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Jazz Film Fest: Lady Be Good: Instrumental Women in Jazz

Wed, Jun 20 / 7 pm
Sat & Sun, Jun 23 & 24 / 3 pm
Directed by Kay D. Ray
2014, USA, 80 min

From one of the most comprehensive docs on women jazz instrumentalists in USA, Kay Ray’s Lady Be Good to the intimate, dynamic, portrait of the Flaming Lips, The Fearless Freaks, the stunning desert blues guitar playing of Mdou Moctar in Rain the Colour of Blue with a Little Red in It, and lastly don’t miss the eight years-in-the-making portrait of the legendary jazz pianist Bill Evans in Bill Evans: Time Remembered.

Opening Night June 20 introduced by Winnipeg jazz vocalist Grace Hrabi.

Lady Be Good captures the lost stories of female jazz musicians (instrumentalists in jazz from the early 1920s to the 1970s) with provocative and often humorous interviews with women musicians, big band leaders, jazz authors and historians. Musician and composer Patrice Rushen guides us through these exciting histories with rare photos, previously unseen film and television footage, and scarce recordings. Join Peggy Gilbert, Marian McPartland, Carline Ray, Quincy Jones, Jane Sager and many others in this important new narrative.

Background / Grace Hrabi 

Grace Hrabi is heavily influenced by her jazz background and formal training (BA Vocal Jazz Performance University of Manitoba) but is not defined by it. She performs compositions that fuse the most beautiful and exhilarating aspects of jazz, folk, blues and pop. With a performance style inspired by both the past and present (Carmen McRae, Ella Fitzgerald, Jill Barber, Norah Jones)

Lady Be Good: Instrumental Women in Jazz is sponsored by the TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival. 

Reviews

Lady Be Good is a mesmerizing film about female jazz instrumentalists! The photography, interviews and live footage of extremely talented, passionate and courageous players is spellbinding. These are women who open our ears, eyes and hearts as they blaze the trail for others to follow. It is an inspirational must see for anyone interested in the history of American music.
— Nancy Rumbel GRAMMY award winning instrumentalist
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