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Carla Cook

How would you describe your music?

Traditional to contemporary jazz. Also, originals.

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

Band leader. Also, I'm co-producer, chief cook and bottle washer.

Describe your gear.

Shure SM58 microphone

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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?

In Jazz, women have traditionally been more accepted as vocalists. Women instrumentalists seem to have a few more challenges, but I believe that the best in the business judge a person on their contributions to the music and not on gender.

Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

The generation of women before us, paved a smoother road, making this career choice easier than they had it.

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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?

I'd let them know that while this career can be extremely satisfying, it is not without sacrifices, often personal ones like marraige, family. It's probably not impossible to "have it all', but it's certainly improbable.

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

Vocals are the best way to express myself. The use of lyrics and improvisation give me the best of all worlds.

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