Can Women Play Jazz?

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Can Women Play Jazz?
The question “can women play jazz” is an ideal question for demonstrating stupidity, and is perhaps legally contentious, drifting odiously toward hate crime. The fact that Ella Fitzgerald is a dominant titan in jazz history, on par with Charlie Parker and Miles Davis, suggests the question must be ironic. After all, no one asks if women can play classical music, folk music or pop music.
Before getting too much into a lather, it should also be mentioned that adding the question “what is jazz?” definitely makes the query more interesting. Sticklers for a clinical definition will demand a swing beat and improvisation. That is fair, but it also leans toward a purist jazz mentality, which in the popular imagination means...
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.....make such a claim. Either they were right, or Louis Armstrong was right. My money is on
Satchmo
.
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