Lesa Terry and the Women's Jazz Orchestra is a documentary short that peeks into the rare convergence of Western classical music and jazz. Lesa Terry, a prolific composer and musician, offers a unique interpretation of symphonic and sacred vocal music, drawing on African and Western classical traditions. Assembling an all-women’s jazz orchestra in the tradition of the 1940’s International Sweethearts of Rhythm, they add a unique palette of instrumentation to create their sound. With Nedra Wheeler on bass, Maria Martinez on drums, Lori Andrews on jazz harp, and a big-band section, their music provides a rhythmic foundation with improvisational expression. Directed by Leena Pendharkar, Produced by Megha Kadakia.
+ Best Short Film, First Place, CinemaJAZZ, Kansas City Filmmakers' Jubilee