Jazz Videos in UO Libraries
Jazz Videos in Knight Library's Video Collection
The African American cinema. II. The scar of shame (1926) and Sissle and Blake (1923)
New York : Unapix Consumer Products, c1995.
1 videocassette (80 min.) : sd., b&w ; 1/2 in. + 1 film guide ( p. : 18 cm.) VHS.
NOTES: The scar of shame (2nd work): rare silent film with new piano score added.
SUMMARY: Two early films of the African American cinema:
Sissle and Blake was a short filmed in Lee De Forest's New York studio with his sound-on-film process in 1923, four years before Hollywood began to experiment with sound. Pianist Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle perform their jazz composition "Affectionate Dan" and a jazzed-up spiritual.
Scar of shame: In no film was the racial theme more apparent than in this story about an ill-matched marriage between a black concert pianist and a poor, lower class black woman. Secretly ashamed of her, the young man keeps his wife hidden from his socially-prominent middle-class mother. Despite the melodrama, it is a strong statement on the issues of class and the color caste system which existed within the African-American community. This was the first film of the Colored Players Film Corp. of Philadelphia.
All Star Swing Festival.
SUMMARY: Hosted by Doc Severinson at New York's Lincoln Center, the following performers are featured: Ella Fitzgerald/ Count Basie; The Original Benny Goodman Quartet (with Lionel Hampton, Teddy Wilson & Gene Krupa); Duke Ellington and his Orchestra; Dave Brubeck Quartet; Joe Williams; Paul =Desmond (and others).
Anything for Jazz.
NY: Rhapsody Films, 1986.
25 mins., B&W
SUMMARY: Features Jaki Byard, Ron Carter, and Bill Evans.
Bessie Smith & Friends, 1929-1941.
Rahway,NJ: Jazz Classics, 198-?
39 mins. B&W.
SUMMARY: Features: Bessie Smith, Nicholas Brothers, Lena Horne, Eubie Blake, Nina Mae McKinney, Teddy Wilson, Albert Ammons, Pete Johnson.
Bill Evans, Jazz Pianist, On the Creative Process and Self- Teaching.
NY: Rhapsody Films, 198-.
SUMMARY: Evans explains his step-by-step jazz process for playing Star Eyes-frombasic melody on out. He then plays several of his compositions, without improvisation.
Black Jazz and Blues.
Sandy Hook,CT: Video Images, 1984.
SUMMARY: Features: Bessie Smith (St. Louis Blues), w/James P.Johnson; Duke Ellington and his Orchestra (Symphony in Black, w/Billie Holiday); and Louis Jordan and his Tympany 5 (Caldonia).
[Huntsville, Texas : Educational Video Network : Crest Video Marketing, c1982.
2 videocassettes (59 min. ea.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.VHS
CAST: Part 1: Linda Hopkins, B.B. King, Leata Galloway, Ernie Andrews, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Vi Redd, Pee Wee Crayton, Jimmy Rushing, Bessie Smith, All Star Band; Pt. 2: Joe Williams, Mamie Smith, Paula Kelly, Esther Phillips, Bobby McGee, Addie, Buddy Guy and Jr. Wells, Dorothy Donigan.
SUMMARY: Concert featuring many important blues singers and musicians,
Blues and Swing.
NY: CMV Enterprises, 1988.
79 min., color.
SUMMARY: Features Wynton Marsalis in concert with his quartet, as well as in workshops conducted with students at Harvard University and the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C.
University,MS: Center for the study of Southern Culture, 1980?
SUMMARY: Portrait of Mississippi blues singerFred McDowell.
Bluesland : a portrait in American music.
New York : BMG Video, c1993
1 videocassette (ca. 85 min)(VHS) : sd., col. and b&w ; 1/2 in
NOTES: Hosted by Keith David, with Albert Murray, Robert Palmer
NOTES: This video explores the blues-- with all its poetic irony and sly humor, its eroticism and timeless power. It traces its roots from the beginning of the 20th Century through the Mississippi Delta to Louisiana, Texas, Kansas City and Chicago.
It includes music by: Son House, Leadbelly, Big Bill Broonzy, Bessie Smith, Count Basie, Louis Jordan, Jimmy Rushing, T-Bone Walker, Big Joe Turner, Sonny Boy Williamson, Muddy Waters, Dinah Washington and many others
Call of the Jitterbug.
NY: Filmakers Library, 1988.
35 min., color with b&w.
