These include TV recordings ( see TV pages) and some straight live performances. With inexpensive digital cameras, more and more jazz is being recorded and in the future I hope to have separate pages for straight live performances to distinguish them from the documentaries which try to give some insight into the music and its practitioners

(P) straight recorded performance (a number of these have now been issued on DVD
(see info and news and DVD pages)
At present, I have not included educational films produced by musicians.

ABC ) All Black Cast. Between 1910 and 1960 hundreds of films were produced featuring all black casts. These were made for segregated audiences and were often made by black film companies. With the coming of sound more and more black musicians were filmed in a variety of settings. ( see shorts)

jazzon film. com always welcomes corrections and omissions to its pages

(DVD) available

 

ABDULLAH IBRAHIM; A BROTHER WITH PERFECT TIMING
USA • 90mins • Directed by Chris Austin
Film about the artist formerly known as Dollar Brand

ADELAIDE HALL; Sophisticated Lady
UK 1990 • 50 mins • Produced by John Jeremy • Directed by David Mingay and David Robinson
In concert with the Mike Pyne Trio.Pyne (pno) Dave Green (bass) Ron Hetherington (drums)and Benny Waters (sax)

ADVENTURES IN THE KINGDOM OF SWING (see Benny Goodman)

ADVENTURE IN RHYTHM
USA 1961 • 8 mins • Directed by Jack Shaindlin
short featuring the
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra

ALL COLORED VAUDEVILLE SHOW (ABC)
USA 1935 • 9 mins • Directed by Roy Mack
with Adelaide Hall and the Nicholas Brothers

ALONE TOGETHER (see Jimmy Scott)

ANYTHING FOR JAZZ.
USA 1979 • 30 mins • Directed by Dan Algrant
A portrait of Jaki Byard with narration by bassist Ron Carter and with pianist Bill Evans

ALBERT AYLER (see, Speaking in Tongues and My Name is.....)

ALBERTA HUNTER ; LIVE AT THE SMITHONIAN INSTITUTE
USA 1982 • 58 mins •
with Gerald Cook (pno) Jimmy Lewis ( bass)

ALBERTA HUNTER; MY CASTLE'S ROCKIN' (DVD available)
USA 1988 • 58 mins • Directed by Stuart Goldman
Film about the blues and jazz singer featured in "Remember My Name" (see features)


AMBROSETTI’S JAZZ FAMILY
Switzerland / Italy 2000 • 58 mins • Directed by Alberto Eisenhardt


AMSTERDAMNED; The Willem Breuker Kollektief
France 2000 • 52 mins • Directed by Daniel Jouanisson

ANITA ELLIS; FOR THE RECORD
USA1980 • 28 mins • Directed by Tony Silver
Anita Ellis performs in this film with Ellis Larkins (piano

ANITA O'DAY: The Life of a Jazz Singer (DVD)
USA • 2007• 120 mins A film by Ian McCrudden and Robbie Cavolina
with Annie Ross, Gerald Wilson, Johnny Mandel

 


AFTER HOURS (DVD) 60 mins with the film JAZZ DANCE
USA 1961 (TV) • 27mins
with Coleman Hawkins, Roy Eldridge, Barry Galbraith, Milt Hinton, Cozy Cole and Johnny Guarnieri

 

AFTER HOURS WITH ART HODES
USA 1979 • 29mins x 4 • Directed by Allen Grey
TV Swing sessions featuring Kenny Davern and Wingy Manone


ALEX WELCH
UK 1963 • 25 mins
Alex ‘s band with guest Henry ‘Red’ Allen (see TV)

ALL STAR SWING FESTIVAL
USA 1972 • 52 mins • Directed by Grey Lockwood
Filmed at the Lincoln Centre in New York and Introduced by Doc Severinsen. It features Basie, Ellington, Hampton, Teddy Wilson, Gene Krupa etc.


ALWAYS FOR PLEASURE
USA 1978 • 58 mins • Directed by Les Blank
with Olympia Brass Band and the Kid Thomas Band


AMBITUS
France • 1967 • 16mins
Cecil Taylor and his Quartet

ARCHIE SHEPP CHEZ LES TOUAREGES
France 1971 • 17 mins • Directed. by Theo Robichel

ARCHIE SHEPP: I AM JAZZ...IT'S MY LIFE  (DVD)
USA / France 1984 • 52 mins •  Directed by Frank Cassenti
with Wilbur Little (bass) Clifford Jarvis (tnr)

ARTIE SHAW; TIME IS ALL YOU'VE GOT
Canada 1984 • 115 mins • Directed by Brigitte Berman

ARTIE SHAW; QUEST FOR PERFECTION
UK 2003 • 60 mins
Very good bio with interviews with Artie in his nineties

ART BLAKEY; THE JAZZ MESSENGER
UK 1986 (TV) • 58 mins • Directed by ?
Live at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in London

ART BLAKEY AND THE JAZZ MESSENGERS
USA 1982 • 60 mins • (P)
with the Marsalis Brothers live in New York

ART BLAKEY AND THE JAZZ MESSENGERS
1959 • 90 mins
Live in Paris with one of his best bands with Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter , Walter Davis Jr. and Jymie Merritt

ART FARMER (see A Night of Jazz on this page)

ART FORD JAZZ PARTY
USA1958 • 26 mins •
with Charlie Shavers. J.C. Higginbotham, Pee Wee Russell, Coleman Hawkins, Willie' the Lion' Smith, Harry Shepherd (vibes),Dick Thompson (gtr) Vinnie Burke (bass) Sonny Greer (drums) and Mae Burns (vocal)
This was a popular series of TV jazz programmes during the fifties. It featured all the greats in different combinations

ART FORD JAZZ PARTY
USA 1958 •
A thirteen week series of 90 minutes each featuring the major swing players of the day. Below are a coupl e of clips

 

ART TATUM:TATUM LEGACY
1983 • 25 mins
Documentary on Art Tatum featuring
interviews with Buddy DeFranco, Itzhak Perlman, and many of
Art's relatives and friends from Toledo

ART TATUM; TELL IT LIKE IT IS
38 mins • Directed by Gil Noble

ART TATUM; THE ART OF THE PIANO
USA • Directed by Howard Johnson
with
Les Paul

ART PEPPER; NOTES FROM A JAZZ SURVIVOR
USA 1991 • 50 mins • Directed by Don McGlynn
McGlynn's first film about the wonderful wayward alto player. A very intimate portrait

 

ART ENSEMBLE OF CHICAGO
1981 • 50 mins • (p)
with Lester Bowie, Joseph Jarman, Roscoe Mitchell, Famoudou Don Moye, and Malachi Favors

A WELL SPENT LIFE
USA 1970 • 44 mins • Directed by Les Blank and Skip Gerson
A film about blues singer Mance Lipscomb (
jazz on film would welcome more info on this film shown at the 1972 London Film Festival)

BARBARA THOMPSON: PLAYING FOR TIME
UK 2010 • 75 mins • Directed by Mike Dibbs
Another documentary by the director who made ‘The Miles Davis Story’
This is about the British sax player. Barbara Thompson career while battling Parkinson’s disease

BARRY HARRIS
USA 1984 • 28 mins • (p)
Short portrait of the great bebop pianist

 

 

BARRY HARRIS; SPIRIT OF BEBOP (DVD)
USA • 55 mins •

BAYOU MAHARAJAH 
USA 2013 • 90mins • Directed by Lily Keber
The life and music of New Orleans piano legend
James Booker with Harry Connick Jr and Dr John

BENNY CARTER; SYMPHONY IN RIFFS
USA • 1989 • 58 mins • Directed by Harrison Engels
Film about one of jazz' s greatest figures and finest alto saxist with Gillespie, Lena Horn, Andre Previn, Clark Terry, David Sanborn, Stanley Jordan, Quincy Jones and narrated by Burt Lancaster

BENNY GOODMAN; ADVENTURES IN THE KINGDOM OF SWING
USA 1993 • 60 MINS • Directed by Oren Jacoby
A very good TV production about Goodman's career with Lionel Hampton, Gene Krupa and Ella Fitzgerald. It also has a clip of Parker and Gillespie playing 'Hot House'. It features interviews with Goodman's daughters and brother. Contains numerous clips from feature films Goodman made in Hollywood such as 'The Powers Girl' and 'Hollywood Hotel' (see features page)

BENNY GOODMAN IN THE SOVIET UNION
RUSSIA 1962 • 18 mins
Russian documentary about the swing man's trip behind the old Iron Curtain


BEN WEBSTER The Brute and the Beautiful
UK1989 • 50mins • Directed by John Jeremy
One of John Jeremy's very best films about the ex-Ellington wayward tenor saxophonist.

BEN WEBSTER
1959 • 28 mins • (P)
TV session 'jazz from studio 61' with Ahmad Jamal Trio plus Buck Clayton, Hank Jones, Vic Dickenson, George Duvivier and Jo Jones

BETTY CARTER (see BUT THEN)

BETTY CARTER: CALL ME BETTY CARTER
1981

BETTY CARTER LIVE AT THE MONTREAL JAZZ FESTIVAL (P)
1981 • 48 mins •
with Kaleeb Moss, (pno) Curtis Lundy (bass) and Lewis Nash (drums)

BIG BANDS AT DISNEYLAND
??

BILL COLMAN Boogie to Funk
France 1961 • 9 mins • Directed by Pierre Rocamora
with Quentin Jackson and Bud Johnson

BILL EVANS; THE UNIVERSAL MIND OF (DVD)
USA 1968 • 45 mins • Directed by Leland Wyler
with Eddie Gomez

 

 

BILL EVANS TRIO
1979 • 58 mins • (P)
Live at the Maintenance Shop, Iowa State University with Marc Johnson (bass) and Joe La Barbera (drums)

BILL EVANS: TIME REMEMBERED
USA 2016 • 84 mins • Directed by Bruce Spegiel

BILL GOTTLIEB – RIFFS
60 Minutes
Profile of Bill Gottlieb, the famed photographer who captured the golden age of jazz .


BILLIE HOLIDAY; The Long Night of Lady Day
UK 1984 • 92 mins • Directed by John Jeremey (see Lady Day)

BILLIE ON BILLIE (DVD)
UK 2002 • 50 mins • Directed by Paul Kerr
Film based on some late interviews with Billie Holiday with clips from her first screen appearance with Duke Ellington and her late UK appearance on 'Chelsea at Nine'

BILLIE HOLIDAY: SENSATIONAL LADY
UK 2001 • 60 mins • Directed by David F. Tufnell

BILLIE HOLIDAY (see Strange Fruit)

BILLIE HOLIDAY; THE MANY FACES OF ( see LADY DAY)

BIRD
• 1990 • 56 mins • Produced by Jan Horne

BIRD NOW
Germany 1987 • 90 mins • Directed by Marc Huraux
See also Charlie Parker Story

BIX
Canada 1981 • 116 mins • Directed by Brigitte Berman
features Hoagy Carmichael and Artie Shaw. Wonderful documentary about Bix Beiderbecke with plenty of interviews with people who knew him


BLACK AND TAN
USA 1929 • 18 mins • Directed by Dudley Murphy
Duke Ellington's very first screen appearance with Arthur Whetsol on trumpet

BLACK MUSIC IN AMERICA
USA1971 • 25 mins • Directed by Hugh Robertson
Lots of clips from other films with
Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday


BLUE’S BLUE; TO SATCHMO
Italy 2000 • (animation)


BLUES LIKE A SHOWER OF RAIN
UK 1970 • 50 mins • Directed by John Jeremy
One the very best films about the blues

BLUE NOTES AND EXILED VOICES
GB 1991 • 52 mins • Directed by Imruh Bakari
Film about South African musicians in the UK. Features the Hugh Masekela band, Louis Moholo and the Brotherhood of Breath


BLUE NOTE; A HISTORY OF MODERN JAZZ (DVD)
Germany 1997 • 92 mins • Directed by Julian Benedikt
Excellent film about the history of Blue Note records

 

THE BLUE NOTE STORY ( see UK TV on TV page)

BOBBY HACKETT SEXTET
USA 1962 • 24 mins • Directed by Bernard (P)
with Urbie Green, Bob Wilbur, Dave McKenna, Nabil Totah (bass) and Morey Field (drums) See TV

BOOGIE AND BLUE; HARRY 'The hipster' GIBSON
USA 1991 • 40 mins • Directed by Arlena Gibson
Portrait of the boogie woogie man who was very popular in the forties but is almost unknown today.

