Sunday, April 10, 2016

Educators Discount for “Freedom of Expression: Interviews With Women in Jazz.”

Educators can now purchase one or several copies of Freedom of Expression: Interviews With Women in Jazz for $16.50 (25% off the $22.00 cover price) plus shipping and handling.

Published in November 2015, Freedom of Expression: Interviews With Women in Jazz is a timely collection of inspiring and in-depth interviews with 37 women musicians of all ages, nationalities, and races, who represent nearly every style of jazz one can imagine. The interviewees include Carmen Lundy, Terri Lyne Carrington, Eliane Elias, Helen Sung, Anat Cohen, Diane Schuur, Sherrie Maricle, Sharel Cassity, Jane Monheit, Ellen Seeling, Cheryl Bentyne, Brandee Younger, Jane Ira Bloom, and many other incredible artists.

The 320-page book includes a 25-page history of jazz, as well as introductions to each interview, to provide helpful context for readers who are unaware of the contributions by women to the development of jazz.

The interviews in the book can be used to help students develop and deepen their understanding of a wide range of classroom topics, including:
  • Jazz 
  • Improvisation
  • Composition
  • Music Education
  • Pedagogy
  • Music Business
  • Women’s Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Women’s Movement
  • Sexism / Prejudice U.S. History
  • World Music
  • African American Studies
  • Jewish Studies
  • Latin American Studies
To place an order:

1.) Contact Chris Becker at with the name of your institution and total number of books you’d like to order.
2.) We will then email you an order form to complete which will include the total cost of your order. Once you return the order form, we will place your order.

Educators can pay with a check or by using PayPal. We also accept purchase order numbers and will invoice you accordingly.

"At long last, an in-depth recognition of the female contributions to jazz.  As Dr. Billy Taylor said about the lack of awareness of female musicians: ‘If it isn't written down, it didn't happen.’ Now everyone will know that it did happen and continues to happen. What a great gift to the history of women and music." — Judy Chaikin, director of the award-winning documentary The Girls in the Band

“This is a truly welcomed work to be added to the annals of jazz’s oral histories. Chris Becker shows great care, respect and benevolence for women artists, too often ignored, who have contributed much to creation of this music and who continue to push the genre forward by all means necessary.” – Janice Rhoshalle Littlejohn, journalist and director-producer of But Can She Play?: Blowin’ The Roof Off Women Horn Players and Jazz

"Finally, a comprehensive HERstory of jazz music! Each of the women interviewed in this book have created strong musical identities while operating under the radar for far too many years. Thanks to Chris Becker, the world can discover the inner workings and creative lives of these fine, deserving jazzwomen. This book is a riveting read . . . an exciting journey into the mind of female genius." — Rachel Z., composer, keyboardist (Steps Ahead, Larry Coryell, Wayne Shorter, Peter Gabriel)

"Surrounding this almost clinically-sound distribution of talent, Becker has raised succinctly-stated perimeter in which to place these musicians, more brightly illuminating their individual, group, cultural contributions. He begins with a brief history of jazz before veering into the contribution of women, and with his Texas-sized literary lasso, wrangles issues like rock and roll, the women's liberation movement, the growth of jazz education, and global influences." — C. Michael Bailey, AllAboutJazz

Freedom of Expression: Interviews With Women in Jazz
The interviewees:
Mindi Abair
Cheryl Bentyne
Jane Ira Bloom
Soprano Saxophone
Samantha Boshnack
Dee Dee Bridgewater
Terri Lyne Carrington
Sharel Cassity
Anat Cohen
Clarinet, Saxophones
Jean Cook
Connie  Crothers
Eliane Elias
Piano, Voice
Ayelet Rose Gottlieb
Lenae Harris
Val Jenty
Jan Leder
Jennifer Leitham
Double Bass
Carmen Lundy
Sherrie Maricle
Jane Monheit
Jacqui Naylor
Aurora Nealand
Saxophones, Clarinet
Iris Ornig
Double Bass
Alisha Pattillo
Tenor Saxophone
Roberta Piket
Cheryl Pyle
Nichole Rampersaud
Sofia Rei
Patrizia Scascitelli
Diane Schuur
Ellen Seeling
Helen Sung
Jacqui Sutton
Mazz Swift
Violin, Voice
Nioka Workman
Pamela York
Brandee Younger
Malika Zarra

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