Tiny Woman, Big Instrument: Remembering Jane Little, the World's Longest-Serving Orchestra Musician

Kirstin Fawcett
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Born in 1929, Jane Little’s name (and stature) belied the momentous musical legacy she’d leave behind when she died. Standing at a petite 4 feet 11 inches, the double bass player’s instrument loomed more than a foot above her head. Still, Little didn’t let anything—be it height, gender expectations, marriage, or myriad health ailments—get in the way of her career goals: She played with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for 71 straight years, landing her a Guinness World Record for the longest professional tenure with a single orchestra.

Learn more about the inspirational bassist—who died in 2016 at the age of 87—by watching The New Yorker’s tribute below.