The Girls in the Band chronicles the challenges and triumphs of female musicians breaking into the male dominated world of big band, swing and jazz music. Set against a stark background of sexism and racism, The Girls in the Band paints a definitive picture of these courageous women and their unheralded journey from the 1930’s to the present day.

The film opened at Lincoln Center and received rave reviews including a NY Times Critic’s Pick. An educational DVD including bonus tracks and music can be purchased here:


Audience Award, Best Documentary Feature Palm Springs International Film Festival
Best Feature Documentary Award The High Falls Film Festival
Audience Favorite Feature Victoria Film Festival
Audience Choice Documentary Omaha Film Festival
Best Music Documentary DOCUTAH Film Festival

Directed by Judy Chaikin
Executive Producer Michael Greene
Produced by Judy Chaikin and Michael Greene
Producer Nancy Kissock
Producer Hugh M. Hefner
Edited by Edward Osei-Gyimah
Written by Judy Chaikin and Edward Osei-Gyimah
Associate Producers Erin Li, Ann Sharman and Ann Ziff


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