Women in Jazz: Woodwind Players

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Never have there been more prominent women clarinetists, saxophonists, and flutists in jazz than there are today and that trend has continued steadily for years. In the 25th annual Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards alto player Lakecia Benjamin was the Up and Coming Musician of the Year, Lauren Sevian was the Baritone Saxophonist of the Year, Jane Ira Bloom was the Soprano Saxophonist of the Year, Nicole Mitchell the Flutist of the Year, and Anat Cohen the Clarinetist of the Year. In addition, young tenor saxophonists Roxy Coss and Melissa Aldana have become well-known for their playing and composing. The new world of women jazz woodwind players in this hour of Jazz at 100 Today!


  • Host Intro 0:00
  • Jane Ira Bloom Trio "Singing The Triangle" from Early Americans (Outline) 3:31
  • Anat Cohen Quartet "As Rosas Nao Falam" from Claroscuro (Anzic) 8:51
  • Lauren Sevian Quartet "Bliss" from (Posi-Tone Records) 14:42
  • Host Intro 19:07
  • Lakecia Benjamin Sextet "Walk With Me" from Pursuance : The Coltranes (Ropeadope Records) 21:38
  • Roxy Coss Quintet "Nevertheless, She Persisted" from The Future Is Female (Posi-Tone Records) 28:39
  • Host Intro 34:51
  • Nicole Mitchell -Tomeka Reid -Mike Reed Trio "B.K." from Visions (Motema) 37:31
  • Melissa Aldana Quintet "Visions" from Visions (Motema)43:12
  • Lakecia Benjamin Tentet "Prema" from Pursuance: The Coltranes (Ropeadope Records) 51:21
  • Host Outro 57:18

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