Philadelphia Jazz Fair
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Small Group Performance
1:30pm Movie Screenings:
Brownie Speaks: Caplan
Icons Among Us: jazz in the present tense: Connelly
Small group performances: Lobby
PJHP Tables in Lobby of Caplan: UArts/AllAboutJazz/Dreambox Media/Lifeline Music/Slife Productions/PJHP
Selected Short (10 minute maximum) Performances
Philadelphia Jazz Heritage Award Presentation: Jymie Merritt
Introduction by Charles Fambrough and Gerald Veasley
Performance by Jymie Merritt Quartet
Philadelphia Jazz Heritage Award Presentation: Trudy Pitts
Introduction by Tim Warfield
Performance: Trudy Pitts (Solo)
J. Michael Harrison: Conversation with Jymie and Trudy
About the Movie Screenings:
A native of Wilmington, Delaware, jazz trumpeter Clifford Brown made an outstanding and influential contribution to music. In an era when many musicians were emulating Charlie Parker's drug abuse, Brown inspired others to achieve greatness while living a clean lifestyle. Ironically, he was killed in a car accident at the age of 25.
Brownie Speaks is the culmination of years of research by Wilmington-born jazz pianist Don Glanden, research that has included interviews with Brown's friends, family, contemporaries, and admirers. Glanden's son Brad edited BROWNIE SPEAKS using these interviews, along with archival materials and newly shot video footage.
The resulting feature-length documentary presents a richly detailed account of Brown's life, and examines his historical importance in the context of three criteria--innovation, influence, and individuality
Icons Among Us: jazz in the present tense
Icons Among Us: jazz in the present tense, a documentary film series, looks at the jazz music scene today. Through interviews, performance footage, and the voices of the musicians themselves, we explore this music and the divergent influences that are shaping the world of jazz at the beginning of the 21st century. Not a historical look at what has been called America;s music but a timely, vibrant trip through the clubs, festivals, and lives of this new generation of jazz musicians. Never before has jazz music been so many different things to so many different people, from Hip Hop to Bebop from Jam Band to Free Form, the music continues to grow and shape itself in ways as varied as the musicians who play it. "Icons..." is a look at all of this and more.