Jazz on Film

Jazz on Film: Jazz Thespians in "All Night Long" (1962)

Aug 6, 2015

Wealthy entrepreneur and jazz fan Rodney Hamilton, steps into his swank warehouse in London. He is preparing a big surprise party to celebrate the one-year anniversary of African American pianist/bandleader Rex and his British white singer-bride Delilah who recently retired to be his full-time wife. You know the jazz is going to be plentiful when Rodney finds real-life Charles Mingus alone on the bandstand rehearsing.

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. 

A new documentary on the life of Nina Simone will be released on Netflix on June 26, 2015.  "What Happened, Miss Simone" (101 mins.) is directed by Liz Garbus.  

"Nina Simone's general narrative has inspired so many young women throughout her career and since her death (in 2003)," said Rodney Franks, host of "Into the Evening" on Jazz89 KUVO.  "She was a complicated spirit, with a lot of depth."

Jazz on Film: Can a Cartoon Swing? You Bet.

Jun 20, 2015

Kaoru is an aloof and woefully introspective high school student. He has moved from school to school and town to town, never making friends and consoling himself with his studies (he is an honor student) and playing classical piano. His father is gone for long stretches and he hasn’t seen his mother in years ever since his parents divorced. Now his finds himself living with relatives in a small coastal town and having to hike up a steep slope to get to his new school every morning.

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.

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