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Women musical pioneers tell their stories and fill an important chapter in American musical history.
Women musical pioneers tell their stories and fill an important chapter in American musical history.
211 backers pledged $25,702 to help bring this project to life.

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LADY BE GOOD explores the musical contributions, development and extent of the all-woman groups and sexual and racial obstacles of American women instrumentals in jazz from the 1920's to the 1970's. 

LADY BE GOOD gracefully interweaves rare archival footage, photos and filmed interviews into a full understanding of this important chapter in American musical history. Interviews with musicians, band leaders and historians include Clora Bryant, Barbara Carroll, Joy Cayler, Quincy Jones,  Melba Liston, Marian McPartland, Bruce Raeburn, Carline Ray, Jane Sager, Artie Shaw, Dr. Sherrie Tucker and Gerald Wilson, just to name a few. The film is narrated by the talented musician, Patrice Rushen.

The film is currently 2 hours. We need funds for a final re-edit (to shorten the film for broadcast length) and for music rights and clearances.

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Music rights and clearances are the key to completing the film Lady Be Good. When we cut the film down by 20 minutes (from 2 hours) this will reduce the number of clearances we still need to get. We hope to have a most favored nations agreement with the large companies who hold copyright to the not-yet cleared film clips and music. This will decrease the normally astronomical cost of the music clearances.

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    From the archives, you get a digital download of an all-girl band photo!

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    A DVD of the film Lady Be Good

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    A DVD of the film Lady Be Good and set of Lady Be Good postcards with glossy photos of women's bands and leaders!

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    You get the $50 pledge rewards plus, the first 10 to donate get a pair of tickets to hear the Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra at Tula's June 26th, 2013!

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    As a thank you to the first 50 pledges of $150 or more, an evening party at a downtown Seattle restaurant with performances by women jazz musicians and a copy of the DVD Lady Be Good.

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    The first 10 to donate at this level, get a pair of tickets to the Eastside Jazz Club Extravaganza with includes performers like Susan Pascal and a copy of the DVD Lady Be Good.

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    To the highest donor of this campaign of $500 or more, you get a house concert by talented Ann Reynolds and Clave Gringa!! They will come to your house on a date to be decided and play for your party!

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    To the second highest donor of this campaign of $500 or more, you get a house concert by the composer, instrumentalist and vocalist AMY DENIO!! She will come to your house on a date to be decided and play for your party!

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