The Girls in the Band

The Girls in the Band
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The Girls in the Band
USA, 2011, 83 Minute Running Time
US Premiere
Topics: Dance/Music, Documentary, History, Woman Director, Women
Program: True Stories
Language: English

The most famous photograph in jazz lore—Art Kane's A Great Day in Harlem from 1958—features a "who's who" of many of the greatest jazz musicians.But who are the two women standing next to Thelonious Monk in the photograph?This revelatory documentary seeks to answer that question by uncovering the hidden history of women jazz musicians, from pre-WWII to the present day.These talented and determined performers and composers faced—and overcame—blatant sex discrimination and racial barriers. But this is no dusty historical monograph:The Girls in the Band swings. Chock full of great music, dancing, and performance clips, the film celebrates such bands as The Ada Leonard Orchestra, Ina Ray Hutton and Her Melodears, The Diva Jazz Orchestra, and The International Sweethearts of Rhythm in a visual and aural feast for the senses. Judy Chaikin's masterful direction and Edward Osei-Gyimah's brilliant editing seamlessly blend multiple stories and characters, a treasure trove of archival material, and insightful, witty contemporary interviews to give the film a musicality its subjects would be proud of.

Director Judy Chaikin, Producer Nancy Kissock, Film Subject Roz Cron, and Spouse Jules Chaikin are expected to attend both screenings.

DIRECTOR: Judy Chaikin
Producer: Judy Chaikin, Nancy Kissock, Michael Greene
Editor: Edward Osei-Gyimah
Screenwriter: Judy Chaikin, Edward Osei-Gyimah
Cinematographer: Various
Print Source: One Step Productions -

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