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The Harborfields High School Jazz Band celebrates community in premiering Alan Ferber's arrangement of Abdullah Ibrahim's 'The Wedding'

The Harborfields High School Jazz Band celebrates community in premiering Alan Ferber's arrangement of Abdullah Ibrahim's 'The Wedding'

In a time when isolation and distancing seemed to define school settings, the Harborfields High School Jazz Band sought to cut against the grain and promote the joys inherent in the communal nature of music and creative expression. In early 2021, the band’s director—veteran educator and noted jazz journalist Dan Bilawsky—decided to follow through on a ...

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Jazz/Big Band Feature Film 'knights Of Swing' Arrives
 To Vimeo On Demand March 25

Jazz/Big Band Feature Film 'knights Of Swing' Arrives
 To Vimeo On Demand March 25

The Knights of Swing, LLC and E3 Music Productions have announced the March 25 Vimeo On Demand release of Knights of Swing, a feature length film powered by an incredible cast and crew of dreamers and believers. Set in 1947, tracing the challenges, disappointments and successes of six high school boys, and the girls who join ...

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Jazz on TV: Don Elliott and Hal McKusick

Jazz on TV: Don Elliott and Hal McKusick

Yesterday, Jim Eigo sent along a terrific video that Evan Spring posted on the Jazz Research List. The video had been up at YouTube since 2014 and features an episode from a WCBS-TV series in New York called American Musical Theatre. The hour-long show aired from 1959 to 1965—a period considered by many to be the ...

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BBC Documentary on Chess Records

BBC Documentary on Chess Records

In my new Rock Concert book, I interviewed Marshal Chess, son of Leonard Chess, who co-founded the fabled Chess label with his brother Phil. As readers of my book know, Marshal goes into great detail on the label's founding and how Chess artists such as Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley came to invent rock 'n' roll ...

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Djerassi Films Presents 'Resurrection! Airto Moreira And Preservation Hall Jazz Band'

Djerassi Films Presents 'Resurrection! Airto Moreira And  Preservation Hall Jazz Band'

With an upcoming premiere at the Woodstock Film Festival Djerassi Films is excited to present Resurrection! Airto Moreira and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. In this new documentary, producer/director Dale Djerassi brings two powerful forces in the world of jazz together and takes us behind the scenes as famed percussionist Airto Moreira joins the Preservation Hall ...

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Short Documentary, 'In the Zone: Rick Kilburn,' Becomes A Three-Time Hollywood Winner

Short Documentary, 'In the Zone: Rick Kilburn,' Becomes A Three-Time Hollywood Winner

The Nanaimo mini-documentary film about jazz bassist/producer/composer Rick Kilburn, In the Zone: Rick Kilburn, has just achieved a third Hollywood award win. Film director and Canadian Polaris Music Prize juror Kerilie McDowall and her crew just won the June 2021 Best Web and New Media award at IndieX Film Fest in Hollywood. Additionally at Hollywood's Indie ...

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Documentary: Oscar Peterson

Documentary: Oscar Peterson

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Mini-Jazz Documentary 'In The Zone: Rick Kilburn,' A Hollywood Finalist

Mini-Jazz Documentary 'In The Zone: Rick Kilburn,' A Hollywood Finalist

“When I was 12 my father introduced me to Scott LaFaro and when my Dad asked me, ‘what do you want to do?’ I pointed at Scott and said, ’that,’” says jazz bassist/producer Rick Kilburn. “The pursuit of music is basically the pursuit of oneself...a very spiritual undertaking,” reflects the bassist. “I strive to occupy my ...

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Resurrection! Legendary Percussionist Airto Moreira & The Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Resurrection! Legendary Percussionist Airto Moreira & The Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Two powerful forces in the world of jazz come together in Resurrection! Airto Moreira and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Airto Moreira is a world-renowned jazz drummer and percussionist from Brazil, who exhibited great talent at a young age. In his twenties he traveled to the U.S.A. in pursuit of Flora Purim, the woman with whom ...

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Rocco and His Brothers, 1960

Rocco and His Brothers, 1960

Today is the start of my annual two-week holiday visit with great film. Having spent much of my youth in the Museum of Modern Art's basement screening theater with my movie-loving artist father, watching old films with him late at night, and having taken a couple of screenwriting classes, film is another one of my passions. ...


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