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  • Concert For the Americas

    Frank Sinatra

    Year: 2016

    Runtime: 1 hr 26 min

    The Concert For The Americas was a music festival held in the Dominican Republic at the Altos de Chavón Amphitheater, a 5,000-seat, open-air Greek-style venue. This spectacular 1982 concert proves that even at age 66, Francis Albert Sinatra was still the undisputed Chairman Of The Board. This 90-minute epic performance features the legendary Buddy Rich on drums and a special guest appearance by guitarist Tony Mottola with a memorable rendition of Send In The Clowns.

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  • Live at the Cote Dazur

    Duke Ellington And Ella Fitzgerald

    Year: 2008

    Runtime: 1 hr 3 min

    This latest addition to the Norman Granz collection, brings together two of the greatest names in jazz: Duke Ellington & Ella Fitzgerald. The film sees Duke performing live in the South of France with Ella Fitzgerald as his special guest . You'll also enjoy unseen footage of Duke Ellington in one of his last ever live performances jamming with Joe Pass, Ray Brown and Louie Bellson.

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  • Sinatra Featuring Don Costa and His Orchestra

    Frank Sinatra

    Year: 2012

    Runtime: 52 min

    Sinatra: Featuring Don Costa & His Orchestra is truly a one man show. Sinatra belts out For Once In My Lifeand it is perfection. Being the last of his five specials, his wit and banter is as engaging as ever. He narrates us through his movie clips with the timing of a stand-up comedian. The up tempo closing of the show makes it complete with My Kind Of Town.

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  • A Man and His Music Part I

    Frank Sinatra

    Year: 1965

    Runtime: 51 min

    First broadcast by NBC on November 24, 1965, Frank Sinatra: A Man And His Music was Sinatra’s first annual one-hour television special. Broadcast at a time when television was in the process of switching to full time color programming, it is clear that television history was being made. Singing directly to the camera, Frank Sinatra makes the viewer feel as if he is telling his story directly to them.

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  • Channel One Suite

    Buddy Rich

    Year: 1985

    Runtime: 56 min

    Recorded live at One Pass King Street Studios, San Francisco, California, USA, April 3, 1985.

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  • Episode 08: Diamonds As Big As The Ritz - The Musical

    Tony Palmer

    Year: 1977

    Runtime: 52 min

    This documentary about the history of popular music in America focuses on the advent of the musical, and how musical theater influenced the sounds of pop music. Artists featured in concert footage and interviews include Galt MacDermott, Agnes de Mille, and more.

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  • Episode 04: Jungle Music - Jazz

    Tony Palmer

    Year: 1977

    Runtime: 52 min

    This documentary about the history of popular music in America focuses on the evolution of jazz music that took place throughout the South, taking a look at the broader musical principles that first set the style of music apart.

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  • Aram Khachaturian

    Aram Khachaturian

    Year: 2004

    Runtime: 1 hr 23 min

    This multi-part documentary is based on the memoirs of Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978). Rare archival materials have been gathered from Russian archives in Moscow and Armenia, family members have been interviewed on camera, and research is underway for a film that will be the first in the West to document the life and music of one of the world's most loved composers.

    Khachaturian was the President of the powerful Composer's Union of the Soviet Union, and as a communist party functionary wielded great influence over the course of Russian music. However, he was also a comrade and personal friend to the dissident composers of the time - Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and others.

    This film is about the fine line a man had to tread between being a loyal party functionary on the one hand, and a fighter for artistic freedom on the other.

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  • Episode 06: Rude Songs - Vaudeville & Music Hall

    Tony Palmer

    Year: 1977

    Runtime: 52 min

    This documentary focuses on music hall style, taking a look back at the concert halls that spawned a large-scale industry in the world of music, as well as the creative styles that sprung from it. Artists featured in concert footage and interviews include Edith Piaf, Judy Garland, Mae West, and more.

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  • Willie the Lion

    Willie Smith

    Year: 2004

    Runtime: 57 min

    Willie the Lion documents the remarkable life and career of William Joseph Bonaparte Bertholoff Smith, better known as The Lion, a highly influential figure in the history of jazz. In addition to a full life that included a stint in the army, Smith composed numerous tunes and his piano style influenced such famous figures as Thelonious Monk, Artie Shaw, and Duke Ellington.

