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Because You Watched Miles Electric: A Different Kind of Blue 24 Available Shows

  • The Miles Davis Story

    Miles Davis

    Year: 2001

    Runtime: 2 hr 4 min

    Trumpeter-bandleader Miles Davis (1926-91) was a catalyst for the major innovations in post-bop, cool jazz, hard-bop, and jazz-fusion, and his wispy and emotional trumpet tones were some of the most evocative sounds ever heard. He was also one of the most identifiable and misunderstood pop icons of the 20th century. This engrossing British documentary shows the complex layers of this magnificent and mercurial artist. Through rare footage and interviews, we learn of Davis's middle-class upbringing and his early days with bop legends Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker. The documentary bluntly deals with Davis's narcotic nadir and his rise from the depths to become a bona fide jazz icon in the mid-'50s to late '60s. But the most penetrating and poignant portraits of Davis come from musicians who played with and were influenced by him, including Shirley Horn, Herbie Hancock, Joe Zawinul, and Keith Jarrett.

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  • Play Your Own Thing: A Story of Jazz in Europe

    Various Artists

    Year: 2007

    Runtime: 1 hr 29 min

    The music documentary Play Your Own Thing provides a comprehensive history of European Jazz. It explores the origins of the US-influenced Jazz clubs after the Second World War, the first steps independent of American jazz and the various changes of direction that have repeatedly occurred in European jazz in the search for that "own voice" that European jazz musicians have helped to form. Featuring the great masters of European jazz such as Chris Barber, Jan Garbarek, Juliette Gréco, Stefano Bollani and Till Brönner, to name but a few, the film provides a wealth of styles in Jazz. For his third documentary on jazz, film-maker Julian Benedikt travelled to a wide variety of European countries in search of an all-embracing documentation of European jazz music. His story telling is neither too sophisticated nor does he simply reproduce the known clichés, rather the movie engages its audience with very personal impressions of European jazz, past and present. Accompanied by rarely seen archival footage featuring such influencing American jazz legends as Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington, this unique document offers a collection of sparkling musical gems from both sides of the Atlantic. A great music film!

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  • All The Notes

    Cecil Taylor

    Year: 2008

    Runtime: 1 hr 12 min

    Cecil Taylor is the grand master of free jazz piano. All the Notes captures in breezy fashion the unconventional stance of this media-shy modern musical genius, regarded one of the true giants of post-war music. Taylor is first seen musing over Santiago Calatrava's architecture; the pianist's famed eclectic interests extend from soloing, combo and small orchestra work to spoken word performance.

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  • Let's Get Lost

    Chet Baker

    Year: 1988

    Runtime: 1 hr 60 min

    "Let's Get Lost" is an American documentary film about the turbulent life and career of jazz trumpeter Chet Baker written and directed by Bruce Weber. The title is derived from a song by Jimmy McHugh and Frank Loesser from the 1943 film Happy Go Lucky which Baker recorded for Pacific Records. A group of Baker fans, ranging from ex-associates to ex-wives and children, talk about the man. Weber’s film traces the man’s career from the 1950s, playing with jazz greats like Charlie Parker, Gerry Mulligan, and Russ Freeman, to the 1980s, when his heroin addiction and domestic indifference kept him in Europe.

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  • Solos: The Jazz Sessions

    Greg Osby

    Year: 2009

    Runtime: 53 min

    Saxophonist, composer, producer and educator Greg Osby has made an indelible mark on contemporary jazz as a leader of his own ensembles and as a guest artist with other acclaimed jazz groups for the past 20 years. Highly regarded for his insightful and innovative approach to composition and performance, Osby has earned numerous awards and critical acclaim. In this special set of solo performances, Osby explores a range of emotional and musical states, always seeking to tie his ideas together; his long alto-lines linger in the air as he weaves new ideas beneath and over-top. A true innovator, these solos showcase an artist unadorned, free to pursue his musical alchemy.

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  • Alto Saxophone Jazz Solos

    Lee Konitz

    Year: 2007

    Runtime: 50 min

    One of the most individual of all alto saxophone players, the cool-toned LEE KONITZ has always had a strong musical curiosity that has led him to consistently take chances and stretch himself, usually quite successfully. The Jazz Sessions spotlights unaccompanied performances by some of the legends and bright young stars of the jazz world. Designed and recorded specifically for television, SOLOS offers viewers front row seats for an intimate and unique jazz experience. Each program features complete musical pieces, insightful interviews, and behind-the-scenes footage. Shot in stunning HDTV with multiple moving cameras and a medley of elegant cinematic lighting, SOLOS showcases an exciting and dynamic variety of jazz styles - from the blues and boogie-woogie to bebop and the experimental.

