"The Girls In The Band" Swings Into History In A New Documentary Funded By Friends And Fans Through Indiegogo.com

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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.

Our greatest satisfaction will come if we can inspire a new crop of young female jazz musicians to stand on the shoulders of those early pioneers and to reach for the stars. ~ Judy Chaikin, Producer/Director

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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 '30s to the present day.  These incredibly talented women endured sexism, racism and diminished opportunities for decades, yet continue today 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.  Yet by the mid-fifties female big band and jazz musicians had literally disappeared from the workplace; their names, their contributions to music, completely forgotten.    What ever happened to these women?  THE GIRLS IN THE BAND reveals their fascinating history and reminds us that women are still out there doing what they love best.  Featured in the film are noted contemporary artists like Geri Allen, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Lil Hardin Armstrong, Jane Ira Bloom, Joanne Brackeen, Terri Lyne Carrington, Anat Cohen, Herbie Hancock, Ingrid Jensen, Melba Liston, Sherrie Maricle, Marian McPartland, Patrice Rushen, Maria Schneider, Dr. Billy Taylor, Hiromi Uehara, Mary Lou Williams, The Diva Jazz Orchestra and Esperanza Spalding, who the gifted bass player/singer who was just named new artist of the year at the 2011 Grammy Awards. A world-class production team, Director/Producer/Writer Judy Chaikin, Executive Produce/Producer Michael Greene, Producer, Nancy Kissock and Editor/Writer Edward Osei-Gyimah.

"The Girls In The Band" are in the home-stretch, due to the generosity and support of their many friends and fans, they've raised $10,580 of our $15,000 goal for the final editing of THE GIRLS IN THE BAND. 

They need to raise the remaining $4,420 for the mastering, duplication, art work and packaging of the film.  While that may not seem like a large amount, it’s what stands between where they are now and the all-important step of getting the film out into the world.

"Our worldwide jazz community is jumping on the bandwagon of this wonderful project for it is informative historical education and extremely entertaining" says Jaijai Jackson, creator of The Jazz Network Worldwide.
 
There is so much interest in the film and so many offers to screen it for museums, jazz festivals and educational organizations (including the Smithsonian Institution) that we know there is an eager audience awaiting the release date.  We’ve asked all of those organizations to please have patience with us until we finish this last step.  Will you help us get there?
 
There’s only a few short days left on our fundraising drive.  If you’ve been thinking of supporting the film but haven’t done so yet, now is the time!  Please let us add your name to our list of Angel Funders by making a TAX-DEDUCTIBLE contribution to our Indiegogo Fundraising drive. To donate go to: http://thegirlsintheband.com/filmmakers.html. To learn more about the production team go to http://www.thegirlsintheband.com.

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