Top Jazz & Easy Listening 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, Samuel E. Wright, Arlen Dean Snyder, Keith David, Michael McGuire, James Handy, Sam Robards, Damon Whitaker, 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 Celine Dion: Live In Las Vegas: A New Day on DVD Celine Dion: Live In Las Vegas: A New Day
Synopsis
Enjoy a front-row seat to Celine Dion's spectacular Las Vegas show, which brings together lavish sets, talented performers and the diva herself. In addition to the live concert footage, this program details the show's development and evolution. Highlights include Dion performing some of her most beloved hits, such as "A New Day Has Come," "The Power of Love," "My Heart Will Go On" and "Because You Loved Me."
Cast
Cast
Céline Dion
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Pop, Jazz & Easy Listening
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 The Great American Songbook on DVD The Great American Songbook
Synopsis
Sparkling performances by Judy Garland, Lena Horne, Al Jolson, the teenage Dorothy Dandridge and the flash-dancing Nicholas Brothers light up this great documentary that originally aired on educational television. Using rare and never-before-seen footage, singer-pianist and musical historian Michael Feinstein hosts an informative look at the composers and lyricists who wrote America's standards from the 1890s through the mid-1950s.
Cast
Cast
Michael Feinstein, Judy Garland, Lena Horne, Al Jolson, Dorothy Dandridge, Bing Crosby, Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra
Director
Director
Andrew J. Kuehn
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Miscellaneous Documentaries, Classic Movie Musicals, Vocal Pop, Jazz & Easy Listening
Rent The Benny Goodman Story on DVD The Benny Goodman Story
Synopsis
An incredibly low-key Steve Allen makes his big-screen debut in this biopic about the legendary "King of Swing," a real treat for music fans. Allen faultlessly mimes the prerecorded clarinet licks of the real Benny Goodman. The movie is chock full of guest appearances by the likes of Gene Krupa, Lionel Hampton, Martha Tilton, Ziggy Elman and Sammy Davis Sr. (as the genius arranger Fletcher Henderson, who gave Goodman's band its distinct sound).
Cast
Cast
Steve Allen, Donna Reed, Berta Gersten, Barry Truex, Herbert Anderson, Robert F. Simon, Hy Averback, Sammy Davis Sr., Jack Kruschen, Ziggy Elman, Martha Tilton, Lionel Hampton, Gene Krupa
Director
Director
Valentine Davies
Genres
Genres
Classics, Biographies, Classic Dramas, Showbiz Dramas, Swing & Big Band, Musicals, Jazz & Easy Listening, Music & Musicals, Classic Movie Musicals
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 Tony Bennett: The Music Never Ends on DVD Tony Bennett: The Music Never Ends
Synopsis
Director Bruce Ricker and executive producer Clint Eastwood toast the storied career of legendary crooner Tony Bennett in this documentary tribute packed with live performance clips, archival footage and celebrity interviews. Featured personalities from Bennett's remarkable life and times include Mel Brooks, Martin Scorsese, Harry Belafonte, Don Rickles, Gene Kelly, Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire and Judy Garland.
Cast
Cast
Tony Bennett, Anthony Hopkins, Christina Aguilera, Danny Bennett, Alec Baldwin, Alan Bergman, Harry Belafonte, Marilyn Bergman, Mel Brooks, Bill Charlap, Stephen Holden, Everett Raymond Kinstler, Arthur Penn, Jonathan Schwartz, Martin Scorsese, Don Rickles
Director
Director
Bruce Ricker
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries, Jazz & Easy Listening, Vocal Jazz, Vocal Pop
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, Biographical Documentaries, Jazz & Easy Listening, Classic Jazz
Rent A Bing Crosby Christmas on DVD A Bing Crosby Christmas
Synopsis
Celebrate the season with a selection of the best moments from Bing Crosby's annual Christmas specials. Narrated by Gene Kelly and hosted by Bing's widow, Kathryn, the segments are drawn from the broadcasts of 1962 through 1977. The Crosby kids grow up before viewers' eyes, Fred Astaire, Frank Sinatra, Jackie Gleason, Carol Burnett and Bernadette Peters make guest appearances, and Bing closes the show with his trademark song, "White Christmas."