SUMMARY: Swing musicians from the 1930s argue the derivation of the Jitterbug from the Lindy Hop. Performers include: Harlem Blues and Jazz Band, the Swing Now Trio, Cab Calloway, Jimmy Lunceford, Earl Hines, Chick Webb, Harry James.Appearances by Margaret Batiuchok, Bill Dillard, Sandra Gibson, Dizzy Gillespie, Delilah Jackson, George Lloyd, Frank Manning, Norma Miller, Mama Lu Potts.
Celebrating Bird : the triumph of Charlie Parker.
[United States?] : T. Byron/Multiprises : Sony Video Software Co.: Pioneer Artists, c1987.
1 videocassette (58 min., 30 sec.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences; 1/2 in. VHS.
SUMMARY:Film clips, silent footage, and interviews with Rebecca Parker Davis, Leonard Feather, Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Haynes, Jay McShann, Frank Morgan, Chan Parker, and Roy Porter.
Celebrating Bird : the triumph of Charlie Parker.
W. Long Branch, NJ : Kultur, c1987.
1 videocassette (58 min., 30 sec.) : sd., col. and b&w ; 1/2 in. VHS.
NOTES: In film clips, photos, and interviews, Parker's life is traced from Kansas City to the New York jazz scene of the 1950s.
Charles Mingus : Triumph of the underdog.
[S.l.] : Shanachie Entertainment Corp., 1998.
1 videocassette (78 min.) : sd., col. and b&w ; 1/2 in. VHS
NOTES: "Performances include Epitaph, Peggy's blue skylight, Better get hit in your soul, So long Eric, Sue's changes, Goodbye Porkpie hat and many more"--Container.
SUMMARY: The first comprehensive documentary of Afro-American jazz bassist, bandleader and composer Charles Mingus who led a tumultuous life filled with trauma and frustration, joy and creativity. Nine years in the making and exhaustively researched, virtually everything used in the film is extraordinarily rare. Abundant clips of Mingus in performance in the 1960s and 1970s perfectly illustrate the many faces and tortured heart of a musical genius.
Chick Corea: Keyboard Workshop.
NY: DCI Music Video, 1987.
60 min., Color.
SUMMARY: Chick's insights into the art and technique of making music. He explains and demonstrates his approach to practicing, improvising and composing.
The Coltrane Legacy.
NY: Video artists Int'l, 1985.
61 min., color & b&w
SUMMARY: John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy, McCoy Tyner,Reggie Workman, Elvin Jones, Jimmy Garrison, Jimmy Cobb.
Count Basie and Friends.
Rahway, NJ: Jazz Classics Videos,1987.
32 min., B&W
SUMMARY: Featuring Count Basie and his orchestra, Bobby Brooks, Delta Rhythm Boys, Jimmy Rushing, and Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five.
Count Basie swingin' the blues.
New York, N.Y. : BMG Video, 1993.
1 videocassette (60 min.) : sd., b&w and col. ; 1/2 in. Stereo
NOTES:Narrated by Roscoe Lee Browne with Harry "Sweets" Edison, Al Grey, Haywood Henry, Illinois Jacquet, Jimmy Lewis, Jay McShann, Grover Mitchell, Albert Murray, Buddy Tate, Earle Warren, Claude Williams, Joe Williams.
CONTENTS:Air mail special -- Dickie's dream -- One o'clock jump -- Shorty George -- Texas shuffle -- Topsy -- Swingin' at the Daisy Chain -- Blue and sentimental -- Every tub -- Lester's blues -- Basie jam -- Boogie woogie -- Take me back baby -- Climbin' and screamin' -- Moten swing -- Doggin' around -- Jumpin' at the Woodside -- Swingin' the blues -- Pocket full of keys -- Basie's conversation -- Five o'clock in the morning -- Every day I have the blues -- Strike up the band -- Blues in Hoss Flat -- Corner pocket -- I left my baby.
SUMMARY:"... a distinguished group of Basie alumni -- including early band members Sweets Edison, Earle Warren and Claude Williams and later stars like Buddy Tate, Illinois Jacquet and Joe Williams -- have come together to lend their insight to this film, in probing on-camera interviews and an unprecedented round-table reminiscence. Basie himself appears in revealing interview clips from various stages of his life. And, most importantly, there is the music: vintage performance footage beginning in the late 1930s, and master recordings of the greatest Basie sessions"--Container.
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra, 1929-1952; Stars of the Cotton Club.
Rahway, NJ: Jazz Classics, 1987.
33 minutes. b&w.
SUMMARY: Duke Ellington and his orchestra, Fredi Washington, Billie Holiday, and Whitey's Lindy Hoppers.
Ed Thigpen on Jazz Drumming.