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  • A Joyful Noise

    Sun Ra

    Year: 1980

    Runtime: 59 min

    Robert Mugge filmed jazz great Sun Ra on location in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. between 1978 and 1980. The resulting 60-minute film includes multiple public and private performances, poetry readings, a band rehearsal, interviews, and extensive improvisations. Transferred to HD from the original 16mm film and lovingly restored for the best possible viewing experience.

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  • Jazz Solos

    Andrew Hill

    Year: 2007

    Runtime: 52 min

    The Jazz Sessions spotlights Andrew Hill, a great and even groundbreaking composer and pianist. While many of his contemporaries were totally jettisoning the rhythmic and harmonic techniques of bop and hard bop, Hill worked to extend their possibilities; his was a revolution from within. He exhibited a determined command of his materials, however abstract they might sometimes be. His composed melodies were labyrinthine, rhythmically and harmonically complex tunes that exhibit a sophistication born of mastery, not chance or contingency.

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  • Adventures in the Kingdom of Swing

    Benny Goodman

    Year: 1992

    Runtime: 1 hr 2 min

    This biography of musical legend Benny Goodman contains testimonials from various contemporaries and scholars, and offers several clips of the man in performance. Nearly two-dozen songs can be heard including "California, Here I Come," "A Fine Romance," "Why Don't You Do Right," "I've Got a Heart Full of Music," and "Bugle Cal Rag."

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  • Je Veux Du Bonheur

    Christophe Maé

    Year: 2017

    Runtime: 1 hr 30 min

    The live performance of Christophe Maé recorded at the Paris Theater.

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  • The Whole Gritty City

    Various Artists

    Year: 2013

    Runtime: 1 hr 28 min

    The Whole Gritty City is a unique, fascinating window into the little-known world of New Orleans school marching bands. The documentary is a dramatic, music-filled story of children struggling to reach adulthood in one of America's most impoverished and violent cities. The film follows kids in three bands as the directors get them ready to perform in the Mardi Gras parades, and teach them to succeed and to survive. Navigating the urban minefield through moments of setback, loss, discovery, and triumph, these children and their adult leaders reveal the power and resilience of a culture.

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  • All That Jazz: From New Orleans To New York

    Various Artists

    Year: 2010

    Runtime: 1 hr 49 min

    An anthology of Jazz profiling the music of Jelly Roll Morton, Ma Rainey, Fats Waller, Benny Goodman, The Dorsey Brothers, Django Rheinhardt and countless other artists from popular swing era of the 1930s and '40s.

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  • Sing Your Song

    Harry Belafonte

    Year: 2012

    Runtime: 1 hr 45 min

    Told with a remarkable sense of intimacy, visual style and musical panache, Susanne Rostock's inspiring biographical documentary SING YOUR SONG surveys the life and times of singer/actor/activist Harry Belafonte. From his rise to fame as a singer and his experiences touring a segregated country to his provocative crossover into Hollywood, Belafonte's groundbreaking career personifies the American civil rights movement. Rostock reveals Belafonte as a tenacious hands-on activist who worked intimately with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., mobilized celebrities for social justice, participated in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa and took action to counter gang violence, prisons, and the incarceration of youth.

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  • My Father and the Man in Black

    Various Artists

    Year: 2013

    Runtime: 1 hr 28 min

    Following his father's suicide, Jonathan Holiff discovers hundreds of letters and audio diaries, including secretly recorded phone calls with Johnny Cash during his crazed pill-fueled 1960s, triumphs at Folsom and San Quentin, marriage to June Carter, and his conversion in the early 1970s to born-again Christian. These artifacts tell the story about how Holiff Sr. and Cash collaborated to create a superstar, while each struggled with personal demons. A fascinating behind-the-scenes view of the complex relationship between the notorious singer and his long-suffering manager--it is also a catharsis for its maker and engrossing journalism to boot.

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  • Epitaph: Live from Lincoln Center

    Charles Mingus

    Year: 1989

    Runtime: 2 hr 20 min

    On June 3rd, 1989, the Alice Tully Hall at New York's Lincoln Center was the venue for the world premiere performance of Charles Mingus' masterpiece "Epitaph". Conductor Gunther Schuller directed 30 musicians in what the New York Times described as "One of the most memorable jazz events of the decade". The piece had been discovered after Mingus' death in 1979 and painstakingly restored and copied. It is the largest and longest piece for jazz orchestra ever written and is now available here on film for the first time.

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  • Live at Montreux

    Return To Forever

    Year: 2007

    Runtime: 1 hr 49 min

    Return To Forever were at the forefront of jazz/rock fusion in the seventies and like their contemporaries Weather Report and Mahavishnu Orchestra were formed by a former Miles Davis sideman, in this case the great Chick Corea. Return To Forever hit their commercial and artistic peak with a string of albums in the mid-seventies featuring the line-up of Chick Corea on keyboards, Stanley Clarke on bass, Al Di Meola on guitar and Lenny White on drums. In 2008 this classic line-up reunited for their first tour in 25 years and proved that their musicianship and the chemistry within the band were as strong as ever. This concert was filmed at Montreux in July 2008 with the bonus tracks being filmed in Clearwater, Florida later the same month.

