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1.

When African Americans Came to Paris

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"This series of short videos by award-winning documentarian Joanne Burke brings to life the pioneering years of the African American presence in Paris. Each video reveals how France, and Paris in particular, became their bridge from a racially segregated USA to the greater world"--Container.
DVD
2012
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Girls in the Band

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The award-winning documentary film tells the poignant, untold stories of female jazz and big band instrumentalists and their fascinating, history-making journeys from the late '30s to the present day. The many firsthand accounts of the challenges faced by these talented women provide a glimpse into decades of racism and sexism that have existed in America.
DVD
2014
Law (Klaus Reading Room) Map
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Sarah Vaughan: The Divine One

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Recounts the stellar singer's career from her beginnings at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey, to her debut at the Apollo Theater and her pre-eminence in nightclubs, concert halls, and jazz festivals around the world.
DVD
2010
Clemons (Stacks)
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Count Basie: Swingin' the Blues

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A distinguished group of Basie alumni, including early band members Sweets Edison, Earle Warren and Claude Williams and later stars like Buddy Tate, Illinois Jacquet and Joe Williams come together to lend their insight to this film through on-camera interviews and round-table reminiscences. Basie himself appears in revealing interview clips from various stages of his life. Also includes vintage performance footage beginning in the late 1930s, and master recordings of the greatest Basie sessions.
DVD
2010
Clemons (Stacks)
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Thelonious Monk: American Composer

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A portrait of the musician and composer, Thelonious Monk, including clips of international performances and interviews with artists and producers.
DVD
2009
Clemons (Stacks)
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Wild Man Blues

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Follow Woody Allen and his New Orleans Jazz Band on a whirlwind tour of Europe while uncovering Allen offstage as well.
DVD
1997
Clemons (Stacks)
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Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns

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10 episodes tracing the history of jazz from its roots in the African-American community of New Orleans to its heights and continuing presence.
DVD
2004
Clemons (Stacks)
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Thelonious Monk, Straight No Chaser

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A wide-ranging documentary that aims to put Monk's status into context and perspective. It blends the history of Monk's early career in Harlem with archival black-and-white footage of the pianist performing his own compositions for Norwegian and French TV.
DVD
2001
Clemons (Stacks)
9.

Charles Mingus: Triumph of the Underdog

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The first comprehensive documentary of Afro-American jazz bassist, bandleader and composer Charles Mingus who led a tumultuous life filled with trauma and frustration, joy and creativity. Nine years in the making and exhaustively researched, virtually everything used in the film is extraordinarily rare. Abundant clips of Mingus in performance in the 1960s and 1970s perfectly illustrate the many faces and tortured heart of a musical genius.
DVD
1999; 1997
Clemons (Stacks)
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Last Date: De Laatste Sessie

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"An exemplary portrait of the explosively original musician, Eric Dolphy. The film takes as its focal point his legendary final recording session in Hilversum on June 2, 1964."--Container back cover.
VHS
1993; 1991
Ivy (By Request)
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Jazz

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10 episodes tracing the history of Jazz from its roots in the African-American community of New Orleans to its heights and continuing presence.
Online
2000
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Accent on the Offbeat [electronic resource]

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In 1992, Jazz at Lincoln Center and New York City Ballet commissioned the famous jazz musician Wynton Marsalis to compose music for a new ballet by choreographer Peter Martins, Ballet Master in Chief of the NYCB. The film shows the preparation and the perfomance of the ballet.
Online
2012
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Imagine the Sound

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Interviews with and performances by four musicians influential in the evolution of free-form jazz: Cecil Taylor, Archie Shepp, Paul Bley, and Bill Dixon.
Laserdisc
1989
Ivy (By Request)
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David, Moffett & Ornette: "The Ornette Coleman Trio" 1966

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In the spring of 1966, Ornette Coleman wrote and recorded the soundtrack for a Living Theater project called Who's crazy?. This film is a record of the three days Ornette and his two collaborators spent in the studio making music. It is also an eloquent description of the price to be paid for freedom, not just the freedom of collective improvisation, but also the freedom to be yourself.
VHS
1988
Ivy (By Request)
16.

The Seven Ages of Music: The Magic of African Music

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This production traces the entertaining evolution of Africa's music from the rattle of drums by the light of a desert fire to the laid-back beat of Hugh Masekela, Dolly Rathebe and the Inksots. It is a wild, wonderful, energetic history that spans centuries and draws in whole cultures.
VHS
1992
Ivy (By Request)
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Thelonious Monk, Straight No Chaser

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Documentary of jazz pianist Thelonious Monk.
Laserdisc
1990; 1988
Ivy (By Request)
18.

New Tempo

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VHS
1988
Ivy (By Request)
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The Harlem Renaissance: The Music & Rhythms That Started a Cultural Revolution

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Examines the social and cultural effects of the Harlem Renaissance through the music that defined the era; includes interviews with historians and performers.
DVD
2003
Clemons (Stacks)
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Herbie Hancock: Possibilities

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"A leader of musical innovation, Herbie explores the creation of fresh music through collaboration and expansion upon his and others' experiences."--Container.
DVD
2006
Clemons (Stacks)