“The film follows the story of several jazz pioneers, including saxophonist Roz Cron, trombonist Melba Liston, trumpeter Clora Bryant and pianists Marian McPartland and Mary Lou Williams, as well as all-female bands, such as the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, which toured the country. Among the contemporary female musicians featured in the documentary are bassist Esperanza Spalding, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, composer Maria Schneider, clarinetist Anat Cohen and saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom.” ~ Downbeat
This recently released documentary DVD directed by Judy Chaikin is now available in the Music Library – and this documentary has everyone talking!
“The Girls in the Band manages to cram a lot into 87 deftly edited minutes. And in its sprint across the decades and musical eras, it highlights the travails and triumphs of dozens of unheralded or underappreciated jazzwomen.” ~ JazzTimes
“… the pic may prompt a rewrite of jazz history.” ~ Variety
“The Girls in the Band is everything a worthwhile documentary should be, and then some: engaging, informative, thorough and brimming with delightful characters.” ~ New York Times
Swing by and check out this new award winning film, certified 100% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, to enjoy good music and maybe even learn some things while you are groovin’!
In addition to the full length movie, this education packet includes:
♦ A 57-minute educational version of The Girls in the Band for classroom use
♦ A detailed discussion guide for use in classrooms or public screenings
Also included in this educational edition is a bonus thumb drive featuring:
♦ Historical biographies of female jazz musicians from the 1920s to the present day
♦ An extensive bibliography used in developing the film’s content
♦ Breaking Through: a twenty-track collection of recordings by both historic and contemporary women musicians
♦ A link to speeches by former Grammy CEO and The Girls in the Band Executive Producer Michael Greene on relevant topics such as Freedom of Expression, Funding for Arts Education, Copyright Protection, Funding for the Arts Endowments and more.
Check it out today!