She may be best known in rock circles for her 11-year stint as Lenny Kravitz’s touring drummer, Cindy Blackman has also recorded an impressive body of work as a solo artist playing progressive jazz.
Like many female drummers, she’s had to overcome predjudices in her career.
“People still ask me if I’m a singer,” she told Rhythm. “I got that the other night; I just happened to be at a shop and this woman struck up a conversation and she asked me what I do. I said ‘I’m a musician’, and she said, ‘Oh, do you sing?’ That’s something that has been common because across the board people are not quite used to women playing instruments that are typically male-dominated. Hopefully we’ll get to the point where people just look at you as an instrumentalist and don’t preface it by saying ‘woman’.”