Jazz on Film

Jazz on Film
12:11 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Jazz on Film: Tom Dowd & The Language of Music

Here’s a simple quiz. What do John Coltrane, Ray Charles, The Drifters, Bobby Darin, Aretha Franklin, Ornette Coleman, The Cream, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Lynard Skynard, Charles Mingus, the Allman Brothers, MJQ, and Otis Redding all have in common?  The answer is Tom Dowd, who engineered many of their (and others’) most important recordings. From 1948 at age 23 until the mid-70s Tom Dowd was the chief engineer for Atlantic Records and remained one of the most influential and innovative contributors to the work of popular music and sound recording until near his death in 2002.

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Jazz on Film
2:24 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Jazz on Film: A Brother with Perfect Timing

“If what I grew up with in South Africa is world music, I don’t know what it means. Perhaps it is to identify it as folklore. But what makes it separate? Satchmo said, ‘All music is folk music: I never heard a horse sing.’ The only criterion I have is whether it moves you.”

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Music
12:33 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Jazz on Film: Film Noir

Back by popular demand! Join Rodney Franks and Carlos Lando at 3pm on Wednesday, October 16th for a special hour; Jazz on Film: Film Noir. It will be a thrilling trip into the movies! Hear the jazz songs from your favorite movies. 

 

    

    

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Jazz on Film
12:54 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

The Sound of Jazz: a '57 TV classic

Once upon a time, long before the Web and Twitter, before selfies and instagram, if you can believe it, Television was a real medium for social media. In the early 1950s and 60s commercial television was where the general public learned about high culture. TV gave us our first introductions to Leonard Bernstein, Arturo Toscanini, live broadcasts of Shakespeare plays, opera and dramatic plays.  Included in the mix was Jazz.

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Jazz on Film
10:55 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Jazz on Film: "Young Man With A Horn" (1950)

"Young Man with a Horn," starring Kirk Douglas, Doris Day and Lauren Bacall, was adapted for the screen from what might be the first jazz novel of the same name by Dorothy Baker in 1938. Her novel was a highly fictionalized account of the life of cornetist Bix Beiderbecke. The film's director Michael Curtiz is best known for the classic Humphrey Bogart/Ingrid Gardner "Casablanca." He made eight films with Bogart and another 12 with Errol Flynn. "Young Man With A Horn" came late in his career.

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