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Bolden: A Movie Review And Beyond

Read "Bolden: A Movie Review And Beyond" reviewed by Matt Lavelle

Bolden Directed by Daniel Pritzker Abramorama; King Bolden LLC Release Date: May 3, 2019 Bolden is a film about jazz legend and cornetist Buddy Bolden, released on May 3rd, 2019. There was only one theater playing it in Manhattan, all the way on 12th Avenue and 57th St. The author was the only person present there for an 11:50am Monday viewing on May 13th. The film only showed for one week in ...

FILM REVIEW

Buddy Bolden: Out of History's Shadows

Read "Buddy Bolden: Out of History's Shadows" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Bolden Directed by Daniel Pritzker Abramorama; King Bolden LLC Release Date: May 3, 2019 Buddy Bolden was a legendary African American jny: New Orleans cornet player at the turn of the twentieth century. His career was cut short by a psychiatric condition initially diagnosed as alcoholic psychosis but later changed to schizophrenia (then called dementia praecox), and he spent the remaining years of his life in a mental institution. But during his ...

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Buddy Bolden: The insane life of the Founding Father of Jazz

Read "Buddy Bolden:  The insane life of the Founding Father of Jazz" reviewed by Jeff Winke

The roots of American jazz twist, turn, and spiral all the way back to the turn of the century... not this century, but the last century. In the 20th century's first decade down in jny: New Orleans, the story is told that one could frequently hear a cornet (which is similar to a trumpet) squawking loudly from the park bandstands and through dance hall windows. With no formal training, Charles “Buddy" Bolden created a unique improvising style with ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Buddy Bolden: The Sky Is Blue

Read "The Sky Is Blue" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

2008 will always be remembered fondly in the world of jazz because it's the year of this music's greatest discovery. Buddy Bolden's only recording is no longer stuff of legend and lore, but a reality. The story of this great find sounds almost fictional: A graduate student at the University of Kansas while helping a local man clean out his attic came across a box of old phonograph LPs. One of those turned out to be the legendary single recording ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Wynton Marsalis And The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra: Marsalis Plays Bolden: The 'Lost Napkin' Suite

Read "Marsalis Plays Bolden: The 'Lost Napkin' Suite" reviewed by Jack Bowers

After more than seven years of painstaking research and decryption, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra have recorded and released Wynton's epic six-movement suite based on music written by the legendary New Orleans cornetist Buddy Bolden. Working solely from the tattered remnants of a napkin on which Bolden is said to have scrawled a treble clef and three quarter-notes while dining and making whoopee at a New Orleans brothel shortly after the turn of the twentieth century, ...


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