Jeannie Gayle Pool is a composer, filmmaker, musicologist, film music consultant, and producer. In recent years, her compositions, including works for orchestra and chamber music, were heard in California, Washington, D.C., Florida, Ohio, Toronto, Beijing, France, and Belgrade. Her feature-length documentary, Peggy Gilbert and Her All-Girl Band, narrated by Lily Tomlin, is screened regularly worldwide. She has composed the music for several documentary films and short films. Her music publishing company, Jaygayle Music (ASCAP), publishes the music of Zenobia Powell Perry (1908-2004), among other composers. She reconstructed and orchestrated Perry’s opera about the underground railroad, Tawawa House, for a fully-staged production in 2014, (subject of a new documentary, directed and edited by Elliott J. Barker). She is currently digitizing 20 years of radio broadcasts from her award-winning show on KPFK, “Music of the Americas,” for release as podcasts.
As a music historian, (she holds a music Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University), and producer, she served as Executive Director of the Film Music Society from 1990 to 2002 and lectures and writes frequently on film music history and preservation, contemporary music, and women in music. She has produced numerous recordings for Cambria Master Recordings, an independent California label, including performances of flutist Louise DiTullio, violinist Conrad Chou, Janet Lawson, Peggy Gilbert and The Dixiebelles, Mischa Lefkowitz, and the music of Ed Bland, Florence Price, Bruce Broughton, John Barry, John Williams, David Rose, Jerry Goldsmith, Laurence Rosenthal, Ronald Royer, Danny Elfman, Deon Nielsen Price, and Zenobia Powell Perry. This summer she produced an album with the African American Composers Initiative, (her second for them), at Stanford University.
She served as an independent music consultant for Paramount Pictures from1995 until 2012, where she did the original score restoration for Wings (1927) for the studio’s 100th anniversary celebration. She also works as a recording session producer and forensic musicologist for music supervisors and other producers in the film/TV music industry. Her book, written with H. Stephen Wright, “A Research Guide to Film and Television Music in the United States” was published by Rowman & Littlefield (2011) and is used as a graduate textbook in film music history. Her company, Music Legacy Services, assists heirs in documenting and appraising music estates for donation to libraries, and she has worked on the estates of Ernest Fleischman, Leonard Rosenman Robert Sherman, John Cacavas, Zenobia Powell Perry, among others. She has been involved with film and television music preservation since 1990, including projects for major film and television studio collections and archives.