Chip Taylor Communications

Subject: Arts: Music

Introduction to Music Series

A series of programs that not only introduces viewers to the basics of music and musical instruments, but also to a variety of musicians who share with viewers the joy and rewards that come from having music as a part of one's life. Series: 8 programs (7 to 60 minutes). Click for more

The Story of Jazz: New Orleans Stomp

"Recommended. There are over 20 selections digitally recreated from 78 rpm recordings that play while tour guide McCusker visits the places where jazz was first played, talks about how jazz music came together, and gives more detailed information about the early pioneers in jazz. The viewer sees the places where the musicians lived and learns about the culture that produced 'America's original music.' The historic value of the film is excellent, as is the quality of the musical selections." -EMRO Review
This program presents the story of jazz as told by New Orleans' local, John McCusker, whose popular "Cradle of Jazz" tour takes viewers to the places where the evolution of jazz began and where its pioneers lived. Here we see the homes and learn the history of great musicians and composers, such as Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, King Oliver, Charles Bolden, and the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, who helped turn jazz into a major art form. Filmed in the Crescent City during the French Quarter Jazz festival and the Spring festival of Mardi Gras, this documentary is a celebration of the city, its music and the happy people who congregate there to have a good time. And thanks to the efforts of acclaimed restorer Robert Parker, we hear excerpts of original classic jazz recordings. Produced by Stefan Sargent. 05/08DE JSCA 52 min.
Also See: Legends of Louisiana; USA: New Orleans

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