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Saturday, December 8 • 5:00pm - 6:40pm
Oxygen for the Ears: Living Jazz

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Jazz is lived, seen and heard first through the recordings of giants who made their names, in part, in Washington D.C., including Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton, Butch Warren and Billie Holiday. The journey continues with living legends, such as Buck Hill, Billy Taylor, Butch Warren, Andrew White III, Maurice 'Brother' Lyles, Jo Byrd, and Lennie Cuje, among other greats, who contribute music, show the audience the area's real jazz scene, and tell stories from venues along U Street (the "black Broadway"), such as the historic Howard Theatre. The film captures their personal journeys of how and when, during the 1930s through 60s, famous jazz artists such as Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Charlie Byrd, and Stan Getz performed and lived their jazz lives in the Capitol. Contributing to this documentary story, local jazz historians and members of the jazz community recognize jazz's rich history and discuss it's uncertain future. Frank interviews and stunning performances with rising stars, such as Esperanza Spalding, Eric Lewis, Chuchito Valdes, Ben Williams, Ravi Coltrane, Brian Settles, Antonio Parker, Dwain Adell, Jimmy 'Junebug' Jackson, Akua Allrich and many others, show that D.C. remains one of today's epicenters of jazz that music bubbles and bursts beyond.


Saturday December 8, 2012 5:00pm - 6:40pm
California Club 6 - Touchstar Cinemas - Auditorium 2 850 Ives Dairy Road, North Miami Beach, FL 33179