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"Crescendo" is the story of the creation and continuing evolution of jazz. The film follows jazz legend Wynton Marsalis and his 15-member band, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. From his youth in New Orleans, the epicenter of jazz, to his 20-year career as the Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, Inc., "Crescendo" gives an inside look of Marsalis as he lives the life of musician, composer, bandleader, teacher and leading advocate of American culture. Using a biographical style of filmmaking, "Crescendo" weaves the stories of Marsalis and his band members to produce a view into the world of modern jazz. It delves into their public and personal lives through music and interviews with influential leaders, celebrities, family, friends and fellow musicians. "Crescendo" takes viewers on an intimate journey of how musicians of varied cultures come together to make beautiful music.
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