7PM: Film Screening: The Girls in the Band (2011)
7:30PM: Performance by Stomp Society Swing Band
Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month with Swingin’ Jazz, an event focused on women’s contributions to the evolution of Jazz. The event kicks off with a screening of The Girls in the Band (2011), a film about the journeys of female jazz and big band musicians from the late 1930’s to present day. These talented and ingenious women persevered through sexism, racism and diminished opportunities to inspire and elevate their talents in a field that often neglected them. This event is part of the Maxine Sullivan Women in Jazz series, which recognizes and celebrates a new breed of gifted young women taking their rightful place in the world of jazz, which can no longer deny their talents.
Following the screening, Stomp Society Swing Band will perform swing music from the Bronx. Stomp Society Swing Band was named “Best of the Bronx” by News 12 Bronx, and specializes in music from the 1930’s to 1950’s. The band is composed of husband and wife team Lance Litron and Christine Perone (vocalists), Frank Davis (trombone), Andy Warren (Trumpet), Michael Johnson (saxophone and clarinet), Doug Drewes (bass), Shareef Taher (percussion), and Frank Pisani (piano).