Born: August 16, 1960
Can women play jazz? While this controversy may seem hopelessly outdated in an era of such commanding female jazz performers as saxophonists Fostina Dixon, its effects linger like a haunting refrain. Women who play jazz on saxophone, brass instruments still encounter befuddled reception to their very presence: I've never seen a woman do that! or the ubiquitous, You play good for a girl! or You play like a man! Commentary about women in jazz still sticks at fundamental questions: Do they exist? Are they serious? Can they play?
In the case of baritone saxophonist Fostina Dixon, she sure the hell can!...