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Sworn to the Drum: A Tribute to Francisco Aguabella

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A film-portrait of the Afro-Cuban master drummer, Francisco Aguabella. Born in Cuba, he immigrated to the U.S. in 1957 where he made outstanding contributions to Latin popular music while maintaining his roots in traditional Afro-Cuban religious drumming. Film explores Aguabella's role both as a sacred drummer and a figure of historical influence in Latin Jazz, Pop and Fusion. Included are many interviews with musicians who have worked with him and have been influence by his music.
DVD
2005
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
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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The Cry of Jazz

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An essay on the politics of music and race and a forecast of what Edward O. Bland called "the death of jazz."
DVD
1959
Clemons (Stacks)
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Times Ain't Like They Used to Be: Early American Rural & Popular Music, From Rare Original Film Masters (1928-1935)

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If you've ever been captivated by the striking faces of Depression era photos of rural America, that experience will be considerably magnified here when those same images come alive playing vintage American music. In the early days of sound film, in addition to covering major events, newsreel cameras captured the sights and sounds of everyday life in America, including its music. Musicians were filmed where they lived and played, captured by roving newsreel crews on street corners and front porches, at country dances and summer resorts in nightclubs, and broadcasting from churches and radio stations. Up till now most of the images and music in this video have remained as raw unused footage, untouched and unseen since the stories were first shot 60 years ago. Painstakingly reconstruct [...]
DVD
2000
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.
VHS
1993; 1991
Ivy (By Request)
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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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Alberta Hunter: My Castle's Rockin'

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Traces the long and colorful life of the legendary blues singer and jazz vocalist Alberta Hunter, from her early years through her death in 1984. Discusses her over 40 years success in the State and overseas. Talks about her early retiring from singing, becoming a nurse and finally her returning to singing in her later years.
VHS
1992
Ivy (By Request)
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The World According to John Coltrane

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An in-depth look at Coltrane and his music. Includes uninterrupted live performances of My favorite things, Impressions, Alabama and So what (with Miles Davis). Takes a rare look at Coltrane's original quartet and with his last group performing Naima. Includes interviews with jazz musicians.
VHS
1993; 1990
Ivy (By Request)
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Music and Comedy Masters: Volume 3

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A collection of comedy, jazz and musical shorts featuring the greatest names in Afro-American entertainment in some of their earliest filmed performances. Includes Marian Anderson, Sarah Vaughn, Duke Ellington, Nipsey Russell and others.
VHS
1996
Ivy (By Request)
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Music and Comedy Masters: Volume 5

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A collection of comedy, jazz and musical shorts featuring the greatest names in Afro-American entertainment in some of their earliest filmed performances. Includes Herb Jefferies, Fats Waller, Bill Robinson, Dorothy Dandridge, the Mills Brothers and other performers.
VHS
1996
Ivy (By Request)
13.

Sit Down and Listen [electronic resource]: The Story of Max Roach

At the age of 12 he got his first drum set-and by 19 was the hottest drummer on the New York bebop scene. In this program, the incomparable Max Roach reflects on his lifelong career in music. Footage of the renowned musician, bandleader, composer, and professor in the studio, on tour, and behind the podium sheds light on his many talents. Additional performers include Cecil Bridgewater, Odean Pope, Tyron Brown, the all-star M'Boom Percussion Ensemble, and the Swedenborg String Quartet.
Online
1984
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Wynton Marsalis [electronic resource]: All That Jazz

The word "prodigy" might have been coined expressly for Wynton Marsalis, who won Grammy Awards for both jazz and classical music at the age of 22. This stylishly produced program opens at Wynton's studio in New York City, where he talks about his philosophy, his compositional methods, and his laid-back yet demanding approach to working with other musicians. Halfway through, the program shifts to his swinging hometown of New Orleans, where he reflects on his musical roots, the history of jazz, and even Jelly Roll Morton. Intimate performance footage of Wynton, his band members, and his father Ellis is included.
Online
1996
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Dizzy Gillespie [electronic resource]: Bop and a Bent Trumpet

A pioneer of bebop and its first spin-off, Afro-Cuban jazz, Dizzy Gillespie-with his quick wit, puffed-out cheeks, and signature bent trumpet-was also a masterful showman who succeeded in making his complex music popular with his audiences. From his roots as a self-taught trombone-turned-trumpet player, to his legendary status as the cofounder of modern jazz, to his international travels as an ambassador of jazz, this program presents the dynamic music of John Birks Gillespie against the backdrop of his memorable life.
Online
1998
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Mystery, Mr. Ra: Sun Ra and His Arkestra

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Sun Ra - musician, bandleader, philosopher, shaman, commune leader and cosmic messenger - performs and philosophizes. There is also a recorded commentary on Ra by Archie Shepp, another modern jazz master.
VHS
1990
Ivy (By Request)
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Vintage Television: Number 463 Your Hit Parade, II

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Four complete, unedited live kinescopes from the 1950s.
VHS
1990; 1953
Ivy (By Request)
18.

Your Hit Parade

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Presents four live kinescopes featuring the top tunes of the weeks March 1, 1952; April 3, 1954; May 22, 1954 and Sept. 11, 1954.
VHS
1985
Ivy (By Request)
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Sarah Vaughan: Lena Horne, Bessie Smith, Mamie Smith, Ida Cox, Ethel Waters

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"Besides compiling different clips showcasing the great Sarah Vaughan, this video is completed with additional clips featuring Lena Horne, Bessie Smith (singing her superb 'Saint Louis Blues' from 1929), Mamie Smith, Ida Cox, Ethel Waters and the International Sweethearts Of Rhythm, the legendary all female orchestra from the swing era"--Container.
DVD
2004
Clemons (Stacks)