History of Women in Jazz

Women have been involved in jazz since the early 1920s, not just as vocalist, but as instrumentalists, composers and arrangers. An understanding of jazz would not be complete without highlighting the influence and contributions of women—women such as Bessie Smith, Valaida Snow, Mildred Bailey, Mary Lou Williams, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Sarah Vaughn.

This program explores their personal lives, their ability to read music, perform and survive in a time when jazz was considered “a man’s world”. Performance by master flutist and jazz historian, Galen, will begin the program. Please RSVP by March 28, 2022.

If you need accommodations or have any questions, please reach out to Dr. Patricia Gonzalez (patricia.gonzalez@colorado.edu).

This series is hosted by the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Center for Inclusion and Social Change, the Dean of Students, the School of Education, & the Division of Student Affairs.

Tuesday, March 29 at 6:00pm

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