Celebrating Women In Jazz: The Ladies of PresHall
While Sweet Emma Barrett was one of the early stars and band leaders of Preservation Hall and remembered today fondly and frequently, there were a number of luminary female performers that graced our stage over the years. Over the next few weeks, we'll be featuring content and performances featuring these historic ladies along with celebrating female performers of today.
Billie Pierce, Sadie Goodson, Dolly Adams, and Jeanette Kimball all contributed alongside Sweet Emma to both the first wave of popularizing jazz as an art form in the 1920s and the second wave revival in the 1960s. Their voices, leadership, personalities, and most importantly piano prowess were integral parts of preserving and perpetuating jazz. Their careers began in their teenage years, sometimes took pause to raise children, and continued into their later years. They traveled around the world and toiled in New Orleans. They played alongside their brothers, uncles, husbands, and sons at a time when women, particularly women of color were second class citizens. We pay tribute and remembrance to these important ladies by spreading their message of musical joy. Say their names, be proud, learn more about these important women in the coming weeks here at Salon726.com.