"Amazing Women in Jazz" Course




This course will examine the contributions of

women instrumentalists and vocalists

throughout jazz history including Early New

Orleans and the Swing Era. Women played a

vital role in the development of America’s Art

Form: Jazz. This course will examine early film

footage as well as classic recordings made

popular by vocal legends such as The Boswell

Sisters, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Sarah

Vaughn, Rosemary Clooney and others.

Instrumentalists/composers/arrangers such as

Melba Liston and Mary Lou Williams will also be


This course will add to your enjoyment of the

upcoming season at SFJAZZ

Dianthe “Dee” Spencer (Ed.D University of San Francisco) is

Professor and Chair of the School of Music and Dance at San

Francisco State University where she founded the jazz studies

undergraduate degree program in 1990. She served on the piano

faculty at Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA) prior to her

appointment at SFSU. Dee served on the governing boards on

the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) and the SF

Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences

(NARAS). As a keyboardist, Dee has recorded with vocalist Lenny

Williams and Bernard “Pretty” Perdie. Her debut CD “Vintage

School” was released in 2002. In various settings, Dee has

performed with jazz greats Clark Terry, Jimmy Scott, Regina

Carter and Grammy‐nominated R&B artist LEDISI.


∙ — Early New Orleans and

Chicago Jazz

∙ — Swing Bands

∙ — Ella, Billie and Sarah

∙ — Pianists

∙ — Instrumentalists

∙ — Current Touring Artists


CALL 415.817.4243

 EMAIL olli@sfsu.edu

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