Oo-Bla-Dee

by Regina Taylor

The piano is rollicking, the bass is thumping and the saxophone is wailing. It can only mean one thing: Evelyn Waters & The Diviners are in town. Regina Taylor’s swinging musical chronicles a 1940s Black female jazz band as they journey from St. Louis to Chicago seeking fame and freedom in a climate of racism, sexism and an unforgiving industry. Inspired by the true stories of Billie Holiday, the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, Valaida Snow and Mary Lou Williams, Oo-Bla-Dee celebrates all the women musicians who fought for and earned their rightful place in American history.

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