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Curated Lists 2021


A Masterpiece by Midnight (2000)

During the Sixties, jazz is in trouble. Many jazz musicians head for Europe., while at home jazz searches for relevance. Jazz combines with rock and roll to form a popular sound called fusion. However in 1976 , a new generation emerges, led by Wynton Marsalis .Jazz is brand new every night, still evolving and still swinging. (1hr 48mins)

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Chico y Rita (2010)

Chico is a young piano player with big dreams, Rita a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and desire unite them. Soundtrack by the legendary Cuban pianist and Grammy -winning composer Bebo Valdes. Chico & Rita captures a defining moment in the evolution of history of jazz. (1hr 33mins)

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Our Language (2000)

As the stock market continues to soar jazz is everywhere in America, and now for the first time soloists and singers take center stage, transforming the music with their distinctive voices and the unique stories they have to tell. (1hr 50mins)

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Swing: Pure Pleasure (2000)

As the great Depression drags on, big band jazz -swing - becomes what some fans would say -the most popular music in America. (1hr 26mins)

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A Tuba to Cuba (2018)

Follows New Orleans’ famed Preservation hall Jazz Band as they retrace their musical roots from the storied city of jazz to the shores of Cuba and in turn discover a connection that runs much deeper than could have been imagined. (1hr 23mins)

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Dedicated to Chaos (2000)

Young rebels take jazz in startling new directions, but their innovations are largely unnoticed amidst the war effort. In Europe, jazz is banned by the Nazis and embraced by their opponents as a symbol of freedom and democracy. (1hr 55mins)

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Gumbo (2000)

Jazz is born in the unique musical and social cauldron of New Orleans at the turn of the 20th century, emerging from such genres as ragtime, marching bands, work songs, spirituals, European classical music, funeral parade music and the blues. (1hr 26mins)

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Strange Fruit (2002)

Recorded by jazz legend Billie Holiday in 1939, it is considered the first significant song of the civil rights movement and the first significant song of the civil rights movement and the first direct assault upon racial lynchings in the South (57mins)

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