Female jazz pianists, happily, are too numerous to list.
Here are a FEW of the notable women big band leaders and composers, past and present.
Ina Ray Hutton and her Melodears, 1930s-40s
Valaida Snow, various male bands, 1930s-40s
Lil Hardin, various male and female bands, 1930s -- 1960s
Ada Leonard and her All-American Girl band, 1940s
Ann Patterson, saxophonist-leader,
Maiden Voyage, all-woman band (1979 -- )
Maria Schneider, composer-leader,
Maria Schneider Big Band,
(1990s -- )
Sherrie Maricle, drummer-leader,
DIVA, all-woman big band, NYC, (1993 -- )
Kit McClure, saxophonist-leader, Kit McClure Band, all-woman big band, NYC (1988 -- )
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