BERKLEE INSTITUTE OF JAZZ AND GENDER JUSTICE
Challenging inequity and forging a new legacy.
Jazz standards hold a central and critical role in jazz education and performance. However, known standards composed and arranged by women remain scarce, reinforcing gender inequity in jazz even in the music that is played, despite the many contributions women, such as Mary Lou Williams, Geri Allen, Melba Liston, Joanne Brackeen, Marian McPartland, Alice Coltrane and more have made.
Also, performers, students, and educators are increasingly in search of music composed and arranged by women to perform and/or use for educational purposes. Unfortunately, not enough resources have been available. We hope to change that.
To address the minimal presence of women in the jazz composition canon, we are developing a new publication featuring a collection of songs composed by women. Our initial preview of the forth coming composition book, New Standards, is a free, 10 song pdf offered on our website.
Our effort is also part of a larger aim to build an accessible repository of such works intended to increase the amount of repertoire available composed by women, and ultimately foster a more inclusive practice and performance of the rich tradition of jazz.
Download your free copy today and stay tuned for the complete New Standards book!
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What would jazz sound like in a culture without patriarchy?
The mission of the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice is to recruit, teach, mentor, and advocate for musicians seeking to study jazz, with gender justice and racial justice as guiding principles.
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"Anything you are shows up in your music - jazz is whatever you are, playing yourself, being yourself, letting your thoughts come through."