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Stacy Rowles on the role of women in jazz

November 8, 2009 | 10:21 am

Rowles Jazz musician Stacy Rowles, who died Oct. 27, spent a good part of her career playing in all-female groups such as Maiden Voyage and the Jazz Birds. In a 1995 interview in The Times, she discussed the reasons such groups existed.

"It doesn't bother me. In fact [all-female bands] are, sadly, still a necessity at this point," Rowles said. "It shouldn't make a difference what sex you are as long as you're a good musician. But there are still some people who do discriminate. It can be a vicious cycle.

"You have to be hired to get experience, but you can't get hired unless you have experience. Breaking through is the difficult part."

-- Keith Thursby

Photo: Stacy Rowles, left, and Betty O'Hara in 1996. Credit: Los Angeles Times