"SusanFleet is an expert on American female musicians. She spotlights the many womenwho deserve wider recognition in the history of jazz and classical music, womenlike Maud Powell and Edna White whose careers flourished during the early 20thCentury." --Matt Morrell,"Jazz at WGBH", WGBH-FM, Boston
"Fleet'sinsightful writing, filled with contextual information and accompanied byphotographic and audio documentation, makes for a compelling introduction tothis long-awaited series."
-- MoniqueBuzzarté, trombonist and Meet-the-Composer Soloist Champion
From the Author
A few months later while riding in my car, I turned on the radio. A fabulous big band was playing. When the music ended I was amazed to learn that all the players were women. The program, "All Women Bands of the '20s, 30's and 40's," also featured interviews with women who had played in these bands, including trumpeters Clora Bryant and Jane Sager. This feisty pair had plenty to say about the gender bias they had encountered. Until that day I had never heard of either of them.
That rude awakening in 1992 inspired me to join other women music historians who have begun to shine a spotlight on talented female musicians of the 20th Century, women rarely mentioned in articles and books about jazz and classical musicians. When these two life-changing events occurred, I was teaching at Berklee College of Music in Boston. I set out to create a course about talented 20th century women in the jazz and classical fields.
I did extensive research on the many jazz and classical female performers of the 20th Century, and on the historical and sociological events that affected their lives and careers. As a result, my course focused on 20th Century women who made their mark in jazz or classical music in the United States. In 2007, I began featuring these talented female musicians on my website. Many people urged me to write a book about them. Women Who Dared: Trailblazing 20th Century Musicians is the result.