Cast
Cast
Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Jackie Gleason, Mary Martin, Carol Burnett, Michael Landon, Bernadette Peters, Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Christmas, Jazz & Easy Listening, Vocal Pop
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 The Best of Andy Williams: Christmas Shows on DVD The Best of Andy Williams: Christmas Shows
Synopsis
Beloved singer and TV presence Andy Williams showcases his favorite moments from his annual Christmas show, which ran for eight years during the heyday of holiday variety specials. The Osmond Brothers and Williams's own family, the Williams Brothers, make special appearances. Chestnuts include "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year," "Happy Holidays," "Ave Maria," "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve," "Silver Bells" and others.
Cast
Cast
Andy Williams, Williams Brothers
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
TV Shows, Christmas, TV Variety & Talk Shows, TV Classics, Vocal Pop, Jazz & Easy Listening
Rent Bela Fleck and the Flecktones: Live on DVD Bela Fleck and the Flecktones: Live
Synopsis
Banjo playing rarely sounds as good as when the masterful Bela Fleck picks at the strings and loosens a barrage of witty jazz and bluegrass. Backed by his group, the Flecktones, Bela serves up the jams at this live show in Fairfield, Conn., with tunes including "Lover's Leap," "Zona Mona," "Ovombo Summit," "Hall of Mirrors," "Amazing Grace" and "Big Country," and special guests such as Paul McCandless and Congar ol'Ondar.
Cast
Cast
Béla Fleck, The Flecktones
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Jazz & Easy Listening, Contemporary Jazz
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 Michael Bublé Meets Madison Square Garden on DVD Michael Bublé Meets Madison Square Garden
Synopsis
In this December 2008 concert at New York City's Madison Square Garden, Grammy-winning singing sensation Michael Bublé displays the humor, charisma and vocal chops that have earned him legions of fans.
Cast
Cast
Michael Bublé
Director
Director
Jason Hehir, Dick Carruthers
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Vocal Pop, Jazz & Easy Listening
Rent Birth of the Blues / Blue Skies on DVD Birth of the Blues / Blue Skies
Synopsis
Bing Crosby shines in two tuneful musicals from the 1940s, starring opposite Mary Martin in Birth of the Blues, and vying with Fred Astaire for the affection of Joan Caulfield in Blue Skies. Birth of the Blues tells the story (taking a few liberties) of how jazz was born. Blue Skies follows a romantic love triangle set to a score by Irvin Berlin, featuring the classic tunes "Puttin' on the Ritz" and "White Christmas."
Cast
Cast
Bing Crosby, Mary Martin, Fred Astaire, Joan Caulfield, Brian Donlevy, Carolyn Lee, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, J. Carrol Naish, Warren Hymer, Horace McMahon, Billy De Wolfe, Olga San Juan, Frank Faylen
Director
Director
Victor Schertzinger, Stuart Heisler
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Classic Movie Musicals, Classic Comedies, Romance Classics, Jazz & Easy Listening, Musicals, Vocal Jazz
Rent Dean Martin: The One and Only on DVD Dean Martin: The One and Only
Synopsis
Dean Martin -- "Mr. Suave" -- was the smoothest Rat Packer of them all. This is a loving tribute to one of the most admired, idolized and accomplished entertainers who ever crooned a tune. During his long career, Martin conquered the fields of recording, live performance, television and movies. This features superb footage and photos of him from throughout his life and career, as well as rare interview segments with Martin himself.
Cast
Cast
Dean Martin
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Biographical Documentaries, Vocal Pop, Jazz & Easy Listening
Rent Blast on DVD Blast
Synopsis
Blending a marching band, ballet, burlesque and music ranging from "Bolero" to "Appalachian Spring" to "Land of Make Believe," more than 60 athletes, dancers and musicians forged an innovative concept in live entertainment, born of outdoor pageantry. The troupe travels the world to perform their art, using color themes to link the musical pieces. Included is a 25-minute, behind-the-scenes documentary about the group's formation.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Classical Music, Modern & Alternative Rock, Rock & Pop, Classical Instrumental Music, Contemporary 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 Bobby Darin: Mack Is Back on DVD Bobby Darin: Mack Is Back
Synopsis
The late, great Bobby Darin returns for a swinging, finger-snapping encore in this 1973 special he taped for NBC-TV nine months before his death. Mack Is Back perfectly captures the versatile singer's range and improvisational style as he performs classic hits such as "Splish Splash," "Beyond the Sea" "If I Were a Carpenter" and the Grammy Award-winning "Mack the Knife." Extras include home movies and trailers of Darin's feature films.
