Women Take the Mike

The jazz business was once known as a man’s game. That may, in some ways, still be true. But this March, as Women’s History Month unfolds, jazz clubs throughout New Jersey will come alive with groups led by women.

“It’s a great time for women in jazz,” said Roseanna Vitro, 63, a de facto dean of jazz singers in the Garden State.

Even though offerings won’t represent the full range of the genre — avant-garde groups, big bands and ensembles helmed by instrumentalists will be less than plentiful — female vocalists will be abundant.

Trumpets, in Montclair, for example, is devoting most of its March schedule to groups led by women, among them the singer Sarah Partridge.

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