Women jazz artists are gaining more visibility and opportunity today than ever before thanks to the tireless work and advocacy of countless individuals, organizations, and institutions. Thank you to Paste Magazine for highlighting 12 incredible female artists creating great music.
I have admired Roxy Coss and her musicianship for years. Her most recent release, The Future is Female, has been inspirational for me and my peers. Coss continues the tradition of using jazz as a platform for addressing social and political issues. She is eloquent, yet fired up in her delivery. Thanks to Roxy for using her voice to advocate for those who have been marginalized in jazz.
It is powerful to see an acclaimed, GRAMMY-nominated artist such as Tia Fuller discuss her personal triumphs and tribulations as a woman in jazz. In this article, Fuller shares a few of her negative experiences coming of age as a female jazz musician, what she is doing with her platform to challenge the “gatekeepers” of the industry, and the newfound consciousness that is dawning on her classrooms at Berklee College of Music and in the larger jazz community.
Jazziz recently came out with a list of 19 jazz musicians to watch in 2019. Female artists were strongly represented, making up nearly half of the list. The shape of jazz is in good hands with all the featured artists.
She’d just received the news that she was nominated for her first-ever Grammy Award — but it’s not just any nomination: Her inclusion in the best jazz instrumental album category is a historic moment for women because they have rarely been nominated for the coveted award throughout the Grammys’ 61-year history.
And if Fuller wins, she becomes just the second women to take home the prize.