This all-woman band 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/Dixie FasnachtThe Southern Rhythm Girls/Dixie Fasnacht

Dixie Fasnacht and Susan Fleet at Dixie’s 95th birthday party in 2005Dixie Fasnacht and Susan Fleet at Dixie’s 95th birthday party in 2005
 

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 OSB photos courtesy of Rita Gibliant

The OSB in Chicago, 1936, no dress for Ernie here! Trumpeter Norma Latino, at left, 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 three honored Brasswomen pioneers in 1993. 

Jazz trombonist Angela Wellman, trumpeter-IWBC president Susan Slaughter and Leona May Smith, honored Brasswoman pioneer (1993)Jazz trombonist Angela Wellman, trumpeter-IWBC president Susan Slaughter and Leona May Smith, honored Brasswoman pioneer (1993)
 

Look at all those trumpeters!

Susan Fleet and jazz trumpeter Clora Bryant (1993) Susan Fleet and jazz trumpeter Clora Bryant (1993)
Clora Bryant and Rebecca Coupe Franks (1993)Clora Bryant and Rebecca Coupe Franks (1993)
 
Clora Bryant and trumpeter Ramona Galey (1993)Clora Bryant and trumpeter Ramona Galey (1993)
 

trumpeters Marie Speziale, Susan Slaughter, Sally Kuhnstrumpeters Marie Speziale, Susan Slaughter, Sally Kuhns

L to R: Marie Speziale, Susan Slaughter, Sally Kuhns

Susan Fleet and Clora Bryant

Clora and Rebecca Coupe Franks

Clora and Ramona Galey

                                                                                                                 

The Friday Night Concert honors Melba Liston    

Laurie Frink conducts all-woman band DIVA Laurie Frink conducts all-woman band DIVA
 


Laurie Frink and Melba Liston, IWBC conferenceLaurie Frink and Melba Liston, IWBC conference
 

 

Laurie Frink conducts the all-woman band DIVA in arrangements by Melba Liston

Read about Laurie in my ARCHIVES

Melba and Laurie at the Pioneers Banquet


      Melba and Clora Bryant

And a good time was had by all!

trumpeters Martye Awkerman, Clora Bryant, Richard Waddell, IWBC conference trumpeters Martye Awkerman, Clora Bryant, Richard Waddell, IWBC conference
 

Susan Fleet and Sherrie Tucker, IWBC conferenceSusan Fleet and Sherrie Tucker, IWBC conference
 


At Left: Susan Fleet (L) and music historian Sherrie Tucker (R). Behind them on wall: newsclips about historic brass women

Left to right: Trumpeters Martye Awkerman, Clora Bryant and Richard Waddell