Jazz on Film

Tune in to First Take with Lando and Chavis the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month to explore the world of Jazz on Film with special guest Matthew Goldwasser.

Jazz on Film reviews documentaries, movies and TV shows with strong Jazz themes. Browse past reviews below and add them to your list of must see's!

Jazz on Film: John Coltrane doc - a force for good

Jun 30, 2017

John Coltrane is a name many people have heard. To jazz fans, Coltrane is a name they associate with one of the great icons in 20th century music. And simply ‘Trane’ is whom other musicians and deep fans evoke to speak, sometimes in hushed tones, of a singular artist who elevated the saxophone into the realm of the profound and the spiritual. John Scheinfeld’s documentary has something in it for each of those people. Although Trane only lived to age 40, he had a gigantic influence in the jazz world.

Jazz on Film: Keith Jarrett - a sideman to the music

Apr 22, 2017

“When you improvise it’s the whole nine yards, all at the same times. It’s content, nuance, the way you play it, the subject itself, the dynamics, and the risk all at the same time.”  --Keith Jarrett

 

Jazz on Film: La La Land - We are the ones who dream

Jan 20, 2017

The film begins with an opening scene familiar to L.A. residents. A gridlocked freeway on a bright sunny day has motorists stepping out of their cars, but in “La La Land,” they burst into a song and dance number in celebration of the day. There we meet the soon-to-be lovers, Mia and Sebs (Sebastian). But at this moment Mia is rehearsing for an audition and Sebs honks in frustration and pulls ahead while she gives him the finger.

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