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All That Jazz

‘ROUND MIDNIGHT (Bertrand Tavernier, 1986)
Slices of a real, then fictional, then real, then fictional jazz life held together by Herbie Hancock's music played by all-star combos - 'Round Midnight embodies the jazz myth of the outsider. In an… Read more

BIRD (Clint Eastwood, 1988)
Jazz has always needed its dark, Byronic mar­tyrs: first the white cornetist, Bix Beiderbecke, wrapped in the comparative innocence of Jazz Age flappers and bootleg gin; then the black ver­si… Read more

DEXTER GORDON: MORE THAN YOU KNOW (Donald McGlynn, 1996)
Donald McGlynn has developed documen­tary portraiture of jazz musicians to a fine art. Dexter Gordon - More Than You Know is his latest exemplary effort. Gordon is the transitional fig­ure be… Read more

JAZZ ON A SUMMER'S DAY (Bert Stern, 1960)
Jazz On A Summer's Day is the first and archetyp­al concert film, the progenitor of Woodstock, The T.A.M.I. Show etc. Columbia Records, which at the time (1958) owned most of the great jazz recor… Read more

STORMY WEATHER (Andrew L. Stone, 1943)
One of very few all-black films made by the major studios, Stormy Weather was intended to include Negroes in the World War II war effort. It is also, sort of, the story of black American jazz from th… Read more

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