Monday, May 14, 2012

Peggy Gilbert & Her All-Girl Band DVD Now Available

I'm pleased to announced that the Peggy Gilbert & Her All-Girl Band DVD (Jaygayle Music Productions) is now available on Ebay. I wrote, directed, and scored this documentary and it is 75 minutes in length. It was narrated by Lily Tomlin. It has been shown at film festivals, colleges and universities, but has not been available for purchase.

As a performer on saxophone, clarinet, violin, and vibes, as well as a singer, arranger and contractor for women musicians, Peggy Gilbert (1905-2007) was a one-woman support network and staunch advocate for women since the 1920s. A professional tenor saxophonist for more than 80 years, she inspired generations of musicians and displayed a vivacity that belied her age, right up to her death at the age of 102. Perhaps she lived so long in order to tell the stories of the remarkable women musicians of her generation who broke down the barriers before them as female instrumentalists. This documentary tells Peggy Gilbert's story with more than 800 rare photographs of women musicians and all-girl bands (from The Peggy Gilbert Archive). Her last band, Peggy Gilbert and The Dixie Belles, played hot Dixieland jazz on national television, at jazz festivals, and in concerts from 1974 until 1994. Appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The Golden Girls, Ellen, Simon & Simon, and other sitcoms, made them famous coast-to-coast, even ass octogenarians. This band is featured on the film's soundtrack, along with my original score.

"A joyful celebration of one woman's extraordinary life,"--Leonard Maltin. 

 "If male jazz musicians could achieve royal rank, providing us with a Duke and a Count, Peggy Gilbert's career was clearly a testament to her progression from Princess to Queen Mother."--Larry Gelbart.

If you love this DVD, don't miss: Peggy Gilbert & The Dixie Belles Jazz (Cambria Master Recordings compact disc), and my biography of Peggy, Peggy Gilbert & Her All-Girl Band (Scarecrow Press, 2008).

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