Cast
Cast
Bobby Darin
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Pop, Vocal Pop, Jazz & Easy Listening, Rock & Pop
Rent Harry Connick, Jr.: New York Big Band on DVD Harry Connick, Jr.: New York Big Band
Synopsis
Returning to his humble beginnings, soulful singer Harry Connick Jr. plays New York's intimate Paramount Theater in an homage to his early days in the small clubs of Manhattan. Connick performs some of his most beloved songs, including "Just Kiss Me," "Recipe for Love," "It Had to Be You," "With Imagination" and "All of Me." Also features Connick's biography and a comprehensive discography.
Cast
Cast
Harry Connick Jr.
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Vocal Pop, Jazz & Easy Listening
Rent Pat Metheny: Speaking of Now: Live on DVD Pat Metheny: Speaking of Now: Live
Synopsis
Jazz great Pat Metheny proves why the words <i>groundbreaking</i> and <i>innovative</i> always seem to pop up whenever his music is the topic of discussion. Backed by his band, Metheny's on fire in this live performance that serves up hits including "Last Train Home," "Go Get It," "The Gathering Sky," "Scrap Metal," "Are You Going With Me?" and "Song for Bilbao."
Cast
Cast
Pat Metheny
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Jazz & Easy Listening, Contemporary Jazz
Rent Judy Garland: The Concert Years on DVD Judy Garland: The Concert Years
Synopsis
This compilation of classic performances features legendary entertainer Judy Garland belting out her hits, including "Get Happy," "Swanee," "The Man That Got Away" and her signature tune, "Over the Rainbow." Sprinkled amid the musical segments are insightful comments by some of Garland's friends: film critic Rex Reed, crooner Tony Bennett, comedian Alan King, conductor Nelson Riddle and playwright Edward Albee.
Cast
Cast
Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand, Lorna Luft, Liza Minnelli, Tony Bennett, Rex Reed, Alan King, Nelson Riddle, Edward Albee
Director
Director
David Heeley
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Show Tunes, Vocal Pop, Jazz & Easy Listening, Musicals
Rent Tony Bennett: Duets on DVD Tony Bennett: Duets
Synopsis
Head into the studio with legendary crooner Tony Bennett and an impressive roster of musical guests for a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the making of "Duets: An American Classic," Bennett's critically acclaimed album of cherished standards. Highlights include "The Best Is Yet to Come" featuring Diana Krall, "The Very Thought of You" with Paul McCartney, "Just in Time" featuring Michael Bubl&#233;, and "Because of You" with K.D. Lang.
Cast
Cast
Tony Bennett, Paul McCartney, Michael Bublé, k.d. lang, Christina Aguilera, Billy Crystal
Director
Director
Jay Krugman
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Vocal Jazz, Vocal Pop, Jazz & Easy Listening
Rent Chris Botti & Friends: Night Sessions on DVD Chris Botti & Friends: Night Sessions
Synopsis
Trumpeter Chris Botti delivers jazz standards with panache in this concert filmed at the famed El Rey Theater in Los Angeles. At times accompanied by performers Sting and Shawn Colvin, Botti reinterprets such classics as "In the Wee Small Hours," "Lisa," "Moon Over Bourbon Street," "The Facts About Jimmy" and "Steps of Positano." Includes interviews with Botti and guests; a profile and gallery; and an audio cut of "Through an Open Window."
Cast
Cast
Chris Botti, Shawn Colvin, Sting
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Jazz & Easy Listening, Contemporary 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.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Jazz & Easy Listening, Classic Jazz
Rent Judy Garland: Live at the London Palladium on DVD Judy Garland: Live at the London Palladium
Synopsis
On Nov. 16, 1964, Judy Garland walked onstage at the London Palladium and gave a performance that captured everything that was magical and unforgettable about her. Garland sings many of the tunes she's made her own, including "Over the Rainbow." She also delights the crowd with "Just in Time," "Hello Dolly," "It's Just a Matter of Time" and "The Man That Got Away," and is later joined by her daughter, Liza, in their first official public duet.
