• On The Bookcase with Monika Herzig

    14th September 2021

    The second episode in our new podcast series ‘On The Bookcase’, we welcome Monika Herzig with music from Hannah Horton. Available here: On The Bookcase Episode Two

    In 1987, the pedagogical institute in Weingarten, Germany awarded a scholarship for a one-year exchange program at the University of Alabama to one of their students, jazz pianist Monika Herzig. Together with her partner and guitarist Peter Kienle, she arrived in the States on a one-way ticket, with one suitcase of belongings and one guitar in August 1988.

    Since then she has completed her Doctorate in Music Education with minor fields in Jazz Studies at Indiana University, where she is now a faculty member in Arts Administration. Her book “David Baker – A Legacy in Music” was released November 2011 on IU Press, and Experiencing Chick Corea: A Listener’s Companion on Rowman and Littlefield, 2017.

    As a touring jazz artist, she has performed at many prestigious jazz clubs and festivals, such as the Indy Jazz Fest, Cleveland’s Nighttown, Birdland, the Manchester Craftsmen Guild, to name just a few. Groups under her leadership have toured Germany, opened for acts such as Tower of Power, Sting, the Dixie Dregs, Yes, and more.

    She has released more than a dozen CDs under her leadership on her own ACME Records as well as Owl Studios and Whaling City Sounds. Her awards include a 1994 Down Beat Magazine Award for Best Original Song, a Jazz Journalist Association Hero 2015 award, as well as grants from the NEA, the Indiana Arts Commission, MEIEA, among others. Her newest project “SHEroes” features the world’s leading female jazz instrumentalists including Leni Stern, Jamie Baum, Ingrid Jensen, Jennifer Vincent, Ada Rovatti, Mayra Casales, Reut Regev, and more with a second release date of March 2018. Thomas Garner from Garageradio.com writes, “I was totally awed by the fine musicianship throughout”.

    https://www.monikaherzig.com/

  • Women in Jazz Media Team News

    12th September 2021

    For those of you who would like to follow our team, we thought we would publish a monthly team update article to share some of the teams work both inside and outside of Women in Jazz Media. Our group is all volunteer based, so as you can image, everyone is working very hard doing their thing!

    Erminia Yardley has just published her latest article for Jazz in Europe, reviewing Chris Standring's new album. You can read it here: The Power of Music: Chris Standring at his best The article includes stunning photography from Carl Hyde.

    To follow and support Erminia's work, you can find her on Twitter: Erminia Yardley

    Kim Cypher along with her weekly radio show, is focussing on Bulgarian vocalist, band leader and composer Ami Oprenova. She is coming to the UK for a tour with a launch gig on Sunday 26th September at Toulouse Lautrec. Kim will be interviewing her and she is also collaborating with her for a gig in Cheltenham on Thursday 7th October. Kim is still excited about making her Ronnie Scotts debut a little while ago and you can read all about it here: Kim Cypher: Catching Dreams

    To follow and support Kim's work, you can find her here: Kim Cypher

    Rouhangeze has been working on her new album and we are excited for its upcoming release. She spoke to Chris Newstead of Watford Jazz Junction all about it here: Chatting with singer & composer Rouhangeze. She has a show coming up very soon at The Spice Of Life with her jazz fusion band The Scientists, tickets here: Spice of Life. Rouhangeze has also been announced as a new presenter for Jazz FM 'We're so excited for Rouhangeze to join the team and presenting her brand-new show 'Jazz Odyssey' every Friday evening from 1am, exploring the musical cross-pollination of jazz and beyond'

    To follow and support Rouhangeze work, you can find her here: Rouhangeze

    and lastly for this update, but by no means least, we are excited to see Wendy Kirkland's new single release 'Detour Ahead' which is available now: Detour Ahead. Wendy has also recently performed two sell out shows at Ronnie Scotts and you can read about them here: Wendy Kirkland: Her Time To Shine

    To follow and support Wendy, you can find her here: Wendy Kirkland

  • The Jazz Environment - new video

    12th September 2021

    We have been exploring the jazz environment, looking at ways we can support everyone in their work. To start with, we asked a wide range of people, across the UK to start with, three questions:

    What do you consider is a healthy jazz environment?

    How is the jazz environment in your work?

    And finally, what can we do to change it?

    We were thrilled with the response and very grateful that some people were happy to film their answers. Huge thank you to Sarah Moule, Roger Wilson, Luca Manning, Charlotte Keeffe, Derek Daley, Helena Summerfield, Graham J, Ashaine White and Wendy Kirkland. Video available here: The Jazz Environment UK

  • New Podcast Series: Knocking Down The Door

    11th September 2021

    We are very excited to be launching our new podcast series this month in partnership with Céline Peterson and Black Lives in Music. Stayed tuned for our first episode!

