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The Frank Strazzeri Film

The Frank Strazzeri Film

Thanks to Rifftides reader Marla Kleman for sending an alert to the posting of a film about one of the late pianist Frank Strazzeri’s loveliest albums. Strazzeri died last year at about this time. He was 84. The album was his Woodwinds West with saxophonists Bill Perkins, Bob Cooper and Jack Nimitz, bassist Dave Stone and ...

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"Marcus," The Film About Marcus Miller

"Marcus," The Film About Marcus Miller

In the documentary film Marcus, Patrick Savey gives us a unique view into this legendary bassist’s world, capturing his New York roots in Jamaica, Queens and following his path as he meets masters of jazz like Larry Graham, Jaco Pastorius, David Sanborn, Herbie Hancock, Al Jarreau and Miles Davis. The film is a fantastic visual and ...

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Virtual Reality Concerts: Music TV Network REVOLT Partners With Jaunt

Virtual Reality Concerts: Music TV Network REVOLT Partners With Jaunt

Virtual reality is the hyped to be the breakthrough technology of 2015. Now, TV network REVOLT has partnered with hardware and software company Jaunt to bring the VR experience to concerts. REVOLT SVP of sales and partnerships, Mike Roche, announced at SXSW Music a first-in-class music partnership with Jaunt, the company building the hardware and software ...

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Former RCA, MTV Execs Near Launch Of CÜR Music Streaming Service

Former RCA, MTV Execs Near Launch Of CÃR Music Streaming Service

Yes, yet another streaming music service is nearing launch. Led by former top executives at MTV and RCA,  CÜR Music promises a “next generation" and “immersive" music experience. CÜR Media announced today that it has entered into a digital content streaming agreement with MediaNet to licence 22 million tracks from all the major and 80,000 indie labels. Led ...

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New Biopic Documentary On Mary Lou Williams Features Carmen Lundy

New Biopic Documentary On Mary Lou Williams Features Carmen Lundy

Critically-acclaimed vocalist, songwriter, producer and musician Carmen Lundy will be featured in the upcoming biopic documentary about Jazz Great Mary Lou Williams, The Lady Who Swings The Band, directed by filmmaker Carol Bash which premiered at The Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles February 6th. In addition to speaking on film, Carmen also performs the ...

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Chet Baker: Italian Movies

Chet Baker: Italian Movies

Italy was an ideal setting for Chet Baker's romantic trumpet in 1959. When he arrived in Europe that year and began touring, Italy's art and passion held a special charm and allure for him. He had been to Rome briefly in 1958, comfortably getting his hooks into fans for cash, meals and narcotics. A second, longer ...

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Super Bowl's Jazzy Halftimes

Super Bowl's Jazzy Halftimes

Yesterday's Super Bowl was amazing—perhaps the most astonishing finish in NFL history. But the halftime show was a bit of a disappointment. A little too playful and silly for me, and not nearly enough intensity or drama. Which reminded me that in the beginning, the Super Bowl halftime show was a modest jazzy affair. The turning ...

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New Jazz Film "They Died Before 40" Seeks Help With Photographs

New Jazz Film "They Died Before 40" Seeks Help With Photographs

They Died Before 40, a new jazz film with licensing concerns needs help from the jazz community. In order for the film to be shown publicly all photographs and music must be licensed. There are over 600 photographs and graphic images in the film. It has been determined that about 100 are in the public domain ...

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Music Education Monday: Behind the score of Birdman with drummer Antonio Sanchez

Music Education Monday: Behind the score of Birdman with drummer Antonio Sanchez

The Academy Award nominated film Birdman, now playing in theaters across the US, has won acclaim for its script, cinematography, lead performance by Michael Keaton, and the musical score created by drummer Antonio Sanchez. Perhaps best known to jazz fans for his work with guitarist Pat Metheny, Sanchez (pictured) unfortunately was eliminated from consideration in this ...

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Robert Herridge: Jazz on TV

Robert Herridge: Jazz on TV

Up until 1955, modern jazz was largely a punchline. The music wasn't easy to understand by those who grew up listening to big bands and other forms of pop and dance music, and many post-war jazz musicians seemed silly in their cool extreme—people with names like Dizzy, Monk, Chubby, Hawk, Shorty and Bird who recorded for ...


 

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