Cast
Cast
Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Show Tunes, Vocal Pop, Jazz & Easy Listening, Musicals
Rent Diana Krall: Live In Rio on DVD Diana Krall: Live In Rio
Synopsis
In this concert filmed live in Rio de Janeiro in 2008, sultry-voiced jazz artist Diana Krall expands her horizons to include the smooth Brazilian bossa nova musical style, singing tunes that include "Let's Fall in Love" and "Cheek to Cheek."
Cast
Cast
Diana Krall
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Contemporary Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Jazz & Easy Listening
Rent Herbie Hancock: Possibilities on DVD Herbie Hancock: Possibilities
Synopsis
Cameras take you behind the scenes with Grammy Award-winning keyboardist Herbie Hancock as he collaborates with a diverse array of modern artists. Tracks include "A Song for You" featuring Christina Aguilera, "Sister Moon" featuring Sting, "Hush, Hush, Hush" featuring Annie Lennox, "I Do It for Your Love" featuring Paul Simon, "Safiatou" featuring Santana, "Don't Explain" featuring Damien Rice and "Stitched Up" featuring John Mayer.
Cast
Cast
Herbie Hancock, Sting, Christina Aguilera, Trey Anastasio, Santana, John Mayer, Damien Rice, Paul Simon, Joss Stone, Stevie Wonder, Annie Lennox
Director
Director
Doug Biro, Jon Fine
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Contemporary Jazz, Pop, Jazz & Easy Listening
Rent The Ladies Sing the Blues on DVD The Ladies Sing the Blues
Synopsis
Queen bees Lena Horne, Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday sing the blues in this stellar collection of performance footage, which also captures the magic of American divas Ethel Waters, Peggy Lee, Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan, Ruth Brown, Ida Cox, Sister Rosetta Tharp, Connee Boswell and Helen Humes. Numbers include Holiday's "Fine and Mellow," Smith's "St. Louis Blues" and Lee's "Why Don't You Do Right?"
Cast
Cast
Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Lena Horne, Ethel Waters, Peggy Lee, Sarah Vaughan, Bessie Smith, Ruth Brown, Helen Humes, Ida Cox, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Connee Boswell
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Jazz Greats, Vocal Jazz, Jazz & Easy Listening
Rent Tony Bennett's Wonderful World on DVD Tony Bennett's Wonderful World
Synopsis
Tony Bennett's impeccably cool performances have seen him survive the cutthroat music world for decades, and this concert, recorded in 2002 at San Francisco's Fairmont Hotel, shows us why. The performance marked the 40th anniversary of the song "I Left My Heart in San Francisco." Classic tunes also include "New York State of Mind" and "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing," plus three duets with K.D. Lang.
Cast
Cast
Tony Bennett, k.d. lang
Director
Director
Lawrence Jordan
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Vocal Jazz, Vocal Pop, Jazz & Easy Listening
Rent Barbra Streisand: My Name Is Barbra on DVD Barbra Streisand: My Name Is Barbra
Synopsis
This 1965 concert showcases songbird Barbra Streisand performing everything from her signature tunes, including "People," "Second-Hand Rose" and "Don't Rain on My Parade," to treasures such as "I've Got Plenty of Nothin'" and "Lover Come Back to Me." Filmed in black and white, the TV special -- Streisand's first -- earned five Emmys and the Peabody Award for Distinguished Achievement in Television.
Cast
Cast
Barbra Streisand
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
TV Shows, TV Variety & Talk Shows, Vocal Pop, Jazz & Easy Listening
Rent Chops on DVD Chops
Synopsis
In this Tribeca Film Festival selection, filmmaker Bruce Broder trains his camera on a crop of talented young jazz musicians as they play their way through the Essentially Ellington high school jazz band competition. Sponsored by the Jazz at Lincoln Center program, the prestigious contest gives the kids the chance to rub shoulders with legendary trumpeter Wynton Marsalis -- and put their budding improvisational skills to the test.
Cast
Cast
Wynton Marsalis, Ron Carter
Director
Director
Bruce Broder
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Jazz & Easy Listening, Rockumentaries, Ages 8-10, Ages 11-12
Rent Pat Metheny: The Way Up: Live on DVD Pat Metheny: The Way Up: Live
Synopsis
In this concert video, jazz guitarist Pat Metheny and his band deliver a memorable performance of their Grammy-winning album "The Way Up," which consists of one sprawling opus penned by Metheny and keyboardist Lyle Mays.
