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Episode 12 - Ellen Seeling

Women in Jazz

My guest for Episode 12 is trumpet player and long-time advocate for women in jazz, Ellen Seeling. A Milwaukee native, Ellen was the first woman to earn a degree in Jazz Studies from Indiana University. In 1975 she moved to New York City, where she worked with the likes of The Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra, Machito, the Slide Hampton Big Band, Luther Vandross, Laura Nyro, The Temptations, Isis and Martha Reeves, among countless others. In 1980, Ellen and her now-wife, saxophonist and composer Jean Fineberg, formed the jazz fusion band DEUCE, recording two albums, and touring all over the United States. In 1989 the two relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area where they continued to play with DEUCE and several other ensembles, and in 1998 Ellen founded the Montclair Women’s Big Band, in an effort to provide greater visibility for the Bay Area community of women jazz artists. Ellen also spent many years teaching at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Jazzschool in Berkeley, California, and has held teaching positions at a number of other universities and events including Indiana University, Pennsylvania State University and the Kansas City Women’s Jazz Festival. In 2009 Ellen founded and co-directed the United States’ first summer jazz camp for girls, the Girls’ Jazz & Blues Camp, featuring a women’s faculty from the Montclair Women’s Big Band. Then, in 2015, Ellen co-founded Jazzwomen and Girls Advocates, in an effort to address the systemic and historic gender discrimination in jazz. Thus far, the organisation has consulted with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, playing a role in their adoption of new hiring processes, and also helped to encourage the Monterey Jazz Festival’s 500% increase in women instrumentalists programmed for its 2018 edition.Ellen and I caught up via Zoom in early April to discuss her experience coming up as a young female trumpet player in the late 1960s and early ‘70s; being invited to play professionally with the all-women jazz-rock band Isis and the legendary Laura Nyro while she was still in college; her experience living and working in New York for almost 15 years, often playing with otherwise all-male bands and orchestras; her work with Jazzwomen and Girls Advocates, in particular their lobbying of Jazz at Lincoln Center and Monterey Jazz Festival; and some of the music that has inspired her over her career.https://www.montclairwomensbigband.com/ (Ellen’s profile: https://www.montclairwomensbigband.com/about-us/ellen-seeling-bio)https://jazzwomenadvocates.org/Ellen on Marian McPartland’s ‘Piano Jazz’: https://www.npr.org/2013/12/06/249318939/ellen-seeling-on-piano-jazz Jean’s website, which features work by both Ellen and Jean: https://deuceband.com/https://soundcloud.com/montclairwomensbigband And my Q&A with Melbourne International Jazz Festival: https://www.melbournejazz.com/news/womeninjazzpodcast-qna/ Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/womeninjazz)

1hr 18mins

5 May 2021

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33: Ellen Seeling - The Fight for Women's Equality in the Jazz World

The Brassy Broadcast with Jen Edds

Jazz trumpeter Ellen Seeling talks about her career as a musician, challenges women face in the jazz world, starting a jazz camp for girls, and her crusade to get the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra to change their hiring practices. The Dish:  Montclair Women’s Big Band new record Recording with Leslie Ann Jones at Skywalker Sound Why aren’t there any permanent women members in the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra? The impact of blind auditions in American orchestras Why Ellen founded Jazz Women & Girls Advocates Studying jazz at Indiana University Working with Laura Nyro Challenges women face getting gigs in the jazz world Starting a successful summer jazz camp for girls Appearing on Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland Resources for the history of women in jazz Links & Resources: Here are the links to resources, tools, books, and music discussed on the show. Some of these are affiliate links and will take you straight to Amazon if you want to pick them up for yourself.  The Brassy Broadcast Spotify Playlist Swing Shift by Sherri Tucker The Girls in the Band documentary Ellen Seeling on Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland Montclair Women’s Big Band website Jazz Women & Girls Advocates website Jazz Women & Girls Advocates on Facebook Montclair Women’s Big Band on Facebook Ways to Join the conversation & spread the word: If you found a nugget or two of value, or just enjoyed the conversation, drop by iTunes to leave a rating, review, and subscribe. Connect on twitter The Brassy Broad on Facebook Subscribe to The Brassy Broadcast ·      Click here to subscribe via iTunes ·      Click here to subscribe via Stitcher ·      Click here to subscribe via RSS


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