Women in Jazz

October 9, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Downtown Library, Auditorium

Instructor: Doug Turner

In the early days of jazz, women were strictly considered “canaries” – they were expected to “perform music but not make music.” During World War I, women started taking a greater role in the workforce; after the end of the war, women had more independence. Many more possibilities emerged for women in terms of entertainment and social life, and women began taking on new roles.

In 1920, with women’s suffrage at its peak and the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, women began to make a statement within society and the entertainment world. In the “jazz world,” women took on new roles as composers and bandleaders. Since that time, there have been outstanding instrumentalists in jazz who just happen to be female. Class participants will meet some of these outstanding musicians in a multi-media presentation.