Cast
Cast
Pat Metheny, The Pat Metheny Group, Lyle Mays
Director
Director
Steve Rodby
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Contemporary Jazz, Jazz & Easy Listening
Rent Chris Botti in Boston on DVD Chris Botti in Boston
Synopsis
Trumpeter Chris Botti blows the roof off Boston's Symphony Hall in a September 2008 concert series featuring guest appearances from a diverse group of musicians, including Yo-Yo Ma, Sting, Josh Groban and Steven Tyler. Backed by the Boston Pops Orchestra, conducted by Keith Lockhart, Botti delivers stirring versions of "Ave Maria" and "Hallelujah," and wows the crowd in duets with his guests on standards such as "I've Got You Under My Skin."
Cast
Cast
Chris Botti, Yo-Yo Ma, Sting, Steven Tyler, Josh Groban, Boston Pops Orchestra, Keith Lockhart, John Mayer, Katharine McPhee, Lucia Micarelli
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Contemporary Jazz, Jazz & Easy Listening
Rent Jaco Pastorius: Live and Outrageous on DVD Jaco Pastorius: Live and Outrageous
Synopsis
Jazz legend Jaco Pastorius takes the stage for a landmark concert performance at the 1982 Montreal Jazz Festival with bandmates Randy Brecker on trumpet, Peter Erskine on drums, Bobby Mintzer on reeds, Don Alias on percussion and Othello Molineaux on steel drums. Tracks include Charlie Parker's "Donna Lee" and Pastorius's signature "Chicken," plus plenty of improvisation to keep jazz fans fully satisfied.
Cast
Cast
Jaco Pastorius, Randy Brecker, Peter Erskine, Bobby Mintzer, Don Alias, Othello Molineaux
Director
Director
Pierre Lacombe
Genres
Genres
Music & Musicals, Contemporary Jazz, Jazz & Easy Listening, Jazz Greats
Rent The Doris Day Special on DVD The Doris Day Special
Synopsis
Starring in her first TV special, America's sweetheart sings a selection of her biggest hits ("Sentimental Journey," "Secret Love") along with show tunes ("Hurry, It's Lovely Up Here") and a few pop classics ("Both Sides Now," "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da"). Crooner Perry Como joins Doris for a medley featuring "Everybody Loves a Lover" and "Let Me Call You Sweetheart," and pal Rock Hudson turns up in a surprise appearance. Deleted scenes are included.
Cast
Cast
Rock Hudson, Perry Como, Doris Day
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
TV Shows, Jazz & Easy Listening, TV Variety & Talk Shows, Vocal Pop
Rent Barbra Streisand: Central Park on DVD Barbra Streisand: Central Park
Synopsis
Legendary singer and entertainer Barbra Streisand performs before an adoring crowd of 150,000 in Central Park in this concert that originally aired on CBS. Filmed in 1968 -- the same year Streisand earned the Best Actress award at both the Oscars and Golden Globes for her role as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl -- this concert showcases the diva performing such signature songs as "He Touched Me," "People" and "Second Hand Rose."
Cast
Cast
Barbra Streisand
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
TV Shows, CBS, TV Variety & Talk Shows, Vocal Pop, Jazz & Easy Listening
Rent Oscar Peterson: Music in the Key of Oscar on DVD Oscar Peterson: Music in the Key of Oscar
Synopsis
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 Buddy Rich: Jazz Legend: 1917-1987 on DVD Buddy Rich: Jazz Legend: 1917-1987
Synopsis
Narrated by Mel Torme, this retrospective showcasing jazz icon Buddy Rich is packed with rare performance footage, interviews and behind-the-scenes clips. The collection features the legendary musician in a remarkable drum duel with Gene Krupa and performing with the Artie Shaw, Harry James and Tommy Dorsey bands. Commentary from Rich, his daughter and various friends sheds light on the life and work of this musical genius.
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Cast
Buddy Rich, Mel Tormé, Harry James, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Gene Krupa
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Director
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Genres
Music & Musicals, Swing & Big Band, Jazz & Easy Listening
Rent Frank Sinatra: The Man and the Myth on DVD Frank Sinatra: The Man and the Myth
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Frank Sinatra, aka "Old Blue Eyes," was perhaps the greatest entertainer of the 20th century. This video features a revealing, honest and intimate portrait of Sinatra, from his storied boyhood in Hoboken, New Jersey, through his phenomenal career as a singing idol to hordes of bobbysoxers and his success as an Academy Award-winning actor. See what made Frank tick, and why, in this revealing film.
