The UMass Fine Arts Center’s Valley Jazz Network and Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice Institute present an “informance” (discussion and performance event) on gender dynamics and the historical and contemporary contributions of women to jazz music, on Wednesday, March 10, at 7 p.m. ET. The evening begins with a live panel discussion with Grammy Award-winning drummer and composer, Terri Lyne Carrington, jazz scholar Tammy Kernodle, singer, educator, and activist Sarah Elizabeth Charles, and young musicians from Berklee’s Jazz and Gender Justice Institute and moderated by jazz programmer Yvonne Mendez. A pre-recorded concert featuring Terri Lyne Carrington and the students will follow. Tickets are free with registration at fineartscenter.com, or by calling the box office at 413-545-2511 or 800-999-UMAS, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Daily Hampshire Gazette and New England Public Media. Co-presented with Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice.

Gender and racial disparities exist in many areas of society and all over the world. In jazz music, opportunities for men have been more plentiful, and male achievements more widely visible. Women are pushed towards “female instruments” (like flute or piano) or vocals. Although being a vocalist requires just as much arduous work studying and learning technique, often female vocalists are under-valued, and composers even more so. Moreover, virtually unknown are the accomplishments of female composers and transgender and non-binary musicians. In the jazz field, there are seems to be no readily apparent female, transgender, or non-binary role
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