Recently, Michelle Mercer’s article in NPR, “Sexism From Two Leading Jazz Artists Draws Anger—And Presents An Opportunity,” highlighted longstanding issues in jazz as a male-dominated space. Mercer’s thought-provoking piece further prompted intense discussion online as well as insightful responses from the jazz community.
With a career spanning four decades, three-time Grammy Award winning drummer, composer, producer, Terri Lyne Carrington, shared her thoughts on sexism in jazz and the need to eradicate it in order for the genre to move forward in a powerful Huffington Post article today.
Carrington tells us here at Revive:
“I have been fortunate to have a fruitful career and not experience sexism in the industry as blatantly as others have. Now I am committed to rolling up my sleeves and getting to work to try to change the narrative and culture in jazz in regard to women – with a focused effort to dialogue and educate. We all need to address this to ensure a well needed change.”
There has been abundant dialogue about sexism in jazz—since I can remember – but not enough conversation with the violators and not enough self-evaluation. These current times feel especially critical and seem to be generating a heightened sense of awareness, so I have recently shared these thoughts with many leading men in jazz to evoke reflective and meaningful conversation. Many elements of jazz have remained in the past, therefore artists that are trying to move jazz forward can’t be in the past regarding social issues. I have experienced a charmed and fruitful career, feeling relatively unscathed in comparison to many other female musicians, but the current climate of activism suggests we don’t hide behind our instruments or be reclusive artists, but instead accept a call to arms. In my 30 plus year career, I should have had more female peers than I’ve had. I would like to spend the next 30 years helping to make sure this conversation becomes a moot point for the young women just embarking on their careers.
Head over to Huffington Post to read more!