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Frank Sinatra
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Director
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Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Jazz & Easy Listening, Vocal Pop, Music & Musicals
Rent Victor Wooten: Live at Bassday 1998 on DVD Victor Wooten: Live at Bassday 1998
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In this dynamic concert video, electric bass virtuoso Victor Wooten mesmerizes the audience with a set that ranges from the funky "U Ain't Got No Groove" to the Beatles classic "Norwegian Wood" to the spiritual "Amazing Grace." Oteil Burbridge, longtime bassist for the Allman Brothers Band, joins Wooten on stage for the memorable finale. Wooten also shares his musical philosophy during an hourlong interview.
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Cast
Victor Wooten, Oteil Burbridge
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Director
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Genres
Music & Musicals, Contemporary Jazz, Jazz & Easy Listening
Rent Bill Evans Trio: The Oslo Concerts on DVD Bill Evans Trio: The Oslo Concerts
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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.
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Cast
Bill Evans
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Director
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Genres
Music & Musicals, Jazz Greats, Jazz & Easy Listening, Classic Jazz
Rent Gene Krupa: Swing, Swing, Swing on DVD Gene Krupa: Swing, Swing, Swing
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In a series of performances dating back to 1937, legendary drummer Gene Krupa demonstrates the flamboyantly energetic style that made him the premier percussionist of his time. For Krupa fans, the goodies contained in this retrospective compilation are many, including an unforgettable solo from 1947, a 1958 appearance with Sal Mineo on "I've Got a Secret" and a 1960s performance with the Benny Goodman Quartet.
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Cast
Benny Goodman, Anita O'Day, Lionel Hampton, Gene Krupa
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Director
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Genres
Music & Musicals, Swing & Big Band, Jazz & Easy Listening
Rent Dean Martin: Memories Are Made of This on DVD Dean Martin: Memories Are Made of This
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Rat Packer and star of the original Ocean's Eleven, Dean Martin forged his mark in the entertainment world as an actor, straight man to Jerry Lewis and a crooner who made ladies swoon. This collection features Martin singing swing and 1950s standards from top pop, jazz and Broadway composers such as Lerner and Lowe ("Almost Like Being in Love"), Louis Prima ("Oh Marie, Oh Marie") and Rodgers and Hart ("It's Easy to Remember").
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Cast
Dean Martin
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Director
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Music & Musicals, Vocal Pop, Jazz & Easy Listening
Rent John Coltrane: Impressions of Coltrane on DVD John Coltrane: Impressions of Coltrane
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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?"
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Cast
John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy, McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, Elvin Jones, Miles Davis, Gil Evans
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Director
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Music & Musicals, Jazz & Easy Listening, Jazz Greats, Classic Jazz
Rent Classic Drum Solos & Drum Battles: Vol. 1 on DVD Classic Drum Solos & Drum Battles: Vol. 1
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Watch icons such as Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, Art Blakey and Sonny Payne demonstrate amazing musical prowess in this collection of astounding jazz and swing percussion solos. Also included are dramatic drumming duels featuring such greats as Chico Hamilton, Lionel Hampton, Cozy Cole and more. Commentary by drumming legend Peter Erskine augments this compilation of 15 extended performances and never-before-seen footage.
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Cast
Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich
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Director
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Genres
Music & Musicals, Jazz Greats, Swing & Big Band, Jazz & Easy Listening
Rent Barbra Streisand: Color Me Barbra on DVD Barbra Streisand: Color Me Barbra
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On the heels of her enormously successful 1965 television special "My Name Is Barbra," legendary entertainer Barbra Streisand returns in this follow-up program. Three years before she made her screen debut in Funny Girl (which earned the actress an Oscar and a Golden Globe Award), Streisand sings her heart out in this concert that features the incomparable vocalist performing 28 numbers, including "Funny Face" and "It Had to Be You."
