Inspiring Female Musicians

by elizabeth | April 27th, 2010

When I tell someone that I play the trombone and sing for a living, some people look at me as though I have 3 heads.

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Female instrumentalists have a hard time breaking through into the consciousness of the general public. But there are amazing women working in this business, and I plan to spotlight several of them in the coming months.

Here’s a short list of inspirations to get your learning started (or continued). These women happen to be mostly based in the jazz world, but women are in all genres!

TRUMPET
Kiku Collins
Ingrid Jensen
Cameron Harder Handel

SAXOPHONE
Jane Ira Bloom
Jessy J
Layla Angulo
April Leslie
Anat Cohen
Jessica Lurie

TROMBONE
elizabeth!
Jen Baker
Sarah Morrow

PIANO
Dawn Clement
Yayoi Ikawa

BASS
Debbie Kennedy
Hagar Ben-Ari
Katie Thiroux

DRUMS
Allison Miller
Sylvia Cuenca

GUITAR
Amanda Monaco
Mary Halvorson

This is just a tiny fraction of currently working women… please add a comment with more of your favorites!

4 Responses to “Inspiring Female Musicians”

  1. Thanks, Harv! Love the photo – I remember that gig in Wisconsin!!! You’re awesome! xo

  2. Rachel Z on keys
    Karen Briggs on violin
    Amber Coffman & Angel Deradoorian from Dirty Projectors are badass on guitar and bass/keys respectively (whilst throwing out tricky vocal harmonies)

  3. Matt Cole says:

    That’s a very solid big band you’ve got listed there!

    Some more for the list:

    Saxophone:
    Amy Denio (also vocals)
    Sue Orfield
    Tina Richerson
    Nonoko Yoshida
    Mercedes Figueras
    Moist Paula
    Tobi Stone
    Alexandra Grimal
    Catherine Sikora
    Anne Stafford

    Trumpet:
    Sarah Wilson

    Percussion:
    Elizabeth Pupo-Walker

    Piano:
    Angelica Sanchez

    Violin/Viola:
    Robyn Siwula (also saxophone)

    Violin/Vocals:
    Jenny Scheinman

    Viola:
    Jessica Pavone

    Plus librarian-musicians Sharon Tidwell (flute), Eileen Kassab (guitar/banjo/vocals), and Rita Meade (keys, vocals) from Lost In The Stacks.

  4. Just another voice in support of Amanda Monaco- Great player, great composer!!

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elizabeth! is a vocalist, trombonist, and songwriter working in NYC and Los Angeles. Originally from Vermont, she studied neuroscience at Harvard before moving to NYC to play, tour, and record with jazz musicians, indie rockers, pop stars and more. Her new album of original jazzy pop tunes was just released on Canopy Jazz!

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