NY: DCI Music Video, 1983.
60 min., color.
SUMMARY: Discusses the basics of jazz drumming, the derivation of the basic jazz ride pattern, phrasing, and brush technique.
Electric Workshop with Chick Corea.
NY: DCI Music Video, 1988.
60 min., color.
SUMMARY: Chick's approach to synthesizers. Shows the steps he takes to create sounds and how he goes about layering these sounds.
An Evening with Ray Charles.
Universal City,CA: MCA Videocassette, 1981.
The evolution of solo jazz piano ./ by Bill Dobbins.
Rottenburg N., Germany : Advance Music, 1990.
2 videocassettes (100 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
NOTES: Pt. 1 illustrates the stylistic approaches of traditional jazz pianists Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton, James P. Johnson, Willie "The Lion" Smith, Earl "Fatha" Hines, Thomas "Fats" Waller, Teddy Wilson, Duke Ellington, Art Tatum, Meade Lux Lewis, Pete Johnson, and Jimmy Yancey. Pt. 2 illustrates the stylistic approaches of modern jazz pianists Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, Oscar Peterson, Erroll Garner, Lennie Tristano, Bill Evans, Clare Fischer, Jimmy Rowles, Cecil Taylor, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, and Richie Beirach.
CONTENTS:Pt. 1. Traditional styles -- pt. 2. Modern styles.
New York : Lightyear Video : Distributed in the U.S. by BMG,1993.
1 videocassette (58 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. VHS.
CONTENTS: The hole (15:00) / Dizzy Gillespie, George Mathews -- The hat (18:00) / Dizzy Gillespie, Dudley Moore -- Dig (25:00) / Maureen Stapleton, Jack Warden ; music by Quincy Jones.
SUMMARY:Collection of three animated films. The Hole features two construction workers debating the fate of the world from under the streets of New York. The Hat features two soldiers patrolling the border between hostile countries, and the conflict that arises when one drops his helmet over the line.
In the final film, Dig, a boy and his dog follow a talking boulder under the earth's crust to discover its inner mysteries.
In a Jazz Way: a Portrait of Mura Dehn.
NY: Filmmakers Library, 1986, 1985.
30 min., color.
SUMMARY: Portrait of Mura Dehn, dancer.
International Sweethearts of Rhythm:America's Hottest All-Girl Band.
NY: Cinema Guilde, 1986.
30 min., color.
SUMMARY: Features: Anna Mae Winburn; Tiny Davis; Rosalind "Roz" Cron; Helen Jones; Helen Saine; Evelyn McGee.
Jaco Pastorius: Modern Electric Bass.
NY: DCI Music Video, 1985.
90 min., color.
Jazz on a summer's day.
New York, N.Y. : New Yorker Video c1987.
1 videocassette (84 min.) sd. col. ; 1/2 in. VHS
CAST:Louis Armstrong, Anita O'Day, Thelonious Monk, Chuck Berry, Mahalia Jackson, Dinah Washington.
SUMMARY:Takes a look at the music, musicians, and spectators at the Newport Jazz Festival, 1958. Includes performances by Louis Armstrong, Anita O'Day, Thelonious Monk, Chuck Berry, Mahalia Jackson, Dinah Washington, and many others.
NY: IFEX Films, 1984.
80 min., color.
SUMMARY: When jazz is condemned at his music school as a product of a bourgeois society, a young man forms a street jazz band and finds some benefactors to help the band gain recognition in the Soviet Union of the 1920s.
Lady day : the many faces of Billie Holiday.
Long Beach, N.J. : Kultur, 1991
1 videocassette (VHS) (60 min.) : sd., col. and b&w, stereo. ; 1/ 2 in
NOTES: Billie Holiday's words read by Ruby Dee
CAST: Ruby Dee, Buck Clayton, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Milt Gabler, Carmen McRae, Albert Murray, Annie Ross, Mal Waldron
NOTES:This sparkling documentary features rare TV and movie clips, along with commentary by a stellar group of jazz instrumentalists and singers who knew her well
The Land where the blues began.
Beverly Hills, CA : Pacific Arts Video : PBS Home Video, c1990
1 videocassette (60 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in VHS format
NOTES: Songs and stories about America hosted by Alan Lomax
NOTES: A documentary about the music of the Mississippi Delta, considered to be the land where the blues began
Larry Clinton & his Orchestra, 1939.
Hollywood,CA: Swingtime Video, 1984.
SUMMARY: Also: Jimmy Dorsey & his Orchestra,1940; Red Nichols and his "Pennies" Orchestra, 1935; Bunny Berigan with the Freddie Rich Orchestra, 1936; Ina Ray Hutton & her Melodears, 1936-37.
