Top Classic Jazz movies on DVD and Blu-ray

Rent Bird on DVD Bird
Synopsis
Clint Eastwood labored for years to raise the money needed to bring this biography of Charlie Parker to the big screen. Nicknamed "Yardbird," Parker was a virtuoso saxophonist whose innovations revolutionized jazz. Despite his musical genius, Parker was hopelessly addicted to drugs. At the film's center looms the hulking presence of Forest Whitaker, who delivers a great performance in a complex role.
Cast
Cast
Forest Whitaker, Diane Venora, Michael Zelniker, Arlen Dean Snyder, Samuel E. Wright, Keith David, Michael McGuire, James Handy, Damon Whitaker, Sam Robards, Morgan Nagler
Director
Director
Clint Eastwood
Genres
Genres
Drama, Biographies, Showbiz Dramas, Jazz Greats, Classic Jazz, Jazz & Easy Listening
Rent Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser on DVD Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser
Synopsis
Madness and genius are often inexplicably intertwined, as was the case with brilliant jazz pianist Thelonious Monk, who spent his last years living as a virtual hermit. Straight, No Chaser's archival footage only hints at the madness to come. Interviews with Monk's family and collaborators complement footage shot in 1968 for German television in this music-filled portrait of talent and torment.
Cast
Cast
Thelonious Monk, Tommy Flanagan, Samuel E. Wright
Director
Director
Charlotte Zwerin
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Jazz & Easy Listening, Classic Jazz, Jazz Greats
Rent Ken Burns: Jazz on DVD Ken Burns: Jazz
Synopsis
Acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns celebrates jazz, the "most American art form," by following its substantial growth and development over the decades -- from its origins in blues and ragtime through its evolution into swing, bebop and fusion.
Cast
Cast
Keith David, Wynton Marsalis, Gary Giddins, Stanley Crouch
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, TV Miniseries, Classic Jazz, Historical Documentaries, Jazz & Easy Listening, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, PBS
Rent The Miles Davis Story on DVD The Miles Davis Story
Synopsis
This British documentary shows the complex layers of legendary jazz trumpeter Miles Davis, who was a major innovator in post-bop, cool jazz, hard-bop and fusion. Davis's raw-edged trumpet tones were some of the most evocative sounds ever heard. This profile captues the magnificent and mercurial artist -- one of the most identifiable and misunderstood pop icons of the 20th century -- through rare footage and interviews.
Cast
Cast
Miles Davis, Clark Terry, Herbie Hancock, Dave Holland, Chick Corea, Dave Liebman, Marcus Miller, John McLaughlin, Shirley Horn, Jimmy Cobb, George Avakian, Bob Weinstock, Ian Carr, Jack DeJohnette
Director
Director
Mike Dibb
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Biographical Documentaries, Classic Jazz, Jazz Greats, Jazz & Easy Listening, TV Documentaries, United Kingdom, Foreign Regions
Rent 'Round Midnight on DVD 'Round Midnight
Synopsis
In this moody drama, Gallic bebop buff Francis Borler (François Cluzet) befriends self-destructive jazz great Dale Turner (Dexter Gordon), an American expatriate who left seeking a more progressive audience. Addiction has taken its toll on the gifted saxophonist, but Borler's small acts of compassion spark a renewed -- if fleeting -- zest in the jaded performer, which is echoed in his music. Herbie Hancock's original score bagged an Oscar.
Cast
Cast
Dexter Gordon, François Cluzet, Gabrielle Haker, Sandra Reaves-Phillips, Lonette McKee, Christine Pascal, Herbie Hancock, Bobby Hutcherson
Director
Director
Bertrand Tavernier
Genres
Genres
Drama, Showbiz Dramas, 20th Century Period Pieces, Tearjerkers, Period Pieces, Classic Jazz
Rent Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer on DVD Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer
Synopsis
One of the greatest jazz singers of all time, Anita O'Day was adored by millions for her vibrant music and personality. In this documentary portrait, O'Day recounts her groundbreaking career and her battles with substance abuse. In addition to rarely seen performance footage and television interviews, jazz luminaries such as George Wein, Annie Ross and Will Friedwald also share their insight into O'Day's impact on the genre's history.
Cast
Cast
Anita O'Day, George Wein, Annie Ross, Will Friedwald
Director
Director
Ian McCrudden, Robbie Cavolina
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Jazz & Easy Listening, Jazz Greats, Classic Jazz, Biographical Documentaries
Rent Jazz on a Summer's Day on DVD Jazz on a Summer's Day
Synopsis
Filmed at the 1958 Jazz Festival at Newport, Rhode Island, this easygoing documentary affords an intimate, atmospheric glimpse of a historically significant musical event. Performing at the festival were jazz heavyweights such as Louis Armstrong, Chuck Berry, Thelonious Monk, Mahalia Jackson, Dinah Washington, Gerry Mulligan and Anita O'Day. Fascinating viewing for jazz and documentary fans alike.
Cast
Cast
Thelonious Monk, Chuck Berry, Louis Armstrong, Mahalia Jackson, Sonny Stitt, Big Maybelle
Director
Director
Bert Stern
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Classic Jazz, Jazz Greats, Vocal Jazz, Jazz & Easy Listening, Must-See Concerts
Rent Miles Electric: A Different Kind of Blue on DVD Miles Electric: A Different Kind of Blue
Synopsis
Filmmaker Murray Lerner deftly traces the evolution of visionary jazzman Miles Davis, who in the late 1960s began to enhance his sound with amped-up keyboards, guitars and funk rhythms, resulting in a seminal change in the musical genre. Lerner supplements the narrative with an uncut performance of Davis' awesome gig at the 1970 Isle of Wight festival. Included are interviews with Davis and contemporaries such as Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock.
