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Women of Jazz at the MSU Community Music School-Detroit

The history of women in jazz is a rich and extensive one, going back to the beginning of this indigenous American art form. However, despite much progress and a deep bench of contemporary talent, women are still a minority in jazz.

Support the next generation of professional women jazz artists!

The Community Music School-Detroit will present “Women of Jazz” to share the legacy and current contributions of women in jazz through public performances and a week-long symposium. Activities will take place Monday, July 15 through Saturday, July, 20, 2019, encompassing a series of educational events, masterclasses and workshops. A culminating concert at a Detroit venue, location to be announced, will showcase an all-star cast of young women players, auditioned from Detroit and beyond, as well as provide performance and learning opportunities for jazz students of diverse genders, ages and races.

Project Budget

Funds raised through MSU CrowdPower will provide stipends for some of today’s rising young women jazz artists, enabling them to perform, teach and network at this Detroit symposium. 

Who We Are

Detroit’s own Marion Hayden, a bandleader, jazz historian, acclaimed double bassist and founding member of the all-female jazz ensemble Straight Ahead, will lead symposium events in partnership with CMS-D Jazz Program Director Sean Dobbins. They will be joined by other local jazz leaders and educators.

Knight FoundationWomen of Jazz is supported by a matching grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge funds ideas that engage and enrich Detroit through the arts.

Make a Gift by Mail:

University Advancement
Spartan Way
535 Chestnut Road, Room 300
East Lansing, MI 48824

*Make check payable to Michigan State University and write “Appeal 19OOPCF1WOMJAZZ” in the note section.

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