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BBC Doc: Yacht Rock

BBC Doc: Yacht Rock

With July 4th on a Thursday this year in the U.S., next week is pretty much a wash. Many people are taking off, turning the first week in July into a sweltering version of the week between Christmas and New Year. Today, you can literally hear New York quiet down to a hush. Since it's Friday ...

Watch Trailer For Bob Dylan’s ‘Rolling Thunder Revue’ Martin Scorsese Netflix Doc

Watch Trailer For Bob Dylan’s ‘Rolling Thunder Revue’ Martin Scorsese Netflix Doc

“It wasn’t a success, not if you measure success in terms of profit,” Bob Dylan says of the 1975 Rolling Thunder Review tour in his first on-camera interview in over a decade. The Martin Scorsese produced documentary will be released ion Netflix and in select theaters on June 12th. According to Netflix “Setting out across a ...

The Bebop Channel Expands As 'Official Television Network Of Harlem'—Seeks Content Submissions

The Bebop Channel Expands As 'Official Television Network Of Harlem'—Seeks Content Submissions

The BeBop Channel, the first TV station focused solely on jazz culture is expanding programming to brand itself the 'Official Television Network of Harlem'. The BeBop Channel (beboptv.com), the first television station focused solely on jazz culture, which launched in December 2018, is expanding its programming to brand itself the 'Official Television Network of Harlem' and ...

Music Is More Important Than Sex, TV, Coffee New Sonos Survey Shows

Music Is More Important Than Sex, TV, Coffee New Sonos Survey Shows

Sonos has released the findings of a worldwide survey and US-based field study that demonstrates the power of audio to impact health, well-being and creativity. Globally, people who listen to music three or more hours a day say it is more essential than coffee, sex, or TV. The  global survey of 12,000 people across 12 countries found ...

Doc: Ben Webster in Europe

Doc: Ben Webster in Europe

In this 31-minute documentary of Ben Webster in Europe in 1967, there are whimsical moments and moments of great artistry. In '67, Webster moved to Amsterdam for a year, where director Johan van der Keuken captured him on film between March and June. It's a vastly humanistic mid-length portrait that showcases Webster's sense of humor and ...

Documentary: Jackie McLean

Documentary: Jackie McLean

For New Yorkers of a certain age, Gil Noble is a familiar name. Noble died in 2012, but from 1968 to 1986, he was seen often as an anchor on WABC-TV's Eyewitness News and as host of Like It Is, a long-running WABC documentary series on black artists. On July 28, 1983, Noble interviewed alto saxophonist ...

The Bebop Channel Launches Aiming to Disrupt Traditional Jazz Media

The Bebop Channel Launches Aiming to Disrupt Traditional Jazz Media

The first television station focused solely on jazz culture launched this week; The BeBop Channel is an OTT channel available at beboptv.com and on Amazon Prime Video. The channel, identified as “Jazz – Hip Hop all Grown Up”, was created out of the realization that jazz lovers are relegated to PBS-style documentaries if they have interest ...

How Thomas Newman’s Score For “American Beauty” Flipped The Script On Film Music

How Thomas Newman’s Score For “American Beauty” Flipped The Script On Film Music

With its 20th anniversary in sight, Sam Mendes' film American Beauty has received its share of both critical acclaim and controversy, but it is perhaps less often remembered for its groundbreaking and game-changing score. Guest post by Alex Wilson of Soundfly's Flypaper 2019 will be the 20th anniversary of Sam Mendes’ critically acclaimed and controversial film American Beauty. Anyone who ...

Skip Martin: TV Jazz Themes

Skip Martin: TV Jazz Themes

One of the first arrangers and bandleaders to take on Henry Mancini's music was Skip Martin (above). In the summer of 1958, Martin, one of the most prolific arrangers of the swing era, recorded TV Jazz Themes with his “video all stars" for Los Angeles's Somerset label. The six Mancini selections on the album from the ...

Jeff Sultanof On An Important Film Reborn

Jeff Sultanof On An Important Film Reborn

Composer, arranger, educator and jazz authority Jeff Sultanof occasionally honors Rifftides with his insights. This is one of those happy occasions. Jeff has seen a restoration of King Of Jazz, a pioneering film from the days when motion picture studios had decided that sound was here to stay. King Of Jazz: A Guest Review By Jeff ...