Thursday, August 28, 2014

Imagine a Book Collection of Interviews With 37 Women in Jazz

Terri Lyne Carrington (photo by Tracy Love)

“I don't doubt my connection with (jazz), because I don't look at it as a certain thing. It’s creative music. Duke Ellington said, ‘Jazz means freedom of expression.’ and I think that everything that I do, for the most part, feels like jazz.” —Terri Lyne Carrington to the author, 2012. 

As of today, thanks to an additional offline contribution, I am over half the way there to reaching my crowdfunding goal for my book Freedom of Expression: Interviews With Women in Jazz. The money raised will go towards paying a copy editor and graphic designer to help me complete the book, which I plan to self-publish in January 2015. The interviews are all complete at this stage (a complete list of the interviewees can be found on the campaign's page on Indiegogo) as is a 24-page introduction to the book which I've excerpted throughout this blog.

If you've made a contribution to the campaign, I thank you. If you haven't, please consider doing so. The campaign's "perks" include a signed copy of the book. I can't come to your house and cook or wash your car. But you can get a copy of what will be a well-edited, beautifully designed book. And how many books about women in jazz are there on your shelf? Uh-huh. Yep. Now imagine this book not only on your shelf at home, but in classrooms, at jazz camps, in libraries...

The campaign will continue through September. Have a wonderful weekend everyone. And thank you again for all the support.