The Girls in the Band Documentary To Premiere in Chicago, Select Cities
Posted 2/19/2014

The Girls in the Band, a documentary that explores the all-female jazz bands of the ’30s and ’40s—as well as women who played a role in male-dominated bands of that era—is set to screen on Feb. 21 at Chicago’s Siskel Film Center.

The film follows the story of several jazz pioneers, including saxophonist Roz Cron, trombonist Melba Liston, trumpeter Clora Bryant and pianists Marian McPartland and Mary Lou Williams, as well as all-female bands, such as the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, which toured the country.

Among the contemporary female musicians featured in the documentary are bassist Esperanza Spalding, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, composer Maria Schneider, clarinetist Anat Cohen and saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom.

The award-winning film, which was originally released in 2010, has upcoming screenings scheduled for Albuquerque, N.M., New Brunswick, N.J., Phoenix, Los Angeles and other cities.

More information about the film is posted here. For details on the one-week run in Chicago, visit


The Girls in the Band will premiere on Feb. 21 at Chicago’s Siskel Film Center (Photo:


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