Cast
Cast
Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock
Director
Director
Murray Lerner
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Jazz & Easy Listening, Classic Jazz, Biographical Documentaries
Rent Young Man with a Horn on DVD Young Man with a Horn
Synopsis
Thanks to a devoted mentor, young, idealistic Rick Martin proves to be a musician of the highest caliber. But his life hits a sour note when his troubled marriage, penchant for the bottle and stormy personality threaten to derail a promising career. Kirk Douglas plays the hard-drinking, passionate music man in this drama inspired by the life of jazz trumpeter Bix Beiderbecke. Lauren Bacall and Doris Day co-star as Rick's love interests.
Cast
Cast
Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall, Doris Day, Hoagy Carmichael, Juano Hernandez, Jerome Cowan, Mary Beth Hughes, Nestor Paiva, Orley Lindgren, Walter Reed, Frank Cady
Director
Director
Michael Curtiz
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Biographies, Music & Musicals, Classic Jazz, Jazz & Easy Listening
Rent A Great Day in Harlem / The Spitball Story on DVD A Great Day in Harlem / The Spitball Story
Synopsis
Director Jean Bach constructed a remarkable documentary around a renowned 1958 photograph. Taken for <i>Esquire</i> magazine, the photo looked like a class picture featuring 57 jazz legends who have never been together: Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie and scads of others. Through interviews and archival footage, Bach recreates the day the photo was snapped and reveals many of the stories it tells.
Cast
Cast
Quincy Jones, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Thelonious Monk, Art Blakey, Art Farmer, Count Basie
Director
Director
Jean Bach
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, African-American Documentaries, Classic Jazz, Jazz & Easy Listening
Rent Charles Mingus: Triumph of the Underdog on DVD Charles Mingus: Triumph of the Underdog
Synopsis
Filmmaker Don McGlynn examines the tumultuous personal life and creative legacy of jazz legend Charles Mingus as never before in this insightful documentary. Performance footage of Mingus, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and Gerry Mulligan accompanies interviews with Mingus disciples, radio performances and more. Songs include "Goodbye Porkpie Hat," "Epitaph" and "Peggy's Blue Skylight." Sue Mingus, the artist's widow, co-produced the production.
Cast
Cast
Charles Mingus, Gunther Schuller, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Gerry Mulligan
Director
Director
Don McGlynn
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Biographical Documentaries, Jazz Greats, Classic Jazz, Jazz & Easy Listening
Rent Let's Get Lost on DVD Let's Get Lost
Synopsis
Renowned photographer Bruce Weber directs this artful portrait of legendary trumpeter Chet Baker. Following Baker on the road for a year, the film also includes interviews with friends and family and boasts a top-notch soundtrack of Baker's music.
Cast
Cast
Chet Baker, Carol Baker, Vera Baker, Paul Baker, Dean Baker, Missy Baker, Chris Isaak, Lisa Marie, Dick Bock, William Claxton
Director
Director
Bruce Weber
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Jazz & Easy Listening, Jazz Greats, Classic Jazz
Rent One Night With Blue Note on DVD One Night With Blue Note
Synopsis
This historic all-star reunion concert recorded on February 22, 1985, features top Blue Note label artists live from New York's Town Hall. Featured is footage of Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Tony Williams and more. Bobby Hutcherson, Grover Washington Jr., Kenny Burrell, Reggie Workman, Grady Tate, Johnny Griffin, Art Blakey, McCoy Tyner, Jackie McLean, Jack DeJohnette and Jimmy Smith also appear.
Cast
Cast
Freddie Hubbard, Grover Washington Jr., Ron Carter, Joe Henderson
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Jazz Greats, Jazz & Easy Listening, Classic Jazz
Rent Storyville: The Naked Dance on DVD Storyville: The Naked Dance
Synopsis
This documentary is the first to profile America's legendary -- and legal -- red-light district, which thrived in New Orleans from 1898 until the U.S. Navy closed it permanently in 1917. It was an area filled with the raucous rhythms of a new American music called jazz, excitement -- and sin. Set against the backdrop of Victorian morality, 2,000 prostitutes worked the 16 square blocks of twinkling lights and rat-infested alleyways.
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Cast
Director
Director
Anne O. Craig, Maia Harris
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Classic Jazz
Rent An Evening of Fourplay: Vols. 1 & 2 on DVD An Evening of Fourplay: Vols. 1 & 2
Synopsis
Modern jazz's fab four (Bob James, Lee Ritenour, Nathan East and Harvey Mason) join forces for a live performance at the Capital Studio in Los Angeles, pumping out mellow melodies with smooth names such as "Midnight Stroll," "Moonjogger" and "Between the Sheets." The quartet is joined by special guests Chaka Kahn, Phillip Bailey and Phil Perry, whose collective talents make for a pleasing mix of pop, R&B and jazz.
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Cast
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Jazz & Easy Listening, Classic Jazz
Rent Oscar Peterson: Music in the Key of Oscar on DVD Oscar Peterson: Music in the Key of Oscar
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In this award-winning autobiographical portrait, legendary jazz pianist Oscar Peterson narrates his story, from his beginnings in smoke-filled Montreal clubs to hallmark performances with jazz greats. Concert footage includes an unforgettable combo -- Nat King Cole with Jazz at the Philharmonic and the Oscar Peterson Trio Wall reunion. Quincy Jones, Ella Fitzgerald and Dizzy Gillespie are interviewed, among others.