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Cast
Barbra Streisand
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Director
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Genres
TV Shows, TV Variety & Talk Shows, Vocal Pop, Jazz & Easy Listening
Rent Count Basie at Carnegie Hall on DVD Count Basie at Carnegie Hall
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Inimitable jazz legend Count Basie delivers the goods in this 1981 concert at Carnegie Hall, a celebration of his 50 years in jazz. Sarah Vaughn, Tony Bennett, George Benson and Joe Williams also perform as guest stars alongside Basie's illustrious band. Songs include: "In a Mellow Tone," "Goin' to Chicago," "Sweet Georgia Brown," "One O'Clock Jump," "Sophisticated Lady," " It Don't Mean a Thing" and "April in Paris" and many others.
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Cast
Count Basie, Sarah Vaughan, Tony Bennett, George Benson, Joe Williams
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Director
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Genres
Music & Musicals, Swing & Big Band, Jazz & Easy Listening
Rent Diana Ross: The Lady Sings Jazz and Blues on DVD Diana Ross: The Lady Sings Jazz and Blues
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Soul diva Diana Ross shines in this 1992 concert filmed at New York's Ritz Theatre. Ross shared the specially made stage with nearly 20 accomplished jazz, big band and rhythm and blues maestros, enhancing her already dazzling talent. Together, they collaborate on versions of "Fine and Mellow," "Don't Explain," "Mean to Me," "All of Me" and many more. Also featured are interviews and a behind-the-scenes peek at the singing legend.
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Cast
Diana Ross, Rhonda Ross Kendrick
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Director
Steve Binder
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Genres
Music & Musicals, Pop, Vocal Jazz, Jazz & Easy Listening, Rock & Pop
Rent Neil Diamond: Hot August Night NYC on DVD Neil Diamond: Hot August Night NYC
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Pop music superstar Neil Diamond returns to New York's Madison Square Garden for a four-night series of sold-out concerts in 2008. Extensive camera coverage takes you onstage as Diamond rocks the audience with 25 of his well-known and new songs. Diamond belts out such favorites as "Forever in Blue Jeans," "Cracklin' Rosie," "Sweet Caroline" and "Song Sung Blue." Also included is a documentary of the singer visiting his childhood home in Brooklyn.
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Cast
Neil Diamond
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Director
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Music & Musicals, Singer-Songwriters, Vocal Pop, Classic Rock, Rock & Pop, Jazz & Easy Listening
Rent The Brian Setzer Orchestra: Live In Japan on DVD The Brian Setzer Orchestra: Live In Japan
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Former Stray Cats front man, Brian Setzer brings his rockabilly, swing revival to the Land of the Rising Sun, wowing a sold-out Tokyo crowd with this dynamic 20-song set from his horn-heavy 17-piece big band. Blazing their way through energetic renditions of tunes such as "I Won't Stand in Your Way," "Stray Cat Strut" and "Rock This Town," Setzer and the band keep the crowd transfixed with their onstage antics and trademark showmanship.
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Cast
Brian Setzer Orchestra
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Director
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Genres
Music & Musicals, Swing & Big Band, Jazz & Easy Listening
Rent Django Reinhardt: King of Jazz Guitar on DVD Django Reinhardt: King of Jazz Guitar
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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.
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Cast
Django Reinhardt
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Director
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Genres
Music & Musicals, Jazz & Easy Listening, Jazz Greats, Classic Jazz
Rent Sonny Rollins: Saxophone Colossus on DVD Sonny Rollins: Saxophone Colossus
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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.
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Cast
Sonny Rollins
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Director
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Genres
Music & Musicals, Jazz Greats, Jazz & Easy Listening, Classic Jazz
Rent Buddy Rich: The Lost West Side Story Tapes on DVD Buddy Rich: The Lost West Side Story Tapes
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This outstanding 110 minute concert video was originally recorded in 1985. The master tapes were thought to have been lost in a fire, but were discovered in 2000, along with the original surround sound master. Includes Buddy Rich standards Cottontail, Mexicali Nose, and the unforgettable classic West Side Story Medley.
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Cast
Director
Director
Buddy Rich
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Genres
Music & Musicals, Swing & Big Band, Jazz & Easy Listening
Rent Jazz Icons: Wes Montgomery: Live in '65 on DVD Jazz Icons: Wes Montgomery: Live in '65
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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
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Director
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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
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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.
