Women in jazz
- Sherrie Tucker
Women have participated on every instrument, in every style, and in every era of jazz history. Yet, with the notable exception of singers and a number of pianists, female jazz musicians have been continuously overlooked in the most prestigious areas of jazz practice, marketing, and documentation. These include the recording and broadcasting industries, major performance venues, trade magazines, and jazz history books. Also impeding the acceptance of women in venerated jazz roles and on jazz circuits are prevailing definitions of gender that made it appear unfeminine for women to play the most highly valued jazz instruments and styles, to perform in the venues where jazz was heard and where jazz skills were shared and developed, to appear on the stage, or to compete with men. Women’s jazz musicianship throughout the history of the music has persevered despite such obstacles....