2007 NR 1h 28m DVD


2007 NR 1h 28m DVD
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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.
Wynton Marsalis, Ron Carter
Bruce Broder
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 8+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 8+
age 8+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Chops is a wonderful documentary that's an absolute must-see for musicians of all ages, especially musicians in high school. As these Jacksonville, Florida high school students rehearse Duke Ellington songs for the Essentially Ellington Festival at Lincoln Center in New York City, what emerges is both a celebration of the joys of playing music, and the wonderful results of long hours and days of practice.

Sexual Content

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Social Behavior

This film is a wonderful introduction to playing music, and the positive results of teenagers putting in long hours of practice on an instrument.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

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  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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