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Friday March 08, 2019

From JAZZIZ

Celebrate International Women’s Day with These All-Female Ensembles
By: Brian Zimmerman

Today is International Women’s Day, a day for celebrating women’s achievement, raising awareness against bias and taking action for equality. At JAZZIZ, we’re marking the occasion by taking a look back at some of the most influential all-female ensembles in jazz history (and a few that are still breaking ground today).

The MOASIC Project
The MOSAIC Project grew out of a 2011 album of the same name by drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, whose initial idea was to feature today’s top female vocalists backed by an all-female ensemble. The album – which featured a core rhythm unit of Carrington on drums, Geri Allen on piano, and Esperanza Spalding on bass – won a Grammy the following year. In 2015, Carrington revisited the project for the album Love and Soul, which featured a similar lineup of musicians but leaned on a heavier R&B and gospel sound. Critically and popularly admired, the band has kept up an active touring schedule. Here they are from a performance in 2012 at the Red Sea Jazz Festival in Israel, where they were joined by Dutch artist Tineke Postma on soprano sax.

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