Conversations with Twenty-One Musicians
Published by: Indiana University Press
392 Pages, 7.00 x 10.00 x 0.00 in, 21 b&w photos
- Published: May 2004
"Their conversations range far beyond the biographical—to their feelings, motivations, musical approaches, and attitudes. These women were obviously comfortable with their questioners. [Enstice and Stockhouse] came prepared, having delved deeply into the music and history of each, bringing them closer to the essence of each musician." —from the Preface by Cobi Narita and Paul Ash
"Jazzwomen includes many artists who are not covered in earlier books and also reveals new information about artists who are. In addition, the interview format used in Jazzwomen provides the reader with each artist's own words, permeated with a warmth and immediacy not typically found in author narratives. Jazzwomen is a much-needed book." —David N. Baker, Distinguished Professor of Music and Chairman, Jazz Department, Indiana University School of Music; and Artistic and Musical Director, Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra
Between 1995 and 2000, Wayne Enstice and Janis Stockhouse interviewed dozens of women jazz instrumentalists and vocalists. Jazzwomen collects 21 of the most fascinating interviews. The participants discuss everything—their personal lives, musical training and inspirations, recordings, relationships with other musicians, the music industry, sexism on the bandstand—and often make candid and revealing statements. At the end of each interview is a recommended discography compiled by the authors.
Every jazz listener, musician, teacher, and student will be captivated by interviews with Marian McPartland, Regina Carter, Abbey Lincoln, Cassandra Wilson, Diana Krall, and their peers. Includes a sampler CD with complete works by several of the artists, including Jane Ira Bloom and Ingrid Jensen.
Preface by Cobi Narita and Paul Ash
Introduction by Wayne Enstice
Jane Ira Bloom
Terri Lyne Carrington
BLOOM - "Always Hope"
BRACKEEN - "Cram 'N Exam"
CARRINGTON - "Giggles"
CRISPELL - "Collage for Coltrane #1"
DENNERLEIN - "Jimmy's Walk"
JENSEN - "Woodcarvings"
JORDAN - "The Crossing"
MAYHEW - "Apple Flambe"
McPARTLAND - "Twilight World"
THORNTON - "Knee Deep in the Blues"
Enstice and Stockhouse have provided a service to the music world with Jazzwomen. This substantial collection offers plenty of informative and entertaining material. It also comes with a sampler CD, featuring performances by many of the artists interviewed. This book truly deserves all the recognition it can get. Anyone interested in this book is definitely in for a treat.~Kyle Simplier, AllAboutJazz.com
Jazzwomen presents a wealth of experiences and life stories, providing a multifaceted view of 20thcentury jazz history. . . . [A]ll the women interviewed . . . share a profound and driving passion for jazz that has defined their lives, and, without exception, the interviewers draw out that passion and zero in on the stories that best illustrate these women's relationships to music.~Montreal Gazette
Jazzwomen includes many artists who are not covered in earlier books and also reveals new information about artists who are. In addition, the interview format used in Jazzwomen provides the reader with each artist's own words, permeated with a warmth and immediacy not typically found in author narratives. Jazzwomen is a much-needed book.~David N. Baker
In Jazzwomen, Wayne Enstice and Janis Stockhouse have assembled a colourful collage of perspectives, opinions, and anecdotes from a diverse selection of musicians, ranging widely across racial, national, and socio-economic boundaries.~Critical Studies in Improvisation
. . . For anyone who loves jazz and is interested in learning more fully the contribution made by women on jazz, this collection of interviews is an essential read. —Salem on Literature, eNotes.com, 4/1/07Magill Book Reviews. Salem Press, 2005. eNotes.com. 2006. http://lit.enotes.com/sale
For anyone who loves jazz and is interested in learning more fully the contribution made by women on jazz, this collection of interviews is an essential read.~Magill Book Reviews