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Claire Daly, Baritone Sax (solo), featured in "...but can she play?" documentary film

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Uploaded on Feb 18, 2012

Claire Daly, Baritone Sax (performing "The Small But Evil Man" by Adam Bernstein). Documentary film project titled "...but can she play?" directed by Janice Rhoshalle Littlejohn.

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...but can she play? is the first feature-length documentary centered on the lives and music of women sax and brass players who are challenging gender biases and influencing the transformation of contemporary American jazz.

The film spotlights a year-in-the-life of 21-year-old alto saxophonist Hailey Niswanger, a Berklee College of Music graduate, as she readies for the follow-up to her 2009 straight-ahead debut, Confeddie, which solidified her as a rising star in jazz. Her sophomore CD, The Keeper, is expected for release in February 2012.

Woven into the narrative are the stories of saxophonists Tia Fuller, Claire Daly, Lauren Sevian; trumpeters Linsey McDonald, Christine Fawson; trombonists Robynn Amy, Aubrey Logan, Jennifer Wharton and Stephanie Baird — women who juggle their lives as wives, mothers and teachers while pushing themselves, and their art, on the road, on the stage and in the classroom.

To help finance the production, director-producer Janice Rhoshalle Littlejohn hosted a sold-out benefit concert featuring The Hailey Niswanger Quartet at NOOR in Pasadena, California. The event, sponsored by JAZZIZ Magazine, Berklee College of Music, Berklee Global Jazz Institute, the Westin Pasadena and Art2Ink of Glendora.

One of the goals of this documentary is to encourage girls towards careers in jazz and to support organizations and programs that provide jazz and music programs for students in underprivileged schools where funding for music education is lacking or non-existent.

As part of this effort, the production recently partnered with the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) and Berklee College of Music on our first-ever jazz clinic and workshop in Los Angeles at the Lincoln Heights Youth Arts Center.

Forty-eight middle and high school music students from DCA's Music LA program studied with and were mentored by Niswanger and members of her quartet -- pianist, Takeshi Ohbayashi; bassist, Shin Sakaino; and drummer, Joey Lefitz — representing some of the finest young jazz talent from Berklee and the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. ChopSaver Lip Balm and Chick-fil-A were among the event sponsors.The documentary, ...but can she play? is the first feature film developed for Woodshed 1936 Films and is project of the Pasadena Arts Council's EMERGE fiscal sponsorship program.

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