A new movie, is crossing the country in limited release, about the FEMALE JAZZ MUSICIANS. There have been many films about male musicians but very few detailing the Women of Jazz. While they get little visibility, there are–and have always been–many female jazz musicians, in addition to the vocalists. One of the big shockers for me was that Louis Armstrong’s wife was a composer, arranger and performer! I only knew that Louis was married–not that it was HER band. I watched the movie and was left with a new respect for the women, and a deep desire to learn more about them and their music.
After a limited run in New York City which garnered rave reviews, the movie is traveling to LA. The hope is that it will get a larger release later (It has already been re-booked for a short run in NYC).
Keep your eyes peeled for “The Girls in the Band”! Here is the link to the video promotion on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6XDjh8gRGg&feature=share.