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Monnette Sudler

2023 Women’s History Month

Monnette Sudler 31 Historical Women from Philly

Monnette Sudler was an American jazz guitarist from Philly.

Her first exposure to jazz was listening to her great-uncle play the piano.

When Monnette was fifteen, she took lessons on guitar at the Wharton Center in Philly.

She could play drums and piano and composed, arranged, sang, and wrote poetry.

She worked with vibraphonist Khan Jamal in the Sounds of Liberation early in her career.

In the 1970s, she studied at Berklee School of Music in Boston and in the 1980s at Temple University. Time for a Change (1977) was her first album as band leader.