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Jazz & Movies


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Jazz & Movies

  1. 1. Jazz & movies 10 best movies about jazz
  2. 2. The Jazz Singer (1927) <ul><li>In this first feature-length talkie (and first musical), the main character, played by Al Jolson, must choose between a jazz career and his traditional Jewish father; unfortunately, the ending includes the famous black-faced rendition of &quot;Mammy.&quot; </li></ul>
  3. 3. Paradise in Harlem (1939) <ul><li>A performer's career is cut short by a mob killing. All-Black cast. Includes song and dance numbers by Harlem greats like blues singer Mamie Smith and others. </li></ul>
  4. 4. New Orleans (1947) <ul><li>Trite plot set in Storyville and the French Quarter of New Orleans provides opportunities for good jazz performances by Louis Armstrong, Billie Holliday, Kid Ory, and other jazz greats. </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Benny Goodman Story (1955) <ul><li>The rise to fame of clarinetist and swing band leader Benny Goodman, played by Steve Allen. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Paris Blues (1961) <ul><li>Two jazzmen (black Sidney Poitier and white Paul Neuman) compete in Paris; includes a strong love story between Poitier and Diahann Carol, a role by Louis Armstrong, and Duke Ellington's music </li></ul>
  7. 7. Lady Sings the Blues (1972) <ul><li>The tragic life of jazz singer Billie Holiday, played by Diana Ross. One of the few woman-focused jazz movies. </li></ul>
  8. 8. The Cotton Club (1984) <ul><li>1920s black tap dancer (Gregory Hines) and white cornetist (Richard Gere) struggle for success while dealing with bootlegging mobsters; includes good recreations of some of the famous Cotton Club performances (Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, dancers, etc.). </li></ul>
  9. 9. Tune in Tomorrow (1990) <ul><li>Crazy New Orleans comedy, with a wonderful jazz soundtrack by Wynton Marsalis. Stars Barbara Hershey, Keanu Reeves, Peter Falk. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Sweet and Lowdown (1999) <ul><li>Woody Allen's story of a (fictional) jazz guitarist with a big ego, played by Sean Penn. Careful recreation of 1920s and 30s jazz scene and music. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Ray (2004) <ul><li>Ray is a 2004 biographical film focusing on thirty years of the life of rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles. The independently produced film was directed by Taylor Hackford and starred Jamie Foxx in the title role; Foxx received an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance. </li></ul>