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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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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
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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
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Monterey Jazz Festival: Forty Legendary Years

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Features archival performance jazz footage including Miles Davis, John Lewis, Jon Hendricks, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan, Dave Brubeck, Thelonious Monk, Clark Terry, and Billie Holiday intersperesed with on-camera commentary from notables.
DVD
1999; 1998
Clemons (Stacks)
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Message to Love: The Isle of Wight Festival : The Movie

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"The last great rock festival", held on the Isle of Wight in 1970.
DVD
1997; 1995
Clemons (Stacks)
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Brubek Snova V Moskve: Brubeck Returns to Moscow

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The Dave Brubeck Quartet performs jazz selections and Brubeck's mass, To hope! A celebration, with the Russian National Orchestra at the Bolshoi Hall of the Moscow Conservatory of Music. Includes Brubeck's reflections on over fifty years as a jazz pianist and composer, jam sessions with Russian jazz musicians at the U.S. Embassy, interviews with the Russian musicians and the Dave Brubeck Quartet, and seminar with Moscow Conservatory students.
DVD
2005; 1998
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Jazz on a Summer's Day

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Enshrined in the National Film Registry in 1999, Bert Stern's 1959 film offers precisely what its title promises. Along with a wealth of great music, the film subtly conveys the economic differences between the music's origins and Newport's wealthy citizens, and highlights the concentration and playfulness of great musicians by photographing them as intimately as possible. Despite the title, this concert film's performances--captured over the course of a weekend during the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival--really shine when night falls. As a documentary, it stylishly immortalizes transcendently beautiful music played on a glorious day, suggesting in the process that film might have no higher purpose.
DVD
2000; 1959
Clemons (Stacks)