Cast
Cast
Oscar Peterson, Ella Fitzgerald, Quincy Jones, Dizzy Gillespie, Herb Ellis, Nat King Cole
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Jazz Greats, Classic Jazz, Jazz & Easy Listening, Biographical Documentaries
Rent Bill Evans Trio: The Oslo Concerts on DVD Bill Evans Trio: The Oslo Concerts
Synopsis
Two concerts from jazz great Bill Evans and his trio showcase the talent that influenced scores of fellow piano players. Evans won multiple Grammy awards in his stellar career, and musicians including Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea drew on his work to create their own styles. Filmed live in 1966 and 1980, this pair of performances features some of Evans's best-loved songs, including "Nardis," "Stella by Starlight," "Autumn Leaves" and more.
Cast
Cast
Bill Evans
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Jazz Greats, Jazz & Easy Listening, Classic Jazz
Rent John Coltrane: Impressions of Coltrane on DVD John Coltrane: Impressions of Coltrane
Synopsis
Legendary jazz saxophonist John Coltrane shines in this rare collection of nine vintage television performances, with fellow musical great Eric Dolphy and incomparable trumpet man Miles Davis on hand for several numbers. Selections include "Alabama," "Impressions," "Afro Blue," "The Duke," "Blues for Pablo," "New Rhumba," "My Favorite Things" (Coltrane's signature piece), "Impressions" and "So What?"
Cast
Cast
John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy, McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, Elvin Jones, Miles Davis, Gil Evans
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Jazz & Easy Listening, Jazz Greats, Classic Jazz
Rent Sonny Rollins: Saxophone Colossus on DVD Sonny Rollins: Saxophone Colossus
Synopsis
Saxophonist Sonny Rollins' long career is among the brightest and most respected in jazz. This 1986 documentary draws much of its performance material from two live concerts: one in a New York quarry, the other in a Tokyo orchestra hall. Director Robert Mugge also provides historical perspective on Rollins' work, which included collaboration with fellow music pioneers Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, Miles Davis and the Modern Jazz Quartet.
Cast
Cast
Sonny Rollins
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Jazz Greats, Jazz & Easy Listening, Classic Jazz
Rent Django Reinhardt: King of Jazz Guitar on DVD Django Reinhardt: King of Jazz Guitar
Synopsis
More than 50 years after his death, Django Reinhardt is still setting the standard for jazz guitarists all over the world, and this portrait of the Gypsy guitarist reveals his unique gift for playing and composing music. As Europe's first jazz legend, Reinhardt's unschooled two-finger style was uniquely his own. This program takes a closer look at his technical brilliance as well as the inspirations behind his melodic compositions.
Cast
Cast
Django Reinhardt
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Jazz & Easy Listening, Jazz Greats, Classic Jazz
Rent Jazz Icons: Wes Montgomery: Live in '65 on DVD Jazz Icons: Wes Montgomery: Live in '65
Synopsis
During intimate recording sessions in Holland, Belgium and England, legendary jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery showcases his remarkable improvisational skills as well as his unique picking technique while performing several of his most popular songs. When Montgomery's not jamming on tunes like "Four on Six," "West Coast Blues" or "The End of a Love Affair," viewers can catch candid moments of him chatting with his fellow musicians.
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Cast
Wes Montgomery, Pat Metheny
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Jazz & Easy Listening, Jazz Greats, Classic Jazz
Rent Jazz Icons: Dave Brubeck: Live '64 & '66 on DVD Jazz Icons: Dave Brubeck: Live '64 & '66
Synopsis
The legendary Dave Brubeck Quartet -- pianist Brubeck, saxophonist Paul Desmond, bassist Eugene Wright and drummer Joe Morello -- delights jazz aficionados in this classic collection of two previously unreleased 1960s concerts. Live from Belgium in 1964 and Germany in 1966, both concerts feature Brubeck's signature tune, "Take Five." The quartet also performs "Take the 'A' Train," "St. Louis Blues," "40 Days" and more.
Cast
Cast
Dave Brubeck, Dave Brubeck Quartet, Paul Desmond, Joe Morello, Eugene Wright
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Jazz & Easy Listening, Jazz Greats, Classic Jazz
Rent The Girls in the Band on DVD The Girls in the Band
Synopsis
Meet a spirited group of female jazz musicians who refused to let sexism and racism interfere with their love of performing during the Big Band era. Rarely seen performance clips and the women themselves tell their fascinating story.
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Cast
Director
Director
Judy Chaikin
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, Swing & Big Band, Classic Jazz, Jazz & Easy Listening
Rent Louie Bluie on DVD Louie Bluie
Synopsis
Before Terry Zwigoff turned his documentarian's lens on cartoonist R. Crumb, the ardent jazz and blues fan tracked down and profiled an artist -- Howard "Louie Bluie" Armstrong -- who'd caught his ear on a 1930s recording for this, his first feature. Armstrong leads one of the last remaining black string bands, but his talents don't end there, a fact the film makes abundantly clear as it follows the fiddler in his always-entertaining ramblings.
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Cast
Howard Armstrong, Ted Bogan, James "Yank" Rachell, "Banjo" Ikey Robinson
Director
Director
Terry Zwigoff
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Classic Jazz
Rent Dave Brubeck: Take Five in a Quartet on DVD Dave Brubeck: Take Five in a Quartet
Synopsis
For decades, jazz pianist Dave Brubeck has wowed critics and left audiences clamoring for more of his captivating musical style and spirit. This program features Brubeck at his best, showcasing his uncanny ability to infuse classic pieces with fresh energy and make new compositions both exciting and timeless. With Bobby Militello on saxophone and flute, Michael Moore on bass and Randy Jones on drums, this quartet is a lineup not to be missed.
