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Dottie was one of the featured women in the Jazz tome
"Jazzwomen: Conversations with Twenty-One Musicians"

From The Publisher

"Between 1995 and 2000, Wayne Enstice and Janis Stockhouse interviewed dozens of women jazz instrumentalists and vocalists. Jazzwomen collects 21 of the most fascinating interviews. The participants discuss everything - their personal lives, musical training and inspirations, recordings, relationships with other musicians, the music industry, sexism on the bandstand - and often make candid and revealing statements. At the end of each interview is a recommended discography compiled by the authors." Every jazz listener, musician, teacher, and student will be captivated by interviews with Marian McPartland, Regina Carter, Abbey Lincoln, Cassandra Wilson, Diana Krall, and their peers. Includes a sampler CD with complete works by several of the artists, including Jane Ira Bloom and Ingrid Jensen.

Here is what the critics have to say: Editorial Reviews From Booklist At their best, question-and-answer interviews can communicate personality as impressively as the best fiction. Such outstanding examples of the form are masterpieces of the writer-editor's craft, requiring immense sensitivity to the interviewee's vocal tone, cadences, and inflections, and to the interviewee's characteristic vocabulary. The interviewer must transform raw conversation, with all its verbal tics and vocalized but nonverbal punctuation, into a readable continuity that keeps the sense of what was said and more--the color and juice of a distinctive person. Enstice and Stockhouse bat close to a thousand with their interviews of 21 women who have made their way, often enough to the pinnacle of acclaim, in the male-dominated world of jazz. What pianist Marilyn Crispell says reflects the honed and carefully marshaled strength that she unleashes with such brio in her cascading, effulgent improvisations. JoAnne Brackeen, also a pianist, almost induces levitation with the headiness of her kinesthetic worldview, in which everything is ultimately musical. In her concern about dealing with the almost-unheard-of-in-jazz predicament of being a star who is frequently recognized offstage, singer-pianist Diana Krall discloses the pressure that grace can live under. Drummer Dottie Dodgion, one of the least known of these interviewees, exudes the professional savoir faire of a half-century-long career. Each woman sounds unique, and as any jazz lover would tell you, that's what makes each of them a jazzwoman. Sublime.

Ray Olson
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