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The Girls in the Band tells the poignant, untold stories of female jazz and big band instrumentalists and their fascinating, groundbreaking journeys from the late 1930s to the present day. These incredibly talented women endured sexism, racism and diminished opportunities for decades, yet continued to persevere, inspire and elevate their talents in a field that seldom welcomed them. In the thirties and forties, hundreds of women musicians toured the country in glamorous All-Girl Bands, while others played side by side with their male counterparts. By the mid-fifties, female jazz musicians had literally disappeared from the workplace; their names, their contributions to music, completely forgotten. Today, there is a new breed of gifted young women taking their rightful place in the world of jazz, which can no longer deny their talents.

  • Year
    2011
  • Runtime
    81 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    United States
  • Rating
    Not Rated
  • Genre
    Documentary
  • Subtitle Language
    English
  • Awards
    It won five Best Documentary Awards and was voted one of the Best Music Documentaries Ever Made.
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  • Director
    Judy Chaikin
  • Screenwriter
    Judy Chaikin, Edward Osei-Gyimah
  • Producer
    Nancy Kissock
  • Executive Producer
    Michael Greene
  • Co-Producer
    Associate Producer: Erin Li
  • Cast
    Clora Bryant, Geri Allen, Herbie Hancock
  • Editor
    Edward Osei-Gyimah