The octobass is an extremely large bowed string instrument constructed about 1850 in Paris by the French luthier Jean Baptiste Vuillaume (1798-1875). It has four strings and is essentially a larger version of the double bass. The instrument was, in fact, so large that it took two musicians to play: one to bow and the other to control the "fingering", and was consequently never produced on a large scale or used much by composers.
Clora Bryant remains a sadly under-recognized musical pioneer. The lone female trumpeter to collaborate with Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, she played a critical role in carving a place for women instrumentalists in the male-dominated world of jazz, over the course of her decades-long career proving herself not merely a novelty but a truly gifted player regardless of gender.
Lorraine Glover, wife of famous hardbop trumpet player Donald Byrd. Photo by William Claxton in 1960.
With deep roots in both pop and classical music, Esperanza Spalding,30—bassist, bandleader,composer, and vocalist—is the breakout star of jazz’s second century. Photograph by Mark Seliger.
Esperanza Spalding es una cantante, contrabajista y bajista estadounidense de jazz. En 2011 ganó el Premio Grammy a la Artista Revelación, siendo la primera artista de jazz que haya logrado dicho reconocimiento.
Cindy Blackman—Best recognized as the drummer for Lenny Kravitz, Blackman has played for nearly every modern jazz artist around. She has proven time and again that women can more than hold their own in the jazz world, playing with a subtle, sinewy style that shifts from jazz and rock to funk and back.
Esperanza Spalding--- is a jazz bassist, cellist and singer, who draws upon many genres in her own compositions.She has won 4 Grammy Awards, including the Grammy Award for Best New Artist at the 53rd Grammy Awards,making her the first jazz artist to win the award
Cassandra Wilson is an American jazz musician, vocalist, songwriter, and producer from Jackson, Mississippi.
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