Musician/composer Sarah Elizabeth Charles reunites with her former jazz school classmate Darah on this week’s Soul Sisters. Charles takes us through the past ten years of her incredibly inspiring and powerful career, not just as an artist, but also as someone bringing musical education to populations that greatly need it — such as incarcerated individuals, and future jazz stars of tomorrow.
“Why are women and people who consider themselves to be homosexual, bisexual… existing still to this day as the minority in this music?” she’s begun to ask about the jazz community in her teachings. “What is this culture of masculinity that’s been cultivated and seemingly nourished over the years, and why do we feel that we have to survive in that? If we zoom out and really get to the crux of why, then we can start figuring it out.”
Listen to the full episode below to hear about Charles’ experience teaching inmates at Sing Sing, plus the latest on her band SCOPE and her newest album Free of Form. And be sure to subscribe to Soul Sisters on iTunes for new episodes with more amazing artists each week!