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Doc: Buddy Rich, Jazz Legend

Doc: Buddy Rich, Jazz Legend

In 2002, Warner Bros. released one of the finest documentaries of drummer Buddy Rich. The film clips are rare and spectacular. Produced by Rob Wallis and Paul Siegel, and co-produced and written by Bruce H. Klauber, with Cathy Rich and Sandy Feldstein as co-executive producers, the documentary can be seen at YouTube in two parts. Bruce ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD
NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Documentary: John Philip Sousa

Documentary: John Philip Sousa

Today being July 4th and all, what better way to celebrate America's birthday than to look at the life and music of John Philip Sousa (1854-1932). Known as the “March King," the composer and conductor of brassy, dramatic patriotic songs in the 1800s also laid the track for jazz. By the turn of the 20th century, ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Listen: Gerry Mulligan Doc

Listen: Gerry Mulligan Doc

Baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan was exceptional. He was an arranger, composer, lyricist, singer, conductor, pianist, jazz-movement transformer, educator, a bandleader and an actor. Shortly after Mulligan's death in 1996, director Thor Raxlen released Listen: Gerry Mulligan, a documentary sponsored by the Library of Congress and produced by his wife, Franca Rota Mulligan. It runs an hour ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Night Bird Song: The Incandescent Life Of Thomas Chapin On iTunes, Special DVD

Night Bird Song: The Incandescent Life Of Thomas Chapin On iTunes, Special DVD

Night Bird Song: The Incandescent Life Of Thomas Chapin
An acclaimed music-filled documentary
Now available In U.S./Canada, Worldwide Film distributor Random Media and 'Olena Productions proudly announce the DVD, digital and VOD debut of the acclaimed documentary Night Bird Song: The Incandescent Life Of Thomas Chapin. A celebrated film in theatrical appearances at the ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Doc: The Beatles Decade

Doc: The Beatles Decade

For American teens in the 1960s, the Beatles represented the dawn of unrestrained excitement and parental rejection, a time when screaming, long hair, loud music, risque fashion, snarky humor and drugs mocked authority and convention. But through a British lens, the Fab Four were something more—an escape from glum parents, a bleak economy, a class-conscious society ...

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Doc: Dizzy Gillespie, 1990

Doc: Dizzy Gillespie, 1990

In 1990, a documentary about trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie was released that featured not a word of voiceover narration. Instead, To Bop or Not to Be: A Jazz Life, by Norwegian director Jan Horne, simply featured musician interviews in English, concert performances and archival footage. My guess is this approach was favored so the filmmakers wouldn't have ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Why Does So Much Modern Music Sound The Same? [VIDEO]

Why Does So Much Modern Music Sound The Same? [VIDEO]

Upcoming documentary The Click explores how technology is making modern music bland. Particular focus is given to percussion, where electronically produced beats have replaced live drummers, and those live drummers left are expected to play perfectly in time with the aid of a “click" or metronome. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros’ singer Alex Ebert told Quartz ...