The Ostara Project • March 9 2024
Doors 6:00 pm | Music 7:00 pm
In February 2022, Canadian jazz musicians Jodi Proznick and Amanda Tosoff formed The Ostara Project, gathering seven top female jazz artists to challenge the male-dominated narrative. Their debut album, featuring compositions from each member, was a 2022 JUNO nominee. This fluid ensemble amplifies female voices in jazz, inspiring future generations.
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The Ostara Project, a new Canadian super-group of award-winning, female jazz musicians.
From Louis Armstrong to John Coltrane, (both of whom had wives who were outstanding jazz musicians), men tell the story of jazz. Terri Lyne Carrington, founder and artistic director of The Berkley Centre for Jazz and Gender Justice, has cited that an estimated five percent of jazz instrumentalists are women.
In February 2022, Canadian bassist Jodi Proznick (JUNO nomination 2007, 2018) and pianist Amanda Tosoff (JUNO nomination 2022) decided to challenge the almost-exclusive male narrative by bringing together seven outstanding Canadian female jazz musicians, each one a composer and bandleader in her own right. The group recorded an album: seven compositions, one contributed by each member. The self-titled debut album was nominated for a 2022 JUNO award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year. The playing is powerful, and the message is clear: these musicians have something to say and they are creating the space where their voices will be heard.
The Ostara Project was inspired by the example of Artemis, an outstanding female jazz ensemble led by Canadian Renee Rosness. Proznick and Tosoff wanted to create an expansive forum for female musicians so they shaped their ensemble with an important difference: membership in The Ostara Project is fluid. A core group provides continuity for the group and additional guests are invited, creating the opportunity to amplify the voices of more women, including rising stars. What remains constant is that every member of The Ostara Project is an accomplished jazz musician and composer and all are committed to standing as role models for the next generation.