Lenny White in Clinic.
NY: DCI Music Video, 1983.
60 mins., color.
SUMMARY: Clinic on jazz drumming.
Liberty Street blues.
[Ottawa? : Film Board of Canada, 1988]
1 videocassette (VHS) (78 min) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
SUMMARY:Brings the universal passion for New Orleans music to life through the stories of band members and street musicians.
Listening to jazz.
Englewood Cliffs, N.J. : Prentice-Hall, c1992.
1 videocassette (52 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. VHS.
PERFORMERS:Musicians: Ramon Arias, Rob Citron, Steven D. Gryb, Scott M. Klarman, John Kricker, Dennis Marks, Heidi Pollyea, Dale Sloman.
SUMMARY: Video demonstrates and explains the different basic concepts, techniques, and instrument sounds you hear while listening to jazz.
Louie Bellson: the Musical Drummer.
60 mins., color.
SUMMARY: Demonstration, with explanations, of jazz drumming techniques.
Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra,1942-1965.
Rahway,NJ: Video Fidelity, 1986.
33 min., b&w
SUMMARY: Featuring Louis Armstrong and his orchestra, Sidney Catlett, Velma Middleton, Louis Russell, Buster Bailey, Buddy Catlett, George Washington.
[S.l.] : MPI Home Video, c1988,1987.
1 videocassette (92 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. VHS format.
CAST: Roosevelt Barnes, Joe Cooper, Hayward Mills, and others. Bertrand Tavernier and Yannick Bernard, with Les Films A2, Univ. of Mississippi.
SUMMARY:A film about southern culture and music, poor people who create art out of their lives, and the enduring cross cultural friendship of two unusual moviemakers.
Pepper's Pow Wow.
Seattle, Wash. : Upstream Productions, c1995.
1 videocassette (56 min., 40 sec.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 1/2 in. VHS.
NOTES: A documentary presenting Jim Pepper's music and the Oklahoma tribal roots from which it came.
NY: Video Artists Int'l, 1986.
63 min., color & b&w.
SUMMARY: Features: Chick Corea; Willie "the Lion"Smith, Meade Lux Lewis, Earl "Fatha" Hines; Mary Lou Williams; Thomas "Fats" Waller; Art Tatum; Oscar Peterson; Marian McPartland; Teddy Wilson; Bud Powell; Thelonious Monk; Horace Silver; Mal Waldron; McCoy Tyner; John Lewis; Duke Ellington; Lennie Tristano; Dave Brubeck; Count Basie; Bill Evans; Keith Jarrett and Cecil Taylor.
Repercussions: a Celebration of African-American Music.
Chicago: Home Vision, 1984.
4 vols. 420 min. color.
SUMMARY: Program 1: Born musicians; traditional music from Gambia. Program 2: On the battlefield: gospel quartet. Program 3: Legends of Rhythm and blues. Program 4: Sit down and listen: the story of Max Roach. Program 5: The Drums of Dagbon. Program 6:Caribbean crucible. Program 7: Africa come back: the popular music of West Africa.
Sarah Vaughan the divine one.
New York, N.Y. : BMG Video; 1991.
1 videocassette (60 min.) : b sd., col. ; 1/2 in. VHS.
CAST:Sarah Vaughan, with Billy Eckstine, Joe Williams, Roy Haynes, George Gaffney, Marty Paich, Ada Vaughan, Paris Vaughan.
SUMMARY: Recounts the stellar singer's career from her beginnings at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey, to her debut at the Apollo Theater and her pre-eminence in nightclubs, concert halls, and jazz festivals around the world.
CONTENTS: Misty -- I can't give you anything but love -- You're not the kind -- Once in a while -- The nearness of you -- Cherokee -- The shadow of your smile -- Someone to watch over me -- I've got a crush on you -- Over the rainbow -- Send in the clowns.
Satchmo : Louis Armstrong
New York, N.Y. : CBS Music Video Enterprises, 1989.
1 videorecording (86 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. VHS.
CAST:Hattie Winston; Melvin Van Peebles.
SUMMARY:With over a dozen of his classic performances ranging from 1932 to the late sixties, Satchmo includes excerpts from Pennies from Heaven, Betty Boop cartoon, Going places, Jam session, New Orleans with Billie Holiday, High Society with Bing Crosby, and Hello Dolly with Barbra Streisand. Also included are live concerts with Dizzy Gillespie, and Jack Teagarden and the All Stars. The film also presents on-camera interviews with Arvell Shaw, Tony Bennett, Wynton Marsalis, Dave Brubeck and other musicians.