  • The photography of Fatiha Berrak with music from Ioana Selaru - new video launch!

    8th September 2021

    Very happy to launch the second video as part of our Women in Jazz Media initiative to platform and support female photographers and composers. The stunning photography of Fatiha Berrak accompanied by a beautiful soundtrack from Ioana Selaru 'Any Minute Now'.

    You can watch the video here: The photography of Fatiha Berrak with music from Ioana Selaru

    Link to Ioana Selaru here: https://ioanaselaru.com/

    Links to Fatiha Berrak here: https://www.facebook.com/fatiha.berrak

    Our full video series is also available on Facebook

  • Women in Jazz Media at the EFG London Jazz Festival Playlist

    30th August 2021

    Our new Women in Jazz Media Playlist is now out featuring a selection of the artists performing at our EFG London Jazz Festival event. More in our next playlist. For this volume, we have created it here on Spotify

    As always we would encourage you to buy directly from the artist, and all the links are on our site here:

    Hannah Horton Alina Bzhezhinska Helena Debano Georgia Mancio Migdalia Van Der Hoven Ashaine White Wendy Kirkland Kim Cypher Rouhangeze Esther Bennett Lara Jones Charlotte Keeffe Jay Phelps Jas Kayser Lara Eidi London Gay Big Band

  • Women in Jazz Media at the EFG London Jazz Festival: Tickets now live!

    12th August 2021

    Tickets are now released for our event as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival at Toulouse Lautrec! We are very excited about our programme and do hope you will join us. All the information is available in our event magazine, which is fully interactive and accessible on all devices - you can even download it as pdf. The links will take you directly to the ticketing site.

    Click here: Women in Jazz Media at the EFG London Jazz Festival

  • In Conversation with...Janine Irons and Gary Crosby

    12th August 2021

    In our latest podcast episode in our 'In Conversation with...' series Ashaine White talks to the inspirational Janine Irons and Gary Crosby, available here: In Conversation With

    Tomorrow’s Warriors believes in a world where opportunities for participation, ownership and leadership in music and the arts are available to all and its CEO Janine Irons is a woman with a purpose. With three decades of service to the music industry as joint leader and founder of the acclaimed and respected talent development organisation, she has always been a passionate advocate for excellence, equality and an inclusive approach in the design and delivery of music education. Through her work, she has delivered alongside co-founder Gary Crosby OBE, against considerable odds, a unique organisation that with its focus on black and female talent and those facing socio economic barriers, truly gives back and significantly contributes to the progress of young talent progression, diversity & social mobility in the arts in this country.

    Gary Crosby OBE is a towering figure in jazz. He was a founder member of the seminal Jazz Warriors in the 1980s. As founder of Gary Crosby’s Nu Troop and Jazz Jamaica, he has earned a reputation as one of the UK’s most respected bassists and band leaders whilst, as cofounder of Tomorrow’s Warriors, he has nurtured the early careers of hundreds of aspiring young jazz artists, from the inaugural Tomorrow’s Warriors of Byron Wallen, Tony Kofi and Denys Baptiste to the current ‘new wave’ of Sons of Kemet, Zara McFarlane, Binker & Moses, Ezra Collective, Nubya Garcia and Nérija.

    Tomorrow Warriors

  • Tara Minton and Monika S Jakubowska - New video launch!

    6th August 2021

    Very happy to launch the first video as part of our Women in Jazz Media initiative to platform and support female photographers and composers. The stunning photography of Monika S Jakubowska accompanied by a beautiful soundtrack from Tara Minton (Eugénie by Tara Minton, Courtesy of Lateralize Records)

    You can watch the video here: Tara Minton and Monika S Jakubowska

  • Women in Jazz Media Playlist Volume 5

    27th July 2021

    Our new Women in Jazz Media Playlist is now out: Volume 5. For this volume, we have created it on Spotify We publish a new playlist each month and try to share a wide range of women from across the world - new releases, legacy artists, new and established artists and also some women we think you should know about but maybe don't! We keep it to 15 artists per playlist to give you time to discover, listen and share these incredible women.

    As always we would encourage you to buy directly from the artist, and all the links are on our site here:

    Rebecca Angel Carmella Rappazzo Ashaine White Beverly Bernie Lori Williams Colectiva Aymee Nuviola

    Tara Minton Jas Kayser Alice Coltrane Jutta Hipp Julia Biel Charu Suri Helena Debano Betty Carter

  • Recent Articles from the team!

    26th July 2021

    The team have been busy writing for our Women in Jazz Media column at Jazz in Europe spreading the word about some wonderful artists and experiences.

