March 6, 2019- Today's Pioneer Women Jazz Instrumentalist: Melba Liston
Junior Mance once said that Melba Liston is be one of the best jazz musicians, not just one of the best women in jazz.
She was a great section trombonist but made her real mark as an arranger. Most of her work was written for the pianist, Randy Weston.
Melba played in Gerald Wilson's band in the 1940's and also recorded with Dexter Gordon.
In the 1950's she worked with Dizzy Gillespie and later in the decade formed an all-women quintet. In the 60's she worked extensively with Quincy Jones.
Be sure to tune in all day on Wednesday, March 6th to hear music from Melba Liston on KSDS-FM/Jazz 88.3.