Applebaum, Shirley. "Music to Her Ears, " News Chronicle (Thousand-Oaks, California), March 2, 1986. Article in Life and Style Section, announcing Tribute to the Pioneer Women Musicians of Los Angeles, with photograph of The Dixie Belles, p. 13, 16.

Baldinger, Jo Ann, "The Dixie Belles — Peggy Gilbert's Not-Ready-For-Retirement Band."  Los Angeles Times, Calendar Section, November 8, 1981, p. 4. 

Bozman, Sue, "All-Women Dixie Band's Jam Session Honors Women's Day," The Daily Sundial (CSUN campus paper), March 11, 1986.

Broyles, Jackie. "Dixie Belles ring out nostalgic melodies of all-girl bands era." The Daily News (Los Angeles), July 17, 1985, pg. 1, 5 of Neighbors section.

Drake, Sylvie. 'Showtime at the Taper': A Tribute Full of Wow." Los Angeles Times, Calendar Section, October 5, 1982. Describes Peggy Gilbert and the Dixie Belles' performance as "...the hottest blast of Dixieland jazz this side of New Orleans and the other side of 65."

Fry, Stephen M.  The Story of the All-Women's Orchestras in California, 1893-1955:  A Bibliography.  Compiled with the assistance of Jeannie Pool. Northridge, California: CSUN Music Department, 1985.

Gilbert, Peggy. "Ada Leonard Honored as Reunion." Overture, April 1992, p. 15.

___________. "In Memoriam: Ada Leonard." Overture, February 1998.

___________.  "Albert Steinberg Becomes Director — Conductor of Life Members Orchestra." Overture, October, 1979.

___________. "How Can you Play a Horn with a Brassiere? "Sissy!" Pens Skirt Swinger to Writer Who Said Women Are Inferior." Downbeat, April 1938.

___________.  "Celebration — Women."  Overture, November 1975.  Article about an event at the Doheny Etates and American Film Institute with 15,000 in attendance, with performances by the Nellie Lutcher Trio, Kellie Greene Quartet, Pallais Sisters and Marion Carter-Lara Gruver, strolling duos; panel discussion moderated by Ruth White.

____________.  [monthly columns] in The Overture, entitled "Tuning in on Femme Musicians." (1970s, 1980s)

"Guests at Press Club Luncheon," Overture. November, 1979. Photograph of George Liberace, Sam Magazine and Peggy Gilbert.

Koptoff, Verne.  "You're Never Too Old for Jazz: 'Belles' in their 70s, 80s still love Dixieland sound." The Burbank Leader, December 29, 19[93?].

Laurence, Bob. "Phil Harris Gets Festival Off to A Rousing Start." San Diego Union, December 18, 1981, !-58.  Review of The Dixie Belles: "The Belles, a group of ladies of advanced yeas togged out in candy-stripe blazers and straw boaters, were, in the words of saxophnist Peggy Gilbert, 'not too ad for a bunch of old gals."  Trumpeter Marny (sic) Wells played in a graceful, fluid style, and clarinetist Natalie Robin provided a lovely opening for 'Just a Closer Walk With Thee."

"Let the Good Times Roll," Reader (San Diego), December 17, 1981 (Vol. 10, No. 50).  Article on the Dixie Belles.

Lucraft, Howard.  "At Rodger Young Center:  Hot Jazz and Cool Sounds." Los Angeles Times, Dec. 18, 1974. Part IV, p. 21.  Describes event where Dixie Belles had debut performance:  "Other jazz was provided by tenorist Peggy Gilbert with her Dixie Belles — six ladies attired in natty, colorful outfits with straw hats — and the happy Jim Alu combo from Magic Mountain."

"Manny and Peggy at Happy Tribute." Overture, August 1979. Photograph with Mannie Klein and Peggy Gilbert and tribute to Klein at the Proud Bird Restaurant, including the Dixie Belles.

McCarthy, Dennis. "Strike Up the Band for Centenarian," Los Angeles Daily News, Sunday, January 2, 2005, p. 3 of the Glendale & Burbank section.

"Peggy Gilbert's 100th  Birthday Celebration," Overture (Local 47 of the Musicians' Union publication), February 2005, pg. 13. With photographs taken by Barbra Miner from the party.

Placksin, Sally.  American Women in Jazz: 1900 to the Present, Their Words, Lives, and Music. [no city given]  Wideview Books, 1982. See profile of Peggy Gilbert, ages 82-84, some of which is inaccurate.

Pool, Jeannie. "Researching Women in Music in California," in California's Musical Wealth:  Sources for the Study of Music in California, compiled and edited by Stephen M. Fry. Los Angeles: Southern California Chapter of the Music Library Association, 1988.

___________.  "Peggy Gilbert, Saxophonist and Bandleader, Turns 90!" The ILWC Journal, February 1995. [Journal of the International League of Women Composers."

___________. "Peggy Gilbert Celebrated 100th Birthday," IAWM Journal, Vol. 11 No. 1 (Spring 2005).  [Journal of the International Alliance for Women in Music.]

____________. Program booklet, "The Pioneer Women Musicians of Los Angeles," March 8, 1986, 12 noon to 4 pm. The Ambassador Hotel Ballroom, Los Angeles, California.

Robinson, Patricia. "Peggy Gilbert, 77, Still Toots Her Horn." Downtown News (Los Angeles), December 14, 1982.

Tucker, Sherrie, Swing Shift:  'All-Girl' Bands of the 1940s.  Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2000.  Tucker quotes from a letter from Peggy and an interview, but does not present Peggy's personal story.

__________ Interview with Peggy Gilbert, September 22 and 23, 1998. Jazz Oral History Program, Smithsonian Institutional, National Museum of American History.

Web Sites  Mentions Peggy Gilbert.

Other Items of Interest

Tucker, Sherri.  "Telling Performanes:  Jazz History Remembered and Remade by the Women in the Band." Women and Music:  A Journal of Gender and Culture. Volume 1 1997, published by the International Alliance for Women in Music, The George Washington University.

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