Saturday, March 26, 2011
The Girls in the Band
"They wiggled, they jiggled, they wore low cut gowns and short-shorts they kow-towed to the club owners and smiled at the customers. They did it all, just to play the music they loved".
That's a little introduction to the subject matter - an area that has been sadly neglected..and how do you fit in? Well, I am sitting in the "trombone" section but you can be a roadie, a band manager, even a record producer - those are the donation levels, folks.
Here's the opportunity for you to step up and contribute to getting this incredible and very necessary documentary by Judy Chalkin made - it's shocking how many of these fine musicians are lost to the mists of history - playing not only in "all girl" big bands of the 1930s thru 1950s - but holding their own with their male counterparts - without the credit. Some of the featured musicians include Marian McPartland, Diana Krall, Esperanza Spalding, Mary Lou Williams and our own fine Jensen sisters - Ingrid and Christine!
Can't wait to see it.