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


Evelyn Glennie

(1965 --     )

First percussionist to sustain an international solo career


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 


Regina Carter 

(1963 --     )

Jazz violinist, 

MacArthur grant recipient

Regina Carter & violinRegina Carter & violin

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)


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 

Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles

Terri Lyne Carrington

(1965 --     )

Percussionist, composer,

recording artist,

record producer

Terri Lyne Carrington Terri Lyne Carrington

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)

  See 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

Toshiko Akiyoshi 

(1926 --     )

Jazz pianist,

recording artist,

big-band composer

and band leader

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Edna White

(1892 -- 1992) 

Top trumpet soloist in the early 20th Century

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Melba Liston 

(1926 - 1999)

Jazz trombonist, composer, arranger

Paved the way for other jazzwomen  instrumentalists

Melba Liston & tromboneMelba Liston & trombone

Available now as MP3s

Historic recordings by Edna White

including her Suite for Trumpet and Orchestra

The solo trumpet part is included!

See the current


The International

Sweethearts of Rhythm

(1937 -- 1955) 

Bonus profiles:

Vi Burnside, tenor sax,

Pauline Braddy, drums

Tiny Davis, trumpet,

Carlene Ray, guitar

  Hear Susan's

Solo trumpet CD

Baroque Treasures for Trumpet & Organ

Also available in MP3 files

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See what others are saying about these fabulous women!

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