BOOGIE WOOGIE DREAM
USA 1947 • 13 mins • Directed by Hans Burger
Black cast film with Albert Ammons, Pete Johnson,Teddy Wilson, Lena Horne (vocal)
This film has been split into 'soundies
'

BORN TO SWING
UK 1972 • 50 mins • Directed by John Jeremy
Born to Swing is John Jeremy’s affectionate tribute to the swing era. It features the fortunes of ex- Count Basie sideman, including; Jo Jones, Buck Clayton, Buddy Tate and Dickey Wells. John Jeremy assembled these great, jazz musicians in the studio during 1972 to play and reminisce. The whole film has been inter cut, with archive footage, interviews and a commentary by Humphrey Lyttelton.

BRANFORD MARSALIS; THE MUSIC TELLS YOU
USA 1992 • 60 mins • Directed by D A Pennebaker

BRADFORD MARSALIS; IT'S A JAZZ THING
UK 2004 • 80mis • Directed by Christopher Walker
Marsalis explores jazz since the seventies. With Bill Frisnell, Courtney Pine, Chicago Underground Trio, Soweto Kinch, DJ Spooky

BRIGHT LIGHTS, BRILLIANT MINDS. A TALE OF THREE CITIES
UK 2014 • 60 mins • Directed by Clare Taverner.
A bt BBC documentary about the culture of New York in 1951. Features an interview with Thelonious Monk’s son plus clips of Monk himself. Also features J J Johnson, Sonny Stitt and Howard McGhee in a very short clip.

BROTHERLY JAZZ:THE HEATH BROTHER (DVD available)
USA 2006 • 70 mins • Directed by Jesse Block
documentary about Percy, Albert and Jimmie Heath


BROWNIE SPEAKS - The Life, Music & Legacy of Clifford Brown
USA 2014 • 87 mins • Directed by Don Glanden
interviews with
Benny Golson, Lou Donaldson, Jimmy Heath, Donald Byrd, Harold Land, Wynton Marsalis, Arturo Sandoval, Clifford Solomon and Herb Geller. (see news page to watch trailer)

BUD POWELL; INTERIOR EXILE
France 1998 • 55mins • Directed by Robert Mugnerot

BUD POWELL
France TV 1959 • 20 mins
with Clark Terry (tpt) Barney Willen (tnr) Pierre Michelot (bass) Kenny Clarke (drums)

BUD POWELL
France TV 1959 • 8 mins
with Lucky Thompson (tnr) Jimmy Gourley (gtr) Pierre Michelot (bass) Kenny Clarke (drums)

BUD POWELL
Denmark TV 1962 • 15 mins
Live from the Cafe Montmartre in Copenhagen
with Niels-Henning Orsted-Pedersen (bass) & Jorn Elniff (drums)

BUD POWELL ( see JAZZ IN MONTMARTRE) This is an edited version of the above TV show

BUD SHANK: AGAINST THE TIDE
USA 2010 • 115 mins • Directed by Graham Carter
New documentary about the west coast sax man
includes an interview with the Light House leader / bassist
Howard Rumsey, Bud Shank (alto sax) Mike Wofford (piano) Bob Magnusson (bass) Joe LaBarbera (drums)

BUCK CLAYTON ALLSTARS
Belgium 1961• 53 mins • Directed by Yannick Bruynoghe (P)
with Buddy Tate, Gene Ramey, Earl Warren, Jimmy Witherspoon, Dicky Wells and Sir Charles Thompson blowing in the studio.

BUT THEN, SHES BETTY CARTER
USA 1980 • 53mins • Directed by Michelle Parkerson
with
Lionel Hampton

CANADIAN CAMEO SERIES – SPOTLIGHT NO. 2
CANADA 1953 • 120 mins •  Directed by ??
with Paul Bley Trio and Stan Kenton

CANDIDO HANDS OF FIRE
68 Mins • Directed by Ivan Acosta
with Billy Taylor and Randy Weston amongst others.

CANNONBALL ADDRERLEY SEXTET IN JAPAN (P)
1963 • 26 mins •
with Nat Adderley (cnt), Yusef Lateef (reeds), Joe Zainui (pno), Sam Jones (bass) and Louis Hayes (drums)

CALLE 54
2000 •106 mins • Directed by Fernando Trueba
Wonderful collection of great Latin jazz featuring the great names of afro-cuban music.
Chucho Valdez, Chico O'Farrill, Paquito D'Rivera, Cachao etc

CAVALCADE OF BANDS (see TV page)
USA 1950/51 TV series 60 mins

CELEBRATING BIRD The Triumph of Charlie Parker (DVD)
USA 1989 • 58 mins • Directed by Gary Giddens and Kendrick Simmons

CECIL TAYLOR - ALL THE NOTES (DVD)
USA • 2003 • 73mins  • Directed by Christopher Felver
Features
Derek Bailey, Amiri Baraka, Billy Bang, Elvin Jones, , Al Young, and Mal Waldron.

 


CECIL TAYLOR AND ALAN GINSBERG
USA 1968 • 10 mins • Directed by D. A. Pennebaker

CHANO POZO (see LOOKING FOR CHANO POZO)

CHARLIE CHRISTIAN (see SOLO FLIGHT)

CHARLES MINGUS Triumph of the Underdog
USA 1997 • 78 mins • Directed by Don McGlynn
The legendary bassists biography was called Beneath the Under Dog. This is one of McGlynn’s very best films.

CHARLIE MINGUS : JAZZ WORKSHOP IN OSLO
Norway 1964 • 58 mins •
with Eric Dolphy (saxes) Johnny Coles (tpt) Clifford Jordan (saxes) Jaki Byard (pno) and Danny Richmond (drums)

CHARLIE MINGUS (see MINGUS)

CHARLIE PARKER STORY ,THE
UK 2005 • 60 mins • Directed by Tony Followell
Very good film made for UK TV. Interviews with Kim Parker Jay McShann, Gary Giddens, Peter King, Gillespie etc

CHET BAKER ( see LETS GET LOST)

CHET BAKER, THE LAST DAYS OF
Netherlands 1991• 60 mins • Directed b y Willem Ouwerkerk
Very fine film about Chet's last days. Interviews with Russ Freeman and William Claxton and footage of Chet in different combinations including the 1983 concert with Stan Getz. Also a duet of Chet with Red Mitchell the great bassist playing the piano.

CHET BAKER; LIVE AT RONNIE SCOTTS
UK 1986 • 60 mins
With Elvis Costello and Van Morrison guesting but
Michel Grailler (pno) and Riccardo Del Fra (bass) providing the main support.

CHICAGO AND ALL THAT JAZZ  USA • 60 mins • Director James Elson
TV show featuring Jimmy McPartland (tpt) Jack Teagarden, (tbn & vocal) Bud Freeman (tenor sax, alto sax, clarinet) Pee Wee Russell (clarinet) Joe Sullivan (piano) Eddie Condon (guitar) Bob Haggart, (bass) Gene Krupa (drums) (see clip below)

 

CHICO HAMILTON- DANCING TO DIFFERENT DRUMMER
Germany 1994 • Directed Julian Benedikt

CHICO HAMILTON- DANCING TO DIFFERENT DRUMMER
(the directors cut )
Germany 2002 • 82 mins • Directed Julian Benedikt
with Roman Polanski, Gerry Mulligan and Charly Watts

CHICO HAMILTON AT THE VILLAGE VANGUARD
JAPAN 1981 • 97 mins • (p)

CHICO HAMILTON QUINTET
1982 • 60 mins • (P)

CHUCHO VALDES AND IRAKERE: LATIN JAZZ FOUNDERS (DVD available)
115 mins • Directed by Ilena Rodriguez
film about the great Cuban piano and his band

CLUB ELEVEN REUNION
UK 1985 • 72 mins •
Reunion at Ronnie Scott's jazz club in London of British modernist who were the leading lights of bebop in the late forties. They include Scott (tnr) Hank Shaw, Leon Calvert (tpts) John Dankworth, Johnny Rogers (alts) Tony Crombie (drums) Lennie Bush (bass) Norman Stenfalt (pno). The great Tommy Pollard (pno ) had died in 19?

COLEMAN HAWKINS AND EARL 'FATHA' HINES (TV) (p)
USA 1965 • 28 mins•

COLEMAN HAWKINS QUARTET (p)
Belgium 1961 • 30 mins • Directed by Yannick Bruynoghe
'Bean' recorded in a Belgium Studio with Jimmie Woods (bass) George Avanitas (P) 'Kansas' Fields (drs) and Mickey Baker (gtr)

THE COLTRANE LEGACY
USA 1985 • 60 mins • Directed by Burrill Crohn (p)
with Miles Davis (1959) and his own group with Eric Dolphy (1963)

COMO SU RITMONO HAYS DOS
• Directed by Andy Garcia

CONFESSIN' THE BLUES; THE MUSIC OF JAY McSHANN
USA 1987 • 35 mins • Directed by W. Stinson McClendon

COOL CATS: Ben Webster & Dexter Gordon
Denmark 2015 • 83 mins • Directed by Janus Rasmussen
Documentary about two of the jazz worlds greatest tenors

COUNT BASIE; THEN AS NOW, COUNTS THE KING
USA 2011 • 70 mins • Directed by Gary Keys
with Ira Gitler, Frank Wess, Frank Foster, Benny Powell, Joe Wilder and George Lewis


COUNT BASIE; SWINGIN’ THE BLUES
USA 1992 • 60 mins • Directed by Matthew Seig ( see also TO THE COUNT OF BASIE on this page)

COTTON CLUB COMES TO THE RITZ
USA 1984 • 65 mins
with Cab Calloway, Max Roach, Adelaide Hall ,Nicholas Brothers

COTTON CLUB (see THE REAL COTTON CLUB on this page)

CROSSROADS--THREE JAZZ PIANISTS
Canada1988 • 28 min • Directed by Martin Duckworth
Shot in 1987 at the Montréal International Jazz Festival, this documentary film presents musical performances and conversations between three jazz pianists with remarkably different styles--Soviet
Leonid Chizhik, Black Montrealer Oliver Jones, and French-Canadian Jean Beaudet.

