The Women In Charge Of The Band

Musicians like Lil Hardin Armstrong, Carla Bley and Mary Lou Williams didn’t just make it in the historically male-dominated field of jazz: They were the driving forces behind their own bands. Hear five pioneering examples of women who composed for and directed their own groups.

Are There Mistakes In Jazz?

What is a mistake? By going through examples with his improvisational jazz quartet, Stefon Harris gets to a profound truth: many actions are perceived as mistakes only because we don’t react to them appropriately.