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Duke Ellington [electronic resource]: The Big Band Feeling

This 1952 recording includes two performances of Duke Ellington and his orchestra-from January 7 and August 12-featuring 12 of his signature pieces, including "Sophisticated Lady," "Caravan," "The Mooch," "VP's Boogie," "Solitude," "Mood Indigo," "The Hawk Talks," "I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good," "Bli-Blip," "Flamingo," "Hot Chocolate," ("Cottontail") and "C Jam Blues.
Online
2008
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Jazz Shots Volume 3 [electronic resource]: East Coast

Paying homage to the East coast and to some of the most important musicians who have spent a major part of their career there, this collection of live performances ranges from clubs to festivals to TV studio engagements. Artists include John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington and more.
Online
2008
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Cry of Jazz [electronic resource]: Featuring Sun Ra and His Arkestra

This cult classic was chosen for preservation by the Library of Congress, which praised it as "an early and influential example of African-American independent filmmaking." Shot by Edward O. Bland in Chicago in 1959, Cry of Jazz draws parallels between the lives of African Americans and different forms of jazz, presenting controversial viewpoints on music and race. The film features rare footage of visionary pianist Sun Ra, saxophonist John Gilmore, and the rest of the Arkestra in Windy City nightclubs, all shot in glorious black & white.
Online
1959
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Cecil Taylor [electronic resource]: All the Notes

Cecil Taylor is the grand master of free-jazz piano. Chris Felver's All the Notes captures in breezy fashion the unconventional stance of this media-shy modern musical genius, regarded as one of the true giants of postwar music. Taylor is first seen musing over Santiago Calatrava's fleecy architecture - typical of the pianist's famed eclectic interests, which extend from soloing, combo, and small orchestra work to spoken word performance. Seated at his beloved and battered piano in his Brooklyn brownstone, the maestro holds court with frequent stentorian pronouncements on life, art, and music. A massively interesting documentary on a true icon.
Online
2011
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Candido [electronic resource]: Hands of Fire

This film from Iván Acosta documents Candido's contribution to the world of American jazz, Latin jazz, and Cuban music. Through conversations, performances and testimonies, Candido: Hands of Fire captivates the audience from start to finish. Considered to be one of the greatest Cuban percussionists to come to the United States, Candido Camero has played with legends such as Tony Bennett, Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Graciela, Tito Rodriguez, Bobby Capo, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton, Chico O'Farrill, Ray Charles, Mongo Santamaria, John Coltrane, Randy Weston, and many others.
Online
2006
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Nat King Cole [electronic resource]: The Legendary Nat King Cole

Through video footage, television clips, and rare early photos, this film uncovers the life of one of America's leading cultural icons, Nat King Cole - documenting both his struggles and successes, from his early childhood in Alabama to his transformation into America's best loved performer. The video also includes countless bonus clips of classic like "Mona Lisa," "Nature Boy," "A Christmas Song," "Route 66," "Paper Moon," "Sweet Lorraine," and "For Sentimental Reasons" - all taken from Cole's live concert and television performances as well as collaborations with outstanding artists, such as Oscar Peterson, Ella Fitzgerald, Coleman Hawkins, Sammy Davis Jr., Harry Belafonte, Ertha Kitt, and Johnny Mercer.
Online
2008
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Sun Ra Arkestra [electronic resource]: Points on a Space Age

This film explores the 2006 - 2007 activity of the remaining members of the Sun Ra Arkestra - an experimental big band formed in the mid 1950s around the teachings of musician, philosopher, and spiritualist Sun Ra. Believing that he was sent to this planet to prepare us for a future centered around space travel and the human capacity to evolve with the ever-changing demands of a highly technological world, Sun Ra attracted bandmates who also became his disciples, companions, and sometimes even housemates. The band would typically rehearse for eight hours, break only for teachings, and then go out and play gigs - a practice that continued for about 30 years until Sun Ra "left the planet" in 1993. Points on a Space Age examines the work of the Arkestra in the physical absence of Sun Ra [...]
Online
2009
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Sun Ra [electronic resource]: Magic Sun