CRUSADERS (see TV page 'Frankly Jazz')

CRY OF JAZZ
USA 1959 • 33mins • Directed by Edward Bland
Music by Sun Ra

CUBA; THE CRADLE OF LATIN JAZZ
Cuba 2002 • 90 mins • Directed by Torsten Esse
History of the Cuban jazz scene since 1900

CUBA: ISLAND OF MUSIC (DVD available)
72 mins  • Directed by Gary Keys

CUBAN PIANISTS - THE HISTORY OF LATIN JAZZ (DVD)
118 Mins / 76 Mins. 2 DVDs
Features Chucho Valdes, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Omara Portuondo etc

CURTIS AMY SEXTET (see TV)

DAVE BRUBECK; LIVE AT THE VILLAGE VANGUARD
USA 1982 • 59 mins • Directed by Vincent Casalaina
with Chris Brubeck, Jerry Berganzi and Randy Jones

DAVID MURRAY; I AM A JAZZMAN (DVD available)
USA  2008 • 53 mins • Directed by Jacques Goldstein
this has been released with two live performances on DVD.
One with the Gwo Ka Masters and the other with the Black Saint Quartet

DAVID MURRAY QUARTET
1986 • 52 mins • (p)
Live at the Village Vanguard N.Y. with John Hicks (P) Fred Hopkins (bass) and Ed Blackwell (drums)

 

 


DEVIL’S MUSIC
USA 1999 • 58 mins • Directed by Mari Agui Carter and Calvin Lindsey
features Albert Murray, Billy Taylor and Marian McPartland

DEWEY TIME
Canada 2000 • 89 mins • Directed by Daniel Berman
Film about the tenor saxist, Dewey Redman and father of Joshua. Also features Joe Lovano and Michael Brecker.

DEXTOR GORDON: MORE THAN YOU KNOW (DVD available)
USA 1996 • 52 mins • Directed Don McGlynn
Don's tribute to one of the most charismatic jazzers ever. The Oscar nominated star of 'Round Midnight'
( see features & below))

 

 

DEXTOR GORDON
1979 • 60 mins • (p)
Live at the Maintenance Shop, Iowa State University with George Cables, Rufus Reid and Eddie Gladden

DISCOVERING JAZZ
USA 1969 • 22 mins • Directed by Berni Willets
A short history of the idiom

DIFFERENT DRUMMER; ELVIN JONES
USA 1979 • 29 mins • Directed by Edward Gray
Portrait of the great ex-Coltrane sideman

DINAH WASHINGTON ;EVIL GAL BLUES
UK 2007 •60 mins • Directed by Jill Nicholls
with
Junior Mance. UK TV documentary with lots of interviews with family members

DIXIELAND JAMBOREE (ABC)
USA 1935 • 9 mins
with Cab Calloway, Adelaide Hall

DISNEYLAND AFTER DARK
USA 1962 • 46 mins • Directed by H.S. Luske & W. Beaudine
Features Louis Arrmstrong and his band with Kid Ory (tbn) Paul Barnes (soprano sax) Harvey Brooks (pno) Johnny St Cyr (banjo) Alton Redd (drums) Monette Moore (vocal) See Below

 

DIZZY GILLESPIE TRIBUTE
Denmark 1993 • 43 mins

DIZZY GILLESPIE; A NIGHT IN TUNISIA
USA 1990 • 28 mins • Directed by Bryan Elsom

DIZZY GILLESPIE; The life and Times of
USA • 90 mins
US TV biography series with Annie Ross, Slide Hampton, Wynton Marsalis etc

DIZZY GILLESPIE
USA • 1965 • 20 mins • Directed by Les Blank
with James Moody and Kenny Baron

DIZZY GILLESPIE; JAZZ IN A AMERICA
USA 1980 • 90 mins • Directed by Les Blank (P)
Gillespie at the Lincoln Center, New York

DJANGO LEGACY
UK • 1991• 52 mins • Directed by John Jeremy
Another classic film from John Jeremy about Reinhardt's influence. It features Babik Reinhardt, Gary Potter, Bireli Lagrene plus rare footage of Django performing

DJANGO REINHARDT
France 1953 • 23 mins • Directed by Paul Paviot
The clip below appears in most films about Django ( there are so few c lips)

 

DJANGO REINHARDT ; THREE FINGERED LIGHTNING
FRANCE 2010 • 66 mins • Directed Christian Cascio

DON BYAS IN AMERICA
Netherlands 1970 • 55 mins •
documentary about the the great tenor man after his exile in Europe. With
Thad Jones - Mel Lewis Orchestra. Interviews with Gillespie, Armstrong, Ellington, Paul Gonsalves,Harry Carney,Russel Procope, Roland Hanna

DON ELLIS : ELECTRIC HEART
USA  2007 •  73 mins • Directed by John Vizzusi
documentary about the trumpeter, composer, drummer and big band leader. He wrote the score for the French Connection

DUKE ELLINGTON; LOVE YOU MADLY
USA 1967 • 45 mins • Directed by Richard Moore

DUKE ELLINGTON; ON THE ROAD WITH

USA 1968 • 58 mins • Directed by Robert Drew
A great portrait of the Duke with
Hodges ,Strayhorn and Carney

DUKE ELLINGTON IN EUROPE
1959 • 45 mins • (p)
with Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney , Clark Terry, Cat Anderson ,

DUKE ELLINGTON IN EUROPE
1969 • 42mins • (p)
with Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney , Clark Terry, Cat Anderson ,

DUKE ELLINGTON: CELEBRATION
1966 • 58 mins •
This is the Ellington Orchestra at Coventry Cathedra,UK

DUKE ELLINGTON; REMINISCING IN TEMPO
USA 1991 • 88 mins • Directed by Robert Levi
Superb documentary on Duke Ellington, narrated by Julian Bond and featuring interviews with Gunther Schuller, Irving Mills, Mercer Ellington, Mercedes Ellington, Sonny Greer, Willie "The Lion" Smith, Fayard Nicholas, Marion Logan, Sid Kuller, Albert Murray, Herb Jeffries, Barry Ulanov & Louis Bellson.

DUKE ELLINGTON; REMINISCING IN TEMPO
USA 2005 • 75 mins • Directed by Gary Keys

DUKE ELLINGTON & HIS FAMOUS ORCHESTRA ; A DRUM IS A WOMAN
1985) •74 mins •
BBC documentary. with. Ruth Ellington, Mercer Ellington, Cootie Williams, Clark Terry, Louis Bellson, Mel Torme, Cab Calloway, Al Hibbler, Jimmy Hamilton, Dizzy Gillespie & Joe Williams.

DUKE ELLINGTON; DRUM IS A WOMAN
USA 1957 • 14 mins • Directed by Charles Hill

DUKE ELLINGTON AT THE COTE D'AZUR
1966 • 65 mins •
Ellington narrates this documentary of the band's 1966 appearance at the Antibbes Jazz Festival with Ella Fitzgerald.

DUKE ELLINGTON AT THE WHITE HOUSE
USA1969 •18 mins •
Ellington celebrates his 70th birthday with an all-star band, including Benny Goodman, Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond, Earl Hines, Clark Terry, Gerry Mulligan, Paul Gonsalves, Billy Taylor, Willie "The Lion" Smith, Milt Hinton, Jim Hall, J.J. Johnson, Louis Bellson, Joe Williams, and others. Narrated by Willis Conover.

DUKE ELLINGTON SWINGS THROUGH JAPAN
USA1964 25 mins •
Walter Cronkite narrates Ellington & his orchestra on their tour of Japan.

DUKE ELLINGTON'S WASHINGTON
USA 1999 57 mins •
Among the interviewees are Billy Taylor and Ellington biographer John Edward Hasse, as well as several longtime Washingtonians.

A DUKE NAMED ELLINGTON
USA 1988 • 116 mins •
Documentary on Duke Ellington
With Ben Webster, Louis Bellson, Cootie Williams, Adelaide Hall, Herb Jeffries, Charles Mingus, Clark Terry, Jimmy Hamilton, Russell Procope.

DUKE JORDAN TRIO (p)
28 mins
The ex -Parker pianist with his own trio (see below)

 


DUOS; The jazz sessions
Canada 2000 • 57 mins • Directed. by Daniel Berman
With
Oliver Jones and David Young

EBONY PARADE (ABC)
USA 1947
A collection of soundies with Count Basie and Cab Calloway ( see shorts)

EARL HINES
UK 1975 • 60 mins • Directed by Charlie Nairn
Wonderful film made for British TV. This is
Earl Hines playing solo in an intimate club setting and chatting to the director and Frank Hart, the club's clean up man

EASTWOOD; AFTER HOURS (Live at Carnegie Hall) (DVD available)
USA • 1997 • 106 mins • Directed by Bruce Ricker
with Joshua Redman, Barry Harris, Jon Faddis, Flip Phillips, Jimmy Scott, Charlie McPherson etc

EDDIE CONDON
USA 1961 • 25 mins • Directed by Bernard Rubin
with
Wild Bill Davison (tpt) Cutty Cutshall (tbn) Peanuts Hucko ( cln ) and Buzzy Drootin (drums)
( see TV pages ' Goodyear Tyre Co.)

EDDIE 'LOCKJAW' DAVIS QUARTET (p)
1985
live in Copenhagen with Niels Jorgen Steen (pno) Jesper Lundgaard (bass) and Ed Thigpen (drums)

ED THIGPEN:MASTER OF TIME, RHYTHM AND TASTE (DVD available)
USA • 92 minute• Directed by Don McGlynn
documentary about the great
Oscar Peterson drummer

EDDIE PRÉVOST BLOOD
UK • 2013 • 25 mins • Directed by Stewart Morgan
Film about the British percussionist and founder with others of the AMM improvisation group

ELLA FITZGERALD; SOMETHING TO LIVE FOR
USA 1999 • 89 mins • Directed by Charlotte Zwern
Very good documentary from the maker of STRAIGHT, NO CHASER and narrated by Tony Bennett

ELLA ( see Forever Ella)


ELLA FITZGERALD
UK 1964 (TV) • 47 mins • Directed by Philip Casson
with Oscar Peterson (pno) Ray Brown (bass) and Ed Thigpen (drums)

ELLA FITZGERALD
USA 1966 (TV) • 52 mins
with the Duke Ellington Orchestra

ELLA FITZGERALD IN LONDON
UK 1965 • 45 mins • (p)
with the Johnny Spence Orchestra including Tubby Hayes, Kenny Clare, Keith Christie and Harry Klein

ELVIN JONES (see Different Drummer on this page)

EPITAPH BY CHARLES MINGUS
1989 •140 mins •
Gunther Schuller conducting the premiere of of the Mingus composition. The Orchestra includes Wynton Marsalis (tpt), John Handy (sax), Urbie Green (tbn), Bobby Watson (sax), John Hicks, Lew Soloff (tpt), Eddie Bert (tbn), John Abercrombie (gtr), Vic Lewis, Brit Woodman (tbn) Roland Hanna (pno), Jerome Richardson (sax)

ERROLL GARNER IN PARIS
1973 • 30 mins •
with Ernest McCarthy Jr, Jimmy Smith and Jose Mangual

ESCALATOR OVER THE HILL
USA 1999 • 93 mins • Directed by Steve Gebhardt
With
Carla Bley, Jack Bruce, Charlie Haydon (bass), Don Cherry, Mike Mantler

 

 

FATS WALLER: THIS JOINT IS JUMPIN’
USA 1987 • 52 Minutes • Directed by Howard Johnson

FESTIVAL
USA 1972 • 48 mins
Host Doc Severinsen introduces Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Dave Brubeck, The original Good man quartet with Wilson, Hampton and Krupa, Gillespie, Earl Hines and Barney Bigard

FIDDLERS DREAM
USA 1987 • 24 mins • Directed by W. Stinson McClendon
Film about the swing violinist and guitarist Claude Williams with Grappelli, Jay McShann and Joe Turner

FIDDLERS THREE
UK 1988 • 50 mins • Directed by John Jeremy

FINDING CARLTON: UNCOVERING THE SORY OF JAZZ IN INDIA
2010 •

FLASH
France 1962 • ? mins • Directed by Allan Zien
Zoot Sims (tnr) with Bob Whitlock (bass) Henri Renaud (pno) and Jean-Louis Veiale (drums)

FOREVER ELLA
USA 1999 • 92 mins
Narrated by Nancy Wilson with interviews with Benny Carter, Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones, Anita o'Day and Rosemary Clooney

FORGOTTEN TENOR (see Wardell Gray)

FOUR HITS AND A MISTER
UK 1962 • 15 mins • Directed by Douglas Hickox
Acker Bilk and his Paramount Jazz Band

FRED FIRTH (see Step Across the Border)

FREDDIE HUBBARD LIVE AT THE VILLAGE VANGUARD
USA 1982 • 59 MINS • (p)
with Cedar Walton, Ron Carter and Lenny White (drums)

FROGDANCE; LOL COXHILL
UK 1990• 55 mins • Directed by ??

