“Women in Jazz”: A Free Student Workshop on March 9th

MAR 9, 2013

Location: Landmark Center, downtown Saint Paul, Room 317
Time: 2:00pm
Cost: Free

On Saturday, March 9th, the Twin Cities Jazz Society and PipJazz Foundation, with additional support from the Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education, team up to present a workshop aimed at encouraging young women to seriously consider careers in jazz and jazz education. “Women in Jazz” will introduce students from middle school through college to a diverse group of professional jazz musicians who will share their perspectives, challenges and strategies for building successful careers in a field still dominated by men. This free workshop will be held at Landmark Center in downtown St Paul (Room 317) from 2-4 pm. Students are encouraged to pre-register to ensure a space in this workshop.

Although jazz has long been considered one of the most democratic art forms, women other than vocalists continue to be under-represented as performers, composers, arrangers, bandleaders and educators. And although young women are significantly represented in middle and high school jazz programs, far fewer pursue jazz at the college level, and fewer still join the ranks of professional jazz musicians, educators, journalists and business agents.  Yet there are increasing numbers of successful “jazz women” who serve as role models for a new generation –including Grammy winning bassist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding, critics poll-winning/Jazz Times cover artist/clarinetist Anat Cohen, native Minnesotan and acclaimed bandleader and composer Maria Schneider, Piano Jazz host Marian McPartland, Grammy-winning drummer Teri Lynne Carrington, and more.

The Women in Jazz Workshop will provide a brief historical overview of women who have significantly contributed to the growth of jazz, an interactive panel discussion about the challenges and opportunities facing women in jazz today, and end with a jam session —students are invited to bring their instruments! The panel of presenters includes a cross section of Twin Cities artists who will later come together as a guest ensemble for the May 11th PipJazz Sundays concert:

  • Pippi Ardennia: vocalist, bandleader, composer and workshop host
  • Patty Peterson: vocalist, KBEM radio host and bandleader
  • Debbie Duncan: vocalist, college instructor and bandleader
  • Mary Louise Knutson: pianist, composer, arranger, bandleader and instructor
  • Joan Griffith: guitarist, bassist, mandolinist, composer, college instructor
  • Kari Musil: saxophonist, composer, bandleader, high school band director
  • Sheila Earley: drummer, percussionist, composer, instructor
  • Zosha Warpeha: violinist, vocalist, composer, senior at Perpich Center for Arts Education

This workshop is open to any student at any level of interest and experience (guys included!) in Middle School through college level. To ensure your spot, pre-registration is recommended. See registration link at www.pipjazz.com

Landmark Center is located at 75 W. 5th Street in downtown St. Paul.

This workshop is supported in part by the Twin Cities Jazz Society’s Jane Donahue Education Fund, and by a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council to the Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education, funded in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008. 

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