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Cast
Dave Brubeck, Bobby Militello, Randy Jones, Michael Moore
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Jazz Greats, Classic Jazz
Rent Keiko Matsui Jazz Channel: BET on Jaz on DVD Keiko Matsui Jazz Channel: BET on Jaz
Synopsis
Keyboardist and composer Keiko Matsui performs a blend of jazz and New Age instrumental compositions before a live audience for the "BET on Jazz" program in Washington, D.C. Matsui and her band offer their renditions of "Night Hawks' Dream," "Kappa," "Night Waltz," "Forever, Forever" and "Light Above the Trees." Matsui also brings out her record-producer husband to play the shakuhachi; (a Japanese bamboo flute) for the final three numbers.
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Cast
Keiko Matsui
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Classic Jazz, Jazz & Easy Listening, New Age, Inspirational Music, Faith & Spirituality
Rent Jazz Icons: Dexter Gordon: Live '63 & '64 on DVD Jazz Icons: Dexter Gordon: Live '63 & '64
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Recorded at the peak of bebop legend Dexter Gordon's incredible career, this set of three European concerts features the tenor sax player performing classics such as "Blues Walk," "A Night in Tunisia," "Second Balcony Jump" and "You've Changed." Cited as a major influence by many great musicians, including John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins, Gordon lived many years in Copenhagen and Paris, enjoying considerable success throughout Europe.
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Cast
Dexter Gordon, Art Taylor , Kenny Drew
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Jazz & Easy Listening, Jazz Greats, Classic Jazz
Rent The Genius of Joe Pass on DVD The Genius of Joe Pass
Synopsis
Jazz great Joe Pass is the focus of this rich collection that features an abundance of virtuoso performances spanning 20 years of the guitarist's celebrated career, from 1962 to 1982. Along with both solo and group numbers, the program weaves in bits of interviews with Pass over the years, revealing the musician's thoughts about his art. Tracks include "The Song Is You," "Satin Doll," "Blues in G," "Prelude to a Kiss" and many more.
Cast
Cast
Joe Pass
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Classic Jazz, Jazz & Easy Listening
Rent Jumpin' & Jivin': Vol. 1 on DVD Jumpin' & Jivin': Vol. 1
Synopsis
Jazz legends swing in this collection of 27 performances that represent a treasured piece of American cultural history, showcasing the artistry of Duke Ellington, Lena Horne, Fats Waller, Gene Krupa and others. Produced as theatrical shorts in the 1940s and '50s, the clips also feature Cab Calloway, Louis Jordan, Dizzy Gillespie and Count Basie, as well as the classic songs "Sophisticated Lady," "Take the 'A' Train," "Ain't Misbehavin'" and more.
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Cast
Duke Ellington, Lena Horne, Fats Waller, Gene Krupa, Cab Calloway, Louis Jordan, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Jazz & Easy Listening, Classic Jazz, Jazz Greats
Rent Jazz Icons: Duke Ellington: Live in '58 on DVD Jazz Icons: Duke Ellington: Live in '58
Synopsis
American legend Duke Ellington and his big band (featuring Clark Terry, Johnny Hodges and Ray Nance) swing in this 1958 performance recorded live in Holland -- the first complete Ellington concert ever captured on film. Songs include "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)," "Mood Indigo," "Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue," "My Funny Valentine," "Sophisticated Lady," "In a Sentimental Mood" and many more timeless favorites.
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Cast
Duke Ellington, Duke Ellington Orchestra, Clark Terry, Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney, Paul Gonsalves, Quentin Jackson, Ray Nance
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Jazz & Easy Listening, Jazz Greats, Classic Jazz
Rent Young/Parker/Davis: Great Performances on DVD Young/Parker/Davis: Great Performances
Synopsis
This collection comprises performances by jazz greats Lester Young and Miles Davis and compiles nearly all available footage of the legendary Charlie Parker, including his only television performance: a 1952 appearance with Dizzy Gillespie. Episodes include "Jammin' the Blues" with Lester Young, "The Sound of Miles Davis," "Charlie Parker: TV Stage Entrance Show" and "Jazz at the Philharmonic," featuring an array of the era's greatest musicians.
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Cast
Charlie Parker, Miles Davis
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Jazz & Easy Listening, Classic Jazz
Rent Hollywood Rhythm: Vol. 1 on DVD Hollywood Rhythm: Vol. 1
Synopsis
Prompted by the introduction of sound into movies, this collection of short films dating back to the 1920s features a who's who of all-time jazz greats such as Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith, Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington. An authentic portrait of a bygone era, the compilation not only showcases an incredible level of artistry and musicianship but also the ugliness of racism and stereotyping endured by these amazing artists.
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Cast
Cab Calloway, Ethel Merman, Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Bessie Smith, Artie Shaw
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Classic Jazz, Blues, Musicals, Classic Movie Musicals, Urban & Dance, Jazz & Easy Listening
Rent Sidney Bechet: Treat It Gentle on DVD Sidney Bechet: Treat It Gentle
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Jazz pioneer Sidney Bechet collaborated with many icons of 20th-century American music, including Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and Bessie Smith. This engaging portrait retraces the soprano saxophonist's life, from his New Orleans youth through his rise to musical fame in New York, London and Paris. Bechet's legacy is touted by a host of friends and family, as well as more famous names such as Wynton Marsalis and Woody Allen.
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Cast
Sidney Bechet, Wynton Marsalis, Woody Allen
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Jazz & Easy Listening, Classic Jazz
Rent Legends of Jazz Guitar: Vol. 3 on DVD Legends of Jazz Guitar: Vol. 3
Synopsis
This third volume contains more vintage performances from legendary jazz guitarists such as Jim Hall, Pat Martino, Tal Farlow, Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis and Charlie Byrd. Filmed between 1964 and 1987, these BBC clips include classics like Hall's "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" and "My Funny Valentine." Also featured are Kessel and Ellis with "Oh! Lady Be Good"; Martino's "Do You Have a Name"; Farlow with "Fascinating Rhythm"; and more.