GENE KRUPA; America's Ace Drummer and his Orchestra
USA 1941 • 10 mins • Directed by Leslie Rouse

GARY BURTON (P)
1985 • 59 mins
Gary and his Quartet live at the Montreal Jazz Festival

GENIUS OF LENNY BREAU ,THE
Canada 1999 • 95 mins • Directed by John Martin

GEORDIE JAZZ MAN ( see below under JAZZ MAN) and NEWS page for the latest trailer

GEORGE SHEARING (P)
1981 • 35 mins •
with the great Brian Torf on the bass

GERALD WILSON (see TV 'Frankly Jazz')

GERRY MULLIGAN,1927-1996
France 1998 • 52 mins •
documentary on the great baritone sax with Art Farmer, Lee Konitz and Bob Brookmeyer ( The English version is about five minutes shorter)

GERRY MULLIGAN; JAZZ COLLECTION
USA 1996 • 52mins

GERRY MULLIGAN : JAZZ AMERICA (DVD available)
USA •1981 • 89 mins
unreleased material with Harold Danko (pno) Frank Luther (bass ) and Billy Hart (drums)

GIRLS IN THE BAND (DVD available)
USA 2012 • ? mins • Directed by Judy Chaikin
New documentary covering the history of women in jazz
. See trailer below


GREGORY PORTER: DON’T FORGET YOUR MUSIC
UK  2016 • 86 mins • Directed by Alfred George Baily
Documentary about the great singer.

GREAT DAY IN HARLEM, A (DVD available)
USA 1994 • 60mins • Directed by Jean Bach
One of the very best films about jazz and that famous photograph

GREAT GUITARS
1979 • (P)
With Charlie Byrd, Herb Ellis, Barney Kessel with Joe Byrd (bass) and Wayne Phillips (drums)
a number of hours of this group was recorded live at The Maintenance Shop, Iowa State University and released on a number of videos( and DVD's).

THE GREAT ROCKY MOUNTAIN JAZZ PARTY
USA 1977 • 90 mins • Directed by Vilis Lapenieks
with Eubie Blake, John Faddis, Zoot Sims, Clark Terry, Frank Rosolino

HAMPTON HAWES ( see TV Jazz Casuals)

HAMPTON HAWES & SONNY CRISS ALL STARS with Big Joe Turner Live at Memory Lane 1970
USA 1970 • 30 mins • Directed by Jack Lewerke 
Harry "Sweets" Edison (trumpet) Sonny Criss (alto sax) Teddy Edwards (tenor sax) Hampton Hawes (piano) Leroy Vinnegar (double bass) Bobby Thompson (drums)
and Big Joe Turner (vocals)

HARLEM JAZZ FESTIVAL
USA 1955 • 50 mins .• Directed by Joseph Kohn
Features Count Basie, Nat King Cole,Lionel Hampton, Sarah Vaughn and Dinah Washington

HAROLD ARLEN; OVER THE RAINBOW (DVD available)
USA 1999 • mins • Directed by Don McGlynn
Film about the composer of 'Over the Rainbow' and hundreds of other songs that have become jazz standards.

HEATH BROTHERS see BROTHERLY JAZZ

HERB JEFFRIES; A COLORED LIFE
USA 2008 • 60 mins• Directed by Kim Clemons and Kimberly Dunn
documentary about the
Duke Ellington singer and the first African American cowboy movie star
(see trailer below)

 

 

HERE'S TO LIFE; SHIRLEY HORN
1992 • 60mins
documentary about the great singer with Quincy Jones, Carmen McRae and Johnny Mandel

HERMAN LEONARD; JAZZ PHOTOGRAPHER
UK 1988 • 30mins •
documentary about the great photographer who captured all the greats of the 40's and 50's. The film includes a great jam session with a lineup the includes Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Zoot Sims and James Moody

HERMAN LEONARD: SAVING JAZZ (DVD)
UK 2006 • 60mins • Directed by Leslie Woodhead
A post Katrina documentary about New Orleans and the saving Leonard's great photo collection. Numerous New Orleans born musicians take part including Wynton Marsalis

 


HISTORY OF BOOGIE WOOGIE
UK 1986 • 50 mins • Directed by John Jeremy
with
Meade Lux Lewis, Pete Johnson, Albert Ammons, Tuts Washington & Professor Longhair, historical commentary by Paul Oliver & Francis Wilford Smith, and live performances by Big Joe Duskin, Axel Wingenberger, George Green & Bob Hall.

HISTORY OF JAZZ
Dominican Republic 1991 • 50 mins • Directed by Chuchy Gonzalez
History of jazz in Latin America

HOAGY CARMICHAEL
USA1939 • 10 mins • Directed by Leslie Roush
This short features Hoagy (backed by Jack Teagarden and his band) singing a selection of his songs

HOOTIE BLUES
USA 1978 • 30 mins • Directed by Bart Backer
Film about Jay McShann, the great swing pianist who gave Charlie Parker his first big break


HORACE PARLAN ON HORACE PARLAN (DVD)
USA 2000 • 57 mins • Directed. by Don McGlynn
Another great film from McGlynn, about the one time Mingus piano player.

 

HOWARD RUMSEY (see Jazz on the West coast - The Lighthouse)

IMAGINE THE SOUND
1981• 91 mins
documentary on free jazz players such as Cecil Taylor, Archie Shepp,Paul Bley and Bill Dixon

IMPRESSIONS OF C.AT.S.
• Directed by Max Watkins

IN THE KEY OF OSCAR
Canada 1992  • 94 mins • Directed by William R. Cunningham & Sylvia Sweeney
Film about the great
Oscar Peterson

IN THE KEY OF EH; PAUL BLEY
Canada • 1996 • 25mins

HERE'S TO LIFE; SHIRLEY HORN
1992 • 60mins
documentary about the great singer with Quincy Jones, Carmen McRae and Johnny Mandel
INTRODUCTION TO JAZZ
USA 1952 • Directed by Dennis Sanders

IRAKERE MUSIC
Cuba ?? • 19 mins • Directed by Melchor Casais
Short film about the very best jazz group to come out of Havana, Cuba

IT'S A JAZZ THING (see Bradford Marsalis)

IT’S TIME FOR ‘T’. JACK TEAGARDEN
USA 1996 • 120 mins • Directed by Bob Gibbons
Entertaining film about one of jazz's greatest trombonists. Includes interviews with Jack, Charlie and Norma Teagarden

JABULA - A BAND IN EXILE
UK 1981 • 40mins • Directed by Jan Bussemaker
Film about the South African group in England

JACK JOHNSON
USA 1970 • 88 mins • Directed by William Clayton
Sound track by Miles Davis with Herbie Hancock, John McLaughlin, Steven Grossman, Jack de Johnette and Billy Cobham

JACK JOHNSON, THE RISE AND FALL OF
USA 2004 • 214 mins • Directed by Ken Burns
This is Burn's latest film for American TV covering the same subject as the above film. This time the soundtrack is by Wynton Marsalis

JACK SHELDON IN NEW ORLEANS
USA1988 • 60 mins • Directed John Beyer (P)
The great west coast trumpeter in performance.

JACKIE McLEAN ON MARS
USA 1979 • 30 mins • Directed by Ken Lenvis
Profile of the post bop altoist playing with his septet and teaching

JACKIE PARIS : TIS AUTUMN,THE SEARCH FOR JACKIE PARIS
USA 2007 • 99mins • Directed by Raymond De Felitta
documentary about long forgotten fifties singer Jackie Paris. Features James Moody, Teddy Charles, Howerd Rumsey etc

 

JAKI BYARD
1980 • 25 mins • (P)
Solo and with his big band 'The Apollo Stompers'

JAMES BOOKER: BAYOU MAHARAJAHUSA
2013 • 90mins • Directed by Lily Keber
The life and music of New Orleans piano legend James Booker with Harry Connick Jr and Dr John

JAMIE CULLAM; LIVE AT BLENHEIM PALACE (P)
The young singer and pianist live at the UK Stately Home

JAMMING The Art and Discipline of Business Creativity

JAMMIN' THE BLUES
USA 1944 • 10 mins • Directed by Gjon Mili
One the very best short films about jazz. Shot in an almost film noir style with Lester Young, 'Sweets' Edison, Illinois Jacquet, Jo Jones, Barney Kessel, John Simmons and Marie Bryant (vocals)

 

 

JAMMIN' (aka J.A.T.P.)
1950 • 11mins • Directed by Gjon Mili
Long thought lost, here is Gjon Mili's
The un - released follow-up to "Jammin' The Blues." Although "Celebrity" & "Ballade" (both featuring Charlie Parker) have long been available on albums, and some of the footage of Bird appears in the film "Celebrating Bird," the majority of the film is new, and the solos are magnificent throughout. In addition to Bird, the musicians include
Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, Bill Harris, Flip Phillips, Sweets Edison, Hank Jones, Ray Brown, Buddy Rich & Ella Fitzgerald ( clip below)

 

JANE MONHEIT LIVE AT THE RAINBOW ROOM
2002 • 100 mins •

JAZZ AMERICA
• Directed by Stanley Dorfman

J. A. T. P. ( Jazz at the Philharmonic)
USA 1950 • 15 mins • Directed by Gjon Mili
This film is "Jammin" (see above)

JAZZ AT THE MALTINGS
UK TV 1968 ( see TV)

JAZZ AT THE SMITHSONIAN
USA 1982 • 58 mins ( series)
Various performances under the leadership of the following; Benny Carter, Art Farmer, Bob Wilbur, Joe Williams, Mel Lewis, Red Norvo, Art Balkey, Red Norvo

JAZZ AT THE HALFNOTE
USA • 28 mins
Lennie Tristano Quintet (see TV)

THE JAZZ BARONNESS • USA • 2009 • 82 mins • Directed by Hanna Rothschild (DVD available)
With Chico Hamilton, Quincy Jones Sonny Rollins, Roy Haynes
Narrated by Helen Mirren
Film about Baroness Panonnica Rothschild de Koenigswarter. A friend and supporter of early bebop stars like Monk and Parker

JAZZ COUNTERPOINT: DANNY BARKER
1985 • 28 mins
Billy Taylor interviews and plays duets with the legendary New Orleans
guitarist.