    Singer, songwriter and storyteller Lara Eidi writes about her visit to the Athens Technopolis Jazz Festival in a fascinating three-part series: Jazz Odyssey: A Tale of Two Cities

    Erminia Yardley reviews David Burke's: Giant Steps: Diverse Journeys in British Jazz

    Aydenne Simone explores the unsung heroine that is Lil Hardin: A Pillar in the rear View Mirror

    Fiona Ross interviewed Kim Cypher about her upcoming Ronnie Scott's debut in Catching Dreams

    and she also spoke to Georgia Mancio in Incandescent is her star

    More articles soon!

  • We've been nominated!

    7th July 2021

    We are thrilled to have been nominated for the Jazz Media 2021 award for the Parliamentary Jazz Awards!

    Press Release

    Nominations announced for the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2021

    The nominations have today been announced for the 2021 Parliamentary Jazz Awards.The Awards, organised by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG) with the support of PizzaExpress Live. The recipients of the 2021 Parliamentary Jazz Awards will be announced online on Monday 26th July 2021. The Parliamentary Awards celebrate and recognise the vibrancy, diversity, talent and breadth of the jazz scene throughout the United Kingdom.

    The award categories reflect the ever-increasing scope of talent from within the UK’s jazz scene: Jazz Vocalist of the Year; Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year; Jazz Album of the Year; Jazz Ensemble of the Year; Jazz Newcomer of the Year; Jazz Venue of the Year; Jazz Media Award; Jazz Education Award; and the Services to Jazz Award.

    Following the online public vote for the Awards, the shortlist was then voted upon by a selection panel, that represent a broad cross-section of backgrounds united in their passion and knowledge of jazz. The winners, chosen by judging members of the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG), will be announced on Monday 26th July 2021.

    John Spellar MP, Co-Chair of APPJAG, said: "These awards are a great opportunity to celebrate the talents and energies of the great musicians, educators, promoters, record labels, jazz organisations, blogs, jazz magazines and journalists who kept jazz flourishing, in spite of the challenges they faced in 2020. In a year of hardship, unparalleled in the last 76 years, these shortlists demonstrate the wealth of talent and commitment that exists in the British jazz scene. Now in its 16th year, the Parliamentary Jazz Awards honour the best of British jazz. MPs and Peers in the All Party Group are grateful to PizzaExpress Live for supporting the event.”

    Further information and list of all nominees here: London Jazz News

  • A Review Of Jazz In England from the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group

    4th July 2021

    The All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG) undertakes many activities to support the growth and development of the jazz industry in the UK. The group has over 100 members from all political parties and their aim is ‘to encourage wider and deeper enjoyment of jazz, to increase Parliamentarians’ understanding of the jazz industry and issues surrounding it, to promote jazz as a musical form and to raise its profile inside and outside Parliament’.

    In May, the group launched an important review of jazz in England, led by Chris Hodgkins and an expert advisory panel, chaired by the inspirational Dr Kathy Dyson. We caught up with both Chris and Dr Kathy to explore the importance of this review. We asked Chris why this survey is important to him, not just as APPJAG’s Secretary but also as a musician

    APPJAG has been lobbying for a better deal for musicians and promoters who have fallen through the cracks in the Covid crisis and a fairer deal for musicians from the streaming platforms. A key role of APPJAG is to increase the knowledge and understanding for Parliamentarians and to do this we need facts and figures that is one reason for the review. Secondly, the last review of jazz was undertaken by the Arts Council in 1996. with Covid, Brexit, 10 years of constant belt tightening we need to understand how the infrastructure for jazz is faring, how musicians are coping, how promoters are dealing with the current situation. From this analysis, we can look at where are now and plan where we want to get to. To get there we need a succinct action plan that the jazz constituency can debate and own. The information and analysis will be of benefit to everybody, Parliamentarians, Government departments, funding bodies, trade organisations, the jazz constituency, and the public at large. For myself as a musician, I like to know how things tick in terms of audiences, demographics, economics, supply and demand. Where musicians are heading in terms of what Paul Berliner calls the "musician's odyssey" - an odyssey that encompasses economic pressures, professional opportunities, artistic pathways, practice, recording and refining their abilities

    The review is undertaken by Chris and a panel, chaired by Dr Kathy Dyson who among many incredible achievements was the first female Executive Committee Chair for the Musicians Union. We asked Chris how Kathy’s work and experience supports the review and the work that APPJAG is trying to achieve.

    "Kathy - I should say Dr Kathy Dyson - is a professional musician, a proven jazz educator, a broadcaster and was the chair of the Musician's Union for a number of years, and is the ideal person to chair the Review of Jazz in England"

    Dr Kathy Dyson explains that "The pandemic is far from over; indeed, the Delta variant is growing in many parts of the country. Many venues are still closed, and some are operating social distancing policies and hence fewer audience members. Jazz musicians are making their first tentative steps to playing live gigs again many of which are outside for obvious reasons. So we are far from 'returning to normal’ if indeed that is possible, and the survey is intended to find out in detail and depth just where musicians and all those in the jazz community find themselves at this juncture and how we might be able to help".

