A couple weeks ago, we recommended the book ‘Gender Disparity in UK Jazz: A Discussion’ by Sammy Stein and mentioned that the same author had worked with our director, Millicent Stephenson, in another publication called ‘In Their Own Words’ that was supposed to launch at the beginning of this year, but could not due to the pandemic. Well, the book recently came out and is available for purchase!
Check the official description of the book:
Intimate and revealing interviews with female musicians who have made it on the jazz scene are presented here. Meet some of the greatest female stars and upcoming personalities in the world of jazz. Among these you will find: Selina Albright; Sheila Jordan; Tina May; Isabel Sorling; Ellen Andrea Wang; Silvia Bolognesi; Alison Rayner; Shirley Smart; Mimi Fox; Brandee Younger; Ginetta Vendetta; Taeko Kunishima; Melissa Aldana; Camille Thurman; Millicent Stephenson; Jane Bunnett; Arema Arega; Barb Jungr; Georgia Mancio; Julia Biel; Kitty La Roar.
We also find this review by Emile Manasche from Jazz Times very insightful:
“All That’s Jazz author Sammy Stein’s new book Women in Jazz: The Women, the Legends & Their Fight uses a wide-angle lens to look at how women in a range of different roles have made a life in—and helped shape—jazz. Instead of only focusing on well-known performers, Stein interviewed agents, arrangers, composers, public relations professionals, media members, and more. Her subjects bridge generations (and international boundaries) in an effort to honor the past, assess the present, and point to the future.”