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Women In Current Jazz

Jazz Unlimited for Sunday, April 13 will be “Women in Current Jazz.”  While there have been many female jazz vocalists, instrumentalists are harder to find.  As times change, women have become heard in jazz playing all sorts of instruments, not just pianos and guitars.  This show will feature female jazz artists who have been active since 2000, with three vocal recordings and 26 instrumental recordings.  The female jazz artists featured on tonight’s show are organist Akiko Tsuraga; pianists Bertha Hope, Geri Allen, Hiromi Renee Rosnes, Shamie Royston and Kris Davis; composer, arranger and big band leaders Toshiko Akiyoshi, Chie Iamazumi and Carla Bley; vocalists Janice Borla, Patricia Barber and Cassandra Wilson; French hornist Sara Della Posta; pianist, vocalist Dena Derose; drummers Sylvia Cuence, Teri Lynne Carrington, Sherry Maracle and Susie Ibarra; reed player Anat Cohen; the Diva Jazz Orchestra; baritone saxophonist, flutist Claire Daly, bassists Espiranza Spalding, Mary Ann McSweeny, Marlene Rosenberg and Mimi Jones; trumpeters Ingrid Jensen and Laurie Frink, Saxophonists Christine Jensen, Jane Ira Bloom, Jane Bunnett, Erica Lindsay, Virginia Mayhew, Tia Fuller and Ingrid Laubrock; keyboardist Alice Coltrane and percussionist Shirazette Tinnin.

The Slide Show contains my photographs of some of the artists heard on tonight's show.

This Archive for the show will only be available until the morning of April 21, 2014

Here is a video of Teri Lyne Carrington (d), Espiranza Spalding (b) Ingrid Jensen (tp) Helen Sung (keys) and Tineke Postma (as) playing "Mosaic Triad" in Japan.

Dennis Owsley has broadcast a weekly jazz show for St. Louis Public Radio since April 1983. He holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry and is a retired Monsanto Senior Science Fellow and college teacher. His show, Jazz Unlimited, airs every Sunday from 9:00 p.m. to midnight. The show has the largest jazz audience in St. Louis and was named Best Jazz Radio Show in St. Louis for the years 2005-2007 and 2009 by the Riverfront Times. In celebration of his 25 years on the air, January 24, 2008 was proclaimed Dennis Owsley Day" in the City of St. Louis. He is the 2010 winner of the St. Louis Public Radio Millard S. Cohen Lifetime Achievement Award. Dennis is also a noted photographer, and his exhibit, In the Moment: Photographs of Jazz Musicians, ran from September 23, 2005 to January 21, 2006 at the Sheldon Art Gallery. He is a lifetime student of jazz history and teaches short courses on the subject. Dennis is the author of the award-winning book City of Gabriels: The History of Jazz in St. Louis 1985-1973, published in 2006.