    It is always a challenge to encourage people to complete surveys and so we asked Chris what he would say to anyone who has had enough of surveys and perhaps does not understand their value:

    ‘First off, people can start and return to the form, they do not have to do it all in one go. It is another questionnaire to fill in and is probably a pain to do but the benefits to the jazz community are immeasurable. The information will help everybody from the jazz constituency to funding bodies and sponsors who can make better informed decisions. APPJAG can go into bat for jazz as they are armed with the facts and are well briefed.’

    We are very happy to support and share this review and if you would also like to support, here is the link for further information and the surveys themselves:

    Review of Jazz in England

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  • Women in Jazz Media Playlist Volume 4

    25th June 2021

    Our new Women in Jazz Media Playlist is now out: Volume 4. For this volume, we have created it on Spotify So many different ways to explore wonderful music. As always we would encourage you to buy directly from the artist, and all the links are on our site here:

    Samara Joy Nora Germain Midori Jaeger Jo Harrop Charlotte Keeffe Sunna Gunnlaugs Maria Joäo Sun Mi Hong
    Josefine Lindstrand Melba Liston Molly Johnson Sammy Jackson Mary Lou Williams Marianne McGregor

  • Girls in Jazz Media Workshop with The Premises

    17th June 2021

    Women in Jazz Media are excited to announce the ‘Girls in Jazz Media’ Workshops for girls and young women ages 8-15, from 17-20th of August in partnerships with the Premises Studios. After a hugely successful pilot scheme with Jazz North through the Jazz Camp for Girls initiative, Women in Jazz Media are now extending the project to London.

    The workshops bring an exciting first experience of how to use different types of media as a tool in the music industry for developing confidence and communication skills and for exploring the power and impact of voices. Held over four days, with a fantastic range of tutors and industry experts, each day is a stand-alone event, so you can choose to attend one day, two days, three days or all of them. £25 per day.

    Places are limited, so book a place now! Full details available here: Girls in Jazz Media August Workshops

    We are thrilled to have the hugely inspiring Carol Leeming MBA FRSA as a guest speaker on our journalism day

    as well as some amazing tutors and special guests!

  • Women in Jazz Media nominated for national Diversity award!

    17th June 2021

    We are hugely honoured, surprised and thrilled to have been nominated for this award. We are also very excited to see so many of team members nominated as positive role models for their work, not just in Women in Jazz Media, of course, but all of their achievements.

  • Launch of our second podcast series 'On The Bookcase'

    12th June 2021

    Excited to launch our new podcast series ‘On The Bookcase’, featuring female authors from across the world, with host Fiona Ross and original music from Hannah Horton. Available here: On The Bookcase

    In this first episode we are honoured to welcome Dr. Tammy L. Kernodle. Her work is hugely significant and inspirational to many. Primarily in the areas of African American music (Classical and Popular), jazz, and gender and popular music, she served as the Scholar in Residence for the Women in Jazz Initiative at the American Jazz Museum and has worked closely with a number of educational programs including Kennedy Center’s Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival, Jazz@Lincoln Center, NPR, Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame Lecture series and the BBC. Her work has appeared in American Studies, Musical Quarterly, Black Music Research Journal, The Journal of the Society of American Music, American Music Research Journal, The U.S Catholic Historian, The African American Lectionary Project and numerous anthologies.

    Dr Kernolde is also the author of biography Soul on Soul: The Life and Music of Mary Lou Williams which sits proudly on ouy Women in Jazz Media bookcase. She served as Associate Editor of the three-volume Encyclopedia of African American Music and as a scholarly consultant for the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s inaugural exhibits entitled “Musical Crossroads” and appears in a number of award-winning documentaries including Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band and Girls in the Band and recently Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool. In 2014, she received the Effective Educator Award from the Miami University Alumni Association and in 2018 was awarded the Benjamin Harrison Medallion. The Harrison Award is the highest award given to a Miami University faculty member in recognition of their research, teaching and service. She is currently the President of the Society for American Music.

  • Girls in Jazz Media at The Premises Studios, London: Summer Camp

    4th June 2021

    Women in Jazz Media are excited to announce the ‘Girls in Jazz Media’ Workshops for girls and young women ages 8-15, from 17-20th of August in partnerships with the Premises Studios. After a hugely successful pilot scheme with Jazz North through the Jazz Camp for Girls initiative, Women in Jazz Media are now extending the project to London.

