Gwen Ansell

Gwen’s Contributions


January/February 2006    Books

Valaida: A Novel
Candace Allen

Some cried racism when Dave Douglas based an album on the works of Mary Lou Williams and won more accolades for it than she had seen in her whole lifetime. Not surprisingly, any discussion of sexism was far more muted. Jazz has very successfully naturalized...


July/August 2004    Hearsay

Louis Mhlanga

Guitarist Louis Mhlanga's story might almost be the story of the instrument he plays. The lanky, soft-spoken player is a South African, but he was raised in Zimbabwe ("Listening to rock 'n' roll and Jimi Hendrix," he says, "and a lot of Congolese music...

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