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  • The Lost Tapes

    Buddy Rich

    Year: 2017

    Runtime: 55 min

    Buddy Rich The Lost Tapes is an historic preservation and restoration project. The producers recovered the masters from a fire in 1990 and went about restoring the original surround sound track of the last concert Buddy Rich recorded before he passed away in 1987. This release follows the Emmy Award winning Channel One Suite and both concerts were recorded the same night.

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  • The Life of a Jazz Singer

    Anita O'Day

    Year: 2013

    Runtime: 1 hr 31 min

    Anita O’Day was one of the greatest of American jazz singers and this is her astonishing story—a journey of survival, and above all the endurance of her talent, told in a number of frank interviews with her and with those who knew her. Her career was long and eventful, spanning seven decades, her last album recorded when she was 84. Anita O’Day only ever wanted to be a singer and the film showcases performances that date back to the 50s with such artists as Gene Krupa, Roy Eldridge, Stan Kenton, Louis Armstrong and Hoagy Carmichael. She is shown teaching Billy Taylor how to be a jazz vocalist. She speaks candidly, always candidly, with Dick Cavett, Bryant Gumble and David Frost, with clips from interviews done on 60 Minutes and CBS This Morning. Bert Stern, commenting on his experience filming Anita perform Sweet Georgia Brown for his film Jazz on a Summer’s Day, said it was the greatest rendition of the song ever made. Anita was a musical genius and pioneer who broke reverse race barriers. She was commonly regarded as one of the top female artists of her time, together with Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Billie Holiday. The film portrays her as a woman who lived her life the way she wanted without ever looking back. She speaks openly about how she had to overcome great adversities, including a 20-year addiction to heroin and alcohol. She chose never to have children and married for only a brief period. She lived an often lonely life that was sustained only by her passion for music. Personalities talk about her quirky personality, while jazz critics and her few still living contemporaries speak of her extraordinary talent and how amazing it is that she continued to sing for so long. The film shows Anita on tour in Europe well into her eighties and her making that final recording, shortly before her death, the death of an icon.

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  • Episode 09: Swing That Music - Swing

    Tony Palmer

    Year: 1976

    Runtime: 52 min

    In this installment in the All You Need Is Love documentary series, filmmakers examine the advent of swing music, a style that spanned racial borders and had an impact on the evolution of rock. Artists featured in concert footage and interviews include Benny Goodman, Bud Freeman, and more

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  • At Carnegie Hall

    Count Basie

    Year: 1981

    Runtime: 1 hr 46 min

    Jazz legend Count Basie and His Orchestra perform a concert at New York's Carnegie Hall, with guests Sarah Vaughan, Tony Bennett and George Benson.

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  • Sinatra and Friends

    Frank Sinatra

    Year: 2016

    Runtime: 50 min

    Sinatra And Friends opens with Where And When featuring Natalie Cole, John Denver, Tony Bennett, Loretta Lynn, Leslie Uggams and Robert Merrill. Sinatra performs duets of standards in different styles such as folk and disco in addition to each singer performing solo. It is all music and no talking, exactly the way Sinatra wanted it.

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  • Louis Armstrong: All Star Swing and Jazz Concert

    Various Artists

    Year: 1971

    Runtime: 52 min

    The greats of Swing and Jazz: Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Dave Brubeck, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Gene Krupa, and more. This amazing line-up of legendary talent came together in 1972 for a one-off tribute to the great Louis Armstrong. A unique event in music history with some of the greatest jazz legends of the 20th Century performing together.

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  • Legends in Concert

    Frank Sinatra

    Year: 1939

    Runtime: 46 min

    This film presents a 45 minute selection of Frank Sinatra's finest songs, written by some of the world's most influential songwriters, including such hits as 'High Hopes' and 'Old Man River' all drawn from television appearances spanning his heyday period from the 40s to the 50s.

