Jordannah Elizabeth

Feminist Jazz Review: Stephanie Richards – Take The Neon Lights

New York-based composer and trumpet/flugelhorn extraordinaire, Stephanie Richards returns with a follow up album to her stunningly sparse, cyclically inspired (as Richards’ instruments were set up in a semi circle during recording sessions) 2018 album, Full Moon (Relative Pitch).  The new collection of compositions is entitled Take the Neon Lights (Birdwatcher). A glaring difference between Full

Feminist Jazz Review: A Conversation with Stephanie Richards about Fullmoon

I spoke with trumpeter, Stephanie Richards in April about her album, Fullmoon, which was released on Relative Pitch Records on May 18th. But of course, even more than I wanted to speak about her stunning, enigmatic, creative and expressive album, I wanted to talk about her womanhood. This interview was done before my debut interview

Wadada Leo Smith Presents CREATE Festival

Jazz Icon and five decade long AACM collective member, Wadada Leo Smith has curated the second annual CREATE Festival which he founded in April 2017. The two-day, New Haven, CT based festival which will take place at Firehouse 12, will feature five separate ensembles over two evenings and include an exhibit of Smith’s Ankhrasmation Symbolic

Feminist Jazz Review: A Conversation with Sarah Hughes

I took a bit of a sabbatical from this column to think. I needed to take some time to figure out what I wanted to say, and what it is I wanted to portray as time goes on. There are so many women in the world who play jazz. Many of them have passed away,

Feminist Jazz Review: Hear In Now Helped Me to Not Live In Fear

I had an acute thought a number of times today: “I am busy writing about women in improvised music, I don’t need to give white nationalists air time in my mind.” In light … or in darkness of everything that is going on with the white nationalist marches, I really felt how important my work

Feminist Jazz Review: Finding Abbey

There’s something I’ve always believed about maintaining one’s innocence, and there’s a benefit of maintaining a healthy level of aloofness that I’ve always cherished: when a dream comes to true, or when you work so hard towards something and you cannot see the outcome in sight, the manifestation of the your desired outcome is much

Feminist Jazz Review: Geri Allen for Beginners (The Printmakers)

I became a listener of jazz composer, Geri Allen when the news of her passing broke in June 2017. Her name and face suddenly flooded mainstream media, music publications and social media timelines at a rate that made me realize that I had been missing out on listening to a staple in the free jazz

Feminist Jazz Review: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda

One thing I am working on these days, in my personal life and in my writing life is to not be presumptuous. Without admitting that presumption is an overwhelmingly prevalent trait in my personality and work, I believe it is not only important to listen, but to go back and check myself – to go