Gender Equality in Jazz and the Music Industry

Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 6:00pm
150 Mass Ave, Media Center
Panel event with Rachel Z Hakim, Joe Carrier, Amanda Monaco, Lisa Thorson and Ayn Inserto
co-sponsored by the Women in Jazz Collective
This panel discussion will focus on personal experiences with gender inequality in the music industry, how these issues have been handled, solutions for gender inequality, and the role educational institutions can play in shaping a more equitable industry for future generations.
Rachel Z Hakim is a jazz and rock pianist and keyboardist
 with a discography comprising ten solo albums as well as session and live work with artists including Wayne Shorter, Najee, Al Di Meola, Larry Coryell, Peter Gabriel and Neal Schon.
Joe Carrier has been writing and producing music for more than 30 years and is an Associate Professor in the Contemporary Writing and Production Department. His credits include the Billboard Top 10 hit “Stay The Same” by Joey McIntyre (RIAA Certified Gold), Billboard Top 20 and #1 International hit “If You Were Mine” by Marcos Hernandez and an International first place “Cine Golden Eagle Award” for music scored to the film “Love One Another”.
Grammy-nominated guitarist/composer Amanda Monaco has performed at venues such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, Birdland and Jazz Standard, and with artists such as Milt Hinton, Steve Wilson, Rufus Reid, and the Mingus Orchestra. An educator since 1990, she has released 5 albums to date and is an Assistant Professor in the Guitar Department. Amanda’s book, Jazz Guitar for the Absolute Beginner (Alfred Publishing), is available worldwide.
Lisa Thorson is a jazz vocalist and Associate Professor in the Voice Department.  The list of artists with whom she has recorded or shared a stage includes Sheila Jordan, Herb Pomeroy, the Billy Taylor Trio, Harvie Swartz, Kenny Wheeler, Jerry Bergonzi, Steve Grossman, Linda Hopkins, and Max Roach.
Ayn Inserto is a pianist, composer, and arranger and leader of the Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra. She is a member of the Jazz Composers' Alliance and is an Associate Professor in the Jazz Composition department. She has released three albums and her recording and live work have included performances with Bob Brookmeyer, George Garzone, Steve Lacy, Joe Lovano, and Frank Tiberi.