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Cast
Charlie Christian, Jim Hall, Herb Ellis
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Classic Jazz, Jazz & Easy Listening
Rent Cannonball Adderley: Live in '63 on DVD Cannonball Adderley: Live in '63
Synopsis
This program captures legendary jazz alto saxophonist Cannonball Adderley at the top of his game, accompanied by his celebrated sextet for two 1963 concerts: one in Switzerland and one in Germany. Backed by Nat Adderley on cornet, Yusef Lateef on wind instruments, Joe Zawinul on piano, Sam Jones on bass and Louis Hayes on drums, Adderley cuts loose on tunes such as "Jessica's Day," "Work Song," "Brother John" and "Jive Samba."
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Cast
Cannonball Adderley, Nat Adderley, Yusef Lateef, Joe Zawinul, Sam Jones, Louis Hayes
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Classic Jazz, Jazz Greats, Jazz & Easy Listening
Rent Erroll Garner in Performance on DVD Erroll Garner in Performance
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Legendary pianist Erroll Garner -- whose composing credits include the jazz standard "Misty" -- shines in this collection of rare performances from the 1960s that were originally filmed for BBC television. Backed by percussionist Kelly Martin and bassist Eddie Calhoun, Garner plays through memorable renditions of "Just One of Those Things," "Laura," "Honeysuckle Rose," "It Might as Well Be Spring" and "I Could Have Danced All Night."
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Cast
Erroll Garner, Kelly Martin, Eddie Calhoun
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Classic Jazz, Jazz & Easy Listening, Jazz Greats
Rent Charles Mingus: Live at Montreux 1975 on DVD Charles Mingus: Live at Montreux 1975
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This concert video captures jazz great Charles Mingus on film as he performs at the 1975 Montreux Jazz Festival just four years before his death. The world-famous bassist jams alongside Don Pullen (piano), Dannie Richmond (drums), George Adams (tenor sax) and Jack Walwrath (trumpet) on tunes such as "Take the A Train" and "Devil Blues." Special guests Gerry Mulligan (baritone sax) and Benny Bailey (trumpet) join in on "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat."
Cast
Cast
Charles Mingus
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Jazz & Easy Listening, Classic Jazz
Rent Fats Waller: This Joint Is Jumpin' on DVD Fats Waller: This Joint Is Jumpin'
Synopsis
From his childhood days playing the organ in church to dazzling crowds at Carnegie Hall, Fats Waller's colorful life and prolific career of iconic jazz composer and stride pianist is chronicled in this documentary. Interviews with Waller's family and colleagues shed light on the musician's legacy, and archival performances of tunes such as "Ain't Misbehavin'," "Honeysuckle Rose" and "Got Religion in My Soul" show the entertainer in top form.
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Cast
Fats Waller, Maurice Waller, Eddie Barefield, Marshal Royal, Sammy Price, Paul Machlin, Jean Huston
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Jazz Greats, Biographical Documentaries, Classic Jazz, Jazz & Easy Listening
Rent Brubeck Returns to Moscow on DVD Brubeck Returns to Moscow
Synopsis
A decade after his first trip to Moscow, celebrated jazz pianist Dave Brubeck returns to join the Russian National Orchestra for an evening at the world-renowned Moscow Conservatory. Playing with a small group of jazz musicians as well as with the orchestra, Brubeck illustrates his mastery of two separate styles of music and allows the virtuosity of the Russian musicians to shine through.
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Cast
Dave Brubeck
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Jazz Greats, Jazz & Easy Listening, Classic Jazz
Rent Jazz Collection on DVD Jazz Collection
Synopsis
The Legends Series Jazz Collection features some of the world's all-time best jazz musicians. Tracks include: In Your Own Sweet Way (Kenny Drew), The Blues (Dizzy Gillespie), Sky Lark (Dexter Gordon), New York, Little Man (Art Blakey), Sandy, Built for Comfort (Willie Dixon), Love Letter, Round Midnight (Red Rodney), The Night Has 1000 Eyes (Stan Getz) ... and much more!
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Cast
Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon, Stan Getz, Willie Dixon, Red Rodney, Art Blakey, Kenny Drew
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Jazz Greats, Jazz & Easy Listening, Classic Jazz
Rent A Night in Havana: Dizzy Gillespie in Cuba on DVD A Night in Havana: Dizzy Gillespie in Cuba
Synopsis
One of the first jazz musicians to incorporate Afro-Cuban rhythms in big-band orchestration, trumpet legend and bebop innovator Dizzy Gillespie traveled to Cuba to headline at Havana's Fifth International Jazz Festival. In this concert film of that performance, Gillespie treats the crowd to a series of songs that draw on the traditions of Cuban music, and intimate footage captures some priceless offstage moments with the jazz giant.
Cast
Cast
Dizzy Gillespie
Director
Director
John Holland
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Jazz & Easy Listening, Classic Jazz
Rent Dizzy Gillespie: Live at Royal Festival on DVD Dizzy Gillespie: Live at Royal Festival
Synopsis
Dizzy Gillespie is regarded as one of the greatest jazz artists of all time, and this concert featuring an incredible collection of jazz musicians is a testament to that. Filmed at the Royal Festival Hall in London, the concert includes Slide Hampton, Arturo Sandoval, Claudio Roditti and many others as they gather to perform with Gillespie as bandleader. Featured songs include "Manteca," "Moody's Mood for Love," "A Night in Tunisia" and others.