JAZZ DANCE
USA 1954 • 22 mins • Directed by Roger Tilton
filmed in New York with Jimmy Archey, Jimmy McPartland, Pee Wee Russell, Willie 'The Lion' Smith, Pops Foster and George Wettling

JAZZMAN FROM THE GULAG
France 1999 • 58 mins • Directed by Pierre-Henry Salfati
Film of German trumpeter star of the forties Eddie( Jack ) Rosner ( see TV pages under UK, Storyville)

JAZZ GREATS AT THE MONTREAL INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL
1985 • 89 mins
Hosted by Oscar Peterson with Miles Davis, Maynard Ferguson, Dizzy Gillespie, Cleo Laine, Tony Bennett, Pat Metheny, Buddy Rich, Sarah Vaughan, Ray Charles, Stephane Grappelli, Jean-Luc Ponty, Dave Brubeck, Sonny Rollins etc.

JAZZ IN EXILE
USA 1978 • 30 mins • Directed by Chuck Francis
Film about jazzers in Europe including
Phil Woods, Richard Davis, Dextor Gordon Freddie Hubbard and McCoy Tyner

JAZZ IN MONTMARTRE; THE BUD POWELL TRIO (see Bud Powell)
1962 • 5 mins
w. Niels-Henning Orsted-Pedersen & Jorn Elniff

JAZZ IN THE PIAZZA
Italy • 1974 • 78 mins • Directed by Pino Adriano
Film of the 1974 Umbria Jazz Festival with Horace Silver Quintet, Charlie Mingus Band, Gerry Mulligan, Thad Jones/ Mel Lewis Big Band, Sonny Stitt Quintet, Keith Jarrett and Anthony Braxton with Dave Holland and Sam Rivers

JAZZ IS MY NATIVE LANGUAGE; A PORTRAIT OF TOSHIKO AKIYOSHI
USA 1983 • 60 mins • Directed by Renee Cho
with
Lew Tabackin. Film of the Japanese American pianist, composer and big band leader.

JAZZ IS OUR RELIGION
UK • 1971 • 50 mins • Directed by John Jeremy
One of John's first films focuses on the photographs of Valerie Wilmer, one of the jazz world’s great practitioners, while a who’s who of jazz, comment. With Jazz poems by Langston Hughes and Ted Joans.

THE JAZZ MAN, Keeping the Be-bop spirit alive in a modern Hip-hop age ( See news page for trailer)
UK • 2013 • 60 mins • Directed by Abi Lewis
A film about Keith Crombie and the Jazz Café in Newcastle UK. This film has now be issued as THE GEORDIE JAZZ MAN (See above)

THE JAZZ MESSENGER; ART BLAKEY
1987 • 80mins
documentary on Blakey with Wayne Shorter, Courtney Pine, Dizzy Gillespie, Walter Davis, Jr.,Benny Golson, Roy Haynes, Wynton Marsalis, Curtis Fuller,Terence Blanchard & Donald Harrison.


JAZZ ON A SHOE STRING; PETER IND
UK • 1999 • 55mins
Film about the great UK bassist, a one time Lennie Tristano sideman and founder of Wave Records

JAZZ ON A SUMMERS DAY (DVD available)
USA • 1960 • 90 mins • Directed by Bert Stern
Colourful record of the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival. A jazz line up to die for, including Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk, Dinah Washington, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, George Shearing, Jim Hall, Rex Stewart, Sonny Stitt, Bob Brookmeyer, Anita O’Day, Jimmy Giuffre, Jack Teagarden, Buck Clayton and for some strange reason, a very young Chuck Berry. (below is Anita o'Day iconic performance in the film. This DVD is a must for all jazz film lovers)

 

JAZZ ON THE WEST COAST: THE LIGHTHOUSE (DVD available)
USA 2005 • 78 mins • Directed by Ken Koenig
New film about the famous Jazz Club on Hermosa Beach near Los Angelos. The bass player Howard Rumsey led various groups there for nearly twenty years. These groups featured the very best of West Coast musicians who would also make a valuable contribution to numerous soundtracks of Hollywood movies of the Fifties and early Sixties. Many of them would also make appearances in films. Includes interviews with Rumsey, Bud Shank etc

JAZZ; THE INTIMATE ART
USA 1968 • 54 mins • Directed by Robert Drew
With Armstrong, Gillespie, Brubeck and Charles Lloyd with Keith Jarrett

JAZZ SEEN: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF WILLIAM CLAXTON
Germany • 2001• ? mins • Directed by Julian Benedickt
Movie about the great jazz photographer from the director of BLUE NOTE; A HISTORY OF MODERN JAZZ

JAZZ 625 (see TV page)

JAZZ WOMEN
USA / Italy • 2001• Directed by Gabriella Morandi
with Abbey Lincoln, Annie Ross, Dakota Staton and Etta James

JAZZ WOMEN ON VIDEO: FOREMOTHERS 1932-1952
28 mins •
with Nina Mae McKinney and Eubie Blake, Helen Humes with Count Basie, Maxine Sullivan, Ida Cox, Sister Rosetta Thorpe with Lucky Millinder, Billie Holiday with Basie, Rita Rio & Her Mistresses Of Rhythm, Ada Leonard's All- American Girl Orchestra & The International Sweethearts Of Rhythm.

JESSICA WILLIAMS in Solo Performance
USA 1998 • Directed by Paul Marshall

JIM HALL: A LIFE IN PROGRESS
USA 1998 • 60 mins • Directed by Bruce Ricker
Portrait of the great guitarist with Chico Hamilton, Pat Metheny, Joe Lovano, Greg Osby

JIMMY SCOTT; ALONE TOGETHER
USA 2000 • 40 mins • Directed by Matthew Buzzell
Portrait of the ex Lionel Hampton singer who has made something of comeback in the last couple years.

JIMMY SCOTT; IF YOU ONLY KNEW
USA 2002• 77 mins • Directed by Matthew Buzzell
This is an upgraded version of the above with more live footage which takes into account Scott's recent comeback


JOE ALBANY; A JAZZ LIFE (DVD)
USA 1980 • 57 mins • Directed by Carole Langer
Film about the wayward bop pianist. Joe talks about his career and personal problems. Great performances from his trio playing a selection of Parker numbers and ballads. With Chris Berg (bass) and Lee Abrams (drums)

 

 


JOE WILLIAMS; A Portrait in Song
USA 1997 • 53 mins • Directed by Burrill Crohn
Film about the great Count Basie vocalist

JOHNNY GRIFFIN AT THE VILLAGE VANGUARD (P)
USA 1988 • 60 mins • Produced by Ben Sidran
Straight live performance

JOHNNY GRIFFIN: THE JAZZ LIFE
1981• 55 mins
with Ronney Matthews(pno) Kenny Washington (drums) and
Ray Drummond
(bass)

JOHNNY MERCER; THE DREAMS ON ME (DVD available)
USA/UK • 100 mins • Directed by Bruce Ricker
Another wonderful Clint Eastwood produced documentary. on the great American songwriter.

JOHN CARTER AND BOBBY BRADFORD
1980 • 60mins • (P)

JOHN COLTRANE ( see COLTRANE LEGACY)

JOHN COLTRANE; ST JOHN COLTRANE
UK 2003 • 40 mins • Directed by Lol Lovett
This film includes rare footage of Coltrane playing 'A Love Supreme' at the Antibes Jazz Festival. It has interviews with Benny Golson, Archie Shepp and the British MP Ken Clark

JOHN COLTRANE QUARTET IN BELGIUM
1964? • 38 mins

JOHN COLTRANE ( see World According to John Coltrane)

JOHN HAMMOND; FROM BESSIE SMITH TO BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
USA 1987 • 60 mins • Directed by Hart Perry
Portrait of the legendary producer and writer. A very important figure in the history of jazz and noted for his promotion of racial integration in jazz.

JOHN ZORN: A BOOKSHELF ON TOP THE TOP OF THE SKY
2002 • 82mins • Directed by Claudia Heuremann

KANSAS CITY ; JAZZ 34 (DVD available)
USA 1996 • 55 mins • Directed by Robert Altman
All the musicians who worked on and appeared in the film Kansas City (see features)blowing together on the set of the Hey Hey Club. They include Jesse David, Ron Carter, Christian McBride, Don Byron, Victor Lewis, Russell Malone, Geri Allen, David Murray, Joshua Redman, James Carter, Nicholas Peyton and vocalist Kevin Mahogany. Narrated by Harry Belafonte

 

KEEP ON KEEPIN ON
USA  2014 • 84 mins • Directed by Alan Hicks
A new documentary about the great Clark Terry and one of his last pupils has been released.

KEEPING TIME;THE LIFE, MUSIC AND PHOTOGRAPHY OF MILT HINTON
USA 2002 • 59 mins • Directed by David Berger,Holly Maxson and Kate Hirson
One of the very best jazz films made about jazz musicians,this is about the great swing bassist who was,also responsible for the 8mm footage used in" A Great Day in Harlem" . With Hinton, Quincy Jones, Doc Cheatham, Richard Davis, Christian McBride, Joe Williams, Rufus Reid, Eddie Gomez, Jon Faddis, Clark Terry and Bradford Marsalis.

KEITH JARRETT; THE ART OF IMPROVISATION
UK 2004 •80 mins • Directed by Mike Dibb
Another fine film from the director / producer of the Miles Davis Story ( see this page)
Includes long interviews with Jarrett plus Gary Peacock (bass) and Jack DeJohnette (drums)

KID THOMAS and the Preservation Hall Band (P)
USA 1980 • 58 mins • Directed by Carl Colby

LAMBERT AND CO.
USA 1964 • 14 mins
Vocalist Dave Lambert and his group in the recording studios

LANGSTON HUGHES; The Dream Keeper
USA 1988 • 58 mins • Directed by St. Clair Bourne
Biography of the jazz poet. Music by drummer Max Roach

L. A. JAZZ; LIVE AT THE LIGHT HOUSE
USA 1981 • 30 mins x 4 • Directed by Louis J. Horvitz
collective personnel include Ahmad Jamal, Art Pepper, Jimmy Witherspoon, Freddie Hubbard, Carmen MacRae

LARS GULLIN; ??
Sweden ?? • 45 mins •

LAST DATE; ERIC DOLPHY
Neth 1992 • 92 mins • Directed Hans Hylkeman
With Dolphy, Hal Bennick and Buddy Colette, Ted Curson, Jaki Byard

LADY DAY; The Many Faces of Billie Holiday
USA 1991 • 60 mins • Directed by Matthew Sieg
with Harry Edison, Buck Clayton, Annie Ross and Carmen McRae

LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL
USA 1994 • 60 mins • Directed by Rochelle Calhoun
Film version of the stage play with Kimberly Herbert in the role of Holiday

LAMBERT AND CO
USA 1964 •
Short film about Dave Lambert auditioning

LAST OF THE BLUE DEVILS
USA 1979 • 90 mins • Directed by Bruce Ricker
Wonderful film about the great Kansas City swing musicians including Count Basie, Joe Turner, Jay McShann, Jo Jones, Budd Johnson etc.

