Meet Susan's fabulous female instrumentalists!

Click a name to read their biographies and hear them play. 

Dixie Fasnacht

(1910 -- 2011)

Jazz clarinet,


night club owner

Anat Cohen

(1975 --    )

Jazz clarinet, saxophone, composer

Lillian “Lil” Hardin 

(1898 -- 1971)

First lady of jazz


Pianist, song writer, singer,

recording artist, band leader 


Evelyn Glennie

(1965 --     )

First percussionist to sustain an international solo career

Evelyn GlennieEvelyn Glennie
Evelyn Glenni plays drumsEvelyn Glenni plays drums

Regina Carter 

(1963 --     )

Jazz violinist, 

MacArthur grant recipient

Regina Carter & violinRegina Carter & violin

Maud Powell

(1867 -- 1920)

Pioneer concert violinist,

RCA recording star 

Featured in Susan's



Maud Powell & violinMaud Powell & violin

Antonia Brico 

(1902 - 1989)

First female conductor to win

international fame

conductor Antoina Bricoconductor Antoina Brico

Marin Alsop 

(1956 --     )

First female Music Director of a major

U.S. orchestra

(Baltimore Symphony)

conductor Marin Alsopconductor Marin Alsop

Sherrie Maricle and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra

(1993 --    ) 

Based in NYC

members of DIVA members of DIVA

Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles

(1994 --     )

Right: debut performance at the Hollywood Bowl 

Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles

Terri Lyne Carrington

(1965 --     )

Percussionist, composer,

recording artist,

record producer

Terri Lyne Carrington Terri Lyne Carrington

Doriot Anthony Dwyer 

(1922 --     )

First woman to win a principal chair in a major U.S. orchestra; Principal Flute, Boston Symphony Orchestra (1952 -- 1990)

Doriot Anthony DwyerDoriot Anthony Dwyer

International Sweethearts of Rhythm 

(1937 -- 1955)

  Includes profiles of

Vi Burnside, tenor sax Pauline Braddy, drums

Tiny Davis, trumpet

Carlene Ray, guitar

International Sweethearts of Rhythm album International Sweethearts of Rhythm album

Toshiko Akiyoshi 

(1926 --     )

Jazz pianist,

recording artist,

big-band composer

and band leader

Toshiko AkiyoshiToshiko Akiyoshi

Edna White

(1892 -- 1992) 

One of the foremost trumpet soloists of the early 20th Century

Featured in Susan's



Edna White & trumpetEdna White & trumpet

Melba Liston 

(1926 - 1999)

Jazz trombonist, composer, arranger

Paved the way for other jazzwomen  instrumentalists

Melba Liston & tromboneMelba Liston & trombone

Available now as MP3s

Seven historic recordings by Edna White

and her Suite for Solo Trumpet and Orchestra

The solo trumpet part is included!

See Susan's current



(1892 - 1992)

Classical trumpeter and composer. One of the foremost trumpet soloists in the first half of the 20th Century. 

Visit Susan's Comment page 

See what others are saying about these fabulous women!


Relax with Susan's

Solo trumpet CD

Baroque Treasures for Trumpet & Organ

Now available

in MP3 files


Now there are


Frank Renzi mysteries!

Click the covers to read about them!


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