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  • Live in Munich

    Miles Davis

    Year: 1988

    Runtime: 1 hr 2 min

    For more than 50 years, trumpeter/bandleader Miles Davis was a major innovator of cool, modal, avant-garde, and fusion jazz styles. This program captures Davis's band: alto saxophonist/flutist Kenny Garrett, Keyboardists Robert Irving III and Adam Holzmann, lead bassist Joseph "Foley" McCreary, and bassist Benjamin Rietveld, percussionist Marilyn Mazur, and drummer Ricky Wellman, live in Munich, Germany on July 10th, 1988. With these musicians' sympathetic and syncopated support, Davis's trademarked Harmon-muted trumpet tones dance and trance over the combo's supple electric swing. Throughout the concert, Davis glides across the stage with the elegance and power of a dancer and a fighter, huddling with his sidemen to play and share a phrase. Interview snippets with Davis feature the trumpeter frankly discussing his other passion, artwork. All told, Miles in Munich shows that the man called "Prince of Darkness" was full of artistic light near the end of his creative life.

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  • The Day She Came to Dingle

    Amy Winehouse

    Year: 2013

    Runtime: 59 min

    Recorded in December 2006 in a tiny church located in the south west corner of Ireland, the town of Dingle played host to Amy whilst she recorded the show for Irish TV music series Other Voices. Amy delivered an electrifying 20 minute live performance to a crowd of 85 in the tiny St James's Church, with acoustic performances of songs from her 'Back To Black' Album. In the revealing interview Amy spoke of her musical influences such as Mahalia Jackson, Sarah Vaughn, Ray Charles and the Shangri-Las and how she came to love jazz music.

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  • Live From London

    Dr. John & Chris Barber

    Year: 1982

    Runtime: 55 min

    Live From London presents legendary musician Dr. John and the Chris Barber Jazz And Blues Band performing at the famous Marquee Club as part of the club’s 25th anniversary celebrations. His distinctive voice, songwriting talents and musicianship have earned Dr. John five Grammy Awards and booked his place in the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. This wonderfully upbeat and energetic performance includes the classic tracks New Stack-A-Lee, Little Liza Jane, Memories Of Smiley and many more.

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  • Gilad and All That Jazz

    Gilad Atzmon

    Year: 2012

    Runtime: 59 min

    “Gilad and All That Jazz” is an exquiside music documentary following a flourishing year in the life of one of modern music's greatest saxophonists and one of Europe's most controversial public speakers.

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  • For the Record

    Nathan East

    Year: 2015

    Runtime: 1 hr 25 min

    With more than 2000 album credits to his name, 2015 Grammy Nominee Nathan East is one of the most recorded bass players of all time. His sound is legendary and he's the most famous musician you don't know.

    "For The Record" is a documentary film that takes viewers behind-the-scenes as one of the most influential bass players in modern music recorded his debut solo album last year. His long-awaited solo album spent four weeks at #1 on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz Album chart and 34 weeks in the top position on smoothjazz.com. "For The Record" also chronicles Nathan's three decade plus career from when he hit the road age 16 with Barry White, his session and touring work across musical genres and membership in the legendary jazz quartet Fourplay. The film features interviews with many of the musicians he's worked with including Clapton, Phil Collins, Lionel Richie, Quincy Jones, Vince Gill, Herbie Hancock, Don Was and more.

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  • The Way Up: Live

    Pat Metheny Group

    Year: 2006

    Runtime: 1 hr 9 min

    Pat Metheny is one of the most original and distinctive guitarists of modern times. Together with long time collaborator and keyboards player Lyle Mays he founded the Pat Metheny Group in 1978. Instantly successful, they have established themselves at the forefront of jazz-rock fusion with a succession of best selling albums and sell out world tours. Filmed in late 2005, features the full concert version of his most recent album "The Way Up", which earned Pat Metheny Group their 10th Grammy Award® and Metheny personally his 17th.

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  • Trudell

    Various Artists

    Year: 2005

    Runtime: 1 hr 18 min

    In this documentary filmmaker Heather Rae the engaging life story of Native American poet-prophet-activist John Trudell and his heartfelt message of active, personal responsibility to the earth, all of its inhabitants and our descendants.

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  • In Concert: On Broadway

    Harry Connick, Jr.

    Year: 2010

    Runtime: 1 hr 47 min

    This musical release from New Orleans jazz musician Harry Connick, Jr. captures a live performance by the singer, recorded at the Neil Simon Theatre on Broadway in July of 2010. Some of the songs that Connick plays with his Big Band in the concert include "We Are in Love," "Recipe for Love," "The Way You Look Tonight," and more. ~ Cammila Collar

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