The New Orleans Jazz Museum presents New Exhibit: Women of Note / August 03, 2017 – August 05, 2018
Women of Note highlights the role of women in the evolution of New Orleans Jazz from its beginnings in the early 20th century to today’s vibrant music scene. From Lil Hardin through Sweet Emma Barrett, The Boswell Sisters, Blue Lu Barker and many more, this exhibit features women and their jazz, their art and examines the cultural aspects of being female in a field where their contributions have been overshadowed by men.
Related: Women of Jazz – Stream a Playlist of 91 Recordings by Great Female Jazz Musicians on Spotify
“The Spotify playlist Women of Jazz does, however, offer samples from many other female jazz greats in its 91 tracks, from the very well-known—Nina Simone, Norah Jones, Diana Krall, “Billie, Ella, and Sarah”—to the very much overlooked. In that latter category falls a woman whose last name is familiar to us all. Lil Hardin Armstrong never achieved close to the degree of fame as her husband Louis, but the pianist, writes Howze, “helped shape Satchmo’s early career,” playing in “King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band, a group Armstrong joined in 1922. He and Hardin began a romance and eventually married and it was Hardin who encouraged Armstrong to embark on a solo career.”