Matthew Goldwasser

Jazz on Film: The original jazz party

Jul 17, 2015

In 1954, wealthy socialite Elaine Lorillard had an idea for the “First Annual American Jazz Festival” to be put on over the Fourth of July weekend in the very upscale beach community of Newport, Rhode Island. She enlisted George Wein to produce it and with a few hiccups over the years it has been going strong ever since. Curiously, it is only the second oldest Jazz Festival. That honor goes to the Australian Jazz Convention in New South Wales that has run continuously since 1946. 

Jazz on Film: new "Icons" offer jazz as philosophy

Jun 5, 2015

For anyone who’s gotten into a discussion about what jazz is and is not, this one’s for you. For DJs and aficionados who read album liner notes and magazines and scour the record store bins this one is for you too. For all the people who are curious about jazz and what’s happening today this is one you need to see.

Jazz on Film: An original blues feminist - "Bessie"

May 22, 2015
Frank Masi/HBO

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
www.moviepostershop.com

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.

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