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Thursday May 16, 2013

washingtonpost.com

Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival begins final year as women-only showcase

The headline blared: ‘Why Women Musicians Are Inferior.’ It was cringe-inducing even in 1938, when the respected jazz publication DownBeat printed the essay. A rebuttal from a female saxophonist ‘” a ‘skirt swinger’ ‘” was further ridiculed when DownBeat slapped on the title ‘How Can You Blow a Horn With a Brassiere?’

Two generations passed before female bandleaders, instrumentalists and composers ‘” long ensconced in jazz history but often marginalized or maligned ‘” began being saluted at ‘women-in-jazz’ festivals.

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