When you talk about the early women pioneers of jazz no list is complete without alto sax player, Vi Redd. Redd was born in Los Angeles in the late 20’s to a famous father, Alton Redd, who was a major player in the Central Avenue jazz scene in L.A.

She was also a singer and on this video with the Count Basie Band she is doing the vocals to Stormy Monday Blues and playing the sax. She was a true devotee of be-bop and played with all the greats from Dizzy Gillespie to Dexter Gordon. Her first CD was called Bird Call in 1962.  She is clearly, “the real deal.”