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The Girls in the Band

Veggie Dave

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Title: The Girls in the Band

Genre: Documentary, History

Director: Judy Chaikin

Release: 2013-05-10

Runtime: 81

Plot: In the world of jazz, women have long been marginalized as singers or piano players. Little has ever been documented about the enormously talented female trumpet players, saxophonist and drummers who struggled for recognition but were cut off from any meaningful employment by men who didn't want women on their bandstands. This film traces the history of the all-girl bands and the struggles of the handful who broke through the male bastions, and brings us into the present day, where brilliantly gifted young women are going toe-to-toe with the finest jazz musicians of their day. Written by Anonymous

 
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When the men went off to war, the women stepped in and did the jobs left vacant ... and that included filling the holes left when the big bands suddenly had no musicians to play the music. Of course, no one thought a woman could play like a man, but needs must.

I almost forgot, the tales of racism aimed at these inclusive bands are also incredibly saddening, shocking but sadly not quite as alien as they should be.
 
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When the men went off to war, the women stepped in and did the jobs left vacant ... and that included filling the holes left when the big bands suddenly had no musicians to play the music. Of course, no one thought a woman could play like a man, but needs must.

I almost forgot, the tales of racism aimed at these inclusive bands are also incredibly saddening, shocking but sadly not quite as alien as they should be.
There was a really good prog on radio 4 and 4 extra about the Ivy Benson band very recently. It may still be on the BBC player.

We were lucky enough to have Lena Kidd ,

one of ivy's players come visit us at practice and give us some criticism and advice back in the eighties , and her advice was "use light and shade". Easy to remember and bang on if you ask me.
 

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Off topic but still relevant

Ladies football was very popular during WW1 - for the same reason the men had all gone off to fight.

It was extremely popular with one very famous lady who broke a goalkeepers arm with a strike. She was also the first woman to get a red card for fighting.

Back on topic (a bit) Someone should make a movie about that
 
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Targa

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Off topic but still relevant

Ladies football was very popular during WW1 - for the same reason the men had all gone off to fight.

It was extremely popular with one very famous lady who broke a goalkeepers arm with a strike, and also the first woman to get a red card for fighting.

Back on topic (a bit) Someone should make a movie about that
Should have had her in the trenches, the Germans would have surrendered.
 
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