Reel Music 32: LADY BE GOOD: INSTRUMENTAL WOMEN IN JAZZ w/ director Kay Ray in attendance

Lady Be Good

The International Sweethearts of Rhythm. The Syncoettes. Carol Kaye. The substantial contributions of woman to jazz music have been largely ignored by history, but their significant role is one that can no longer be denied. LADY BE GOOD reveals the lost stories of female jazz musicians from the early 1920s to the 1970s. Ray’s proud film charts the influence of female players from the struggles and successes of early innovators (Sweet Emma Barrett, Lil Hardin- Armstrong), through the rise of the all-woman big bands (Ina Ray Hutton & Her Melodears, the Hollywood Redheads), to the female musicians that were instrumental players (Dorothy Donegan, Mary Osborne) and arrangers (Mary Lou Williams, Melba Liston) for more famous male band leaders, including Benny Goodman and Quincy Jones. (80 mins.)

Director Kay Ray in attendance.  Ray and Paula Walker, host of KMHD’s CineJazz program, will participate in a post-screening conversation and Q&A.

Sponsored by KMHD

 

LADY BE GOOD: INSTRUMENTAL WOMEN IN JAZZ screens Saturday, October 18 at 2pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The film is being presented as part of the 32nd Reel Music Festival.
Tickets are available online or at the door.

Many thanks to our festival sponsors: Music Millennium, Willamette Week, Walker, Day & Koch LLP, Oregon Music News, KINK.fm, MusicFestNW, All Classical Portland, PDX Jazz, KIND Healthy Snacks, XRAY.FM, KMHD, PDX Pipeline, Yelp!, Vortex Magazine and Portland Radio Project.

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