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Jazz Women of the 1990s

Broadcast: March 10, 2024 at 4:00 p.m.

As the 1990s brought the 20th century to a close, women musicians continued to increase their visibility in the jazz world and to erode the notion of gender distinction imposed by many male jazz critics and performers for much of the music’s history, though the pace of change could seem inexorable at times.

“There are a lot more women playing and coming into their own,” drummer Terri Lyne Carrington told author Leslie Gourse in 1994. “It’s no longer a matter of women being fashionable or a fad. It’s really serious. When a woman says she plays, you have to listen and find out now.”