Here's a new recently discovered all-woman band!
They played in the Detroit area during the 1920s.
Do you know any of the women in these photos?
The saxophone player, 2nd from rt in both pix, is Marian Fisher.
After she married it was Marian Yake.
If you recognize the band, or any of the women in either photo,
please email me at susan [AT] susanfleet [DOT] com
Historic women musicians from New Orleans
The Southern Rhythm Girls (1920s-30s) led by clarinetist Yvonne "Dixie" Fasnacht. L to R: Judy Ertle, trumpet; Dixie Fasnacht, clarinet and vocals; Dorothy Sloop, piano; Maxine Phinney, bass
Dixie and Susan Fleet in 2005
at Dixie's 95th Birthday Party!
Read about Dixie in the Archives
That New Orleans All-Woman Band! The Original Shades of Blue, 1930s
L to R: Lorraine Ziblich, Maeceil Petersen, Myrtle Bentin, saxophones; Thelma MacDonald, piano; Julie Huth, leader; seated trumpeters Jeanie Spato and Norma Latino. Behind them, Ernie, the drummer (dressed as a woman).
All photos of OSB courtesy of Rita Gibliant
The OSB in Chicago, 1936, no dress for Ernie here! Trumpeter Norma Latino, at left, the only surviving member, celebrated her 94th birthday in 2007.
Photos from the 1st International Women's Brass Conference 1993
L to R: Jazz trombonist Angela Wellman
Trumpeter and IWBC Founder-President Susan Slaughter
Trumpeter Leona May Smith,
one of the three honored Brasswomen pioneers in 1993.
Look at all those trumpeters!
Susan Fleet and Clora Bryant
Clora and Rebecca Coupe Franks
Clora and Ramona Galey
L to R: Marie Speziale, Susan Slaughter, Sally Kuhns
The Friday Night Concert honors Melba Liston
Trumpeter Laurie Frink conducts the all-woman band DIVA in arrangements by Melba Liston
Laurie and Melba at the Pioneers Banquet
Melba and Clora Bryant
And a good time was had by all!
Left to right: Trumpeters Martye Awkerman, Clora Bryant and Richard Waddell
Susan Fleet (L); music historian Sherrie Tucker (R). Behind them on wall: newsclips about historic brass women