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Women have been involved in jazz since the early 1920s, not just as vocalists, but as  instrumentalists, composers and arrangers. An understanding of jazz would not be complete without highlighting the influence and contributions of women—women such as Bessie Smith,  Valaida Snow, Mildred Bailey, Mary Lou Williams, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Sarah Vaughn.

The program begins with a live performance by jazz musician Galen, followed by a presentation highlighting the particulars of these artists’ personal lives, their ability to read music, perform and survive in a time when jazz was considered “a man’s world”. It also  covers the full spectrum of years, genre, recordings, and recognized achievements.  With an intermingling of live performances by Galen, and an opportunity to ask questions, this will be one session you don’t want to miss!


In collaboration with Canton Public Library, Terryville Public Library, Farmington Public Library,  Plainville Library, New Britain Public Library,  Simsbury Public Library, East Lyme Public Library, West Haven Public Library, Guilford Free Library, and Wallingford Public Library.

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