    The workshops bring an exciting first experience of how to use different types of media as a tool in the music industry for developing confidence and communication skills and for exploring the power and impact of voices. Held over four days, with a fantastic range of tutors and industry experts, each day is a stand-alone event, so you can choose to attend one day, two days, three days or all of them.

    Tuesday August 17th Day 1: Producing and Recording a Podcast

    Wednesday August 18th Day 2: Portrait and Live Music Photography

    Thursday August 19th Day 3: Music Journalism and creative writing: The power of the voice in the Music industry

    Day 4: Live performance event: Showcasing your Media Skills

    £25 per day. For more information and bookings please contact: info@womeninjazzmedia.com

  • STOCKHOLM WOMENS INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL

    26th May 2021

    This inspiring festival runs on May 27th and 28th 2021 with an aim to promote female instrumentalists, band leaders and composers within Jazz and Improvised Music. Strengthening jazz music by presenting high-quality, award-winning international and Swedish composers / instrumentalists / band leaders who don’t identify themselves as men.

    ‘This has a long-lasting vision and why we decided to also hold a conference on gender balance. The music is always beautiful, but we also wanted to make this a moment of reflection. It is about the beauty of the female musician. We have a kind of dream goal which is to become a place for the new generation to get their inspiration, to be inspired by the women that they will see playing on our stages. Show them to the young girls and say yes, continue! Please continue studying because you can be on the stage. That's our dream to give them the possibility.’ Loredana Franza

    The event is open to all and has free entrance. Link here:

    Day 1, May 27th is the Jazz conference "Gender Balance: numbers vs respect" with a fantastic line up of guests including Kim Macari, Henna Salo, Pelin Opcin, Martyna van Nieuwland, Sunna Gunnlaugs and Nadin Deventer

    Performers include: Linnea Jonsson, IdKa Jazz, Sun-Mi Hon, Maria João with Ogre, Anna Lundqvist, Susanna Risberg, Josefine Lindstrand, Sunna Gunnlaugs and Julia Hulsmann

    Full interview coming soon!

  • Women in Jazz Media Playlist Volume 3

    22nd May 2021

    Our new Women in Jazz Media Playlist is now out: Volume 3. For this volume, we have created it on Deezer So many different ways to explore wonderful music. As always we would encourage you to buy directly from the artist, and all the links are on our site here:

    Lara Eidi Camille Thurman Clare Foster Andrea Motis Helena Debano Georgia Mancio Pearl Cutten Terri Lyne Carrington Keyna Wilkins Alexandra Ridout Artemis Tania Giannouli Cécile McLorin Salvant Linda May Han Oh Sophie Bancroft

  • Top tips and guidance for new writers

    13th May 2021

    As part of our ongoing mission to create a more diverse Jazz industry, we have been contacting publications, authors and journalists to ask if they would share their top tips and guidance to help new writers. We have been thrilled by the response and are very happy to publish some thoughts from Todd Jenkins, author of Free Jazz and Free Improvisation: An Encyclopedia and I Know What I Know: The Music of Charles Mingus

    My primary advice would be to evaluate any contract thoroughly to make sure it's as beneficial to the writer as it is to the publisher, and intelligently devised. Before signing, the writer should get a definitive answer as to the pay scale, the list price of the book, the format in which it will be published, and the marketing strategy for the book. All of this should be documented in print before the contract is signed. It might also be wise to guarantee that the writer has input about the cover art.

    This comes from my own naivete when I signed a book contract at 25. The publisher normally dealt with libraries and research institutes, and they proceeded with my free jazz encyclopedia as they would with any other reference: they needlessly split it into two volumes, making the cataloguing for sale confusing; they set the list price at almost three hundred dollars (roughly £220); and they didn't market it to *any* jazz publications, organizations, or collegiate music departments. Sixteen years after it was published, they still haven't sold out of the original print run. Not knowing anything about free jazz or bothering to ask me, they even put Miles Davis on the front cover. My Mingus book was issued two years later by a different imprint of the same publishing house. The price was more amenable, but they did absolutely no promotion of it even though they were contractually obligated to do so. A year after it came out, Howard Mandel asked me when it was coming out!

    The one positive outcome was that it made me much more attentive to the details of a contract, and more proactive about its execution. I hope that advice will be helpful to your writers.

  • New Women in Jazz Media column with Jazz In Europe

    1st May 2021

    We are very excited to announce our new Women in Jazz Media column with Jazz in Europe We are thankful to Jazz in Europe for giving us this important platform. We start with Kim Cypher interviews the incredible drummer Daisy Palmer with some wonderful photos from Monika S. Jakubowska

    We also have an important article from Mirian Arbalejo who talks about the Spanish jazz community and reflecting on better standards in jazz journalism.

    and we also have Fiona Ross interviewing the inspirational Malika Tirolien

    We are looking forward to sharing more articles with you soon!

