A Watershed Moment In Women's Jazz: "You reached for the sky and were able to touch it”


In May 1982, London’s Drill Hall arts centre hosted a unique music festival. Early Evening Jazz ran for 10 nights and spotlighted Britain’s women instrumentalists and singers. It raised spirits in the community and broke down age-old misconceptions. Val Wilmer celebrates the event and the pioneering personalities behind it

Lydia D’Ustebyn Ladies Swing Orchestra (photo by Val Wilmer)
Lydia D’Ustebyn Ladies Swing Orchestra (photo by Val Wilmer)

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