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  • Francis Albert Sinatra Does His Thing

    Frank Sinatra

    Year: 1968

    Runtime: 52 min

    Francis Albert Sinatra Does His Thing opens with no introduction, just Sinatra and his microphone. He is joined by the stunning Diahann Carroll and together they sing a spiritual medley of Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen and Amen. Sinatra joins in with another guest - The Fifth Dimension, but this time he ditches the suit for a Nehru Jacket and sings a very groovy version of Sweet Blindness.

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  • Stravinsky in Hollywood (2013)

    Stravinsky

    Year: 2013

    Runtime: 53 min

    This Stravinsky film is a remarkable documentary written, directed and edited by Marco Capalbo, telling of the legendary composer's life after he moved to Hollywood in 1939. He did this as he envisioned a new outlet for his music — writing for films. Walt Disney already was using The Rite of Spring in his Fantasia, but Stravinsky was not pleased with the cuts and rearrangement of his score, which, coming from Russia, was not then in copyright. Disney paid Stravinsky $6,000 for the rights to the music and the composer's name. Stravinsky was considered to write music for a number of other films including Gone With the Wind, Jane Eyre and The Song of Bernadette. He actually did write some music for the latter too, and it is fascinating to watch the brief episodes from the film with Stravinsky's music! Much of the film is devoted to Robert Craft, whose close association with Stravinsky was major, and Craft is seen often talking about their relationship. The association (or non-association) of Stravinsky and his neighbor Arnold Schoenberg, is clarified, and we hear commentary about Orpheus, Agon and for for-TV The Flood which was premiered on CBS i 1962 with Craft conducting. The script is perfect and clear and presumably narrated by Capalbo. This is among the finest documentaries available.

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  • The Swingtime Collection:Half Past Jump Time!

    Various Artists

    Year: 1939

    Runtime: 1 hr 46 min

    Soundies from the '40s and Snader Telescriptions from the early '50s bring us these jumpin', jivin' performances. Along with giants we'll never forget (Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Louis Jordan, Cab Calloway), you'll see unsung heroes of the swing era, some of whom never recorded commercially, and songs not available in any other format by performers both famous and obscure!

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  • The Life of a Jazz Singer

    Anita O'Day

    Year: 2013

    Runtime: 1 hr 31 min

    Anita O’Day was one of the greatest of American jazz singers and this is her astonishing story—a journey of survival, and above all the endurance of her talent, told in a number of frank interviews with her and with those who knew her. Her career was long and eventful, spanning seven decades, her last album recorded when she was 84. Anita O’Day only ever wanted to be a singer and the film showcases performances that date back to the 50s with such artists as Gene Krupa, Roy Eldridge, Stan Kenton, Louis Armstrong and Hoagy Carmichael. She is shown teaching Billy Taylor how to be a jazz vocalist. She speaks candidly, always candidly, with Dick Cavett, Bryant Gumble and David Frost, with clips from interviews done on 60 Minutes and CBS This Morning. Bert Stern, commenting on his experience filming Anita perform Sweet Georgia Brown for his film Jazz on a Summer’s Day, said it was the greatest rendition of the song ever made. Anita was a musical genius and pioneer who broke reverse race barriers. She was commonly regarded as one of the top female artists of her time, together with Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Billie Holiday. The film portrays her as a woman who lived her life the way she wanted without ever looking back. She speaks openly about how she had to overcome great adversities, including a 20-year addiction to heroin and alcohol. She chose never to have children and married for only a brief period. She lived an often lonely life that was sustained only by her passion for music. Personalities talk about her quirky personality, while jazz critics and her few still living contemporaries speak of her extraordinary talent and how amazing it is that she continued to sing for so long. The film shows Anita on tour in Europe well into her eighties and her making that final recording, shortly before her death, the death of an icon.

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  • Aram Khachaturian

    Aram Khachaturian

    Year: 2004

    Runtime: 1 hr 23 min

    This multi-part documentary is based on the memoirs of Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978). Rare archival materials have been gathered from Russian archives in Moscow and Armenia, family members have been interviewed on camera, and research is underway for a film that will be the first in the West to document the life and music of one of the world's most loved composers.

    Khachaturian was the President of the powerful Composer's Union of the Soviet Union, and as a communist party functionary wielded great influence over the course of Russian music. However, he was also a comrade and personal friend to the dissident composers of the time - Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and others.