  • Women in Jazz Media Playlist: Volume 2

    24th April 2021

    Our new Women in Jazz Media Playlist is now out. For this volume, we have created it on You Tube. So many different ways to explore wonderful music. As always we would encourage you to buy directly from the artist, and all the links are on our site here:

    Collette Cooper Jo Harrop Brandee Younger Abbie Finn Aydenne Simone Hannah Horton Diana Torti Camilla George Sarah Heneghan Nicola Farnon Daisy Godfrey China Moses Charlotte Keefe Ashaine White Helena Debono Jackie Richardson

  • Women in Jazz Media Live Event at The Vortex!

    23rd April 2021

    Tickets are now available here Ticket Link

  • Our work with and for writers

    18th April 2021

    We are Women in Jazz Media are a team of women passionate about achieving a very clear goal: A equal, diverse, safe and healthy Jazz Industry. We are incredibly grateful for the support we receive and the very kind comments. We wanted to share with you some of the work we have been doing and also how you could support further, if you wanted to. First up, writers.

    What we do

    We actively seek out existing female writers and support and promote their work

    We look for new female writers and offer support

    Mentoring scheme for new writers

    We work with our partner publications to create a diverse and gender balanced voice and ensure female writers have a place

    We have created the Women in Jazz Media bookcase to share and promote female authors

    We ask established writers to share their experiences and guidance through our podcast series and our ‘tips and guidance’ resource

    We published our first entirely female led and managed magazine platforming women. 60% of the writers were female and 40% were male writers that we invited to contribute.

    Since we started, we have increased the gender balance on three Jazz publications and one of those publications now has their first black female writer.

    What you can do

    Read, support and share the work of female writers

    If you are interested in writing, get in touch!

    If you are an experienced writer and would like to support new writers, consider applying to be one our mentors

    If you are an experienced writer and would like to share some guidance, please get in touch.

    If you know someone who you think would be great at writing, tell them, and get in touch!

    If you see a publication that is not equal and diverse, let us know and we will try to work with that publication.

  • Women in Jazz Media Hardship Support Project

    14th April 2021

    Working in the Jazz industry is a struggle for us all, especially since COVID19. We at Women in Jazz Media have been working hard to support female/female identifying artists across the world in many ways and we continue to develop and grow the ways we can support. We are very happy to announce a new initiative led by Monika S. Jakubowska.

    • Free photo shoots for female Jazz artists who are experiencing financial hardship.

    Monika S. Jakubowska is a renowned photographer, with work published in many publications including The Guardian, The Times, The Telegraph and she is one of the official photographers at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club. She says ‘I really want to help young people working on their project and in need of promo shoots, band shots and so on. People who really need some support

    This is a pilot project for musicians who are either based in London, or able to travel to London. We hope to open this up across the UK and beyond soon with a range of female photographers.

    We would like to support anyone who needs support in a fair and transparent way. Using guidance from the Help Musicians UK support fund, applications are open to anyone who is under financial hardship for example:

    Receiving Universal Credit and still struggling to make ends meet.

    Not eligible for Universal Credit but experiencing significant financial hardship and struggling to make ends meet

    Complex needs that go beyond financial hardship. These may include long-term health issues, complicated domestic circumstances or complex financial situations.

    We would value an open dialogue with you to ensure this financial support offer is going to women who need it. All applications will be considered and explored confidentially by the Women in Jazz Media team.

    Please note if you are successful, there is no requirement for you to reference the Women in Jazz Media Support Project in any way, but you will be required to credit the photographer for their work and be an advocate for ensuring their work is credited whenever it is used.

    Applications are through this form: Women in Jazz Media Photography Support Fund

  • Women in Jazz Media Live event!

    10th April 2021

    We are very excited to announce our first Women in Jazz Media live event on April 29th in partnership with the Vortex Jazz Club Huge shout out to team members Lara Jones and Aurelie Freoua for working hard behind the scenes to make this happen!

    We have four performance slots available for London based* female/female identifying artists. Please email us on info@womeninjazzmedia.com with your social media links, which must include a live video performance.

    We have a very short turn around time, so applications are open until Monday April 12th. All applications will be valued and respected.

    The wonderful artist Aurelie Freoua will be creating live paintings of the artists during the event. Due to current COVID 19 restrictions, the live event will be recorded and aired on International Jazz Day: April 30th

    We will be holding live events on a regular basis, throughout the UK and beyond, as soon as lockdown restrictions have eased, in partnership with a range of venues. Join us for our first one!

    *London based due to COVID travel considerations.

