Thursday, April 5, 2012
Jazz Appreciation Month: Jazz in the Movies
Stormy Weather (1943) -- includes the dance routine by the Nicholas Brothers that Fred Astaire described as the "best filmed dance sequence ever." Also featuring Lena Horne, and the Cab Calloway big band.
DVD Video 6313
Birth of the Blues (1946) -- a story about Dixieland jazz, featuring trombonist Jack Teagarden. The DVD includes Blue Skies (1941), with music by Irving Berlin.
DVD Video 6337
Anatomy of a Murder (1959) -- Otto Preminger film starring Jimmy Stewart, with music by Duke Ellington.
DVD Video 267
'Round Midnight (1968) -- stars saxophonist Dexter Gordon as a troubled sax player. The film score is by Herbie Hancock.
Buena Vista Social Club (1999) -- documentary about musicians in Havana
DVD Video 413
Sweet and Lowdown (2004) -- about the conflict between acoustic and electrified jazz. Music by Dick Hyman
DVD Video 2052
These videos are available from the Educational Resources Collections.