The Girls in the Band
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They wiggled, they jiggled, they wore low cut gowns and short shorts, they kowtowed to the club owners and smiled at the customers...and they did it all, just to play the music they loved. 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 30′s to the present day. These incredibly talented women endured sexism, racism and diminished opportunities for decades, yet continued to persevere, inspire and elevate their talents in a field that seldom welcomed them. Today a new breed of… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The documentary is rescued only by a final sequence in which Chaikin restages the famous 1958 group photo A Great Day in Harlem, this time with mostly women."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
""The Girls in the Band" is a story of perseverance and passion - and is recommended viewing for basically every music fan."
‑ Jim Harrington, San Jose Mercury News
"Undeniably achieves its primary purpose of making viewers walk out of the theater knowing a lot more about the subject than when they entered."
‑ Matt Pais, RedEye
"A euphoric, triumphant documentary, in which these unsung female jazz musicians get the last word too. As when one recalls when asked by a reporter, 'what's it like to be a female composer' she replies, 'what's it like to be a male journalist.'"
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"The major strength of "The Girls in the Band" is its abundant, crisp footage of women playing at the highest level, from pianist Lil Armstrong (Louis' wife) to contemporary reed player Anat Cohen."
‑ Paul de Barros, Seattle Times
"Director Judy Chaikin, who co-wrote the film with its deft editor, Edward Osei-Gyimah, infuses this fine portrait with grace, nostalgia and a well-calibrated dose of social commentary."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"Judy Chaikin's loving documentary about vaudeville, big bands, and jazz, is a standout..."
‑ Leonard Maltin, Leonard Maltin's Picks
"The movie meanders a bit in the beginning, though the information comes across. Then it gets into a chronological groove after about 30 minutes and finds its proper form."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
""The Girls in the Band" is everything a worthwhile documentary should be, and then some: engaging, informative, thorough and brimming with delightful characters."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Among those rare, delightful music documentaries, in the vein of Standing in the Shadows of Motown, that provokes you emotionally and intellectually while remaining entertaining throughout."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
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