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How Ken Burns Murdered Jazz

Ken Burn’s interminable documentary Jazz starts with a wrong premise and degenerates from there. Burns heralds jazz as the great American contribution to world music and sets it up as a kind of roadmap to racial relations across the 20th century. But surely that distinction belongs to the blues, the music born on the plantations of ...

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"Blue Gold" Documentary Featuring Icons Of Music And Fashion Screens At The Hollywood Film Festival

"Blue Gold" Documentary Featuring Icons Of Music And Fashion Screens At The Hollywood Film Festival

Hollywood, CA - Blue Gold is documentary film highlighting icons of music and fashion screens at the Hollywood Film Festival this Friday, October 18th. “BLUE GOLD" is a feature documentary years in the making about the global, cultural impact of American blue jeans. From fashion history and subculture aspiration to the lost tradition of American manufacturing, ...

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Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Sundance Hit "Whiplash"

New York, NY - Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all North American, Australian, New Zealand and German rights to Damien Chazelle’s feature Whiplash. The film, which played as the 2014 Sundance Film Festival’s opening night film, received rave reviews. Written by Chazelle, Whiplash stars Miles Teller (THE SPECTACULAR NOW) and J.K. Simmons ...

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Denise Donatelli Vocalizes The Simpson's 26th Season Premiere

Denise  Donatelli Vocalizes The Simpson's 26th Season Premiere

Fox has a big surprise in store for its flagship program, “The Simpsons," when it debuts its 26th season premiere this fall. It seems that the death of a popular character will take place during the show's first episode of the new season. While “Simpsons" staff are mum on just who will perish in the episode, ...

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First Look: Don Cheadle as Miles Davis in biopic 'Miles Ahead'

First Look: Don Cheadle as Miles Davis in biopic 'Miles Ahead'

Actor Don Cheadle’s obsession with Miles Davis began as a child with the jazz trumpeter’s album Porgy and Bess, a beloved staple of his family’s music collection. Now, Cheadle will make his feature film directorial debut with a crowdfunded biopic on Davis that will focus on the musician’s transition into music after a five-year hiatus—otherwise known ...

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"Jazz Unlimited" to Re-Air Documentary on St. Louis Jazz History Starting Sunday, July 6

Starting this coming Sunday, July 6, Dennis Owsley's “Jazz Unlimited" program will begin re-broadcasting Owsley's ten-part audio documentary on “The Jazz History of St. Louis." “This ten-week documentary is the second longest music documentary in the history of radio and certainly the longest music documentary in St. Louis radio (I did the second longest in St. ...

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Documentary: Bobby Womack

Soul singer-songwriter Bobby Womack died on Friday, June 27, at age 70. His career lasted 50 years, and he played a role in the recording careers of Sam Cooke, Sly Stone, the Rolling Stones and many other artists. His heartfelt sound is probably closest to Marvin Gaye and his influence was substantial, connecting gospel to romantic ...

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Don Cheadle pays tribute to jazz hero with "Miles Ahead"

Don Cheadle pays tribute to jazz hero with "Miles Ahead"

Using crowdfunding site Indiegogo, Don Cheadle announces he'll pay homage to hero and jazz legend Miles Davis. Don Cheadle is making a movie about Miles Davis, but he's quick to stress: It's not a biopic. “Standard biopics touch all the standard benchmarks for five seconds, then move on," Cheadle says. “They don't tell you a full ...


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