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Title:
Jazzwomen : conversations with twenty-one musicians
Author:
Enstice, Wayne, 1943-
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Publication Information:
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
xvii, 368 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm + 1 audio disc (4 3/4 in.).
Language:
English
Contents:
Jane Ira Bloom -- JoAnne Brackeen -- Clora Bryant -- Terri Lyne Carrington -- Regina Carter -- Marilyn Crispell -- Barbara Dennerlein -- Dottie Dodgion -- Shirley Horn -- Ingrid Jensen -- Sheila Jordan -- Diana Krall -- Abbey Lincoln -- Virginia Mayhew -- Marian McPartland -- Helen Merrill -- Maria Schneider -- Shirley Scott -- Carol Sloane -- Teri Thornton -- Cassandra Wilson.
ISBN:
9780253344366
Format :
Book

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"Their conversations range far beyond the biographical--to their feelings, motivations, musical approaches, and attitudes. These women were obviously comfortable with their questioners. [Enstice and Stockhouse] came prepared, having delved deeply into the music and history of each, bringing them closer to the essence of each musician." --from the Preface by Cobi Narita and Paul Ash

"Jazzwomen includes many artists who are not covered in earlier books and also reveals new information about artists who are. In addition, the interview format used in Jazzwomen provides the reader with each artist's own words, permeated with a warmth and immediacy not typically found in author narratives. Jazzwomen is a much-needed book." --David N. Baker, Distinguished Professor of Music and Chairman, Jazz Department, Indiana University School of Music; and Artistic and Musical Director, Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra

Between 1995 and 2000, Wayne Enstice and Janis Stockhouse interviewed dozens of women jazz instrumentalists and vocalists. Jazzwomen collects 21 of the most fascinating interviews. The participants discuss everything--their personal lives, musical training and inspirations, recordings, relationships with other musicians, the music industry, sexism on the bandstand--and often make candid and revealing statements. At the end of each interview is a recommended discography compiled by the authors.

Every jazz listener, musician, teacher, and student will be captivated by interviews with Marian McPartland, Regina Carter, Abbey Lincoln, Cassandra Wilson, Diana Krall, and their peers. Includes a sampler CD with complete works by several of the artists, including Jane Ira Bloom and Ingrid Jensen.


Author Notes

Wayne Enstice is Professor and former Director at the School of Art, University of Cincinnati. His studio work has been exhibited nationally and is included in public and private collections. He is co-author of Jazz Spoken Here with Paul Rubin. He lives in the Cincinnati area.

Janis Stockhouse, Director of Bands at Bloomington High School North in Bloomington, Indiana, is a member of the Young Talent Resource Team of the International Association for Jazz Education. She lives in Bloomington, Indiana.


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Booklist Review

At their best, question-and-answer interviews can communicate personality as impressively as the best fiction. Such outstanding examples of the form are masterpieces of the writer-editor's craft, requiring immense sensitivity to the interviewee's vocal tone, cadences, and inflections, and to the interviewee's characteristic vocabulary. The interviewer must transform raw conversation, with all its verbal tics and vocalized but nonverbal punctuation, into a readable continuity that keeps the sense of what was said and more--the color and juice of a distinctive person. Enstice and Stockhouse bat close to a thousand with their interviews of 21 women who have made their way, often enough to the pinnacle of acclaim, in the male-dominated world of jazz. What pianist Marilyn Crispell says reflects the honed and carefully marshaled strength that she unleashes with such brio in her cascading, effulgent improvisations.oAnne Brackeen, also a pianist, almost induces levitation with the headiness of her kinesthetic worldview, in which everything is ultimately musical. In her concern about dealing with the almost-unheard-of-in-jazz predicament of being a star who is frequently recognized offstage, singer-pianist Dianarall discloses the pressure that grace can live under. Drummer Dottie Dodgion, one of the least known of these interviewees, exudes the professional savoir faire of a half-century-long career. Each woman sounds unique, and as any jazz lover would tell you, that's what makes each of them a jazzwoman. Sublime. --Ray Olson Copyright 2004 Booklist


Library Journal Review

Having spoken with numerous musicians over a period of six years, the authors (educators in music and art) have culled 21 interviews for this book focusing on women prominent in jazz. Thankfully, these aren't just pat question-and-answer sessions, as both authors show a depth of knowledge commensurate with that of the musicians they interviewed. What results are lively interchanges in which the musicians feel comfortable enough to go off on interesting tangents and the interviewers are able to follow them closely. The musicians range widely in age, and their perspectives offer much insight into their own music and into music as a historical whole. Those interviewed run the gamut from soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom to pianist Marian McPartland, with particularly intriguing contributions from organist Shirley Scott and pianist Marilyn Crispell. A wonderfully expressive contribution to jazz literature, this is recommended for all libraries.-William G. Kenz, Minnesota State Univ., Moorhead (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

PrefaceCobi Narita and Paul Ash
IntroductionWayne Enstice
Jane Ira Bloom
JoAnne Brackeen
Clora Bryant
Terri Lyne Carrington
Regina Carter
Marilyn Crispell
Barbara Dennerlein
Dottie Dodgion
Shirley Horn
Ingrid Jensen
Sheila Jordan
Diana Krall
Abbey Lincoln
Virginia Mayhew
Marian McPartland
Helen Merrill
Maria Schneider
Shirley Scott
Carol Sloane
Teri Thornton
Cassandra Wilson