Since it looks like we might be inside for all of International Women’s Month, endlessly washing our hands like Lady MacBeth, the least we could do is put on some music.
This was started off by rosashills, with keyboardist Maria Chiara Argiró on “To the Sea” from the album Hidden Seas, and “Dream R” from The Fall Dance.
Maria Chiara Argiró (red link) was born in Rome, where she studied piano and African percussions (Djambè- doun- doun). After completing a degree in ethnomusicology at Tor Vergata University of Rome, and playing with the University Jazz Ensemble, she moved to London and studied at the London Centre of Contemporary Music. She completed a bachelor’s degree in jazz at Middlesex University. While she has played keyboards with a number of musicians, she is most known for working with These New Puritans.
- The Fall Dance, Odradek Records (November 2016).
- Hidden Seas (2016)
Since Maria Chiara Argiró is part of the London jazz scene, this leads in quite naturally to a list of performers at https://www.thejazzmann.com/news/article/ , including some special women’s selections for Women’s History Month.
Next from the list is Monika Herzig and Sheroes. Herzig is the organizer, plays keyboards and composes. She is a professor, an author, and has received several awards. The other women in the all women group are veteran jazz players who have all known each other for a long time, and play together for fun.They are: Leni Stern (guitar, Germany/USA), Ingrid Jensen (trumpet, Canada/USA), Ada Rovatti (saxophone, Italy), Jamie Baum (flutes, USA), Reut Regev (trombone, Israel/USA), Jennifer Vincent (bass, USA), Rosa Avila (drums, Mexico) and Mayra Casales (percussion, Cuba/USA).
- Come With Me, Owl Studios, 2011.
- Sheroes, Whaling City Sound, 2018. Singled out for special mention from this album are “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “House of the Rising Sun”.
Alto saxophonist Rachael Cohen is also from the London jazz scene. She is originally from the Shetland Islands and studied at the City of Edinburgh Music School. She later studied jazz at the The Birmingham Conservatoire. Her album ‘Halftime’ made it to MOJO magazines top ten jazz albums of 2014.
- Album: ‘Halftime’, Whirlwind Recordings, 2012.