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The Seattle Public Library
Central Library, 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, Washington 98104
Listen to a performance of live jazz from a Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra combo as a prelude to the screening of the film «Lady Be Good: Instrumental Women in Jazz.» The film features women jazz musicians who played in minstrel bands and Ladies Orchestras in the late 1800's. Moving into the twentieth century, these instrumentalists formed all-women jazz bands, performed in, mostly, male jazz bands, big bands, swing units of the forties and combos of the fifties.
Against formidable odds, women persisted in playing professionally despite sexual and racial prejudice and gender discrimination in the male-dominated jazz world.
Concentrating on contributions of American women instrumentalists in jazz from the early 1920’s to the 1970’s, the film reveals the development and extent of all-woman jazz groups through interviews with the women, their relatives and authors, curators and critics of jazz. Archival images of the bands along with film and television footage of the women and their performances bring their stories to life. The film is punctuated with the strong, vibrant music created by women jazz instrumentalists.
«Lady Be Good» premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival and has toured the US in film festivals and schools.
Filmmaker Kay D. Ray recently produced, directed and shot Corazon Contento for a special needs school in Nicaragua, was co-curator and filmmaker for an exhibit Jumpin’ With The Big Bands with the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, and produced an interactive for Washington State Historical Society’s exhibit Women’s Votes, Women’s Voices with Frause Creative. With Weatherhead Experience Design Group she produced and directed the films on a microcomputer history gallery at the Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque. Additionally she completed the documentary on Northwest arts patron Anne Gould Hauberg, «Visionary for the Living Treasures» series for Northwest Designer Craftsman. Her documentary on jazz great Ernestine Anderson, «There Will Never Be Another You,» was nominated for an Emmy award.
Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.
This event is part of the Rhythm in Colors series on jazz, and is co-presented by Scarecrow Video.