Koret Discover Jazz Course: The Great Women
4-class series · Wednesdays, March 8 - 29, 7PM-8:30PM
Joe Henderson Lab
Members: $20/class or $60/full course
Public: $25/class or $75/full course
Rebeca Mauleón, Instructor
Get one class FREE when you purchase the entire series!
Who were these powerhouse jazz women who defied the odds and stood shoulder to shoulder with their male counterparts, giving the world their awe-inspiring artistry? When will the playing field finally be leveled in this historically male-dominated field? Why do we need to highlight the accomplishments of women in jazz? Until we no longer have to ask these questions! For our Women’s History Month series, SFJAZZ will honor some of the most influential, talented and groundbreaking artists to shape the jazz landscape.
In class 1 we honor the lasting legacy of pianist, singer-songwriter and civil rights activist Nina Simone. Known for openly addressing the racial inequality that surrounded her as well as drawing from her African-American origins, Simone challenged society’s non-violent approach to social change while cultivating a powerful and moving repertoire. Pianist and educator Tammy Hall guides us through Simone’s indelible imprint on jazz and American folk music, and shares the heart-wrenching story of this pioneering artist. In class 2 Hall returns to celebrate the extraordinary pianistic gifts of Trinidadian-born jazz and classical pianist and vocalist Hazel Scott, the first woman of color to have her own television show in the United States. Bay Area pianist and educator Laura Klein joins us for class 3 as we honor the many gifts of pianist, composer, educator, radio host and 2000 NEA Jazz Master Marian McPartland, a fierce advocate for equity in jazz. And rounding out our series in honor of Women’s History Month, we look at some of the unsung heroines and female instrumentalists in jazz by highlighting the life and work of tenor saxophonist and educator Vi Redd. Joining us for the final class is celebrated saxophonist Tia Fuller, whose tenure with Beyoncé has propelled the gifted player and educator to explore worlds beyond her focus on jazz pedagogy.
March 8: Nina Simone w/ special guest Tammy Hall
March 15: Hazel Scott w/ special guest Tammy Hall
March 22: Marian McPartland w/ special guest Laura Klein
March 29: Vi Redd w/ special guest Tia Fuller