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Women in jazz still face many barriers to success – new research

By Paul Widdop, Senior Lecturer in Sport Business, Leeds Beckett University
Siobhan McAndrew, Senior Lecturer, Quantitative Social Science, University of Bristol
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There are are relatively few female musicians in jazz. Recordings led by women formed only one-fifth of the top 50 albums NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll over 2017 to 2019, and this seems to be a long-term trend: a survey of British jazz musicians in 2004 suggested 14% were female.

Rather than there being explicit barriers to entry, scholarly…

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