The Girls in the Band

About the Show

In the 1930s and 1940s, hundreds of female musicians toured the country in glamorous all-girl bands, while others played alongside their male counterparts. Yet by the mid-1950s, female jazz musicians had disappeared from the workplace, their names and their contributions to music completely forgotten. This documentary reveals the poignant, untold stories of female instrumentalists and their fascinating, groundbreaking journeys from the late 1930s to the present day. These incredibly talented women endured sexism, racism and diminished opportunities for decades, yet continued to persevere in a field that seldom welcomed them. Today, there is a new breed of gifted young women taking their rightful place in the world of jazz, which can no longer deny their talents.