THE LAST OF THE FIRST
USA 2004 • 88 mins • Directed by Anja Baron
This is about The Harlem Blues and Jazz Band, a group of vintage musicians who made their name in the 20's and 30's.
with
Al Casey, Lawrence Lucie, Bubba Brooks, Johnny Blowers, Ivan Rolle, Laurel Watson

LAST SOLO: KEITH JARRETT
1981• 92 mins •
Jarrett playing solo in Tokyo

L' ADVENTURE DU JAZZ
FRANCE 1969 • Directed by Louis and Claudine Pannasie
Those performing include Buck Clayton, Vic Dickenson,Budd Johnson, Willie
' The Lion' Smith, Count Basie, Duke Ellington
etc

LEADERS: JAZZ IN PARIS 1988 (DVD)
USA / France • 50 mins
with Lester Bowie, Arthur Blythe, Chico Freeman, Cecil McBee, Kirk Lightsey in concert

LEE KONITZ; PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST AS A SAXOPHONIST
USA • 83mins • Directed by Robert Daudelin

LEGEND OF BOP CITY
1998 • 52 mins
San Francisco's famous after-hours jazz club is remembered through a large collection of photos and interviews with Teddy Edwards, Frank Foster, Roy Porter, Clora Bryant & Herb Wong.

LEGEND OF TEDDY EDWARDS (DVD available)
USA 2001 • 85 mins • Directed. by Don McGlynn
This is McGlynn’s latest film about the veteran tenor sax who gained international recognition with the Max Roach/ Clifford Brown Quintet

 

LEGACY OF THE DRUM
USA 1970 • Directed by Sam Weiss
with Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis

LE JAZZ HOT; THE STORY OF JAZZ IN FRANCE
UK 1987 • 100 mins • Written By Russell Davis

LENNIE TRISTANO (see Jazz at the Half Note on this page and TV)

LENNIE TRISTANO:MANHATTON STUDIO(see Manhattan Studio on this page)

LENNIE TRISTANO: Copenhagen Concert (DVD available)
Denmark 1965 • 60 mins
The great post bop pianist playing solo at the Tivoli Gardens Concert Hall

LES McCANN TRIO ( see TV 'Jazz Casuals')

LES McCANN TRIO Live at Shelly Manne Club
USA 1970 • 30 mins • Directed by Jack Lewerke 
with Les McCann (piano & vocals) Jimmy Rowser (double bass) Donald Dean (drums)

LES PAUL - CHASING SOUND! (DVD available)
90 mins
with B.B. King, Tony Bennett, Chet Atkins

LES PAUL: THE WIZARD OF WAUKESHA
USA • 1979 • 60 mins • Directed by Catherine Orentreich
Superb documentary about the great guitarist covering most of his career

LESTER YOUNG (see Song of the Spirit)

LETS GET LOST
USA 1988 •120 mins • Directed by Bruce Weber
Film about Chet Baker

LIBERTY STREET BLUES
Canada 1988 • 78 mins •
documentary about New Orleans

LIFT THE BANDSTAND
USA • 50 mins • Directed by Peter Bull
Features
Steve Lacy (see below)

 

LIGHTHOUSE, THE (see Jazz on the West Coast)

1959, THE YEAR THAT CHANGED JAZZ
UK • 60 mins
documentary about four classic records released in 1959. Miles Davis; Kind of Blue, Dave Brubeck; Time Out. Charlie Mingus; Ah Um, Ornette Coleman; The Shape of Jazz to Come



LIONEL HAMPTON LIVE IN EUROPE.
Japan 1984 • 83 mins • Produced by Larry Finley
Lionel Hampton and his All-Star Band

LIONEL HAMPTON: JAZZ LEGEND: KING OF THE VIBES (DVD available)
70 mins

LISTEN; GERRY MULLIGAN

LISTEN UP; THE LIVES OF QUINCEY JONES (DVD available)
USA 1990 • 115 mins • Directed by Ellen Weissbrod

LIVING JAZZ
UK1961 • ? mins • Directed by Jack Gold
with the Bruce Turner Jump band with John Chilton (tpt), Jim Bray (bass) and Johnny Mumford (tbn)

LOL COXHILL (see 'Frogdance' on this page)

LOOKING FOR CHANO POZO
Cuba 1987 • 27 mins • Directed by Rebecca Chavez
Portrait of the great Cuban conga player who came to fame with Dizzy Gillespie big band of the forties.

LOUIS ARMSTRONG (see also SATCHMO)
Armstrong appeared in nearly two dozen feature films (see Features page )

LOUIS ARMSTRONG 1900-1971
USA 1971 • 59 mins • Produced by Joan Richman
a CBS TV news special made just after his death

LOUIS ARMSTRONG REMEMBERED
UK 1984 • 52 mins • Directed by Terry Henebery
with Arvill Shaw, Nat Pierce, Bob Haven, Barrett Deems and John Mince

LOUIS ARMSTRONG;THE WONDER FUL WORLD OF
UK 1984 • 56 mins • Directed by John Akofram
Same musicians as above and narrated by Humphrey Lyttelton

LOUIS ARMSTRONG
USA 1963 • 30 mins • Directed by Richard Moore
made for TV ( see TV pages 'Jazz casuals)


LOUIS ARMSTRONG
USA 1961 •25mins • Directed by Mike Bryan
The All Stars in performance (part of the Goodyear Tyre concerts made for TV
(see; Satchmo and TV)

LOUIS PRIMA: THE WILDEST (DVD)
USA 1999 • 90 mins • Directed by Don McGlynn
Prima was the jump jive king of the forties and fifties and with his wife; the vocalist Keely Smith had a number of hits. Prima is best known now as King Louis in the 'Jungle Book' and being the main reason for the feast in that great food film 'Big Night' (Below an early Prima plays with Pee Wee Russell)

 


MACHITO; A Latin Jazz Legacy
USA 1987 • 58 mins • Directed by Carlos Ortiz
Very good film about the Cuban Band leader Frank 'Machito' Grillo with Gillespie and Dextor Gordon

MANHATTON STUDIO
1984 • 75 mins documentary about the New York cool school of the late forties and fifties with Lennie Tristano, Lee Konitz, Warne Marsh, Sheila Jordan, Sonny Dallas

MARIAN MCPARTLAND: IN GOOD TIME
(DVD available from http://www.filmsbyhuey.com/films/in-good-time/.
USA • 2011 •  85 mins • Directed by Huey
with Billy Taylor, Elvis Costello, Dave Brubeck, Diana Krall, Bill Frisell, Nnenna Freelon, Renee Rosnes, Dick Hyman  

MARY LOU WILLIAMS; MUSIC ON MIND
USA 1989 • 57 mins • Directed by Joanne Burke
Film of the great pianist and composer with Gillespie and Buddy Tate

MAX ROACH IN SESSION
1980 • 29 mins
The making of the LP "Chattahoochie Red"

MAX ROACH; SIT DOWN AND LISTEN
USA 1984 • 60 mins

MAXINE SULLIVAN: LOVE TO BE LOVED
USA 1990 • 48 mins • Directed by Greta Schiller
Wonderful clips of the great singer with
Armstrong. Plus in concert with the Scott Hamilton Quintet and in the studio with Dick Hyman, Mel Lewis, Major Holley and Seldon Power

MAXINE SULLIVAN; LOVE AND BE LOVED
USA1990 • 50 mins

McCONNELL'S BOSS BRASS
Canada 1993 • 54 mins • Produced by Jim Swan
The great Big Band in concert made for Canadian TV

McCOY TYNER; LIVE AT THE WARSAW JAZZ JAMBOREE
1991 • 65 mins.
The great pianist, long associated with
John Coltrane, playing Solo in Poland

MEMPHIS IS IN EGYPT; CHARLES LLOYD
USA 1996 • 58 mins • Directed by Dorothy Darr
Portrait of the great tenor saxist and one time "Cannonball"l Adderly sideman

MEMORIES OF DUKE
USA 1984 • 85 mins • Directed by Gary Keys
Film about the 1968 Mexican tour

MICHEL PETRUCCIANI
USA 1986 • 54 mins • (P)
Live at he Village Vanguard N.Y. with Jim Hall (g) guesting

MICHEL PETRUCCIANI
France – Germany - Italy 2011 • 102 mins •  Directed by Michael Radford
documentary about the piano player with
Lee Konitz, Charles Lloyd and John Abercrombie

MIKE MAINIERI QUINTET
1982 • 60 mins • (P)
with Mainieri (vibes) Bob Mintzer (tenor) Warren Bernhart (pno) Eddie Gomez (bass) and Omar Hakim (dms)

MILT HINTON (see 'Keeping Time' on this page)


MILES AHEAD
USA 1986 • 60 mins • Directed by Mark Obenhaus
Portrait of Miles Davis with most of his associates being interviewed


MILES DAVIS STORY
UK 2000 • 100 mins • Directed by Mike Dibb
Comprehensive film made for UK TV

MILES DAVIS
USA 1959 • 28 mins • (P)
Often seen footage of Miles with classic group of Coltrane, Kelly, Chambers and Cobb plus the Gil Evans Orchestra

MILES AND FRIENDS
1991 • 60 mins
Miles Davis is reunited with former
band members Bill Evans the saxophonist, Herbie Hancock, Al Foster, Chick Corea, Dave Holland, Steve Grossman, Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, John Scofield, John MacLaughlin Darryl Jones in this concert from the Paris JVC Jazz Festival. Miles also appears with his regular band with Kenny Garrett, Devon Johnson, Richard Patterson, Joseph Foley Ma Creary and Ricky Wellman.

MILES ELECTRIC: A DIFFERENT KIND OF BLUE
USA 2004 • 87 mins • Directed by Murray Lerner
Film about Miles Davis later period with Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Dave Holland, Keith Jarrett, Gary Bartz, Jack DeJohnette, Airto etc.

THE MILLS BROTHERS STORY (DVD available)
USA 1987 • 56 mins • Directed by Don McGlynn
Another great documentary from McGlynn about the popular vocal trio of the thirties and forties.

1959, THE YEAR THAT CHANGED JAZZ
UK • 60 mins
documentary about four classic records released in 1959. Miles Davis; Kind of Blue, Dave Brubeck; Time out. Charlie Mingus; Ah Um, Ornette Coleman; The Shape of Jazz to Come

MINGUS
USA 1968 • 56 mins • Directed by Thomas Reichman
with Walter Bishop, Charlie McPherson, Lonnie Hillyer and Danny Richmond

MINGUS ( see Triumph of the Underdog) ( see Charlie Mingus)

MINGUS DYNASTY BAND (P)
The director Don McGlynn has made two films of this band in performance

MONK ET PLEYEL

MONK IN OSLO
Norway 1966 • 33 mins • Directed by Harald Steen Jr
Thelonious with Charlie Rouse (tnr), Larry Gales (bass) and Ben Riley (drums)

MUSIC IN PROGRESS - MIKE WESTBROOK
UK1978 • 44 mins • Directed by Charles Mapleston

MUSICIANS IN EXILE
Canada 1990 • 75 mins • Directed by Jacques Holender

MY NAME IS ALBERT AYLER
Sweden 2005 • 79 mins • Directed by Casper Collins
New film about the post Coltrane tenor men who died in 1970. With
Gary Peacock, George Wein,Sunny Murry, Donald Ayler, etc

NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL
USA 1962 • mins • Directed by Buddy Bregman
With Basie, Ellington. Peterson etc

NAT ADDERLEY
1981 • 60 mins (P)
with Jimmy Cobb, Larry Willis (P) and Walter Booker (bass)

NOTES FOR A JAZZ FILM / Appunti per un film sul jazz
Italy 1965 • 35 mins • Directed, by Gianni Amico
With Mal Waldron, Don Cherry, Ted Curson Johnny Griffin, Annie Ross and Gato Barbieri at the 1965 Bologna Jazz festival.

