Jazz Documentaries

28 December 2015 Film

Jazz Legends in Their Own Words 
A journey into the BBC archives unearthing glorious performances and candid interviews from the golden age of jazz. Featuring some of the greatest names in American music, including the godfather of New Orleans jazz Louis Armstrong, the King of Swing Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Oscar Peterson, Dizzy Gillespie and Ella Fitzgerald.


South African Blues
80’s documentary about the trials facing ex-patriate South African musicians based in the UK. Sadly all bar Jonas Gwangwa is still with us. Featuring Churchill Jolobe, Princess Patience, Robbie Sithole, and Jonas Gwangwa.

 Great Performances “Miles Ahead” The Music of Miles Davis PBS 


John Coltrane – The World According to John Coltrane
Produced with the cooperation of his widow Alice Coltrane, the documentary focuses on the later period of Coltrane’s work where he explored themes of Eastern spirituality. This is a retrospective documentary on the life and music of saxophonist John Coltrane, featuring reminiscences and interviews with his contemporaries and fellow musicians.

Musicians interviewed include: Roscoe Mitchell (saxophonist), Rashied Ali (drummer), Tommy Flanagan (pianist), Jimmy Heath (saxophonist), Wayne Shorter (saxophonist), La Monte Young (composer), Alice Coltrane (wife, pianist, harpist)

Charles Mingus Triumph of the Underdog

Ella Fitzgerald – Biography
Narrated by Tony Bennett, showcases the “First Lady of Song” through archival footage of early performances and television appearances.


Nina Simone – The Legend 
Nina Simone, candid interview from the legendary Singer plus concert footage



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