  • Top tips and guidance for new writers

    5th April 2021

    As part of our ongoing mission to create a more diverse Jazz industry, we have been contacting publications, authors and journalists to ask if they would share their top tips and guidance to help new writers. We have been thrilled by the response and are very happy to publish some thoughts from the inspirational Angelika Beener

    I love jazz because it is one of the most honest forms of expression there is. It requires honesty, intelligence, integrity and vulnerability. These essentials are needed in all facets of humanity. I love jazz because it's a blueprint for how we should operate in the world.

    To jazz writers, my advice would be to come to the craft the same way a musician comes to their craft. It comes back to honesty. Let the music lead you, always. Writers can get caught up in lots of traps. And while pitches, and hooks and marketing have their place, when you sit down to write, let it come from a heart space. Even if you're doing a review or a critique... open the heart center. Because that's where you'll find your originality as a writer.

    To the musicians out there, I know that now -- especially as we wade through the challenges of a pandemic -- things are tough. Not only are we faced with some big challenges, but there's no certain or clear-cut solution for us all just yet. Keep perfecting your craft. Make use of the time that the world has slowed down to get your practice regimen together; get a band together to rehearse with; stream performances online... hone your craft! Because things will indeed get moving again. And when they do, preparation will be important. So, make sure that you are working on your craft every single day!

  • Top tips and guidance for new writers - new series!

    23rd March 2021

    As part of our ongoing mission to create a more diverse Jazz industry, we have been contacting publications to ask if they would share their top tips and guidance to help new writers. We have been thrilled by the response and are very happy to publish our first one from Nick Lea, Editor in Chief of Jazz Views

    Top tips for new writers

    Nick Lea: Editor in Chief of Jazz Views

    When writing a review always approach it with an open mind. Often preconceptions about an artist that you either know or have heard about from press releases or colleagues/friends will be at odds with what you are about to listen too. In other words, 'don't judge a book by its cover' and expect the unexpected.

    Try not to read other reviews of the album that have been published elsewhere. You do not want the thoughts of others to influence your take on what you are listening too. Sometimes others will also come to the same conclusions as you, and if you have read this elsewhere it may discourage you from writing what you really feel about the music for fear of paraphrasing or echoing the sentiments of another reviewer.

    If at all possible, your first listen to the album should be 'blind' without having read the sleeve notes or press releases.

    I always like to listen to an album at least 3 or 4 times, usually more, before writing my review. It is okay to make notes at this stage but be prepared to revise or change your opinions as you get to know the music. You will always find things that you have not heard on previous listening.

    If you do not like the music, that is fine but do not simply dismiss it. You can write about what you did find interesting and write constructively about what did not appeal. Always remember when reviewing an album that this is the culmination of someone's life work. The hours spent studying, practicing and live performance have all led to the recording you are listening to.

    Always be yourself when reviewing albums. It is your opinion that your readers want not a mirror image of what they may have read elsewhere. We all hear music from different perspectives, we may be musicians or have no musical or theoretical knowledge but just enjoy listening, but your opinion in well written and thought-out review will be valued.

    Above all, enjoy the process of writing the review!

  • New Women in Jazz Media Playlist

    18th March 2021

    We have just created a new Women in Jazz Media Playlist Volume 1 on Spotify:

    Women in Jazz Media Playlist Volume 1

    We would, however, like to encourage you to support artists via purchasing their music. The links below take you straight to the artists sites where you can purchase music included on the WIJM playlist Volume 1:

    Georgia Mancio

    Ashaine White

    Kim Cypher

    Marta Capponi

    Wendy Kirkland

    Esther Bennett

    Malika Tirolien

    Emily Saunders

    Sarah Moule

    Collette Cooper

    Yuhan Su

    Fiona Ross

  • Latest article from Ashaine White

    17th March 2021

    Jazz Views have just published Ashaine White's article about her conversation with the incredible Angélika Beener for our podcast series. Angélika tells Ashaine:

    'Do the work, rise to the occasion as much as you can and then shoot your shot! You’d be surprised who might give you a chance, especially if you are black and especially if you are woman. This is a good time for us to kick in the door’

    In Conversation with… ANGÉLIKA BEENER

  • New release from Marta Capponi

    10th March 2021

    Stunning new album released March 9th from the fantastic Marta Capponi: Life Within

    Available on Bandcamp

  • International Women's Day: Women Who Inspire by Nigel Jarrett

    8th March 2021

    We asked Jazz Journalist Nigel Jarrett (https://jazzjournal.co.uk/) to share his thoughts on an inspirational woman as part of our International Women's Day celebrations. Here is his wonderful article:

    You have to be feisty to be a female jazz musician. While gender has become more complex, the complexity applies to both beings formerly known as men and beings formerly known as women. So there's a cancelling out of sub-divisions which leaves us with the original generic nomenclature needed to understand why women jazz musicians have a tougher time of it than the men, and why they need to battle on an additional front to the one jazz musicians as a whole accept as routine; and why a female jazz trumpeter might have to field a male comment about how he wished he were the trumpet engaging nightly with a ravishing embouchure.

