In October 2018, Berklee announced the launch of a new initiative, led by the remarkable Terri Lyne Carrington.

The Institute was founded on a musical question, which is:

What would jazz sound like in a culture without patriarchy?

This morning I was viewing the video of remarks from our outstanding keynote speaker Dr Farah Jasmine Griffin (William B. Ransford Professor of English and Comparative Literature and African-American Studies at Columbia University NY).  Like a lot of people, when an inspiring speaker mentions artists, music or books that are new to me, I like to explore further – cue a brief trip down a Google ‘rabbit hole’. So here’s the full presentation, with citations below.


  • Hairston, Monica, Nichole T Rustin, Sherrie Tucker, and Ronald Radano. “Gender, Jazz and the Popular Front.” In Big Ears: Listening for Gender in Jazz Studies. North Carolina: Duke University Press, 2010. Excerpt
  • Shange, Ntozake. For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide, When the Rainbow Is Enuf: A Choreopoem. 1st Scribner poetry ed. New York: Scribner Poetry, 1997. Wiki
  • Shange, Ntozake. Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo: A Novel. New York: St. Martin’s Griffin, 2010. Google books

Artists, composers, ensembles and authors: