Jazz on Film

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When we first think of the blues the images that first come to mind are either the Mississippi delta men with acoustic guitars like Robert Johnson and Son House or alternately the electrified version advanced by Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and urbanized in the likes of Jr. Wells and Buddy Guy among many others. However, lost in our understanding of history is the fact that in the beginning, the most famous of early blues musicians were women. They sold the most records and commanded the most attention although apart from only a few their names have largely been forgotten.

Jazz on Film: Charles Lloyd's Transcendent Moments

Apr 17, 2015

“The best music causes molecular changes in the atmosphere around the players and their audience. Once you hear the music you are never the same. We go out somewhere and we don’t come back the same.”  -- Charles Lloyd

Jazz on Film: Stormy Weather - song and dance celebration

Mar 19, 2015
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The 1943 film "Stormy Weather" is a big Hollywood musical with an all-black cast featuring many of the top entertainers of the day. It is also a snapshot into the state of Black America both inside Hollywood and in the United States. That makes this a little bit of a schizophrenic film to review.

Jazz on Film: A Studio Romantic, Arif Mardin

Mar 10, 2015

From the 1950s to the 1980s Atlantic Records turned out the freshest, most cutting edge and soulful records in Jazz, R & B, Rock and Roll, and Pop music. The brain trust of the brothers Ahmet and Neshui Ertegun along with producer Jerry Wexler and engineer Tom Dowd cranked out one classic record after another, hit after hit and made the label Atlantic synonymous with taste and class in their relationships with the artists. Arif Mardin was the fifth member of that group and is the least well-known but no less influential.

Despite all the unique personalities and wonderful music they produced one has to look hard to find movies where jazz stories are front and center, especially in recent decades.

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