Fred Witt | March 1st, 2019

On Friday, March 8th, KCSM is celebrating!  It’s the Final Day of our Winter Fund Drive AND its International Women’s Day, so we’re paying tribute to the Ladies, All Day and All Night. KCSM will be shining the spotlight on the unsung heroines of Jazz. That’s our 26th Annual Tribute to Women in Jazz  

Women in music have been around since the outset of Jazz as musicians, composers, arrangers, vocalists, managers, producers, promoters and business women.  They continue to make their voices heard today. 

Jazz today has lots of great examples for lady musicians, and the rest of us. Towering above many lady jazz figures is Marion McPartland, pianist, and for many years in her later life the host on NPR Jazz. A famous arranger and big band trombonist, in the 40’s through 80’s was Melba Liston, along with trumpeter Ellen Seeling from a later period going into present day. Ellen has become Director of the Oakland Montclair Women’s Big Band. Vi Redd and Geri Allen were respectively saxophone, 50’s through 2010 and composer, pianist, 80’s through 2017.

Tune in and join Jayn Pettingill, Alisa Clancy, Chris Cortez, Lee Thomas, Melanie Berzon, Chuy Varela and Kathleen Lawton, for our 26th Annual International Women’s Day Celebration: 24 hours of Women in Jazz on Friday, March 8th, Midnight to Midnight, right here on KCSM, 91.1FM, the Bay Area’s Jazz Station

The images in order are, Marion M, Melba L, Ellen S, and Vi Redd.

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