Jazz on Film

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-sees!

Great Day in Harlem: Jean Bach's 1994 documentary

Aug 27, 2018

In August of 1958, 57 of the greatest jazz musicians of all-time gathered on the steps of a Harlem brownstone for a photograph.  The Academy Award-nominated 1994 documentary "A Great Day is Harlem" is a film about possibly the most famous photograph in jazz history.  It is also a love note to this art form. The musicians in the photo represented the full spectrum of jazz history from Dixieland to Big Band Swing, from Harlem Stride, to Modern Bebop. Sidemen, innovators, young lions, and old masters were all there.

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

 

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