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Cast
Dave Brubeck, Dave Brubeck Quartet, Paul Desmond, Joe Morello, Eugene Wright
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Director
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Genres
Music & Musicals, Jazz & Easy Listening, Jazz Greats, Classic Jazz
Rent Streisand: Other Musical Instruments on DVD Streisand: Other Musical Instruments
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Barbra Streisand's final television special showcases the legendary diva, accompanied by everything from violins to an orange juice squeezer, singing a wide variety of musical arrangements. Filmed in 1973 -- the same year she starred in The Way We Were -- this concert features the incomparable entertainer and her eclectic ensemble performing standards, signature songs such as "People" and a memorable duet with Ray Charles.
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Cast
Barbra Streisand, Ray Charles
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Director
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Genres
TV Shows, TV Variety & Talk Shows, Vocal Pop, Jazz & Easy Listening
Rent The Girls in the Band on DVD The Girls in the Band
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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
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Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, Swing & Big Band, Classic Jazz, Jazz & Easy Listening
Rent Kenny G Live on DVD Kenny G Live
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Saxophonist Kenny G went on tour in support of his "Live" CD, displaying why he's been able to appeal to music lovers of all stripes. Boxer Sugar Ray Leonard and soul singer Sade introduce the performer, who then traipses through a compendium of tunes, including "Midnight Motion," "Uncle Al," "Brogan," "Against Doctor's Orders," "Esther," "Don't Make Me Wait for Love" (with singer Michael Bolton) and his monster hit "Songbird."
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Kenny G
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Director
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Genres
Music & Musicals, Jazz & Easy Listening, Contemporary Jazz
Rent Herbie Hancock: Future2Future Live on DVD Herbie Hancock: Future2Future Live
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Jazz master Herbie Hancock proves he's still king of fusion in this live 2002 performance (at The Knitting Factory in Los Angeles) that brings him back to his fiercely funky roots. Songs include "Wisdom," "Kebero," "This Is DJ Disk," "Dolphin Dance," "Virtual Hornets," "The Essence," "Butterfly," "Tony Williams," "Rockit" and "Chameleon." Features extras such as biographies, discographies, audio samples, interviews and more.
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Cast
Herbie Hancock
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Director
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Genres
Music & Musicals, Jazz & Easy Listening, Contemporary Jazz
Rent Tony Bennett Unplugged on DVD Tony Bennett Unplugged
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Legendary crooner Tony Bennett turns in an effervescent performance in this intimate concert film. He sings a selection of favorites, including "All of Me," "Body and Soul," "A Foggy Day," "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" and "Steppin' Out with My Baby," closing with an encore medley of "Autumn Leaves" and "Indian Summer." Special guests K.D. Lang and Elvis Costello join Bennett for duets of "Moonglow" and "They Can't Take That Away from Me."
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Cast
Tony Bennett
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Director
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Genres
Music & Musicals, Vocal Jazz, Vocal Pop, Jazz & Easy Listening, MTV
Rent Sarah Vaughan & Other Jazz Divas on DVD Sarah Vaughan & Other Jazz Divas
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Here's a perfect chance to compare and contrast a clutch of the greatest jazz divas in the history of the genre. "Sassy" Sarah Vaughan appears along with her fellow pop-jazz queens, sultry Lena Horne, Ella "The First Lady of Song" Fitzgerald, gorgeous Dorothy Dandridge and Billie "Lady Day" Holiday. Rarely has there been more outstanding vocal talent compiled on a single disc. You'll be knocked right outta your socks!
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Cast
Sarah Vaughan, Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald, Dorothy Dandridge, Billie Holiday
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Director
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Genres
Music & Musicals, Vocal Jazz, Jazz & Easy Listening
Rent Barbra Streisand: Live in Concert 2006 on DVD Barbra Streisand: Live in Concert 2006
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America's most cherished diva, Barbra Streisand, performs four of her most memorable tunes in this sampler culled from four tours. Barbra sings "Happy Days Are Here Again," "Can't Help Lovin' That Man of Mine," "Alfie" and "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?" The fabulous clips are from the concert films of the "One Voice," "The Concert," "Timeless" and "Live in Concert 2006" live albums. This is a must-see program for any Streisand fan.
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Cast
Barbra Streisand, Il Divo
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Director
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Genres
Music & Musicals, Vocal Jazz, Vocal Pop, Jazz & Easy Listening
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