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The Girls in the Band: women in jazz

Girls in the Band.jpgLil Armstrong was an amazing jazz musician and composer, but she's most remembered for being the wife of Louis Armstrong.

She's just one of the many talented women featured in an award-winning documentary called "The Girls in the Band".

It shines a light on the women who were professional musicians, composers, arrangers and conductors in the golden age of jazz.

The film shows not only their unsung talent - but the sexism and racism they faced, and the attitude that women musicians were just a novelty act.

The documentary is playing tonight at the Montreal International Black Film Festival.

Director and producer Judy Chaikin spoke with Elizabeth Robertson.

 

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