Join us on Sunday June 15 at 2pm as Musically Minded Academy screens the wonderful 2013 documentary, The Girls in the Band. Following the screening will be a discussion led by seasoned female jazz musicians who can speak to the issues raised in the film. Although our MOVIE DAZE series is always free of charge, this presentation is part of a fundraising campaign to help the filmmakers obtain the much needed funds to purchase the rights to the music for the educational program they are creating moving forward. This will be a HUGE benefit to young girls in schools throughout the country. As always - all ages welcomed and students of MMA are highly encouraged to attend. Free popcorn and drinks! Parents- you are encouraged, too!!
Synopsis from the website: They wiggled, they jiggled, they wore low cut gowns and short shorts, they kowtowed to the club owners and smiled at the customers…and they did it all, just to play the music they loved. 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. Yet by the mid-fifties female jazz musicians had literally disappeared from the workplace; their names, their contributions to music, completely forgotten.
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 30s 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, 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.
When & Where
Musically Minded Academy
Phone: 510 601 5700