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JT Notes: Evan Haga Introduces the Sept. 2012 Issue

Women's issue issues + Anat Cohen, Cassandra Wilson & more

Cassandra Wilson
Mary Halvorson

Unless you’re a newcomer to our magazine, you probably know that in most months JT carries a specific instrument theme; one month that doesn’t is September, when the theme is a one-off. This time last year we wheeled out the Artist’s Choice issue; 12 months before that came our 40th anniversary book dedicated to the jazz happenings of 1970. In 2007, we entered the fall with an edition all about the intersections of jazz and film-you get the idea. These September issues are generally well received, and often incite more feedback and discussion than months centered on sax, drums, guitar, et al. I’m thinking in particular of September 2008’s New Jazz Visionaries concept. I can’t recall anyone accusing us of choosing a fundamentally corrupt theme, however. Until now.

In the weeks leading up to deadline, I wasn’t surprised to hear grousing about the idea of a “women’s issue”: It’s patronizing; it’s pandering; it’s no longer necessary. As one candid industry friend put it, “It’s like, yeah, women play jazz. So what?”

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