    This film is about the fine line a man had to tread between being a loyal party functionary on the one hand, and a fighter for artistic freedom on the other.

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  • Channel One Suite

    Buddy Rich

    Year: 1985

    Runtime: 56 min

    Recorded live at One Pass King Street Studios, San Francisco, California, USA, April 3, 1985.

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  • The Lost Tapes

    Buddy Rich

    Year: 2017

    Runtime: 55 min

    Buddy Rich The Lost Tapes is an historic preservation and restoration project. The producers recovered the masters from a fire in 1990 and went about restoring the original surround sound track of the last concert Buddy Rich recorded before he passed away in 1987. This release follows the Emmy Award winning Channel One Suite and both concerts were recorded the same night.

    Added to My Q

  • At Carnegie Hall

    Count Basie

    Year: 1981

    Runtime: 1 hr 46 min

    Jazz legend Count Basie and His Orchestra perform a concert at New York's Carnegie Hall, with guests Sarah Vaughan, Tony Bennett and George Benson.

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  • Live at the Cote Dazur

    Duke Ellington And Ella Fitzgerald

    Year: 2008

    Runtime: 1 hr 3 min

    This latest addition to the Norman Granz collection, brings together two of the greatest names in jazz: Duke Ellington & Ella Fitzgerald. The film sees Duke performing live in the South of France with Ella Fitzgerald as his special guest . You'll also enjoy unseen footage of Duke Ellington in one of his last ever live performances jamming with Joe Pass, Ray Brown and Louie Bellson.

    Added to My Q

  • A Man and His Music Part I

    Frank Sinatra

    Year: 1965

    Runtime: 51 min

    First broadcast by NBC on November 24, 1965, Frank Sinatra: A Man And His Music was Sinatra’s first annual one-hour television special. Broadcast at a time when television was in the process of switching to full time color programming, it is clear that television history was being made. Singing directly to the camera, Frank Sinatra makes the viewer feel as if he is telling his story directly to them.

    Added to My Q

  • Concert For the Americas

    Frank Sinatra

    Year: 2016

    Runtime: 1 hr 26 min

    The Concert For The Americas was a music festival held in the Dominican Republic at the Altos de Chavón Amphitheater, a 5,000-seat, open-air Greek-style venue. This spectacular 1982 concert proves that even at age 66, Francis Albert Sinatra was still the undisputed Chairman Of The Board. This 90-minute epic performance features the legendary Buddy Rich on drums and a special guest appearance by guitarist Tony Mottola with a memorable rendition of Send In The Clowns.

    Added to My Q

  • Francis Albert Sinatra Does His Thing

    Frank Sinatra

    Year: 1968

    Runtime: 52 min

    Francis Albert Sinatra Does His Thing opens with no introduction, just Sinatra and his microphone. He is joined by the stunning Diahann Carroll and together they sing a spiritual medley of Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen and Amen. Sinatra joins in with another guest - The Fifth Dimension, but this time he ditches the suit for a Nehru Jacket and sings a very groovy version of Sweet Blindness.

    Added to My Q

  • Legends in Concert

    Frank Sinatra

    Year: 1939

    Runtime: 46 min

    This film presents a 45 minute selection of Frank Sinatra's finest songs, written by some of the world's most influential songwriters, including such hits as 'High Hopes' and 'Old Man River' all drawn from television appearances spanning his heyday period from the 40s to the 50s.

    Added to My Q

  • Sinatra and Friends

    Frank Sinatra

    Year: 2016

    Runtime: 50 min

    Sinatra And Friends opens with Where And When featuring Natalie Cole, John Denver, Tony Bennett, Loretta Lynn, Leslie Uggams and Robert Merrill. Sinatra performs duets of standards in different styles such as folk and disco in addition to each singer performing solo. It is all music and no talking, exactly the way Sinatra wanted it.

    Added to My Q

  • Sinatra Featuring Don Costa and His Orchestra

    Frank Sinatra

    Year: 2012

    Runtime: 52 min

    Sinatra: Featuring Don Costa & His Orchestra is truly a one man show. Sinatra belts out For Once In My Lifeand it is perfection. Being the last of his five specials, his wit and banter is as engaging as ever. He narrates us through his movie clips with the timing of a stand-up comedian. The up tempo closing of the show makes it complete with My Kind Of Town.

