WILMETTE – The Wilmette Theatre is proud to partner with the Music Institute of Chicago to screen the jazz documentary “Lady Be Good: Instrumental Women in Jazz” with a post-screening talk-back led by filmmaker Kay D. Ray. The Theatre is located at 1122 Central Avenue, Wilmette. Tickets are $12 ($10 for Music Institute students and families) and are available at the Theatre’s Box Office, by phone 847.251.7424 or online at wilmettetheatre.com.
“Lady Be Good” traces the musical contributions, journeys and obstacles of American women instrumentalists in jazz from the early 20th century to the 1970s. The film captures the lost stories of female jazz musicians in provocative and often humorous interviews with women musicians, big band leaders, jazz authors and historians. “Lady Be Good” brings this exciting history to life with rare photos and recordings, previously unseen film and television footage and commentary from Marian McPartland, Quincy Jones and many more.
“The screening of ‘Lady Be Good’ at the Wilmette Theatre kicks off the Music Institute’s Sixth Annual Jazz Festival: Celebrating Women in Jazz,” says Mark George, President and CEO of the Music Institute. “The Music Institute is delighted to collaborate with the Wilmette Theatre on this important project.”
After the screening, producer/director/writer Kay D. Ray will host a talk-back with audience members.
Ms. Ray’s recent projects include: Museum Of History and Industry, Experience Music Project, “Corazon Contento” (Telly Award), “Ernestine Anderson”, (Emmy nomination), “Anne Gould Hauberg,” Weatherhead Experience Design Group, Microsoft and “Women’s Votes, Women’s Voices” interactive.
Music Institute of Chicago’s Sixth Annual Jazz Festival: Women In Jazz: All performances take place at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston
Thursday, November 19: 7:30pm
Voted “Clarinetist of the Year” by the Jazz Journalist Association for eight consecutive years, Israeli clarinetist and sax player Anat Cohen and her quartet play a youthful and exciting brand of jazz.
Friday, November 20: 7:30pm
Chicago’s own Tammy McCann performs a joyful concert of jazz standards with new arrangements for jazz quartet and strings.
Saturday, November 21: 7:30pm
Three-time Grammy Award winner Dee Dee Bridgewater performs a powerful tribute to jazz great Billie Holiday.
Single concert tickets are $30 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for students, available at brownpapertickets.com/event/1996214. Audience members at the “Lady Be Good” screening receive a $5 discount on every Jazz Festival ticket.
Submitted by The Wilmette Theater
More than 100 years after opening its doors, the not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) Wilmette Theatre continues to be the premier multi-arts and performance center anchoring the downtown Wilmette business district. The theatre plays host to an eclectic mix of film, movies, concerts and live programs and is also home to the well-respected Actors Training Center, offering classes for kids, teens and adults. 1122 Central Avenue, Wilmette. wilmettetheatre.com
The Music Institute of Chicago is dedicated to transforming lives through music education. As one of the oldest and most respected community music schools in the country, the Music Institute serves people of all ages and abilities at campuses located in Chicago, Downers Grove, Evanston, Lake Forest, Lincolnshire and Winnetka. Nichols Concert Hall, the Music Institute of Chicago’s performance space in downtown Evanston, presents hundreds of musical performances, master classes and lectures by world-class guest artists, Music Institute artists-in-residence, faculty and students. Most events are offered free to the community.