    They not only have to convince a promoter to take them on because they are jazzers; they also have to do so because they are women. It's a double bind that applies elsewhere but more tightly in jazz because jazz jostles and shoves with bourbon-swilling, beer-quaffing alpha-males (not that the women couldn't handle spirits or ale and in fair quantity).

    There are exquisite examples of how the two co-exist. Miles Davis, having a relaxing intermission cigarette on the pavement outside Birdland is picked on by a bored cop because he's black and won't move on, and because the cop for no reason wants him to. Miles gets beaten up for his trouble, or lack of wanting any trouble. At a different time and asserting his superiority as a breadwinner, Miles thumps his wife, Frances Taylor Davis, after she comments approvingly on Quincy Jones's good looks, just as his father had floored his mother. Miles was high on a coke cocktail when he took a swing at Frances. The other elements in these stories – skin colour, parental example, drug dependency – can also be cancelled to leave that telling male-female fulcrum on which the ultimate balance is too often weighted in the man's favour.

    It's the right juncture to clarify the position, vis-a-vis male jazz musicians and male jazz followers. The former know they are in the same boat, especially if they share the additional bonding of being black. Of course, there are plenty of examples of how the male musician's chauvinism transcends his sense of musical fraternity. But it's the male-dominated wash of jazz admirers – in the provinces at least a superannuated crowd – that one finds boring beer-soaked bias, as James Ellroy, author of White Jazz and other high-grade pulp fiction, might put it. It's possibly the women's minority status in jazz that fuels male braggadocio, the idea that they are interlopers in a male world. Look through any pictorial history of jazz and the women sometimes appear as though having been added to the population for the sake of variety – that's variety as in 'variation' or 'novelty'. Women band vocalists were singers in male bands. No male singer was ever a singer in a female band. I like to think that the petite and demure pianist Lil Hardin in the King Oliver and Louis Armstrong bands kept the boys in check. Women rode the riverboats north, too, in small almost insignificant numbers: pianist Marge Creath, among them. Lovie Austin was the distaff representative in a flotilla of Chicago-school pianists such as Freddie Shayne, Frank Melrose, and Richard M. Jones. You had to be good to hold your own in places, often the home, where men ran things, often badly. In the 1920s, women singers lifted the rafters: Sara Martin, Lizzie Miles, Mamie Smith – and above all Bessie Smith.

    Listening to Bessie, one gets the impression of someone singing to be heard above a largely male throng, with its monopoly of gigs, positions of commercial power, and bandstand occupancy. Her style and appearance was diva-operatic. The story of her being refused admission to a segregated white hospital was always heroic, an indictment of pretensions to white supremacy, and an empirical reminder of what the Blues were about and why they were sung. That story, part of unexamined jazz history, has been de-constructed to the point of being refuted. After the 1937 car crash in which she was badly injured, she was advised – not much time wasted – to go to a black hospital, where, despite treatment, she died. She could have gone to an equidistant white one. Racial segregation denotes institutions that are exclusively black as well as exclusively white. In the South in the late 1930s, the reality was that the black ones were the less well-equipped. That's why she died, though she may not have recovered at the white one. Despite heavy drinking late in her career, she had been a conqueror of Boadicean stature. Like her booming contralto voice, she'd risen above the male enclave to unprecedented summits as a recording star with Columbia. Some say women musicians, because of their lesser number, have less competition than their male counterparts. But for women, the men are part of the competition, and part of the extenuating problem.

  • We are celebrating International Women’s Day on Monday March 8th!

    6th March 2021

    We will be launching our special edition magazine, celebrating many incredible women in Jazz, including Georgia Manico, Charu Suri, Tina Edwards, Kim Cypher, Ashaine White, Barbra Thompson, Shirley Horn and so many more! Stunning photography from featured Tatiania Gorilovksy and contributions from Citizen Jazz, Jazz Quarterly, Kind of Jazz, Indie Music Women and Jazz views. The magazine is fully interactive and includes fantastic videos and podcasts celebrating inspirational women. The magazine is free to all!

    Women in Jazz Media presents - A Celebration Of Women (special edition magazine)

    We are also holding an event on our Facebook page with many exciting activities through the day and evening. Live music from Kim Cypher, Ashaine White and Rouhangeze Baichoo, men and women sharing their videos stories of women that have inspired them, the launch of our new merchandise range and ‘Leadership for a Culture of Equality, in times of Peril & Peace’ Reading. Visit our Facebook event page for full details on all our activities for the day:

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1095590327531882

    Women in Jazz Media - facebook event, March 8th 2021