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Sonoma Family Life Magazine

Jazz Trailblazers

Mar 10, 2019 12:00AM

When Clora Bryant started out in the 1940s as a jazz trumpeter, she had two strikes against her: she was African-American and female. Still she built a career, playing her instrument with the likes of Dizzie Gillespie, Charlie Parker, and Billie Holiday. The award-winning documentary The Girls in the Band chronicles the stories of Bryant and other women like her who, despite racism and sexism, paved the way for today’s aspiring young female jazz instrumentalists. The Healdsburg Regional Library in Healdsburg will offer a free screening of the film on March 9 at 2 p.m. The film will also show on March 16 at 2 p.m. at the Central Santa Rosa Library in Santa Rosa and at 3 p.m. at the Cloverdale Regional Library in Cloverdale. See a trailer at