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Cast
Dizzy Gillespie, Arturo Sandoval, Flora Purim, Mario Rivera, Slide Hampton
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Classic Jazz, Jazz Greats, Jazz & Easy Listening
Rent Chick Corea: A Very Special Concert on DVD Chick Corea: A Very Special Concert
Synopsis
Legendary jazz pianist Chick Corea leads this incredible live performance, which reunites members of the Return to Forever lineup, including bassist Stanley Clarke, drummer Lenny White and Grammy-winning saxophonist Joe Henderson. A concert any jazz fan is sure to cherish, this set finds Corea and the band performing unforgettable renditions of tunes such as "L's Bop," "Why Wait," "500 Miles High" and "Guernica."
Cast
Cast
Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Joe Henderson, Lenny White
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Classic Jazz, Jazz & Easy Listening
Rent Elvin Jones: Jazz Machine on DVD Elvin Jones: Jazz Machine
Synopsis
Playing with legendary composer-saxophonist John Coltrane in his influential quartet, drummer Elvin Jones developed a signature musical style that would immortalize him in the hearts of jazz enthusiasts. This memorable concert with Jones's touring group, the Jazz Machine, puts him alongside Coltrane's son, Ravi, on saxophone, backed by fellow musicians Sonny Fortune (saxophone and flute), Willie Pickins (piano) and Chip Jackson (bass).
Cast
Cast
Elvin Jones, Sonny Fortune, Willie Pickens
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Director
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Genres
Music & Musicals, Classic Jazz, Jazz & Easy Listening, Jazz Greats
Rent Stan Getz / Alto Madness: Cool Summer on DVD Stan Getz / Alto Madness: Cool Summer
Synopsis
This double-bill recording features the remarkable tenor saxophonist Stan Getz, along with Richie Cole's band Alto Madness. These two amazing artists share with you their own unique style in the ambient setting of the renowned Harvest Jazz Festival at the Paul Masson Vineyards in California. Songs include: Stan Getz -- "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes," "A Time For Love," "Dolphin"; Alto Madness -- "Confirmation," "Cole's Nocturne," "Serenata."
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Cast
Stan Getz, Richie Cole
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Jazz Greats, Jazz & Easy Listening, Classic Jazz
Rent Stan Getz: The Last Recording on DVD Stan Getz: The Last Recording
Synopsis
Jazz saxophonist Stan Getz and his cool West Coast sound created an enduring legacy via his performances and dozens of albums. Getz possessed an unerring sense of melody and a proficient technique, but it was his rich and distinct tone that branded him as unique -- or so said countless musicians and critics. Getz's last, peerless concert recording, presented on this disc, was captured live in 1990, one year before his death.
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Cast
Stan Getz
Director
Director
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Genres
Music & Musicals, Classic Jazz, Jazz & Easy Listening
Rent Jazz Icons: Count Basie: Live in '62 on DVD Jazz Icons: Count Basie: Live in '62
Synopsis
Big band icon Count Basie leads his 18-piece orchestra in this recently discovered hourlong 1962 show from Sweden. The explosion of musical talent includes clarinetist and saxophonist Marshal Royal; rhythm guitarist Freddie Green; trombonist Quentin "Butter" Jackson; flutist and saxophonist Frank Wess; and extraordinary drummer Sonny Payne. Songs include "Corner Pocket," "Old Man River," "One O'Clock Jump" and many more.
Cast
Cast
Count Basie
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Classic Jazz, Jazz & Easy Listening, Jazz Greats
Rent Herb Alpert with the Jeff Lorber Band on DVD Herb Alpert with the Jeff Lorber Band
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Legendary trumpeter Herb Alpert, one of the most successful instrumental artists in American music history, takes center stage with the Jeff Lorber Band at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1996 for a memorable live performance. A set list of hits includes "This Guy's in Love with You," "The Lonely Bull," "My Funny Valentine," "Across the Bridge," "A Taste of Honey," "Drivin' Home," "Spanish Flea," "Rendezvous," "Side Steppin'" and "Sugar Cane."
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Cast
Herb Alpert, Jeff Lorber Band
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Classic Jazz, Jazz & Easy Listening
Rent Jazz Shots from the West Coast: Vol. 1 on DVD Jazz Shots from the West Coast: Vol. 1
Synopsis
This collection of footage of jazz giants associated with the Left Coast features 10 performances captured from club appearances, TV engagements and festivals. A must-see for jazz fans, these incredible clips include artists Art Pepper ("D Section"), Zoot Sims ("On the Trail"), the Phineas Newborn Trio ("Lush Life," "Theme for Basie" and "Oleo"), Chet Baker ("If I Should Lose You"), Shelley Manne ("Isolate Pawn" and "Fantan") and many more.
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Cast
Chet Baker, Shelly Manne, Wes Montgomery, Art Pepper, Zoot Sims, Phineas Newborn III
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Jazz & Easy Listening, Classic Jazz
Rent Oscar Peterson Trio: The Berlin Concert on DVD Oscar Peterson Trio: The Berlin Concert
Synopsis
Jazz great Oscar Peterson delights fans with this intimate 1985 concert showcasing the skills and charisma that made him an international star. Accompanied by bassist Niels-Henning Oersted Pedersen and drummer Martin Drew, Peterson wows the crowd with his magical fingers. Opening with the 15-minute-long "A Salute to Bach," the trio pulls out all the stops with masterful renditions of songs such as "Cakewalk," "Perdido" and set closer "Caravan."
