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April 5, 2013

 

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Jazz Women Of The 1940s

Women instrumentalists thrived in the upside-down jazz world of wartime America.

March 11, 2011

 

Mary Osborne

Mary Osborne: Queen of the Jazz Guitar

If you’re searching jazz history for important women instrumentalists, then stop and take note any time you come across the name of guitarist Mary Osborne.

March 1, 2011

 

Nina Simone Young Gifted Black

Jazz Women Of The 1960s

As cultural changes gained momentum in the 1960s, a generation of women artists made their way through a jazz world that had long been resistant to their aims.

November 23, 2010

 

Mary Lou

A Brief History of Mary Lou Williams

Williams' career ranged from swing and bebop to expatriate and sacred jazz, a stint as a jazz educator, and a 1977 encounter with avant-garde icon Cecil Taylor.

March 28, 2009

 

Shirley Scott

Shirley Scott, Queen Of The Organ

A renowned female organist, Scott recorded a number of soul-jazz classics in the late 1950s and 1960s.

March 21, 2009

 

Nellie Lutcher’s Real Gone Rhythm

Nellie LutcherThis week on Night Lights we pay tribute to the pianist and singer who passed away in 2007 at the age of 94. A product of the thriving mid-20th century Central Avenue Los Angeles scene, in the late 1940s Lutcher scored a series of hits such as “Hurry On Down” and “Fine Brown Frame” that blended jazz, pop, blues and R & B in a way that made her one of the era’s first crossover stars.

May 5, 2008

 

Carla Bley

The Carla Bley Songbook

Carla Bley is renowned today for her big-band writing, but it was small-group recordings of her work in the 1960s that introduced her to the jazz world.

March 1, 2008

 

Hadda Brooks

Cats Who Swing And Sing: Women Singer-Pianists Of The 40s And 50s

Performers who mixed boogie, swing, ballads and blues with sly, suggestive lyrics brought out deeper nuance than their risque hits sometimes seemed to suggest.

February 23, 2008

 

The Jazz Baroness Redux

Last week JazzWax blogger Marc Myers mentioned getting an e-mail from Hannah Rothschild, producer of the BBC documentary about jazz patron Pannonica de Koenigswarter, aka Nica, that I recently posted about. Turns out that she’s making a television documentary about Pannonica as well–and there’s now a website devoted to the Baroness which includes the BBC radio program in non-expiration form…

February 12, 2008

 

The Jazz Baroness On the BBC

BaronessA couple of weeks ago Bernard Gordillo, who writes the WFIU early-music show Harmonia, mentioned a recent interest in Pannonica de Koenigswarter, also known as Nica, the Jazz Baroness, or simply the Baroness. The Baroness was a sort of jazz patron, a woman well-liked by the jazz musicians she befriended on the mid-20th-century New York bebop scene; she counted Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk among her closest companions from that community. As a wealthy white woman spending time…

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