The Ingenues are an 18-piece, all-women band. Dressed in matching frilly white dresses with flowers sewn on, they perform. They start with an up tempo piece featuring three brief solos. Then Frances, an accordion player, fronts the orchestra and leads them through a piece that features eight more accordions. A harp solo is followed by a cello duet. Then, more than a dozen banjos take over: after a few licks, they break into a spirited vocal of "Chasin' the Blues Away." Out come the woodwinds to join the brass and banjo in a version of "Tiger Rag." The orchestration includes bass, bassoon and kazoo. The women stand at the end. Written by
It's amazing that a Hollywood studio in 1928 could discover a bevy of beautiful young women who were also extremely talented on a variety of instruments plus add vocal harmony when needed. Would you believe nine skilled accordion players or nearly two dozen adept banjo pickers in one small female orchestra? How about two dozen equally talented violinists within the same circle? There are even a tuba and other instruments taking the lead from time to time.
If you're a music lover, you'll enjoy this Vitaphone nine-minute music extravaganza featuring jazz-oriented music put on celluloid during the Jazz Age. Note the 1920's hair styles of the belles, most sporting bobbed hair. Too bad no one has recorded (to my knowledge) the names of The Ingenues, but each one was a gifted musician, and the one named Francis (appellation on her banjo), who somewhat served as the leader of the band, should have become a star.
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