Viola Smith America’s Original Hep Girl – Female Drummer

Viola Smith is known as one of America’s very first professional Female drummers, she was often referred to as “The Female Gene Krupa.” Born in 1912, these clips are from her 100th birthday.

Viola Smith is known as one of America’s very first professional Female drummers, she was often referred to as “The Female Gene Krupa.” Born in 1912, these clips are from her 100th birthday.

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Female Jazz Drummers

In 1942, drummer Viola Smith sent shock waves through the jazz world by claiming in Down Beat magazine that “hep girls” could sit in on any jam session and hold their own. In Women Drummers: A History from Rock and Jazz to Blues and Country, Angela Smith takes Viola at her word, offering a comprehensive look at the world of professional drumming and the women who had the courage and chops to break the barriers of this all-too-male field.

How many famous female drummers can you name?
Who are the best female drummers?
Female jazz drummers – do you know any?
Share your thoughts in the comments below. Not limited to jazz of course.

I recently came across a cool book about woman drummers written by Angela Smith. Read On.

Women Drummers: A History from Rock and Jazz to Blues and Country

Female Jazz Drummers Women Drummers: A History from Rock, Jazz, Blues and CountryIn 1942, drummer Viola Smith sent shock waves through the jazz world by claiming in Down Beat magazine that “hep girls” could sit in on any jam session and hold their own. In Women Drummers: A History from Rock and Jazz to Blues and Country, Angela Smith takes Viola at her word, offering an in-depth look at the world of professional drumming and the women who had the chops and the courage to break the barriers of this male dominated field.

Combining archival research with personal interviews of more than 50 female drummers representing more than 8 decades in music history, Smith paints a vivid picture of their struggles to overcome discrimination—not only as professional musicians but in other parts of their lives.

The stories and personal accounts of female drummers who bucked tradition and societal norms are told against the backdrop of the times in which they performed and the genres they represented, from rock and jazz to blues and country.

Check out the book here.

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