Mary Rippon was a bona fide pioneer who became a CU icon, but CU almost did not become her home. When CU’s first president, Joseph Sewall, invited Rippon to teach at CU, which had just opened its doors in September 1877, Rippon initially declined.
Women have been involved in jazz since the early 1920s, not just as vocalists but as instrumentalists, composers and arrangers. An understanding of jazz would not be complete without highlighting the influence and contributions of women—such as Bessie Smith, Valaida Snow, Mildred Bailey, Mary Lou Williams, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughn.
This spring, our series—designed for those interested in outreach and community-engaged research, teaching and creative work—will focus on partnership development: from reaching out to partners and solidifying equitable relationships to planning and achieving goals and assessing impact together.