Girls in the Band

Everything a worthwhile documentary should be, and then some: engaging, informative, thorough and brimming with delightful characters.


The Girls in the Band

-- Director Judy Chaikin will be present for a Q&A at the evening screenings at the Playhouse 7 on Tuesday 11/19, Wednesday 11/20, and Thursday 11/21

-- Producer Nancy Kissock will be present for a Q&A at both 11:00am screenings at the Monica 4 on November 23 & 24

-- Director Judy Chaikin and Producer Nancy Kissock will both be present for a Q&A at the 7:30pm screening at the Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills on Monday, November 25 @ 7:30pm.

-- If you are a member of any Guild, the Academy, or AFofM, you and a guest may attend the screening at the Music Hall 3 for free with your membership card.


They wiggled, they jiggled, they wore low cut gowns and short shorts, they kow-towed to the club owners and smiled at the customers…and they did it all, just to play the music they loved. 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 30′s 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. Today a new breed of gifted young women are taking their rightful place in the world of jazz, which can no longer deny their talents.

“A real crowdpleaser...The pic may prompt a rewrite of jazz history.”
--Robert Koehler, Variety

“A fascinating, moving, and wonderfully tuneful documentary...A real treat for music-lovers.”
--Mark Adams, Screen Daily

Not Rated
Documentary, Music
Judy Chaikin
Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru

A far better doc opening this week is The Girls in the Band, directed by Judy Chaikin, about female jazz musicians. Have you ever heard about Peggy Gilbert, Rae Lee Jones, Melba Liston, Clora Bryant or Viola Smith? If not, it's probably because they're part of the hidden history of jazz musicians ...

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