Wild women of piano

A partial survey of women musicians, from some lists of forgotten women:


Fanny, the first all-female rock act to record an album for a major record label. The four original members were June Millington, guitar, vocals; Jean Millington (red link), bass & vocals; Alice de Buhr (red link), drums & vocals, and Nickey Barclay (keyboards, vocals).

“June and Nickey were the primary songwriters for the band, but Jean and Alice made significant contributions to Fanny’s repertoire and all four participated in arranging the songs and crafting their stage performances.”

The group opened for David Bowie, Deep Purple, George Harrison, and the Kinks.

All-female jazz ensembles

The first was Helen Lewis and Her All-Girl Jazz Syncopators (red link) in the mid-1920s, IMDb.

Here are “five of the most important all-female jazz ensembles of all time“:

  1. The Ingenues 1925, vaudeville orchestra light jazz “syncopators”, styled “The female Paul Whitemans”. Soloist trombonist Paula Jones (red link) (no, not THAT Paula Jones) (1)(2).
  2. Lil Hardin’s All-girl Orchestra (red link). [sources: 1, 2]
  3. International Sweethearts of Rhythm.  “The band’s singer and conductor, Anna Mae Winburn, was for a time an icon ranked alongside Ellington and Basie.”
  4. The DIVA Jazz Orchestra (red link), 1992, founded around   drummer/bandleader Sherrie Maricle. Other former members include Anat Cohen, Allison Miller, and Ingrid Jensen.
  5. Tia Fuller Quartet (red link): Tia Fuller, saxophonist, played with Beyoncé’, the other four members are Shamie Royston (red link) [source], piano; Miriam Sullivan “Mimi Jones” (red link) [source], bass; and Kim Thompson drums.

Tammy Hall

Tammy Hall (red link) or Tammy L. Hall is a composer and musician specializing in jazz piano.  Her album Blue Divine was nominated for Grammy awards in Best Jazz Instrumental Album and Best Jazz Instrumental Solo.

Hall began playing piano at the age of 4.  Her mother was a concert pianist, but died when Hall was a year old.  Her grandparents raised her and provided her with lessons in classical music.  She learned to play piano and organ, and eventually received a music scholarship to Mills College in Oakland. She spent two years in Brussels, playing in in Europe then returned to the San Francisco area.  For the next 15 years worked during the day in a law firm, and at night as an accompanist for local blues, cabaret, and jazz singers.

She has worked with the Montclair Women’s Big Band, founded by trumpeter Ellen Seeling (red link) (but …German WikipediaDutch Wikipedia) and her wife, saxophonist Jean Fineberg (red link).

In this video, Hall describes her major musical influences to be Duke Ellington, Art Tatum, Joe Sample, Mary Lou Williams, Hazel Scott, Tania Maria, Stevie Wonder,  and Quincy Jones, among others.

Selected discography

See her website for complete list.

  • Blue Divine 2006
  • Rejuve 2007
  • Blue Soul 2012


The shows themselves are surveys, plus there are some prestigious festivals.

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All right, that ought to keep the Wikipediocrazies busy for the rest of the black history month, if they bother with such things other than to mansplain to other people what they ought to be doing about it.