Take-Off: American All-Girl Bands During WWII (Book & CD)

| From the Dust Jacket |

It was a time when Americans thought it improper for women to makea sax wail or let loose hot licks on skins.  But the advent of World War II dispatched many men overseas, giving women the chance to finally strut their stuff on the bandstand.

Ada Leonard’s All-American Girl Orchestra, the Prairie View Co-Eds, and the International Sweethearts of Rhythm kept morale high on the home front and on the USO tours of military bases across the globe.  At the same time, they helped to establish America’s distinguished legacy of jazz music.

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Age 10-up  | 76 pages
Hardcover | Alfred A. Knopf  | 2007 | ISBN: 9780375827976