Women have been making jazz music for as long as it has existed — yet we might not often think about the contributions and accomplishments of a great number of female singers, instrumentalists, composers and arrangers that have been lost to jazz’s deeper archives.

For every Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald, there are dozens of highly influential yet largely unheralded female musicians. Lil Hardin Armstrong, Valaida Snow, Lovie Austin, Dorothy Ashby, Irene Higginbotham and Dorothy Fields are among the names of women who are unjustly underappreciated, yet thrived in their time — all while fighting a lifelong battle for gender and racial equality.

Yet the world has made progress over the years in acknowledging the contributions of women and the obstacles they face — and jazz has been evolving with it. Artists like Diana Krall, Norah Jones, Esperanza Spalding, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Melody Gardot and Tia Fuller have been dominating as some of the biggest contemporary names in jazz.

But there are plenty that have yet to break out — and some young Canadians look poised to do so very soon. Here are just a few Canadian women in jazz that you need to know.