In spite of the brass ceiling, numerous female artists — such as trombonist and arranger Melba Liston, conductor Ina Ray Hutton, vibraphonist Marjorie Hyams, pianist Marian McPartland and guitarist Mary Osborne — managed to make significant contributions. Today the environment is more hospitable for female musicians, exemplified recently by drummer Terri Lyne Carrington’s all-woman album The Mosaic Project grabbing top Grammy honors for Best Jazz Vocal album in 2012.
Here are five more women (two of them alive and active) who have left their mark on jazz history in leadership roles: The Women In Charge Of The Band : A Blog Supreme
Photo: William Gottlieb/The Library of Congress
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