Women Changing the Face of Jazz

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.

Read from Paste Magazine: 12 Women Influencing the Future of Jazz

Learn about more outstanding female artists past and present on the Women in Jazz Directory.

Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice, Celebrating and Empowering Women

I was honored to be included in this story about the gender bias in jazz and how the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice is working to empower women and put female narratives back into the history of jazz. Thank you to WBUR and Amelia Mason for sharing this important story!

Hear and read the full story here.

Roxy Coss Continues the Tradition of Political Jazz

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.

Read more about The Future is Female in Marc Myers’ recent review.

GRAMMY Nominee Tia Fuller Opens Up About Sexism 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.

Read the article here.

Tia Fuller Nominated for GRAMMY: Best Jazz Instrumental Album

NEW YORK (AP) — Saxophonist Tia Fuller was crying in bed. And praising God.

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.

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