Matthew Goldwasser

Jazz on Film
1:45 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Jazz on Film: Bill Cosby, Jazz Fanatic

In the early 1960s, a young comic stepped up to the microphone in a Greenwich Village nightclub and instead of offering a predictable run of non-stop jokes a la Rodney Dangerfield he told stories and riffed on personal and social experiences. In another club across town jazz artists did away with traditional head-melody / chorus / head-style of playing and began improvising freely (think Coltrane's "My Favorite Things"). They also performed completely original and free-flowing compositions.

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Jazz on Film
3:34 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Calle 54: A Celebration of Latin Jazz

Calle means street in Spanish, and Calle 54 is a street any jazz fan would love to live on. This film is such a celebration of the absolute best in Latin jazz that you will want to turn it up loud, invite the neighbors over, break out the liquid refreshments,and make a party out of it. The musicians certainly did.

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Jazz on Film
5:24 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Great Day in Harlem: Jean Bach's 1994 documentary

In August of 1958, 57 of the greatest jazz musicians of all-time gathered on the steps of a Harlem brownstone for a photograph.  The Academy Award-nominated 1994 documentary "A Great Day is Harlem" is a film about possibly the most famous photograph in jazz history.  It is also a love note to this art form. The musicians in the photo represented the full spectrum of jazz history from Dixieland to Big Band Swing, from Harlem Stride, to Modern Bebop. Sidemen, innovators, young lions, and old masters were all there.

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Jazz on Film
9:53 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Good Night And Good Luck - Truth, Justice and Jazz

Credit imdb.com

The film looks at Edward R. Murrow and his confrontation with Senator Joe McCarthy, who was famous for his public claims to know who in elected office and in the public eye were communists and commie-sympathizers.  Set in the late 1950s, this was a time of great concern over the rise of the Soviet Union and Communist China. It was also the start of television news and Murrow was (and probably still is) the gold standard for what role a news organization could play in the public dialogue of the issues of the day.

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Jazz on Film
12:57 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

The Jazz Baroness - 2008 documentary by Hannah Rothschild

This film tells the story of the life of Pannonica Rothschild de Koneigswarter, an actual Baroness and heir of the Rothschild family fortune, her love of Thelonious Monk, and her unceasing support of jazz as an essential art form.

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