A documentary that follows jazz legend Clark Terry over four years to document the mentorship between Terry and 23-year-old blind piano prodigy Justin Kauflin as the young man prepares to compete in an elite, international competition.
Set at the Newport jazz festival in 1958, this documentary mixes images of water and the town with performers and audience. The film progresses from day to night and from improvisational music to Gospel. It's a concert film that suggests peace and leisure, jazz at a particular time and place.Written by
Features one of the rare film appearances of two of the greatest jazz artists of all times: New Orleans-born trumpeter Louis Armstrong and Texas-born trombonist Jack Teagarden. When Armstrong formed his six-piece All Stars in 1946 Jack, who was white, was asked to join. The obvious affection these two great performers felt for each other's singing, clowning and playing is particularly evident in their classic performance of "Old Rocking Chair." After Armstrong was invited to return his home town after many years away, he insisted Teagarden join him on the stage. The city refused to let a white man and a Negro play together. Armstrong eventually returned to his native New Orleans, and performed at the very first New Orleans Jazz Festival. Coincidentally, along with Mahalia Jackson- his costar in this film. See more »
Great easygoing film of the Newport Jazz festival in 1958. Remarkable performances by Monk, Baker, Jackson and Armstrong.
Also notable as a benchmark of race relations in this country on the eve of the Civil Rights Movement. Although, we learned from the IMDb that most of the audience shots were staged by the filmmaker in NYC after the concert, the shots of Louis Armstrong and Jack Teagarten performing together presaged the better world Rev. King spoke about a few years later.
It's also good to know that pianist George Wein, who produced the first Newport Jazz Festival in 1954, is back at the helm of the 2010 festival. Talk about perennial hipsters -- check out this year's lineup: http://newportjazzfest.net/index.php
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