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International Sweethearts of Rhythm - band/ensemble This was the first racially integrated women's band and it lasted for over a decade, playing to primarily black audiences in theaters and ballrooms across the country. At the Howard Theater in Washington, D.C., the band set a new box office record of 35,000 patrons in one week of 1941. The band was founded in 1937 at the Piney Woods Country Life School for poor and orphaned black children in Mississippi. The intent was for the group to be a profit-making enterprise to support the school. However, by 1941 the Sweethearts severed their ties with the school, moved to Virginia and recruited some seasoned professionals

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Article: Rediscovery

International Sweethearts of Rhythm: una big band di donne afroamericane nella società sessista degli anni Quaranta.

Read "International Sweethearts of Rhythm: una big band di donne afroamericane nella società sessista degli anni Quaranta." reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo


Il genio creativo di Mary Lou Williams nell'era dello swing costituisce la punta di diamante della creatività jazzistica femminile, la cui storia è tutta da riscrivere. La presunta mancanza di forza fisica, abilità strumentale, senso dello swing fu alla base sello scetticismo della comunità jazzistica nei confronti delle donne, relegate al ruolo di vocalist in brani ...

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Article: Under the Radar

Blue Highways and Sweet Music: The Territory Bands, Part II

Read "Blue Highways and Sweet Music: The Territory Bands, Part II" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Part 1 | Part 2 Part 1 of Blue Highways and Sweet Music: The Territory Bands looked at the roots, drivers and challenges of the travelling groups who brought jazz music to the non-urban areas of the Southern Plains, through one-night-stands, in often impromptu venues. A black phenomenon, often misappropriated by white musicians, promoters, ...

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Article: Film Review

The Girls in the Band

Read "The Girls in the Band" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci


The Girls in the Band Collective Eye (Educational version) 2011 That there are problems of race and gender in the history of American jazz comes as no surprise. Music, and popular music (as swing was in the 1930s and 1940s), is a part of everyday life. Why should jazz be any ...

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Article: Live Review

All That Jazz Month: Phoenix, AZ, November 9-30, 2012

Read "All That Jazz Month: Phoenix, AZ, November 9-30, 2012" reviewed by Patricia Myers


All That Jazz MonthMusical Instrument MuseumPhoenix, AZNovember 9-30, 2012All That Jazz Month, in November 2012 at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM), featured a star-studded concert series that included the saxophonist Branford Marsalis Quartet, vocalese masters Manhattan Transfer, DIVA Jazz Trio with saxophonist Grace Kelly, and a Django Reinhardt Tribute, all staged ...

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Article: Album Review

Sophisticated Ladies: A True Story

Read "A True Story" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Bordeaux-based Sophisticated Ladies joins an illustrious tradition of female jazz group that stretches back several decades to include International Sweethearts of Rhythm, Beryl Booker's Diva trio and its offshoot, Five Play, as well as Japan's Groovin' Girls trio. Elegant and understated interpretations of standards and chansons, often with Latin hints, make up the ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Catherine Russell at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Catherine Russell at Jazz at Lincoln Center

New York native vocalist Catherine Russell, will be the final performance of the 2011-12 season Jazz at Lincoln Center's Singers Over Manhattan series in The Allen Room, March 30-31, 2012 at 7:30pm & 9:30pm. Born of music royalty, her father, Luis Russell, was Louis Armstrong's long time musical director and her mother, Carline Ray, performed with ...

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International Sweethearts of Rhythm - She's Crazy With The Heat / Jump Children

Featuring the music of International Sweethearts of Rhythm
Duration: 4:48

Vintage 1946 recording of the famous all female band with leader & vocalist Anna Mae Winburn.
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Article: Book Review

At The Jazz Band Ball: Sixty Years On The Jazz Scene

Read "At The Jazz Band Ball: Sixty Years On The Jazz Scene" reviewed by Ian Patterson


At The Jazz Band Ball: Sixty Years On The Jazz Scene Nat Hentoff Hardcover; 246 pages ISBN: 978-0-520-26113-6 University California Press 2010 The photograph which adorns the jacket of Nat Hentoff's At the Jazz Band Ball: Sixty Years On The Jazz Scene--a collection ...

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Article: Big Band Report

For the Grand Prize: April Is . . . ?

Read "For the Grand Prize: April Is . . . ?" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Did you know that April is Jazz Appreciation Month? Neither did I until I chanced upon a press release to that effect. According to the Smithsonian Institution's Smithsonian Jazz website, there are “celebrations in all 50 states and 40 countries." If I'm not mistaken, New Mexico is one of those 50 states, and no one here ...


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