Jazz on Film

“I don’t know how far the ripple effect [of our influence] spread, but Robert Johnson is a household name now.”  - Eric Clapton

Jazz on Film: Don Cheadle’s story w/ attitude 'Miles Ahead'

Apr 21, 2016

“If you’re going to tell a story, come with some attitude.”

Jazz on Film: A Woman’s Place is In the Groove

Mar 17, 2016

For much of the history of jazz, this has largely been the deal. If you’re a cute woman who can sing, there’s a place for you on the bandstand. If you can play the piano, maybe there is room for you as well. But leave the real instruments, the soloing and all the rest to the men. For all the freedom and liberation that has been intimately associated with the history of Jazz, the struggles of women to find and secure their rightful places in the music has been an ongoing untold story.

Jaco: Wild, Untamed, Complicated | Jazz on Film Review

Jan 21, 2016

In the world of bass guitar there is everyone before Jaco Pastorius and there is everyone after him. In the history of 20th century music only a handful of musicians stand out as truly revolutionizing what was possible from their instruments. Charlie Parker, Jimi Hendrix, and Jaco Pastorius are in that elite group. Interestingly, none of them lived beyond their early 30s and all three are instantly recognizable by one name only—Bird, Jimi, Jaco.

There’s no reference to Christmas or Santa, but “Cabin in the Sky” is full of heavenly imagery and the spiritual struggles within a man.  In the seasonal tug between materialism and morality, I find it the perfect holiday film.

Little Joe Jackson has money problems, gambling with some dangerous gangsters… and he has woman problems too.  But after taking a bullet at a nightclub, Joe has some business to do with the Almighty.  As he lays at the brink of death, which way will he go - the redemptive path of righteousness and salvation, or the drinking and womanizing of his past?

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