Reading Room
"Without community, there is no liberation." - Audre Lorde

We've assembled a reading list of titles of multiple genres on a variety of topics and subjects, but all related to Jazz and the women who've contributed to this incredible art form.

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- Thank you, TWN

Titles Subject to Change

Featured Titles
She Raised Her Voice!: 50 Black Women Who Sang Their Way Into Music History Jordannah Elizabeth (Author)   Briana Dengoue (Illustrator)
She Raised Her Voice!: 50 Black Women Who Sang Their Way Into Music HistoryJordannah Elizabeth (Author) Briana Dengoue (Illustrator)
The Music Business is Corrupt... or Maybe You Just Can't Sing?": How to Take Responsibility for Your Struggling Career Tonya D. Butler LL M. (Author)
The Music Business is Corrupt... or Maybe You Just Can't Sing?": How to Take Responsibility for Your Struggling CareerTonya D. Butler LL M. (Author)
Josephine Baker's Cinematic Prism Terri Simone Francis (Author)
Josephine Baker's Cinematic PrismTerri Simone Francis (Author)
Morning Glory: A Biography of Mary Lou Williams Linda Dahl (Author)
Morning Glory: A Biography of Mary Lou WilliamsLinda Dahl (Author)
His Eye Is on the Sparrow: An Autobiography Charles Samuels (Author)   Ethel Waters (Author)
His Eye Is on the Sparrow: An AutobiographyCharles Samuels (Author) Ethel Waters (Author)
Fever: The Life and Music of Miss Peggy Lee Peter Richmond (Author)
Fever: The Life and Music of Miss Peggy LeePeter Richmond (Author)
Women in Jazz: The Women, The Legends & Their Fight Sammy Stein (Author)
Women in Jazz: The Women, The Legends & Their FightSammy Stein (Author)
Hazel Scott: The Pioneering Journey of a Jazz Pianist, from Café Society to Hollywood to Huac Karen Chilton (Author)
Hazel Scott: The Pioneering Journey of a Jazz Pianist, from Café Society to Hollywood to HuacKaren Chilton (Author)

Special thanks to '22 Mentor Lara Pellegrinelli for sharing this curated reading list.

- TWN

Lara Pelligrinelli

LARA PELLEGRINELLI


Lara Pellegrinelli is a freelance journalist and scholar with bylines in The New York Times and the Village Voice. She has been the commissioned writer for Columbia University's Miller Theatre and its Composer Portrait series since 2018.
Pellegrinelli began reporting locally in New York for WNYC and producing segments for its daily music talk show, SoundCheck. She has been a contributor to NPR's arts coverage since 2008, reporting stories that have been heard on Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition. From 2011 to 2014, she was the coordinator for educational outreach and audience development for NPR's Live from the Village Vanguard and wrote regularly for A Blog Supreme. In 2021, Pellegrinelli led a team of reporters in a data analysis of the NPR Music Jazz Critics poll, published on NPR Music as "Equal at Last? Women In Jazz, By The Numbers."
An ethnomusicologist by training, Pellegrinelli received her Ph. D. in music from Harvard University. Her dissertation, "The Song is Who? Locating Singers on the Jazz Scene," is the first ethnographic study of jazz singing. She currently teaches at The New School in New York City.

Jazzwomen, 1900 to the Present: Their Worlds, Lives and Music

by Sally Placksin

Available via online retailers and resellers.

Stormy Weather by Linda Dahl
Stormy Dahlby Linda Dahl
Available on author's website and online retailers.
Swing Shift: All-Girl Bands of the 1940s by Sherrie Tucker

Swing Shift: All-Girls Bands of the 1940s

by Sherrie Tucker

Available via Reparations Club

The Routledge Companion to Jazz and Gender
The Routledge Companion to Jazz and GenderEdited by James Reddan, Monika Herzig, Michael Kahr
Available for pre-order at Routledge and online retailers
Big Ears: Listening for Gender in Jazz Studiesby Nichole T. Rustin

Available via Reparations Club

Singing Like Germans: Black Musicians in the Land of Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms
Singing Like Germans: Black Musicians in the Land of Bach, Beethoven, and Brahmsby Kira ThurmanAvailable via Reparations Club
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