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Rethinking Women in Jazz Historiography, Jan. 25

Women have played nearly every role in the cast of the history of jazz, yet jazz continues to be commonly told as the story of musical men. What makes it possible for women musicians, especially instrumentalists, to disappear from historical memory? How might jazz history be told and remembered differently? Some scholars believe that it is important to analyze gender in all areas of jazz history, not just when women appear on the scene. Others believe that historical memory may be transformed through increased visibility of women musicians, increased accessibility of media to women musicians and education. This panel and screening addresses these questions and raises suggestions for future accounts of women and gender in jazz.

Lady Be Good: Instrumental Women in Jazz, a new film from award-winning producer Kay D. Ray, will be screened as part of the discussion. Ten years in the making, the film promises to increase awareness and interest in women instrumentalists as actors in jazz history. The work features interviews with more than 65 people, most of them women jazz musicians. Ray also will answer questions about the making of Lady Be Good, in which women musicians tell jazz history from their perspectives. Ray will be joined on the panel by Nichole T. Rustin, assistant professor in the A fro-American Studies & Research Program at the Institute of Communications Research and Women and Gender Studies at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaigne, and Sherrie Tucker, Louis Armstrong Visiting Professor at the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia and associate professor in the American Studies Program at University of Kansas, Lawrence .

For more information, contact The Center for Jazz Studies at (212) 851-1633 or jazz@columbia.edu.

When: Tuesday, Jan. 25, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Where: 301 Philosophy Hall, Morningside Campus, 116 St. and Broadway

Admission: Free

Published: Jan 11, 2005
Last modified: Jan 11, 2005

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