Women in Jazz History


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Who is generally considered the definitive female jazz vocalist of jazz, often called the Queen of Jazz or First Lady of Jazz?

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1. What was Mary Lou William's claim to fame?

2. What instrument was responsible for the first entrance of females into publicly-performed jazz music?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Quiz questions require an understanding of the role women played in jazz music as well as how they were able to enter the genre. Knowledge of some of the well-known female jazz vocalists and instrumentalists is also tested. The contributions of Mary Lou Williams will be covered.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Questions test knowledge of:

  • The era when all-female jazz bands became popular
  • Mary Lou Williams and her claim to fame
  • National event connected to the expansion of women in jazz

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the individual considered the Queen or First Lady of Jazz
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on women in jazz
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question about the instrument that allowed women the ability to perform publicly

Additional Learning

Women in Jazz History is a lesson that will teach you about the role women played in the early days of jazz music. The following objectives will be covered:

  • Learn about Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughn
  • Review the impact of Vi Redd and Dolly Jones
  • Understand how and why jazz changed during WWII