This classic of experimental underground filmmaking by Phill Niblock features rare and exclusive footage, photos, and recordings of pianist Sun Ra and the members of his Solar Arkestra. Shot in the 1960s, when the Arkestra was based in New York, the film was produced using a unique negative process and ultra-tight close-ups on the moving hands and mouths of the musicians. The result is a virtually abstract music film, mastered from a new print in all its incredibly sharp black and white glory.
Online
2005
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Jeff Healey and the Jazz Wizards [electronic resource]: Beautiful Noise

Jeff Healey And The Jazz Wizards: Beautiful Noise presents a remarkable program dedicated to a jazz musician of undeniable greatness. Originally recorded for the Canadian TV show "A Beautiful Noise," this program includes additional interview and musical footage. Healey, playing trumpet and guitar, leads his excellent band The Jazz Wizards forward into musical history. As always, he delivers jazz from the past with humor, respect for the tradition, and a contemporary attitude. Healey gained worldwide fame as a stunningly original rock and blues guitarist after being signed to Arista Records in 1988, when the band released See the Light, featuring the hit single "Angel Eyes" and the song "Hideaway," which was nominated for a Grammy Award. His passion, however, was the infectious and j [...]
Online
2010
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John Abercrombie [electronic resource]: Solos - the Jazz Sessions

Guitarist John Abercrombie combines bop and free jazz stylistic elements with electronics utilizing phase shifters, guitar synthesizers and the good old volume pedal. What has kept his playing fresh is his refusal to be chained to these digital devices. In this Solos: The Jazz Sessions set, Abercrombie demonstrates a deft hand at music and technology.
Online
2011
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Matthew Shipp [electronic resource]: Solos - the Jazz Sessions

With his unique and recognizable style, pianist Matthew Shipp worked and recorded vigorously during the 1990s, creating music in which free jazz and modern classical intertwine. His recording of a number of duets with a variety of musicians includes, the legendary Roscoe Mitchell and violinist Mat Maneri. This set for Solos: The Jazz Sessions demonstrates his prolific and respected voice in creative music.
Online
2011
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Maroon/Zarico/Liberty Street Blues, Part 2 [electronic resource]

Discover the music of New Orleans. Learn how folk music from Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean meld and evolve into today's jazz. Documentary filmmaker Andre Gladu explores the Creole culture and its influence on modern music. Explore how the melodies of Zarico, the distinct folk music of the Black Francophone Creole culture of southwestern Louisiana, in turn influenced jazz, the blues and even rock. Celebrate the Rhythm and heartfelt joy of a people whose roots date back to the time of slavery, as they bring us to the heart of a unique cultural and musical tradition. On this tour of the birthplace of modern jazz, meet Michael White, university professor and clarinet player, as he takes his band through its paces and shares with us the soul of ragtime.
Online
2006
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Bill Frisell [electronic resource]: Solos-the Jazz Sessions

An up-close portrayal of Bill Frisell filmed by Daniel Berman at the Berkeley Church in Toronto. This rare solo session features an intimate look into his electric guitar and looping wizardry and includes an exclusive interview with Frisell. On the taping of Solos: The Jazz Sessions, Frisell comments, "It's a weird thing playing solo. I live for the interaction with other musicians because when you put something out there, you get something in return, and you are able to build momentum. When you perform solo, it just goes out into space, and you have to come up with ideas right away to follow it up. I learned to allow silence when playing by myself. There's really something special about one person sitting and playing guitar. I'm really happy with how this project turned out. Daniel [...]
Online
2011
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Charlie Hunter [electronic resource]: Solos-the Jazz Sessions

