For much of the history of jazz, this has largely been the deal. If you’re a cute woman who can sing, there’s a place for you on the bandstand. If you can play the piano, maybe there is room for you as well. But leave the real instruments, the soloing and all the rest to the men. For all the freedom and liberation that has been intimately associated with the history of Jazz, the struggles of women to find and secure their rightful places in the music has been an ongoing untold story.