Jazz virtuoso, acclaimed bassist and singer Jennifer Leitham stands courageously in the spotlight of the new documentary on her life and career in the jazz industry, I Stand Corrected, by Andrea Meyerson. Born Jonathan Leitham, the documentary charts Jennifer's transition from male to female and how she negotiated her life change both personally (with her parents and ex-wife, both of whom were unaccepting) and professionally in the conservative jazz industry. The documentary's narrative trajectory is chronological as it charts Jennifer's rise in the industry as a bassist, working alongside the likes of Bob Cooper and Mel Torme, and details her gender transition with interviews with her friends and colleagues who were on tour with her when she began her transition.
"I stand corrected" denotes the actual changes that Jennifer had to make to her playing method once she transition, and after she lost muscle mass: no longer as strong as she used to be (with the decrease of testosterone in her body) she has to stand to play her bass, and in doing so she has learned to proudly perform herself and her music through her new body.
Screenings of the documentary are scheduled for the following cities:
Key West, FL ~ September 5
Trinadad, CO ~ September 14
Long Beach, CA ~ September 16
Ithica, NY ~ October 3
Rochester, NY ~ October 6
Fort Lauderdale, FL ~ October 7
Tampa, FL ~ October 8
Asheville, NC ~ October 12 and 13
Seattle, WA ~ October 17
Palm Springs, CA ~ October 18
Rehoboth Beach, DE ~ November 9 and 10
Santa Barbara, CA ~ November 10
For more information, visit the I Stand Corrected website.