“celebrating the contributions of women in music”
The Alabama Women in Jazz Festival is a program presented annually showcasing local, state and regional top-tier female jazz musicians, founded by Patrice Bivins. The first annual Alabama Women in Jazz Festival in Huntsville, Alabama was presented in 2015 at the Big Spring Park East in downtown Huntsville. While there is support for many other jazz programs in the Tennessee Valley, Alabama Women in Jazz has been established to support a performing stage for all women performers.
Each year the festival not only brings together the best female musicians but it brings a diverse and curious community out to enjoy and applaud these females. Many of our visitors also present workshops which engage and support music education.
A History of Women in Jazz
One of the most common questions that we constantly address is …WHY in presenting a festival of all women musicians. Our most common reaction to that is “women jazz musicians date back to the 1930s”. Of course, when we think of jazz as you will recall in our Tribute to Women in Jazz program you think only of vocalist, singers like Ella, Billie and so on, but some of the most powerful jazz musicians in the world then and now are women musicians.
The Festival “Celebrating the contributions of Women in Music” The Alabama Women in Jazz Festival is a program presented annually showcasing local, state and regional top-tier female jazz musicians. Each year the festival brings a diverse and enjoyable music festival to the community with visitors from surrounding cities Alabama, Tennessee to Georgia.