Cast
Cast
Oscar Peterson
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Jazz & Easy Listening, Jazz Greats, Classic Jazz
Rent Miles Davis: Prince of Darkness on DVD Miles Davis: Prince of Darkness
Synopsis
Trumpeter Miles Davis reaffirms his status as a true jazz revolutionary in these live performances. Davis and his ensemble break down musical barriers, adventurously branching out in improvisational journeys marked by innovative sounds and dangerous rhythms. This collection features Davis and his ensemble performing five songs that showcase the best of Davis's talents, including "Hannibal," "Jean Pierre" and "Code M.D."
Cast
Cast
Miles Davis
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Jazz & Easy Listening, Classic Jazz
Rent Talmage Farlow: S/T on DVD Talmage Farlow: S/T
Synopsis
This fitting homage to jazz-guitar legend Tal Farlow not only showcases his music, it provides an intriguing glimpse into his life. Though the self-taught fret man found success after working with such greats as Artie Shaw and Charles Mingus, Farlow suddenly packed it in and returned to his North Carolina roots. Concert footage highlights his genius as he plays "Autumn in New York," "Fascinating Rhythm," "Flamingo" and "I Hear a Rhapsody."
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Cast
Talmage Farlow
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Jazz & Easy Listening, Classic Jazz, Rockumentaries
Rent Rediscovering Dave Brubeck on DVD Rediscovering Dave Brubeck
Synopsis
Dave Brubeck is (and continues to be) a giant in the jazz scene, perhaps best known for his mellow instrumental ballad "Take Five," which altered the face of modern jazz. Rediscover Brubeck and his music via this unique profile of the man, interspersed with some of Brubeck's patented California-style cool jazz riffs.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Jazz & Easy Listening, Classic Jazz
Rent Carlton Lukather Band: Paris Concert on DVD Carlton Lukather Band: Paris Concert
Synopsis
Recorded in the summer of 2001, this memorable musical pairing of Larry Carlton and Steve Lukather (a former member of the band Toto) brings two of the world's greatest guitarists together at the height of their creative powers for a live concert in Paris. The set list includes "The Pump," "Blues Force," "It Was Only Yesterday," "Red House," "Don't Give It Up," "Room 305" and "Put It Where You Want It."
Cast
Cast
Larry Carlton, Steve Lukather
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Jazz & Easy Listening, Classic Jazz
Rent Norman Granz' Jazz: Ella and Basie '79 on DVD Norman Granz' Jazz: Ella and Basie '79
Synopsis
One of music's most influential men in the 20th century, Norman Granz brought live jazz to the masses with his "Jazz at the Philharmonic" concert series. Producing some of the great names in the genre, such as Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie and Count Basie, he became a legend in every aspect of the jazz music scene. Commemorating Granz's innovations at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1979, jazz greats Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie perform.
Cast
Cast
Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Jazz & Easy Listening, Classic Jazz
Rent Sonny Rollins & Jim Hall: The Bridge on DVD Sonny Rollins & Jim Hall: The Bridge
Synopsis
Rare archival footage features Sonny Rollins and Jim Hall performing an unforgettable set of selections from their landmark recording, "The Bridge," alongside luminaries such as Ben Riley, Art Farmer, Walter Perkins and others. The teaming up of the iconic saxophonist and the legendary guitarist was one of the great jazz collaborations of the 1960s and marked Rollins's return to the scene after his now-famous musical sabbatical in 1959.
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Cast
Sonny Rollins, Jim Hall, Art Farmer
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Classic Jazz, Jazz & Easy Listening, Jazz Greats
Rent Joe Williams with George Shearing on DVD Joe Williams with George Shearing
Synopsis
Baritone Joe Williams jazzes it up with the legendary line-up of pianist George Shearing, bassist Neil Swainson and drummer Paul Humphrey in this rare concert video filmed in 1991 at the Paul Masson Winery. A legend himself, Williams sang in many renowned jazz bands, including Count Basie's. The quartet perform songs such as "Just Friends," "Blues in My Heart," "Shake, Rattle and Roll," "A Child Is Born," "Muddy Water" and "Little Girl Blue."
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Cast
Joe Williams, George Shearing, Neil Swainson, Paul Humphrey
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Vocal Jazz, Classic Jazz, Jazz & Easy Listening
Rent Anita O'Day: Live at Ronnie Scott's on DVD Anita O'Day: Live at Ronnie Scott's
Synopsis
Jazz singer Anita O'Day, long celebrated for her inventive improvisations and powerful vocal range, takes the stage at Ronnie Scott's, one of London's landmark venues. Joined by a host of other artists, including longtime collaborator John Poole, she cuts loose on such standards as "On Green Dolphin Street." Also featured are performances of "My Funny Valentine," "The Street of Dreams" and "I Cried for You." Jazz fans will not be disappointed!
Cast
Cast
Anita O'Day, John Poole
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Jazz & Easy Listening, Classic Jazz
Rent Preservation Hall Jazz Band on DVD Preservation Hall Jazz Band
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Stomp your feet and clap your hands at this raucous New Orleans concert featuring the famed Preservation Hall Jazz Band, a seven-member troupe that delivers good, old-fashioned jazz at its finest. They play the crowd favorites, for sure ("Basin Street Blues," "Tiger Rag" and the classic "When the Saints Go Marching In"), but also dish out non-standards in a decidedly inventive, insouciant and impressive performance.
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Cast
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Jazz & Easy Listening, Classic Jazz, PBS
Rent Norman Granz: Improvisation on DVD Norman Granz: Improvisation
Synopsis
Jazz impresario Norman Granz presents a cornucopia of great performances from many giants of the art form: Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Ella Fitzgerald, Lester Young, Hank Jones, Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, Duke Ellington, Buddy Rich, Joe Pass and others. The material, some of it previously unseen, spans from 1950 to 1977. Also included is a featurette profile of Granz, narrated by the great jazz critic and columnist Nat Hentoff.