Song of the Spirit: the Story of Lester Young.
110 min., color.
SUMMARY: Interviews with Lester Young's friends and fellow musicians are combined with old photos, recordings, and films to trace the career of the musician known as the "president of the tenor saxophone."
Sousa to Satchmo: Marsalis on the jazz band.
New York : Sony Classical Film & Video, c1995.
1 videocassette (54 min., 46 sec.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. VHS Hi-Fi.
CAST: Wynton Marsalis, host & trumpet ; Eric Reed, piano ; Mark Inouye, cornet ; Liberty Brass Band ; Tanglewood Music Center Wind Band ; Seiji Ozawa, conductor.
SUMMARY:Uses music by Sousa, Joplin, and Armstrong to explain the development of Sousa's European-style orchestra into the American jazz band.
Steve Gadd in Session.
NY: DCI Music Video, 1985.
90 min., color.
SUMMARY: Steve Gadd demonstrates and explains different drumming techniques including funk, be-bop, reggae, ballads, and Latin styles.
Steve Gadd Up Close.
NY: DCI Music Video, 1984.
60 min.; color.
SUMMARY: Interview with Steve Gadd, jazz drummer,conducted by Rob Wallis.
Storme, the lady of The jewel box.
New York, NY : Women Make Movies, [1991?], c1987
1 videocassette (21 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 1/2 in. VHS format
NOTES: A portrait of the career of jazz singer and male impersonator Storme DeLarverie
The story of jazz.
New York, NY : BMG Video, c1993.
1 videocassette (97 min.) : sd., col. and b&w ; 1/2 in. VHS>
NOTES:Music, rare film clips, stills and interviews that places the history of jazz into proper perspective. Includes performances by Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday and others.
NY: DCI Music Video, 1984.
60 min., color.
SUMMARY: Richard Tee talks about and demonstrates characteristics of his piano technique.
Thelonious Monk : American composer.
New York, N.Y. : BMG Video, p1993, 1991.
1 videocassette (60 min.) : sd., b&w and col., ; 1/2 in.
PERFORMERS: Randy Weston ; Billy Taylor ; Ben Riley ; Orrin Keepnews ; Thelonious Monk, Jr. ; Marion White ; Barry Harris.
CONTENTS: 'Round midnight -- Blue monk -- Trinkle, trinkle -- Epistrophy -- Criss cross -- Rhythm-a-ning -- Pannonica -- Evidence --Well -- You needn't -- Nutty -- Bolivar blues -- Just a Gigolo -- I let a song go out of my heart -- Lulu's back in town , and other classics.
SUMMARY: "Unforgettable images and rare film, first-time ever seen footage of Monk in America, Monk in Europe, Monk in Japan... A portrait of a genius in full force, Thelonious Monk - American Composer explores the musical mind of the man who took the piano from stride to bop and beyond. His angular statements are landmark documents in the history of American music."--
Trumpet Kings: with Wynton Marsalis.
NY: Video Artists Int'l, 1985.
72 min., color.
SUMMARY: Wynton Marsalis presents an overview of twentieth century jazz trumpeters. He shows stages in the development of the trumpet through the use of clips of some of the great performers of this century.
Two faces of Thailand : a musical portrait.
[Newton, NJ] : Shanachie Home Video, 1994.
1 videocassette (60 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. VHS.
SUMMARY:Popular music in Thailand, where even the king of Thailand is a jazz musician, juxtapositions folk music with Western pop to produce the Luk Tung music scene. Director Marre, joins Luk Tung star Sumbatcharon on the road as he takes his huge troupe across country to stage sprawling, uniquely Thai extravaganzas that are the common man's entertainment. We are also taken into the cities, into the kick-boxing arenas and the red-light districts where music plays an integral role.
The valley of Xebron.
[Evanston, Ill. : Orion Enterprises, 1981]
1 videocassette (15 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
NOTES: Choreographer, Gus Giordano.
PERFORMERS:Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago performs to the music of Doc Severinsen and the band Xebron.
Wild Women Don't Get the Blues.
San Francisco:California Newsreel, 1989.
58 min., color.
SUMMARY: The story of Ma Rainey, Ethel Waters, Bessie Smith, Alberta Hunter, Ida Cox, and other pioneering blues women from early in the century. We learn of their vision and their struggle, their pain and their humor. The film recreates the stories of these pioneering women who left an indelible mark on the music and the heart of music. Narrated by Koko Taylor.