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'Girls In The Band' Gets 1-Week Theatrical Starting This Week (On Women Jazz Instrumentalists)

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by Tambay A. Obenson
May 6, 2013 4:14 PM
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Web-wide reactions to this when I first wrote about this film in late 2011 was strong; lots of excited folks curious and anxious to see it, and with good reason, given the subject matter.

And some of those same people (specifically those who live in New York City) will be pleased to know that it's getting a 1-week theatrical run at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, starting this Friday, May 10, after a lengthy film festival circuit run.

So if you happen to be in or around NYC this weekend, and into next week, and you're interested in seeing the film, here's your chance to do so (I suspect there'll be other similar limited theatrical runs in other parts of the country; but no confirmation of that).

A quick recap:

Director Judy Chaikin's documentary, The Girls In The Band, highlights the untold stories of women in jazz and big band instrumentalists, from the 1930s to the present day.

I'd say, for the average enthusiast, it's likely an easier challenge to name women jazz vocalists than instrumentalists. Images like the one above probably aren't the first to come to mind when most of us think of jazz music. And Chaikin's doc hopes to influence that, with this poignant narrative, which includes lots of wonderful archival footage, telling the fascinating stories about the lives and careers of these trailblazing women who endured sexism, racism and diminished opportunities for decades, yet continued to persevere, inspire and elevate their talents in a field that seldom welcomed them.

The film also looks at the present-day young women who are following in the footsteps of those who paved the way for them in the male-dominated world of jazz.

For more on the upcoming theatrical run, visit the Lincoln Center website HERE.

Watch the trailer below:

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  • James Madison | May 6, 2013 9:24 PMReply

    Thanks for the heads up.

  • urbanauteur | April 17, 2013 4:24 PMReply

    Melba Liston..!?.. was a Phenomenal Musician/Arranger, she can write her butt off!!she came up along side other great jazz composers/arrangers/musicians like: Duke Ellington_Mary Lou Williams_Thad Jones_Quincy Jones_Gil Evans_ Slide Hampton_Oliver Nelson_J.J.Johnson_Frank Foster etc..

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