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Cast
Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Norman Granz, Hank Jones, Joe Pass, Nat Hentoff
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Classic Jazz, Jazz & Easy Listening
Rent All Night Long on DVD All Night Long
Synopsis
Patrick McGoohan plays nefarious drummer Johnny Cousin in a jazz version of Shakespeare's <I>Othello.</I> The story follows Cousin's scheme to alienate star musician Aurelius Rex (Paul Harris) from his singer wife, who Cousin covets for his own band. Real-life jazz luminaries, including Charles Mingus and Dave Brubeck, lend atmosphere to this offbeat thriller, which also offers plenty of unintentionally hilarious dialogue.
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Cast
Patrick McGoohan, Keith Michell, Betsy Blair, Paul Harris, Marti Stevens, Richard Attenborough, Bernard Braden, Harry Towb, María Velasco, Charles Mingus, Dave Brubeck
Director
Director
Basil Dearden
Genres
Genres
Drama, Classic Dramas, Classic Jazz, United Kingdom, Foreign Regions
Rent Bill Evans Trio: Rome Concert 1979 on DVD Bill Evans Trio: Rome Concert 1979
Synopsis
Famed jazz pianist Bill Evans performs live in this concert, which originally aired on Italian television. Recorded toward the end of his career, this performance showcases Evans masterfully playing tracks such as "My Man's Gone Now," "Bill's Hit Tune," "Sugar Plum," "Laurie" and "The Two Lonely People." Evans's inventive style has had a significant influence on such piano greats as Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett and many more.
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Cast
Bill Evans
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Jazz & Easy Listening, Jazz Greats, Classic Jazz
Rent Jazz Crusaders: The Paris Concert on DVD Jazz Crusaders: The Paris Concert
Synopsis
Filmed live at Paris's legendary New Morning jazz club, this memorable concert reunites the Jazz Crusaders, a late 1960s musical act that gained fame for its blend of inventive jazz and basic rhythm and blues. Four decades later, trombonist Wayne Henderson leads the band in a set list of classic tracks, including "Eleanor Rigby," "What You Won't Do for Love," "Keep That Same Old Feeling," "Stomp & Buck Dance" and "Closer Than Close."
Cast
Cast
Larry Carlton, Wayne Henderson
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Jazz & Easy Listening, Classic Jazz
Rent A Tribute to Edith Piaf: Live at Montreux on DVD A Tribute to Edith Piaf: Live at Montreux
Synopsis
Modern-day musicians come together to celebrate the life and work of Edith Piaf -- the famed French singer of the 1930s known as "the Little Sparrow" -- in this 2004 concert performance recorded live at the world-renowned Montreux Jazz Festival.
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Cast
Baptiste Trotignan, Michael von der Heide, Catherine Ringer, Régine Ringer, Ute Lemper, Barbara Morrison, Angélique Kidjo
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Jazz Greats, Vocal Jazz, Classic Jazz, Jazz & Easy Listening
Rent Betty Boop for President on DVD Betty Boop for President
Synopsis
Sweet flapper girl Betty Boop takes on a different arena entirely: politics. Determined to become the first female president of the United States, Betty hits the campaign trail with songs, charm and joy to win the hearts of voters everywhere. This delightful animated feature includes music by jazz legend Cab Calloway, The Association and Tommy Smothers, as well as appearances by Betty's friends, Pudgy, Koko the Clown, Grampy and Bimbo.
Cast
Cast
Cab Calloway, Debbie Boone, Tom Smothers, David Somerville
Director
Director
Dan Dalton
Genres
Genres
Children & Family, Family Animation, Cartoons, Classic Jazz
Rent Romantic Classics from the Golden Era on DVD Romantic Classics from the Golden Era
Synopsis
Grab your sweetie by the hand for a romantic dance with this collection of classic love song performances from jazz masters Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Peggy Lee, Lionel Hampton, Lena Horne and many others. Dreamy tunes include "Take Me Back Baby" (The Count Basie Orchestra), "You Made Me Love You" (The Harry James Orchestra), "Love Is Where You Find It" (Louis Prima and Gia Maione) and much more.
Cast
Cast
Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, Sarah Vaughan, Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, Lena Horne, Peggy Lee, Doris Day, Bing Crosby, Gia Maione, Louis Prima
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Jazz & Easy Listening, Classic Jazz, Vocal Pop
Rent Boy! What a Girl! on DVD Boy! What a Girl!
Synopsis
Two silky-smooth producers line up a potential backer (who'll put up half the cash) for a musical review. The catch is that they must find someone else to put up the other half. Enter cigar-smoking cross-dresser "Bumpsie" (Tim Moore), who poses as a wealthy society matron to fool the angel! Features vintage jam sessions with swing drummer Gene Krupa, Big Sid Catlett and his band, The Slam Stewart Trio and The International Jitterbugs.
Cast
Cast
Tim Moore, Elwood Smith, Duke Williams, Alan Jackson, Sheila Guyse, Betti Mays, Sybil Lewis, Warren Patterson, Slam Stewart
Director
Director
Arthur H. Leonard
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Classic Comedies, Classic Movie Musicals, Musicals, Classic Jazz, Jazz & Easy Listening
Rent Norman Granz: Oscar Peterson Trio '77 on DVD Norman Granz: Oscar Peterson Trio '77
Synopsis
One of music's most influential men in the 20th century, Norman Granz brought live jazz to the masses with his "Jazz at the Philharmonic" concert series. Producing some of the great names in the genre, such as Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie and Count Basie, he became a legend in every aspect of the jazz music scene. Commemorating Granz's innovations at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1977, the Oscar Peterson Trio performs.
Cast
Cast
Oscar Peterson
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Jazz & Easy Listening, Classic Jazz
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