive artists, but instead accept a call to arms. In my 30 plus year career, I should have had more female peers than I’ve had. I would like to spend the next 30 years helping to make sure this conversation becomes a moot point for the young women just embarking on their careers.
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