New Standards: 101 Lead Sheets

by Women Composers

Extraordinary jazz by 101 women composers! From bebop to blues, from swing to global jazz styles, Terri Lyne Carrington’s collection includes a wide variety of well-known works and hidden gems, within a broad range of jazz and jazz-adjacent styles.
The compositions span nearly a century, including Lil Hardin Armstrong’s work from 1922 to songs written in 2021 by recent Berklee graduates. It features 101 compositions from a remarkable range of acknowledged titans, young visionaries and unsung heroes in jazz.
We added this, not only because we see the value of the publication that helps bring into focus the omission of women composers from the history of jazz, but also because the music in it is simply amazing.  

“New Standards” is a monumental publication and effort led by Terri Lyne Carrington, a multi-Grammy-winning artist, NEA Jazz Master, and the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice‘s founder and artistic director.

We put the songs into a separate playlist for quick access.
Go to the Library and tap on the “Playlists” tab, there you will find the “New Standards” section. And of course make sure you purchase “New Standards: 101 Lead Sheets by Women Composers” where you will find the original lead sheets of the songs for a deeper dive into the compositions.

The following songs are not included, at least for now:
Theme 1 and Theme 1A + Theme 2, Not in the Mood, Geri’s Glide, Rounds, Speak Eddie, Chaos Theory, Eclats for Ornette, Grammy Season, Primavera, Quick Tipper, Rectangles 3, Continental Cliff, Mosking, The Strawberry.

Their open interpretation and harmony makes it so that any play-along would not do them justice at this point.