Friday, April 9, 2010

Jazz Appreciation Month: Jazz DVDs

photo of Great Day in Harlem
The Educational Resources Collection on the Lower Level has many DVDs of jazz performances. The Jazz Icons Series (DVD Video 5243-5249 and 5283-5291) features archival footage of jazz greats performing live in the 1950s and 1960s. Two performances by Dave Brubeck from 1964 and 1966 comprise DVD Video 5346 from this series.

Some other jazz videos:

Ken Burns' Jazz the 10-part TV mini-series by Ken Burns (DVD Video 3523-3532)

Birth of the Blues, a 1941 film in which Bing Crosby portrays a Basin Street musician.

Blues in the night, a 1941 film by Warner Brothers about a traveling jazz band.

The Coltrane Connection. Live performances from television broadcasts of the 1950s and 1960s.

Diana Krall Live in Paris. Filmed live in 2002.

Ella Fitzgerald: the Legendary First Lady of Song

From the Mouthpiece on Back is a documentary about young jazz musicians in post-Katrina New Orleans.

A Great Day in Harlem interviews of the famous musicians involved in the 1958 photograph by Art Kane (above).

Hallelujah, the 1929 film with authentic performances and dancing, including a tap dance by the Nicholas brothers as children.

Jaco Pastorius, Loud and Outrageous. Live performance by the great fusion bass player from the International Festival in Montreal.

'Round Midnight, features saxophonist Dexter Gordon portraying an alcoholic jazz musician in New York and Paris.

Sonny Rollins: Saxophone Colossus, a film by BSU professor Robert Mugge. Includes live performances and interviews.

Vintage Collection: 1958-1961 Television performances by some of the top talent of the era.

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