About JazzTown – JazzTown, a feature-length documentary, written, directed, and produced by jazz drummer Ben Makinen, explores the many different voices in Denver’s jazz scene and pays homage to his early mentors who played with jazz icons Duke Ellington, Billie Holliday, Charlie Parker and more!
About Ben Makinen – Ben Makinen is the founder and president of the record label Bmakin Music and of the film production company Bmakin Film. In 2020 he founded the International Modern Film Alliance (IMFA) offering workshops around the world to “teach and promote the art of storytelling through the marriage of music and film.” To support his short films and workshops [@Ben-Makinen]. An opportunity to meet Ben Makinen if our connection to Bali where he currently resides allows us.
Carlos Lando interviews Ben Makinen on The Morning Set on April 8, 2022:
“JazzTown is a great movie! It is truly a triumph!!” —Chris Daniels, Colorado Music Hall of Fame
“Masterful storytelling! You really captured the unique and driving jazz scene in Denver which had been underground, but rising to the surface more and moreover the past decade.” —Vohn Regensberger, owner/director/producer at Gymnopedie Films (“A Remarkable Life”)
“JazzTown is an important film that directly addresses today’s jazz musician’s dilemma of connecting modern creativity to the Art form’s founding era that is quickly slipping away. It preserves these important voices of today’s jazz music scene in an intimate and personal way. This film should be mandatory for all up and coming musicians.” —Dr. Thomas Ball (Trombone)
“JazzTown is like a free form jazz performance .. and jazz fans will find JazzTown to be of strong interest.” — Scott Yanow, jazz historian, author of Jazz On Film
In the tradition of movie theaters, we are pleased to screen what is considered the best jazz cartoon short of all time: The Three Little Bops based on the legendary fable The Three Little Pigs. The swinging ‘toon features the music of the Shorty Rogers Sextet with Barney Kessel, Pete Jolly, Shelly Manne, Red Callender, and Pepper Adams with narration by Stan Freberg.