THE NAT GONELLA STORY
UK 1977 • 50 mins • Directed by Tony Staveacre
BBC TV documentary about the British trumpeter Nat Gonella

NIGHT IN HAVANA
USA 1988 • 85 mins • Directed by John Holland
Dizzy Gillespie in Cuba with Arturo Sandoval and Gonzalo Rubalcava

NIGHT IN TUNISIA (see Dizzy Gillespie)

A NIGHT OF JAZZ ; LIVE AT 'SWEET BASIL'
USA 1990 • 60 mins • Directed Electa Brown
The Art Farmer Quartet with Ron Carter (bass), Billie Higgins (drums)and Cedar Walton (pno) live at one of New York's most famous jazz clubs

NINA SIMONE AT RONNIE SCOTT
UK 1984 • 55 mins
Includes interviews as well performances at the club

JAZZ
USA 1972 •30 mins •
One of a series of 'Inside Music' made for US TV

THE ORIGINAL ROMPIN' STOMPIN' HOT AND HEAVY, COOL AND GROOVY ALL STAR JAZZ SHOW
USA • 1976 • 59 mins
TV show with Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, Herbie Hancock, Max Roach, drums, Stan Getz Gerry Mulligan, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Williams, Chico O'Farrill.

ORNETTE; MADE IN AMERCA
USA 1985 • 85 mins • Directed by Shirley Clarke
Film about the post bop alto player

ORNETTE COLEMAN : DAVID, MOFFETT AND ORNETTE
USA 1966 • 26 mins • Directed by Dick Fontaine
film about Coleman's trio with Davis Izenzon (bass) and Charlie Moffett (drums)

OSCAR ALEMAN; A SWINGING LIFE
Argentina 2002 • 104 mins • Directed by Herman Gaffet
Film about the the guitarist who came to prominence in Paris of the thirties
(see news page) ( below is one of the few clips of Oscar)

 

OLIVER JONES IN AFRICA
Canada 1990 • 53 min
Canadian pianist Oliver Jones with Dave Young (bass) and Archie Alleyne (drums)

OSCAR PETERSON; JAZZTALK ; IN THE KEY OF OSCAR
USA 1995 • 53mins •

PAUL HORNE QUINTET ( see TV 'Frankly Jazz)

PAUL HORN; THE STORY OF A JAZZ MUSICIAN
USA 1962 • 26 mins • Directed by Ed Spiegel
Portrait of the flute and sax player and his quintet at Shelley Manne's west coast club 'The Manne Hole'

PLAY YOUR OWN THING: A Story of Jazz in Europe
Germany 2006 • 90 mins • Directed by Julian Benedikt
Features leading European jazzers plus numerous clips of Jazz greats

PORTRAIT OF PEE WEE RUSSELL
1998 • 29 mins • Directed by Jud Yalkut
documentary about the great clarinet player

PHIL WOODS QUARTET
USA 1979 • 58 mins • (P)
Live at the Maintenance Shop, Iowea State University
with Mike Melillo (P) Steve Gilmore (bass) and Bill Goodwin (drums)

PHIL WOODS: A LIFE IN E FLAT (DVD available)
USA 2005 • 87 mins • Directed by Graham Carter
A film about the great alto man.

PIANO BLUES
USA 2003 • 85 mins • Directed by Clint Eastwood
This is Eastwood's contribution to Martin Scorsese 13 hour series on the blues. Features interviews with Dave Brubeck, Ray Charles and others as well as footage of Thelonious Monk and Art Tatum.

PIANO LEGENDS
USA 1986 • 60 mins • Directed by Burrill Crohn
with Tatum, Waller, Meade Lux Lewis, Mary Lou Williams, Bud Powell, Peterson, Brubeck etc and introduced by Chick Chorea

PIE PIE BLACKBIRD
USA 1932 • 9 mins • Directed by Roy Mack
with Eubie Blake and his Band

PLAYING AGAINST TIME ; BARBARA THOMPSON
UK 2010 • 75 mins • Directed by Mike Dibbs
Film about the British saxist and composer from the director of the
Miles Davis Story

PREZ; A JAZZ OPERA
UK 1985 • 55mins • Directed by John Jeremy

REAL COTTON CLUB
UK • 1985 • ? mins • Directed by John Jeremy
with
Cab Calloway, Adelaide Hall etc

REED ROYALTY
USA 1992 • 58 mins • Diected by Burrill Crohn
Branford Marsalis hosts this history of
jazz clarinetists and saxophonists. with clips of
Omer Simeon, Pee Wee Russell, Artie Shaw, Woody Herman, Benny Goodman, Harry Carney, Russell Procope, Jimmy Hamilton, Sidney Bechet, Jimmy Dorsey, Benny Carter, Johnny Hodges, Willie Smith, Gerry Mulligan, Charlie Parker, Sonny Stitt, Cannonball Adderley, Phil Woods, Lee Konitz, John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy, Ornette Coleman, Steve Lacy, Anthony Braxton, Jane Ira Bloom, Paquito D'Rivera.

RISING TONES CROSS
USA 1985/2005 • 111mins • Directed by Ebba John
Film about contemporary jazz in New York with John Zorn, Don Cherry, Charles Gay, William Parker, Charles Tyler, Peter Brotzmann, Billy Bang etc

ROLAND KIRK: The Case of the Three Sided Dream
USA 2016 • 87 mins • Directed by Adam Kahan
Docus about the multi instumentalist

RONNIE SCOTT AND ALL THAT JAZZ
UK 1989 • 60 mins • Written and narrated by John Fordham
BBC: Ominbus film about of the famous club celebrating Thirty years.

RUBY AND TINY, HELL DIVIN’ WOMEN
USA 1988 • 30 mins • Directed by Greta Schiller and Andrea Weiss
see 'International Sweethearts of Rhythm'

SARAH VAUGHAN The Devine One
USA 1987 • 57 mins • Produced by Diane Dufault

SARAH VAUGHAN; THE DEVINE ONE
USA 1991 • 60 mins • Directed by Matthew Seig
with Roy Haynes, Billy Eckstine and Joe William

SARAH VAUGHAN ; THE SARAH VAUGHAN STORY
USA 1991 • 57 mins • Directed by Toby Byron.

SARAH VAUGHAN : LIVE
USA 1984 • 55mins • Director by Phil Olsman
A concert featuring
Sarah Vaughan, with a special appearance
by Joe Williams.

SATCHMO THE GREAT
USA 1957 • 64 mins • Directed by Edward F. Murrow
Louis Armstrong and his All Stars on tour in Europe and Africa

SATCHMO; LOUIS ARMSTRONG
USA 1989 • 87 mins • Directed by Garry Giddens and Kendrick Simmons

SAVING JAZZ (see HERMAN LEONARD)

SEPTEMBER SONGS
Canada 2002 • 87 mins • Directed by Larry Weinstein
documentary about the German song writer Kut Weill best known amongst jazzers for Mack the Knife

SHELLY MANNE QUARTET
USA 1970 • 30 mins • Directed by Jack Lewerke  (P)
Live at Shelly's Manne Hole in L.A. with Ray Brown (bass), Hampton Hawes (pno) and Bob Cooper (tnr)

SHELLY MANNE (see TV ; Jazz Scene)

SHORTY ROGERS ( see TV ; Jazz Scene)

SHOW GIRLS
Canada 1998 • 52mins • Directed by Meilan Lam
Show Girls
celebrates Montreal's swinging Black jazz scene from the 1920s to the 1960s

SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO
USA 1955 •26 mins • Directed by Joseph Kohn
(seeTV)

SIDNEY BECHET: TREAT IT GENTLE
UK 1997 • 55 mins • Directed by Alan Lewens
An excellent film made for BBC Arena with Wynton Marsalis and Woody Allen passing comment. Fine footage of the great man in action



SISSLE AND BLAKE
USA 1923 • 6 mins • Directed by Lee De Forrest
Perhaps one of the first films featuring black jazz musicians. The singer Noble Sissle with accompanist Eubie Blake.
Lee Deforrest invented in 1920 a system of putting sound on to film and his New York studios made hundreds of short sound films between 1921 and 1926.

SIT DOWN AND LISTEN (see MAX ROACH)

SOFT IN THE CENTER
Ireland 1989 • 60 mins • Directed by Katy Radford
Andy Sheppard and his group in rehearsal with Hal Bennick and Chris Biscoe

SOLO FLIGHT; THE GENIUS OF CHARLIE CHRISTIAN (DVD available)
USA • 31mins •

SONG OF THE SPIRIT; The Story of Lester Young
1990 • 110 mins • Directed by Bruce Fredericksen
with John Lewis, John Hammond, Count Basie, Buck Clayton, Roy Eldridge and Jo Jones

SONNY ROLLINS - BEYOND THE NOTES
UK 2010 • 60 mins • Directed by Dick Fontaine
New documentary about the great tenor on his 80th birthday

SONNY ROLLINS LIVE AT LAUREN
Neth. 1973 • 36 mins (P)
with Bob Cranshaw and Walter Davis Jr

SONNY ROLLINS ; SAXOPHONE COLLOSUS
USA 1986 • 101 mins • Directed by Robert Mugge
Very good film about Rollins performing live in New York and Tokyo

SOUND OF JAZZ
USA TV 1957 • 60 mins • Directed by Jack Smight
include the Red Allen All Stars, Thelonious Monk, Billie Hollliday with Mal Waldron, Count Basie All Stars with Jimmy Rushing (seeTV)

SOUNDIES, THE
USA 1988 • ? mins • Directed by Don McGlynn
Soundies were three-minute films (about the length of a 78 record) produced between 1940 and 1946 by the MCM Corporation of America. These films featured most of the popular acts of the day including hundreds of great jazz musicians.
About eight of these films were joined together at a time, on one reel and were shown one at a time on prototype musical jukebox called a' Panorams'. Forerunners of MTV, these films were originally printed in reverse and a series of mirrors and reflectors projected them correctly on a glass screen inside the jukebox. At one time there were hundreds of these machines across the States in cafes, bars and restaurants and customers paid about a dime to see their favourite artist.
After the war the craze died and the films were sold off and a number of them were repackaged under different titles.
Today, these ‘soundies’ are an invaluable archive of jazz history and with Snader telescriptions have been repackaged over the years under different titles.
(see Shorts page; soundies)

 

SPIRITS OF HAVANA
Cuba 2000 • 90 mins • Directed by Bay Weyman and Luis Garcia

SPEAKING IN TONGUES: TRIBUTE TO ALBERT AYLER
• 80 mins •

SPITBALL STORY
USA 1997 • 21 mins • Directed By Jean Bach
The story of Diz being fired from the Calloway band with Gillespie,Cab Calloway, Milt Hinton, and Jonah Jones

STAN GETS; PEOPLE TIME
Germany 1993 • 60 mins
Good documentary film about the great Tenor man

STAN GETZ
67 mins •
Mal Wald ron (piano) Ben Riley (drums) and Yasuhito Mori (bass)

STAN GETZ AND CHET BAKER
1983 •69 mins • (P)
Live in Stockholm with James McNeely (P) George Mraz (bass) and Vic Lewis (drums)

STAN GETZ QUARTET (P)
1983 • 2 vols of 52 mins
Recorded live in California with
Jim McNeeley (P) Mack Johnson (bass) and Victor Lewis (drums)

STAN KENTON ( see TV; 'The Jazz Scene')

STAN KENTON: ARTISTRY IN RHYTHM
USA 2009 • 117mins • Directed by Graham Carter
Outstanding documentary about the the big band leader. There is a 1945 feature film of the same name

STAN TRACY: THE GODFATHER OF BRITISH JAZZ
UK ?? • 63 mins •
documentary about the British musician who was the 'house pianist ' at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in London for a number of years and accompanied all the leading US jazz stars who played there.

