Re: [Videolib] women in jazz

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[Akiyoshi, Toshiko]Jazz is My Native Language: A Portrait of Toshiko
Akiyoshi. A vibrant, fast-paced documentary which provides an in-depth
look at the music and personal life of jazz composer/pianist/bandleader
Toshiko Akiyoshi. Includes performances of her work by her band and
commentary by jazz critic Leonard Feather. 58 min. Center for Asian
American Media

[Fitzgerald, Ella]Ella Fitzgerald: Live in '57 & '63 (Jazz Icons)
    The "First Lady Of Song" in two distinct performances. The first is
the earliest known complete concert of Ella to be captured on film.
Shot in Belgium, this 1957 concert has her performing with jazz greats
Ray Brown, Herb Ellis, Jo Jones and the legendary Oscar Peterson on
classics such as "Lullaby Of Birdland," and "It Don't Mean A Thing (If
It Ain't Got That Swing)." The second show is an intimate in-studio
performance from 1963, taped in Sweden, featuring Ella backed by a
quartet including pianist Tommy Flanagan. Highlights include stellar
versions of "Mack The Knife" and "Just One Of Those Things." Contents:
Belgium: Angel eyes -- Lullaby of Birdland -- Love for sale --
Tenderly -- April in Paris -- Just one of those things -- Roll 'em
Pete -- I can't give you anything but love -- It don't mean a thing
(if it ain't got that swing) -- Sweden: No moon at all -- Just one of
those things -- Runnin' wild -- Georgia on my mind -- Desafinado --
Hallelujah, I love her so -- Mack the knife. Originally filmed in
Belgium in 1957 and Sweden in 1963. 56 min. HOME VIDEO

[Fitzgerald, Ella]Ella Fitzgerald: Something to Live For
    This definitive look at the "The First Lady of Song" chronicles Ella's
entire career, from her amateur night appearance at the Apollo Theater
in New York to her unparalleled success on the stage and screen. The
film includes never-before-seen performance footage and interviews
with many of the great musicians who worked with and admired this
truly amazing performer. A segment from the PBS television program:
American masters. c1999. HOME VIDEO

[Holiday, Billie]Billie Holiday: The Ultimate Collection.
    Features rare TV and film performances by Billie Holiday, an
especially rare radio interview with Mike Wallace, an audio-only
rehearsal session with pianist Jimmy Rowles, audio interviews with
friends and fellow musicians, an interactive timeline and an evocative
photo-document gallery featuring hundreds of images, from rare photos
to personal letters, plus Lady Day's complete recording history for
major record companies. Performance highlights include three from
1956's Stars Of Jazz TV that are seen here for the first time since
their original broadcast, Holiday's first appearance on film, Duke
Ellington's "Saddest Tale," and the classic "Fine And Mellow" with
Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, and other jazz greats. Special
features: Timeline: hundreds of images and interactive features;
complete recording history for OKeh, vocalion, Brunswick, Aladdin,
Columbia, Commodore, Capitol, Decca, Clef and Veve. Film and TV
performances. Saddest tale; The blues are brewin'; Do you know what it
means to miss New Orleans; Please don't talk about me when I'm gone;
Billie's blues; My man (Mon homme); Fine and mellow; What a little
moonlight can do; St. Louis blues / Bessie Smith; I cover the
waterfront / Louis Armstrong -- Audio performances. Swing! Brother,
Swing!; They can't take that away from me; Do nothing till you hear
from me; I'll get by; I wonder where our love has gone -- Audio
interviews. John Hammond, Jo Jones, Roy Eldridge, Barney Josephson,
Tiny Grimes, Billy Eckstine, Jimmy Rowles, Sylvia Syms, Corky Hale;
1955 audio rehearsal : Billie Holiday and Jimmy Rowles for "Jeepers
Creepers"; 1956 audio interview : Billie Holiday with Mike Wallace,
Night Beat. HOME VIDEO

Lady Day: The Many Faces of Billie Holiday.
    This sparkling documentary features rare TV and movie clips, along
with commentary by a stellar group of jazz instrumentalists and
singers who knew her well. 60 min. HOME VIDEO

Strange Fruit
    A documentary exploring the history and legacy of the anti-lynching
protest song made famous by Billie Holiday. The film examines the
history of lynching, the courage of those who fought for racial
justice, and the interplay of race, labor and the left and popular
culture as forces that would give rise to the Civil Rights Movement.
It also presents the story of the composer Lewis Allan, a Jewish
schoolteacher and union activist from the Bronx who wrote the poem and
later set it to music. c2002. 58 min. California Newsreel

International Sweethearts of Rhythm.
    Focuses on the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, an all-female
multi-racial jazz band of postdepression years with a strong brass
section, heavy percussion and a deep rhythmic sense. Includes
interviews with former band members, other musicians, and fans. A film
by Greta Schiller. 1986.

 Nina Simone: Belgium 1963
    Stolen moments ; Everything happens to me ; Domino ; Three for the
festival HOME VIDEO

Nina Simone: Live in '65 & '68
    Filmed in Holland, Dec. 25, 1965 and in England, Sept. 14, 1968.
Performances featuring the jazz pianist/vocalist Nina Simone. Filmed
for the Dutch television program, Nina Simone, in 1965 and the British
television program, Sound of soul in 1968. Holland 1965: Brown baby ;
Four women ; The ballad of Hollis Brown ; Tomorrow is my turn/Images ;
Go limp ; Mississippi goddam -- England 1968: Go to hell ; Ain't got
no/I got life ; Backlash blues ; I put a spell on you ; Don't let me
be misunderstood ; Why? (The king of love is dead). Nina Simone, piano
and vocals ; Sam Waymon, organ, vocals and percussion (1968) ; Rudy
Stevenson (1965), Henry Young (1968), guitar ; Lisle Atkinson (1965),
Gene Taylor (1968), bass ; Bobby Hamilton (1965), Buck Clark (1968),
drums. 64 min. HOME VIDEO

The Blues ~ Bessie Smith, Big Bill Broonzy, and Sonny Boy Williamson (DVD
- 2007) HOME VIDEO

Tiny & Ruby: Hell Divin' Women.
    This tribute profiles the jazz trumpeter Ernestine "Tiny" Davis, and
her lesbian partner of 40 years, drummer Ruby Lucas (aka Renee
Phelan). Includes interviews with Tiny and Ruby in their Chicago home,
archival material, lively musical performances, and narration by poet
Cheryl Clarke. A film by Greta Schiller. 28 min.

Gary Handman
Media Resources Center
Moffitt Library
UC Berkeley


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