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Corrina Rachel, Corrina's Dreamland Band

How would you describe your music?

40s-50s era Jazz and 20s-40s era Swing, spanning genres of Gypsy Jazz, Latin Jazz, Torch, Dixieland, etc. Perfect for weddings and special events, very classic and elegant.

What is your role in your band? In the studio? In business or marketing decisions?

Band leader-- all booking, promotions, PR, etc. Find and hire musicians, call and lead rehearsals, provide chart books. All business and marketing decisions, design for posters/flyers, website, and associated costs for all.

Describe your gear.

"De Armond X-155 Hollow Body Electric Guitar TraceElliot Acoustic, amplifer for guitar and vocals EKG C-535 Vocal Condenser Mic Fender Passport 6-channel PA System with 2 Speakers "

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Do you think being a woman and a musician is different from being a man and a musician? If so, how? Was there a moment that made a difference clear to you?

Yes-- people seem more skeptical of females in a band-leading and booking role. I feel that I am not taken seriously and sometimes that I'm being judged by my appearance and even hair color (I'm a tall blonde). There have been a few moments in particular that I've felt disadvantaged by being a woman. It also seems that my requests (esp. regarding payment) are not taken as seriously as my male friends in the same situations.

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Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

Not especially, only the differences of age and wisdom that apply to males and females.

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Did anyone ever give you any valuable advice about making your way in the music industry? What advice would you give to a woman musician just starting out?

The best advice I've received is to be persistent, I would pass that advice along although it seems pretty obvious. Based on my experience, I would tell a woman who was just starting out to reach out to everyone she meets and to focus on forging relationships with people.

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

I have been singing since childhood and have played several instruments over the years including saxophone and piano. I ultimately decided on guitar because it is a good accompaniment instrument for vocals, it lends itself to songwriting and bandleading as well.

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