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Virtual Event: Women in Jazz

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Women in Jazz

Women have been involved in jazz since the early 1920s, not just as vocalists, but as instrumentalists, composers and arrangers. An understanding of jazz would not be complete without highlighting the influence and contributions of women—women such as Bessie Smith, Valaida Snow, Mildred Bailey, Mary Lou Williams, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Sarah Vaughn. In this virtual event, Galen Abdur-Razzaq will incorporate performance and lecture to impart to the audience an understanding of these women's personal lives, their ability to read music, perform, and survive in a time when jazz was considered “a man’s world”. It also covers the full spectrum of years, genre, recordings, and recognized achievements.


Galen Abdur-Razzaq grew-up in Montclair, N.J., and at the age of 10 received his first flute. He studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass., and graduated from Rutgers University in Brunswick, N.J. He holds a master's degree in fine arts and education. He is best known for his smooth, rich sound. Galen has performed around the world for more than 30 years. He is a well known and admired arranger, composer, director and educator, and he has performed with several widely known recording artists, including jazz pianist Billy Taylor, soul singer Freda Payne (who is best known for the song "Band of Gold") and jazz saxophonist, composer and arranger Jimmy Heath.

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Farmington Libraries and is presented in collaboration with multiple regional libraries.

Registration is required. Join us via Zoom! 

***Please find your Zoom link and passcode in your confirmation e-mail.***

Instructions for Zoom: 

You do not have to have a Zoom account to attend a program. When you register for this program, you will be sent a unique Zoom ID and password.

To join on your computer, go to on your computer's browser and open Zoom Meetings (PC) or Open (Mac) and enter the meeting ID and password a few minutes before the program. Or, you can download the Zoom app on your computer, phone or tablet, open the Zoom app, and type in the meeting ID to join us. 

Please make sure you connect with your device's video and audio. 

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