The Routledge Companion to Jazz and Gender identifies, defines, and interrogates the construct of gender in all forms of jazz, jazz culture, and education, shaping and transforming the conversation in response to changing cultural and societal norms across the globe. Such interrogation requires consideration of gender from multiple viewpoints, from scholars and artists at various points in their careers. This edited collection of 38 essays gathers the diverse perspectives of contributors from four continents, exploring the nuanced (and at times controversial) construct of gender as it relates to jazz music, in the past and present, in four parts:

  • Historical Perspectives
  • Identity and Culture
  • Society and Education
  • Policy and Advocacy

Acknowledging the art form’s troubled relationship with gender, contributors seek to define the construct to include all possible definitions—not only female and male—without binary limitations, contextualizing gender and jazz in both place and time. As gender identity becomes an increasingly important consideration in both education and scholarship, The Routledge Companion to Jazz and Gender provides a broad and inclusive resource of research for the academic community, addressing an urgent need to reconcile the construct of gender in jazz in all its forms.

part 1|140 pages

Historical Perspectives

chapter 1|12 pages

“The Frivolous, Scantily Clad ‘Jazzing Flapper,’ Irresponsible and Undisciplined”

Jazz as a Feminine Domain
ByBruce Johnson

chapter 2|17 pages

“I've Got the Haitian Blues”

Mamie Desdunes and the Gendered Inflections of the Common Wind
ByBenjamin Barson

chapter 3|11 pages

Lil Hardin Armstrong and Helen Joyner

The Forgotten Patrons of Jazz
ByJeremy Brown

chapter 4|11 pages

Queer Aesthetics and the Performing Subject in Jazz in the 1920s

ByMagdalena Fürnkranz

chapter 5|15 pages

Black Against the Stave

Black Modern Girls in British Interwar Jazz
ByJessica Chow

chapter 6|12 pages

Trumpet Men

Performances of Masculinity in Jazz
ByAaron J. Johnson

chapter 7|11 pages

Hard Bop Cool Pose

Bebop, the Blues, and Masculinity in the Music of Lee Morgan
ByKeith Karns

chapter 8|13 pages

Toward a Feminist Understanding of Jazz Curatorship

ByKara Attrep

chapter 9|14 pages

The Girl in the Other Room

Generating New Open Knowledge for the Women of Jazz
ByM. Cristina Pattuelli, Karen Li-Lun Hwang

chapter 10|12 pages

The Rise of Queermisia in Jazz

Medicalization, Legislation, and Its Effects
ByChloe Resler

chapter 11|10 pages

Constructing a Diverse and Inclusive Jazz Tradition

A Uchronic Narrative
ByMichael Kahr

part 2|112 pages

Identity and Culture

chapter 12|13 pages

Playing the Part

A Social-Psychological Perspective on Being a Girl in Jazz
ByErin L. Wehr

chapter 13|12 pages

Gender, Sexuality, and Jazz Saxophone Performance

ByYoko Suzuki

chapter 14|9 pages

A Clash of Identities

How Aspects of Gender and Identity in Jazz Influence Both the Music and Its Perception
ByWolfram Knauer

chapter 15|13 pages

“I'm Just One of Them”

Gender in Jazz Competitions
ByMatthias Heyman

chapter 16|15 pages

Gendered Interventions in European Jazz Festival Programming

Keychanges, Stars, and Alternative Networks
ByKristin McGee

chapter 17|13 pages

Resurrecting Masculinity

Gender, Jazz Timbre, and the Afterlife of Dennis Irwin's Bass
Byken tianyuan Ge

chapter 18|12 pages

Jazz Dance, Gender, and the Commodification of the Moving Body

Examining Patriarchal and White Supremacist Structures in Social and Commercial Jazz Dance Forms
ByBrandi Coleman

chapter 19|13 pages

Women's Access to Professional Jazz

From Limiting Processes to Levers for Transgression
ByMarie Buscatto

chapter 20|10 pages

“It Ain't Who You Are”

Authenticity, Sexuality, and Masculinity in Jazz
ByAnn Cotterrell

part 3|146 pages

Society and Education

chapter 21|10 pages

Oppression and Hope

Students' Perceptions of Gender and Stereotypes in Jazz Appreciation and History
ByJames Reddan

chapter 22|13 pages

Picturing Women in Jazz

An Analysis of Three Jazz History Textbooks
ByRamsey Castaneda, Amanda Quinlan

chapter 23|12 pages

Degendering Jazz Guitar

Reimagining the Past—Realigning the Future
ByTom Williams

chapter 24|13 pages

“Music Saved My Life”

Jennifer Leitham on Life, Music, and Gender
ByJoshua Palkki, Carl Oser, Jennifer Leitham

chapter 25|19 pages

Can E-Flat Be Sexist?

Canonical Keys as Marginalizing Practice in Jazz
ByWendy Hargreaves, Melissa Forbes

chapter 26|14 pages

Inclusive Jazz History Pedagogy

BySonya R. Lawson

chapter 27|12 pages

Negotiating Hegemonic Masculinity in Australian Tertiary Jazz Education

ByClare Hall, Robert Burke

chapter 28|11 pages

Jazzwomen in Higher Education

Experiences, Attitudes, and Personality Traits
ByNatalie Boeyink

chapter 29|13 pages

The Gender Imperative in Jazz

The Role of Intercultural Maturity in Jazz Curricula
ByLenora Helm Hammonds

chapter 30|14 pages

In Her Own Words

Documenting the Current Realities of Women-in-Jazz
ByKiernan Steiner, Alexandra Manfredo

chapter 31|13 pages

Call and (Her) Response

Improvisation and The Myth of Absence
ByDana Reason

part 4|59 pages

Policy and Advocacy

chapter 32|11 pages

Victims No More

How Women and Non-Binary Musicians Are Collaborating for Gender Justice in Jazz
ByBeatriz Nunes, Leonor Arnaut

chapter 33|11 pages

Women in Jazz

A Failed Brand
ByRebecca Zola

chapter 34|12 pages

Accessing Jazz's Gendered Places and Spaces

BySarah Caissie Provost

chapter 35|13 pages

Breaking Down Barriers

Female Jazz Musicians in Spain
ByRebeca Muñoz-García

chapter 36|10 pages

The Pale Image of the Jazz Female Instrumentalists in Southeastern Europe

ByJasna Jovićević

chapter 37|10 pages

Addressing Gender Imbalance through Mentorship and Advocacy

ByEllen Rowe

chapter 38|10 pages


The Role of All-Women Groups
ByMonika Herzig