The Film

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...but can she play?  is the first feature film focused exclusively on women sax and brass players in jazz. Your contribution and/or sponsorship is a great way to celebrate and promote female horn players and support independent filmmaking!


Hailey Niswanger at L.A. benefit concert for “…but can she play?” Photo by Sarit Photography

“…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 such acclaimed talents as saxophonists Hailey Niswanger, Tia Fuller, Claire Daly, Lauren Sevian; trumpeters Linsey McDonald, Crystal J Torres, 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.
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.

…but can she play? is the first feature film developed for Woodshed 1936 Films and is a project of the Pasadena Arts Council’s  EMERGE fiscal sponsorship program.

…but can she play? is a fiscally sponsored project of the Pasadena Arts Council, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit ( All donations to the film are tax-deductible under Federal Tax ID 95-2540759.



5 Responses to The Film

  1. The blurb was really good regarding womrn in jazz. Keep it up.


  2. Very impressive piece. We look forward to attending the upcoming event and seeing your wonderful film. Best Wishes,


  3. I am so proud of you and the production. Keep up the good work, it’s great that you have chosen this and it’s a tribute to those featured.

  4. I am a female trumpet player in highschool and would love to order the documentary. The link does not go to a page to order it. Any help?

  5. Hi Izzy: The film is still in production. Stay tuned and thanks for your interest.

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