The Hot Box #055 – Female Big Band Leaders

A nice big band welcome to the 55th edition of the Hot Box. The big success of Zandra Queen of Jazz from Darn Skippy Productions at the Smock Alley Theatre Dublin put me in mind to make an edition of the hot box centred on women in jazz. A fascinating glimpse into another world and caused me to reflect on the status of women in the jazz world over time.

So far as I am aware there are no recorded pieces from Zandra Mitchell but we can enjoy and talk about many other women in jazz. I had planned the Hot Box 55 to be a big band show, so why not combine the two.

We are still seeking recordings by Irish pianists, so if you know of any, let us know. The Hot Box is released on every 2 weeks and can be heard on-line around the world. Tell your jazz loving friends, and talk to us direct with comments and suggestions to

Track Listing for The Hot Box #055 - Female Big Band Leaders

# Artist Track Title Time
01 Michel Camilo One More Once 02:04
02 Mary Lou Williams What's Your Story Morning Glory 02:52
03 Mary Lou Williams Walkin and Swingin 11:08
04 Maria Schneider El Viento 16:33
05 Maria Schneider Walking by Flashlight 28:48
06 Rhoda Scott Walkin About 35:04
07 Carla Bley The Liberation Music Orchestra 41:10
08 Toshiko Akiyoshi Retro Zone 50:00


Donald Helme
Author: Donald Helme
Donald presented Jazz Alley, Ireland’s number one jazz show, on RTE Lyric FM from the station’s first week on air until the end of 2015. “I am not a musician, and have never pretended to be anything other than a lifetime fan with loads of experience and hopefully, good ears.”
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