Meet Susan's fabulous female instrumentalists!

Click a name to read their biographies and hear them play. 

Laurie Frink 

(1951 - 2013)

Pioneer Trumpeter and

Inspirational Brass Teacher

Melba Liston 

(1926 - 1999)

Jazz trombonist, composer, arranger

Paved the way for other jazzwomen  instrumentalists

Melba Liston & tromboneMelba Liston & trombone

Dixie Fasnacht

(1910 -- 2011)

Jazz clarinet,


night club owner

Anat Cohen

(1975 --    )

Jazz clarinet, saxophone, composer

Lillian “Lil” Hardin 

(1898 -- 1971)

First lady of jazz


Pianist, song writer, singer, recording artist, band leader 

Terri Lyne Carrington

(1965 --     )

Percussionist, composer,

recording artist,

record producer


Evelyn Glennie

(1965 --     )

First percussionist

to sustain an international solo career


Edna White 

(1892 -- 1992) 

Top trumpet soloist in the first half of

the 20th Century

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Regina Carter 

(1963 --     )

Jazz violinist, 

MacArthur grant recipient

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Maud Powell

(1867 -- 1920)

Pioneer violinist,

RCA recording star 

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Maud Powell & violinMaud Powell & violin

Antonia Brico 

(1902 - 1989)

First female conductor to win

international fame


Marin Alsop 

(1956 --     )

First female Music Director of a major U.S. orchestra

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra


Sherrie Maricle and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra

(1993 --    ) 

Based in NYC

members of DIVA members of DIVA

Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles

(1994 --     )

Right: debut performance at the Hollywood Bowl 

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Toshiko Akiyoshi 

(1926 --     )

Jazz pianist,

recording artist,

big-band composer

and band leader

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Doriot Anthony Dwyer 

(1922 --     )

 First woman to win a principal chair in a major orchestra

Principal Flute,

Boston Symphony

(1952 -- 1990)

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International Sweethearts of Rhythm 

(1937 -- 1955)

  with profiles of

Vi Burnside, tenor sax

Pauline Braddy, drums

Tiny Davis, trumpet

Carlene Ray, guitar

International Sweethearts of Rhythm album International Sweethearts of Rhythm album

Historic recordings

by Edna White

plus her 

Suite for Trumpet and Orchestra

The solo trumpet part is included!

Available as MP3s

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about these fabulous women! 

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Solo trumpet CD

Baroque Treasures

for Trumpet & Organ

Two Talented Musicians

born in the 1920s

are now

featured on Susan's website 

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