Thursday, March 19, 2009

AccuJazz News: Roll-Out Continues With "Women of Jazz"

This week's new channel is called "Women of Jazz" and it delivers on the title's promise: it plays over 700 songs from female-led sessions. No men allowed. Well, I guess there are bound to be some dudes playing as sidemen on these recordings, but they're just supporting the woman's vision. On this channel, it's all about the ladies.

The classic vocalists, like Ella, Billie, Sarah, Anita, etc. are all here. So are innovative instrumentalists like Geri Allen, Regina Carter, Nicole Mitchell, Hiromi, Mary Halvorson, Jenny Scheinman and more. Great female arrangers like Maria Schneider and Carla Bley are also well-represented, as is the pack of younger female vocalists, including Cassandra Wilson, Kate McGarry, Patricia Barber, and plenty lesser known talents.

The jazz world isn't a man's, man's, man's, man's world after all -- and nowhere else is there such stark proof of that than on our new "Women of Jazz" channel. Give it a listen now, and let me know who YOUR favorite jazz women are, right here or on Twitter, MySpace, Facebook, or the ShoutBox on the AccuJazz homepage. Most of mine were already mentioned above. Go ahead, listen already!

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