When my daughters and I attended an inspiring concert by the unbelievably talented, all-female, Diva Jazz Orchestra, the evening’s program invited guests to a screening of the documentary, The Girls In The Band.
During the concert’s intermission, I Goggled the award-winning documentary and instantly decided we would attend the film’s screening and open panel with the band’s members.
The screening and inspirational discussion marked our 30th experience.
The Girls In The Band features the poignant stories of female instrumentalists and jazz musicians who persevered through extreme sexism and racism in the fight for the equal right to play in the traditional, all-male dominated, big band music genre. Beginning with the 1930’s, the film not only highlights the struggles of women, it also acts as a historically accurate film depicting major events in the United States.
We found the documentary informative and interesting and I always appreciate an experience that shows my daughters the path paved for them by women who fought and made sacrifices for future generations of girls.
After watching the film, the members of the all-female band, Diva Jazz Orchestra, answered questions and facilitated a thought-provoking and empowering discussion about gender equality and inequality within the music world, while sharing intimate and personal stories of sexism, prejudice and triumphs.
The evening certainly provided me and my daughters with a new understanding and appreciation for jazz music as well as a significant glimpse into the history of the fight for equality.
To purchase a DVD of the documentary, The Girls In The Band, click here.
To purchase the 25th anniversary CD from Diva Jazz Orchestra, click here.
Curious about the 18 exciting adventures we experienced during the month of January? Click here!