November 25, 2013
November 25, 2013
Beaufort is beautiful. Everything is bright green. Huge homes are surrounded by neatly trimmed lawns. Large trees hover everywhere, shading wide, clean-swept sidewalks, verandas. The humid air has a sweet smell to it. Our bus slows down as we drive through the center of this picture-postcard small southern city.
Melba Liston was a trombone player who was nothing less than a force of nature. In addition to being sought after for her second-to-none slide playing, she became widely revered for her jazz arrangements and compositions. She is, without question, one of the unsung heroes of the jazz genre.
If ever the word timeless applied to a musical figure, it would be Marian McPartland.
To listen to her radio program, Piano Jazz, which has been running continuously on NPR since 1976, is to hear a woman at ease with great jazz composers like Bill Evans to the most contemporary artists such as Alicia Keyes. Her vast curiosity and sincere interest in other musicians has kept her forever young. And that’s how I found her to be when I first met her in 2007.
“Those male trumpet players guard those positions like a bulldog on a bone. We got a tough row to hoe with the trumpet.” So said jazz trumpeter Clora Bryant in an interview for a National Public Radio program in 1993.
One fateful day in 1993 a chance push of a button on my car radio introduced me to Clora Bryant. The program, All-Women Bands of the ‘20s, 30s, and 40s, was an eye (and ear) opener for me. Although I had played trumpet professionally for 30-plus years, I had never heard of Clora or any of the other women on the program.
Hearing Cindy Blackman play the drums is like a rapturous percussive tornado of sound. You just get swept away.
My first exposure to Cindy Blackman occurred when I first saw the video for, rock ‘n soul all-star Lenny Kravitz’s “Are You Gonna Go My Way” in the early 90s. I had heard the song before I knew who was playing the drums and thought the track was explosive. I was immediately attracted to the sound of the drums in the song.
Extra, extra, read all about it! The May edition of Jersey Jazz Magazine, features the 2008 Harlem photo from “The Girls in the Band” on the cover, as well as articles about the film on p. 6 and pp. 26-28. …
We had a ton of film festivals lined up this fall and winter! Stay tuned in 2013 when we’ll have some exciting new announcements and see where the film will be screening next. Nina Simone Tribute at the University of …
Thanks to everyone who has already voted for THE GIRLS IN THE BAND, a nominee for the IFP 2012 Gotham Independent Film Awards. The voting deadline is TUE. OCT. 30 and we’re up against some studio-backed films with heavy hitting …
This year flew by quickly! We have one more screening left, in Canada on Nov. 23. Hope you can make it. Please stay tuned in 2013 when we’ll have some exciting announcements on how to see the film! Thank you …
The Girls in the Band screens at DOCUTAH Sept. 5 – 9, 2012! The festival is located in Utah between Zion National Park and Grand Canyon National Park.
“The Girls in the Band” screened at the The Washington DC International Film Festival (April 12-22): Wed., Apr. 18 at 6:30pm, Landmark’s E Street Cinema Thu. Apr. 19 at 6:30pm, Landmark’s E Street Cinema
THE GIRLS IN THE BAND screened at The Minneapolis – St. Paul International Film Festival (April 12-May 3)!
Are you located in the Los Angeles / OC area? We are coming your way and will be screening at the The Newport Beach Film Festival on: Sat., Apr. 28 at 4pm Mon., Apr. 30 at 6pm …
The Girls in the Band will also be screening soon at the Denver Women’s Film Festival on Fri., Mar. 9 at 6pm. Q&A with Producer, Nancy Kissock, to follow.
The Girls in the Band will screen next at the Omaha Film Festival in Nebraska on Fri., Mar. 9 at 8:15pm. Tickets may be purchased here.
Cinema Falls. A Destination for Film. Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 7pm. Click here for details. Cinema Falls is a place for a growing population of people who love indie film and world cinema and want more of it in …
The Girls in the Band has been invited to screen at the Victoria Film Festival on Feb. 6 at 6:45pm. Tickets available here.
The Girls in the Band premiered in North America at the Palm Springs International Film Festival and won the Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary! Screened on: – Fri., Jan. 13 at 1pm – Sat. Jan. 14 at 10am – …
JANUARY 2012 *Jan. 4-7: JEN (Jazz Education Network) Conference – Louisville, Kentucky Judy Chaikin will conduct a clinic presentation of scenes from THE GIRLS IN THE BAND on Thu., Jan. 5, 12:30pm-1:20pm
Great news! The Girls in the Band is an official selection at the Dubai International Film Festival! *December 13 – 14: Dubai International Film Festival – Dubai, United Arab Emirates