Jazz at the Powerhouse


10.15am: Women in Music – talk by Vicki Gordon

10.30am – 1pm: Screening of The Girls in the Band (88 min.) in the Powerhouse Theatre.

Meet the director, Judy Chaikin following the screening.

The Girls in the Band tells the poignant, untold stories of female jazz and big band instrumentalists and their fascinating, ground-breaking journeys from the late 30s to the present day.

These incredibly talented women endured sexism, racism and diminished opportunities for decades, yet continued to persevere, inspire and elevate their talents in a field that seldom welcomed them. Today, there is a new breed of gifted young women taking their rightful place in the world of jazz, which can no longer deny their talents.

Director: Judy Chaikin, Initial Release: 2014


1.30pm-2.30pm: Instrument Tour

Join curator Damian McDonald as he gives a presentation and talk about some of the more beautiful and strange musical instruments from The Powerhouse Museum collection. From Ed Kuepper’s guitar to an early 20th century Photoplayer that supplied the music for the silent movie era.


2.30pm – 3.30pm:  Free performance by Young Women’s Jazz Orchestra in the Turbine Hall of the Powerhouse Museum.


Educational partnership between the Sirens Big Band and Sydney Improvised Music Association (SIMA), the Young Women’s Jazz Orchestra (YWJO) is a dynamic 17-piece jazz orchestra for talented women aged 15-21 years interested in pursuing jazz and improvised music and developing their skills in playing in a large ensemble.


Saturday 12 November 10.15am – 3.30pm @ Powerhouse Museum

FREE upon entry to Museum

Booking recommended

500 Harris St, Ultimo NSW 2007



5, 6 and 13 November – Free upon entry to the Museum

Daily looped screenings of 60 minute version of The Girls in the Band in the Art Deco setting of the King’s Cinema, The Powerhouse Museum