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Kamasi Washington to Debut Short Film at Sundance

Tenor saxophonist Kamasi Washington’s short film, As Told to G/D Thyself, which is inspired by his most recent album, Heaven and Earth, released on the Young Turks label in June, will premiere in January 2019 at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The film was directed by a collective called the Ummah Chroma, … Read More “Kamasi Washington to Debut Short Film at Sundance”

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Rediscovered Duke Ellington Film to Be Reshown After More Than 50 Years

On Dec. 29, a Duke Ellington concert film not seen for more than 50 years will receive its first public viewing since its original broadcast in 1966 at the historic Coventry Cathedral in the United Kingdom. Appropriately, the cathedral is where the concert by Ellington and his orchestra originally took place, on Feb. 21, 1966—the … Read More “Rediscovered Duke Ellington Film to Be Reshown After More Than 50 Years”

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Miles Davis Documentary to Premiere at Sundance Film Festival

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool, a documentary about the famed trumpeter and bandleader, will debut at the Sundance Film Festival, which runs Thursday, Jan. 24 through Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019 in Park City, Utah. The movie is directed by the respected documentarian Stanley Nelson, who previously helmed the four-time Emmy-winning Freedom Riders, among many … Read More “Miles Davis Documentary to Premiere at Sundance Film Festival”

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Django Biopic to Open in Theaters in January

The iconic Django Reinhardt is portrayed in a new biopic, titled simply Django and starring Reda Kateb as the legendary Gypsy-jazz guitarist. The film, which takes place in 1943, was written and directed by Étienne Comar, and adapted from the book Folles de Django by Alexis Salatko. The score featuring Reinhardt’s music is by Warren Ellis, … Read More “Django Biopic to Open in Theaters in January”

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Bill Frisell Receives Honorary Degree and Is Subject of Film

On Oct. 19, Bill Frisell, along with Michael Gibbs, was awarded an honorary doctor of music degree by Berklee College of Music during a concert celebrating Gibbs’ 80th birthday. The concert reunited Gibbs with Frisell, his student at Berklee in the 1970s, and with his longtime friend and former Berklee classmate Gary Burton. In addition, Frisell is the subject of a … Read More “Bill Frisell Receives Honorary Degree and Is Subject of Film”

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Chasing Trane to Open Season of Independent Lens on PBS

Chasing Trane – a highly-acclaimed documentary on John Coltrane – will open the new season of Independent Lens on PBS with an airing on Nov. 6 at 10 p.m. EST. The film, written and directed by John Scheinfeld, is narrated by Denzel Washington and features not only many of the musicians who played with the … Read MoreChasing Trane to Open Season of Independent Lens on PBS”

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