Charlie Hunter has recorded 17 albums that highlight his guitar skills. Proficient on five, seven and eight string guitars, Hunter has been referred to as the undisputed master of the 8-string guitar. The material in this special set, recorded in the historic Berkeley Church in Toronto, Canada, and filmed for Solos: The Jazz Sessions, make it bear repeated viewing.
Online
2011
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Gonzalo Rubalcaba [electronic resource]: Solos-the Jazz Sessions

In this unique program, Gonzalo Rubalcaba displays his remarkable sensitivity toward the musical traditions of Afro-Cuban jazz. Rubalcaba is an extraordinarily versatile pianist able to blend disparate strands of Cuban and American jazz traditions into a fresh, modern style. Born into a musical family in Havana, Rubalcaba began studying classical piano at age eight, and spent the next 12 years honing his technique by playing around Havana. This set for Solos: the Jazz Sessions, is truly the performance f the great virtuosos of the music.
Online
2011
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Cyro Baptista [electronic resource]: Solos-the Jazz Sessions

Cyro Baptista is a Brazilian musician, teacher, and recording artist specializing in percussion in the genres of jazz and world music. Since arriving in the U.S. in 1980, Baptista has emerged as one of the premier percussionists in the country. His mastery of Brazilian percussion and the many instruments he creates himself, have catapulted him into world renown. In this special set of solo performances, Cyro pulls out all the stops, a unique and brilliant musician alone on stage with only the beats he hears in his heart and shares with the world. This performance was recorded for Solos: The Jazz Sessions.
Online
2011
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Greg Osby [electronic resource]: Solos-the Jazz Sessions

Saxophonist, composer, producer, and educator Greg Osby has made an indelible mark on contemporary jazz as a leader of his own ensembles and as a guest artist with other acclaimed jazz groups for the past 20 years. Highly regarded for his insightful and innovative approach to composition and performance, Osby has earned numerous awards and critical acclaim. In the set for Solos: the Jazz Sessions, Osby explores a range of emotional and musical states, always seeking to tie his ideas together; his long alto-lines linger in the air as he weaves new ideas beneath and over-top. A true innovator, these solos showcase an artist unadorned, free to pursue his musical alchemy.
Online
2011
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James Blood Ulmer [electronic resource]: Solos-the Jazz Sessions

James "Blood" Ulmer is one of the few guitarists to have forged a style based largely on the traditions of African-American vernacular music. Ulmer is an adherent of saxophonist/composer Ornette Coleman's vaguely defined Harmelodic theory and plays with a stuttering, vocalic attack; his jagged lines speak with the authority of a free jazz improviser and the accent of a soul-jazz tenor saxophonist. His solo guitar work is an expressive, hard-edged, loudly amplified hybrid. But Ulmer isn't limited in his musical scope. In these sessions for Solos: The Jazz Sessions, he reveals himself to be an instant inventor of repute on the flute and a memorable songwriter and blues singer with the now classic "Are you Glad to be in America?
Online
2011
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Greg Osby & John Abercrombie [electronic resource]: Solos-the Jazz Sessions

Guitarist John Abercrombie combines bop and free jazz stylistic elements with electronics utilizing phase shifters, guitar synthesizers and the good old volume pedal. What has kept his playing fresh is his refusal to be chained to these digital devices. Saxophonist, composer, producer and educator Greg Osby has made an indelible mark on contemporary jazz as a leader of his own ensembles and as a guest artist with other acclaimed jazz groups for the past 20 years. Highly regarded for his insightful and innovative approach to composition and performance, Osby is a shining beacon among the current generation of jazz musicians.
Online
2011
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Lee Konitz [electronic resource]: Solos-the Jazz Sessions

One of the most individual of all alto saxophone players, the cool-toned Lee Konitz has always had a strong musical curiosity that has led him to consistently take chances and stretch himself, usually quite successfully. This performance for Solos: The Jazz Sessions offers viewers front row seats for an intimate and unique jazz experience.
Online
2011