STEP ACROSS THE BORDER
Germany 1990 • 90 mins • Directed by Nicholas Humbert and Werner Penzel
documentary about Fred Firth with John Zorn Arto Lindsay, Iva Bittova, Joey Barron etc

STEPHANE GRAPELLI: A LIFE IN THE JAZZ CENTURY
UK 2002 • 128 mins • Directed by Paul Balmer
This movie includes all known footage of Django Reinhardt and features Yehudi Menuhin, Martin Taylor, George Shearing, Joe Venuti, Eddie Lang, Paul Whiteman, Diz Disley, John Ethridge, Bing Crosby and the Rhythm Boys, Duke Ellington, Gregor et ses and Art Tatum

STEPHANE GRAPELLI: LIVE IN SAN FRANCISCO
USA 1982 • 60 mins • Directed by Carlos Broullon and Raymond Poirier
with Diz Disley (gtr) Martin Taylor (gtr) and Jack Sewing (bass)

STEVE LACY
1983 • 50 mins • (P)
Live sextet performance in New York plus footage of Bechet, Coltrane, Monk and Gil Evans

STEVE LACY : LIFT THE BANDSTAND
USA 1985 • 50 mins • Directed by Peter Bull
documentary about the great sax player. Includes footage from the above film

ST LOUIS BLUES
USA 1929 • 15 mins • Directed by Dudley Murphy.
One of the earliest jazz shorts, featuring the great blues singer Bessie Smith in her only screen appearance, in a dramatic recreation of the title song.

STANLEY TURRENTINE AT THE VILLAGE GATE
USA 1990 • 54 mins • Directed by Andy Cotton
The great tenor man with Bob Fox (piano) Dave Styker (g),Scott Ambush (bass) and Scott Peeker (drums) live at the down town New York jazz club

THE STORY OF A JAZZ MUSICIAN
USA 1962 • 30 mins • Directed by Ed Spiegel
documentary about the flautist Paul Horn with Fred Katz (cello) Victor Gaskin (bass) and leading his Quintet at Shelly’s Manne Hole featuring  Paul Moer (piano) Emil Richards (vibraphone) Victor Gaskin (double bass) Milt Turner (drums)

STORY OF JAZZ

STRANGE FRUIT
USA 2002 • 57 mins • Directed by Joel Katz
documentary about the famous poem made famous by Billie Holiday with music by Don Byron

SUN RA ; A JOYFUL NOISE
USA 1980 • 60 mins • Directed by Robert Mugg

SWING UNDER THE SWASTIKA
UK 1987 • ? mins • Directed by John Jeremy

SWING THING
UK 2008 • 90mins.
History of the music from the early twenties till the present day.

SWINGMEN IN EUROPE
France 1977 • 90 mins • Directed by Jean Mazeas
A variety of jazz performances that have often been edited into different films of various lengths for video distribution. Featuring Sammy Price, Jo Jones, 'Doc' Cheatham, J. C. Heard, Teddy Buckner, Gene Connors, ' Illinois'Jacquet etc

SWORN TO THE DRUM
Cuba 1994 • 35 mins • Directed by Les Blank

SYMPHONY IN BLACK
USA1934 • 9 mins • Directed by Fred Waller
Duke Ellington and his Orchestra with Billie Holiday

TALMAGE FARLOW
USA 1981 • 60 mins • Directed by Lorenzo DeStefano
Film about the great guitarist Tal Farlow with Red Norvo, Red Mitchell and George Benson

TAMBO JAZZ
Panama 1992 • 38 mins • Directed by Gerardo Maloney
History of jazz in Panama

TATUM LEGACY (see ART TATUM)

TEDDY WILSON (see Playback on the TV page)

TENOR TITANS
USA 1992 • 60 mins
Branford Marsalis introduces this history of
jazz tenor saxophonists. with Coleman Hawkins,Bud Freeman, Georgie Auld, Don Byas, Ben Webster, Lester Young, Wardell Gray, Warne Marsh, Zoot Sims, Stan Getz, Paul Gonsalves, Eric Dixon, Sal Nistico, Frank Foster, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Sam "The Man" Taylor, Illinois Jacquet, Dexter Gordon, Charles Rouse, John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, Archie Shepp, Sonny Rollins and David Murray.

TEXAS TENOR;THE ILLINOIS JACQUET STORY
USA 1992 • 81 mins • Directed by Arthur Elgort
On the road and in performance with the Swing era saxist. With Gillespie, Rollins Clark Terry and Lionel Hampton

 

THATS BLACK ENTERTAINMENT
USA 1989 • 60 mins • Directed by William Greaves and G. William Jones
Film of black cinema during the 30's and 40's with Lena Horne, Nat King Cole and Cab Calloway

THAT'S THE SPIRIT.
USA 1933 • 12 mins • Directed by Roy Mack
A short featuring the Noble Sissle Band with Buster Bailey, Wilbur De Paris, Cora La Redd and the Washboard Serenaders.

THELONIOUS MONK; AMERICAN COMPOSER
USA 1991 • 60 mins • Directed by Matthew Seig

with Barry Harris, Randy Weston and Ben Riley

THELONIUS MONK; STRAIGHT NO CHASER (DVD available)
USA 1988 • 90 mins • Directed by Charlotte Zwerin
Intimate portrait of the bop and post bop pianist

THELONIUS MONK; MONK IN OSLO

TIL THE BUTCHER CUT HIM DOWN
USA 1971 • 54 mins • Directed by Philip Spalding
Film about New Orleans trumpeter 'Punch' Miller and features a host of stars of New Orleans jazz.

TIMEX ALL STAR SWING FESTIVAL
USA 1972 • ?? mins • Directed by Grey Lockwood
Concert filmed at the Lincoln Center, New York. Hosted by Doc Severinsen, with Count Basie, Duke Ellington and his Orchestra, Ella Fitzgerald, The Tommy Flanagan Trio, The Benny Goodman Quartet, Doc Severinsen, Bobby Hackett, Max Kaminsky, Dizzy Gillespie, Barney Bigard, Earl Hines, The Dave Brubeck Quartet

TO THE COUNT OF BASIE
UK 1979 • 52 mins • Directed John Jeremy

TOKYO BLUES Jazz and Blues in Japan
USA 1999 • 62 mins • Directed. by Craig McTurk

TOM HARRELL in Performance
USA 1991•

TONY BENNET: THE MUSIC NEVER ENDS
USA • 2008 • 90mins. Directed by Bruce Ricker
Another great Clint Eastwood produced movie tracing the singers career.

TOOTS THIELEMANS IN NEW ORLEANS
USA 1988 • 60 mins • Directed John Beyer
Live performance with Fred Hersch at the piano

TORONTO JAZZ
Canada 1963 • 27 mins • Directed by Don Owen
with Lenny Breau trio, the Don Thompson Quintet and the Alf Jones Quartet.

TOSHIKO AKIYOSHI
1984 • 58 mins (P)
The Big Band with Lew Tabackin (tnr)
(see Jazz is My Native Language)

TRAD JAZZ BRITANNIA
UK 2012 • 60mins • Directed john Williams
documentary about the British post war-war traditional jazz revival scene. Featuring
Chris Barber, Acker Bilk, Wally Fawkes and unseen interviews with the late Humphrey Lyttelton and George Melly. Narrated by Roger McGough.

TREAT IT GENTLE (see Sidney Bechet)

TRIBUTE TO ANTONIO CARLOS JOBIN
Brazil 1994 • 60 mins? • Directed by Walter Salles
Film about the composer of all those samba numbers. It features Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson and Gonzalo Rubalcaba

TRIUMPH OF THE UNDERDOG (see Charles Mingus)

TRUMPET KINGS
USA 1985 • 73 mins • Directed by Burrill Crohn
Introduced by Bradford Marsalis. documentary about jazz trumpet from Armstrong onwards

TUBBY HAYES: MAN IN A HURRY(DVD available)
UK 2015 •  55mins • Directed by Mark Baxter & Lee Cogswell
One of Britain finest players is featured in this documentary
with contributions from Simon Spillett, Ray Gelato and Spike Wells

WARDELL GRAY; FORGOTTEN TENOR
USA 1994 • 136 mins • Directed by Abraham Ravett
Portrait of the great swing player. Interviews with Art Farmer, Clark Terry, Buddy DeFranco, Anita Gray McClelland, Gus Johnson and Teddy Edwards plus members of his family

WARREN VACHE ALL STARS (P)
2001• 60 mins
Live in Bern with Howard Alden, Jesse Davis, Alvin Queen etc.

WILD MAN BLUES
USA 1998 • 100 mins • Directed by Barbara Kopple
On the road with Woody Allen's New Orleans Jazz Band in Europe. An entertaining film but lets hope Woody doesn't give up his day job

WILD WOMEN DON'T HAVE THE BLUES
USA 1989 • 58 mins • Directed by Christine Dall
Film about early female jazz singers including Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, Ethel Waters, Alberta Hunter and Ida Cox

WILLIE THE LION
USA 2001 • 57 mins • Directed by Marc Fields
Portrait of Willie 'the Lion' Smith one of the greatest stride pianists in the history of jazz

WOODY HERMAN AND HIS ORCHESTRA
USA 1938 • 9mins • Directed by Roy Mack
with vocalist Lee Wiley

WOODY HERMAN: BLUE FLAME (DVD available)
USA  2012 • 110 mins • Directed by Graham Carter
New documentary on the great swingman. ( see trailer below)


WOMEN IN JAZZ ( TV SERIES)
USA 1981 • Produced by Burril Crohn
These films were introduced amongst others by
Carmen McRae and Marian McPartland and featured Helen Humes, Carla Bley and Mary Lou Williams

WORLD ACCORDING TO JOHN COLTRANE
USA 1990 • 60 mins • Directed by Toby Byron and Robert Palmer
Mainly performance material with Alice Coltrane commenting. with Wayne Shorter, Jimmy Heath, Tommy Flanagan, Roscoe Mitchell & Alice Coltrane, the footage includes silent colour home movies of Trane's last band at the Newport Jazz Festival, and there is a snippet of Trane's first recording, a 1946 alto sax rendering of "KoKo."

WORLD SAXOPHONE QUARTET
USA 1992 • 5 mins • Directed Barbara McCollough
with David Murray

WYNTON MARSALIS: CATCHING A SNAKE
UK •1985 • 60mins
Documentary about the young Wynton Marsalis with Ellis Marsalis and Art Blakey

WYNTON MARSALIS; BLUES AND SWING
USA 1988 • 79 mins • Directed by Stanley Dorfman

ZOOT SIMS QUARTET
USA 1970 • 30 mins • Directed by Jack Lewerke  (P)
with Roger Kellaway (pno), Larry Bunker (drums)and Chuck Berghofer (bass) live at Donte's Jazz Club in L.A.

ZOOT SIMS AND RED MITCHEL : IN A SENTIMENTAL MOOD (DVD available)
Sweden • 1984 • 51 mins
Gerry and Red playing and in conversation with Rune Gustafsson (gtr)

 




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