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A Conversation on Jazz & Hollywood

Way Out West

Denzel Washington in "Mo' Better Blues"
Miles Teller (l.) and J.K. Simmons in "Whiplash"
Don Cheadle as Miles Davis in "Miles Ahead." Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Keyon Harrold, Gary Bartz, Robert Glasper and Steven Bernstein (from left) at the Jazz Connect Conference, January 2016, NYC
Barry Shabaka Henley in "Collateral"
Joshua Redman and James Carter in "Kansas City"

The idea was to consider the overlap of jazz and Hollywood, historically and in the present day-jazz as soundtracks, jazz as narrative focus, jazz as plot points and side references-all in one hour.

There’s certainly a lot to talk about: Jazz and popular movie-making have both been around for over a hundred years, have met, influenced and bumped into each other repeatedly as each form evolved, with results that range from historic and sublime to cornball and groan-worthy.

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