    Added to My Q

  • Stravinsky in Hollywood (2013)

    Stravinsky

    Year: 2013

    Runtime: 53 min

    This Stravinsky film is a remarkable documentary written, directed and edited by Marco Capalbo, telling of the legendary composer's life after he moved to Hollywood in 1939. He did this as he envisioned a new outlet for his music — writing for films. Walt Disney already was using The Rite of Spring in his Fantasia, but Stravinsky was not pleased with the cuts and rearrangement of his score, which, coming from Russia, was not then in copyright. Disney paid Stravinsky $6,000 for the rights to the music and the composer's name. Stravinsky was considered to write music for a number of other films including Gone With the Wind, Jane Eyre and The Song of Bernadette. He actually did write some music for the latter too, and it is fascinating to watch the brief episodes from the film with Stravinsky's music! Much of the film is devoted to Robert Craft, whose close association with Stravinsky was major, and Craft is seen often talking about their relationship. The association (or non-association) of Stravinsky and his neighbor Arnold Schoenberg, is clarified, and we hear commentary about Orpheus, Agon and for for-TV The Flood which was premiered on CBS i 1962 with Craft conducting. The script is perfect and clear and presumably narrated by Capalbo. This is among the finest documentaries available.

    Added to My Q

  • Episode 04: Jungle Music - Jazz

    Tony Palmer

    Year: 1977

    Runtime: 52 min

    This documentary about the history of popular music in America focuses on the evolution of jazz music that took place throughout the South, taking a look at the broader musical principles that first set the style of music apart.

    Added to My Q

  • Episode 06: Rude Songs - Vaudeville & Music Hall

    Tony Palmer

    Year: 1977

    Runtime: 52 min

    This documentary focuses on music hall style, taking a look back at the concert halls that spawned a large-scale industry in the world of music, as well as the creative styles that sprung from it. Artists featured in concert footage and interviews include Edith Piaf, Judy Garland, Mae West, and more.

    Added to My Q

  • Episode 08: Diamonds As Big As The Ritz - The Musical

    Tony Palmer

    Year: 1977

    Runtime: 52 min

    This documentary about the history of popular music in America focuses on the advent of the musical, and how musical theater influenced the sounds of pop music. Artists featured in concert footage and interviews include Galt MacDermott, Agnes de Mille, and more.

    Added to My Q

  • Episode 09: Swing That Music - Swing

    Tony Palmer

    Year: 1976

    Runtime: 52 min

    In this installment in the All You Need Is Love documentary series, filmmakers examine the advent of swing music, a style that spanned racial borders and had an impact on the evolution of rock. Artists featured in concert footage and interviews include Benny Goodman, Bud Freeman, and more

    Added to My Q

  • Louis Armstrong: All Star Swing and Jazz Concert

    Various Artists

    Year: 1971

    Runtime: 52 min

    The greats of Swing and Jazz: Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Dave Brubeck, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Gene Krupa, and more. This amazing line-up of legendary talent came together in 1972 for a one-off tribute to the great Louis Armstrong. A unique event in music history with some of the greatest jazz legends of the 20th Century performing together.

    Added to My Q

  • The Swingtime Collection:Half Past Jump Time!

    Various Artists

    Year: 1939

    Runtime: 1 hr 46 min

    Soundies from the '40s and Snader Telescriptions from the early '50s bring us these jumpin', jivin' performances. Along with giants we'll never forget (Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Louis Jordan, Cab Calloway), you'll see unsung heroes of the swing era, some of whom never recorded commercially, and songs not available in any other format by performers both famous and obscure!

    Added to My Q

  • Willie the Lion

    Willie Smith

    Year: 2004

    Runtime: 57 min

    Willie the Lion documents the remarkable life and career of William Joseph Bonaparte Bertholoff Smith, better known as The Lion, a highly influential figure in the history of jazz. In addition to a full life that included a stint in the army, Smith composed numerous tunes and his piano style influenced such famous figures as Thelonious Monk, Artie Shaw, and Duke Ellington.

    Added to My Q

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