While female representation in jazz has improved since the 1920’s, the field remains dominated by males—from the booking agents to the performers themselves.

We take a look at the experiences of some female jazz musicians through the lenses of Shacara Rogers — airport staffer by day, jazz vocalist by night; Mercedes Beckman, a saxophonist; and Amelia Brown, an aspiring jazz vocalist who’s about to get a master’s in music.

Shooting locations: Dahlak Restaurant, U Street; THEARC, east of Anacostia River.