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Documentaries: Streaming on Kanopy
Blue Note Records: Beyond the Note
Sophie Huber, Director - 2019. 87 minutes
Kanopy: "One of the most important record labels in the history of jazz -- and, by extension, that of American music -- BLUE NOTE RECORDS has been home to such groundbreaking artists as Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, and Art Blakey. Through rare archival footage, current recording sessions and conversations with jazz icons and today's groundbreaking musicians, this thrilling documentary reveals a powerful mission and illuminates the vital connections between jazz and hip hop."
Jazz on a Summer's Day
Bert Stern, Director - 1959. 83 minutes
Kanopy: "Filmed at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island and directed by world-renowned photographer Bert Stern, Jazz on a Summer's Day features intimate performances by an all-star line-up of musical legends including Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk, Gerry Mulligan, Anita O'Day, Chuck Berry, Dinah Washington, and closes with a beautiful rendition of The Lord's Prayer by Mahalia Jackson at midnight to usher in Sunday morning."
The Jazz Loft According to W. Eugene Smith
Sara Fishko, Director - 2016. 89 minutes.
Kanopy: "In the 1950s, dozens of jazz musicians jam night after night in a dilapidated New York loft building, not realizing they are all being captured in sound and pictures by acclaimed LIFE Magazine photographer W. Eugene Smith, who lives in the loft space next door.....In a layering of interviews, vignettes and powerful melodies from famed musicians, director and WNYC producer Sara Fishko (Fishko Files) recreates the vibrant culture of New York's mid-century jazz era for the modern day viewer, resurrecting the voices captured in each of Smith's evocative photographs."