Heart & Soul

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Heart & Soul

Screening and Q&A with Director Kenny Vance, followed by cocktail reception and performance by Doo-wop group The TeeTones in the Jane Peck Gallery

From harmony to heartbreak, go inside the world of the early unsung heroes of rock and roll whose voices shaped the music that endures. Music legend Kenny Vance sits down with members of the Chantels, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, Little Anthony & the Imperials, the Heartbeats, the Dubs, and the Jive Five. They were some of the first teenage Black Rhythm & Blues artists who crossed over, had mainstream hits, toured the north and south, appeared on national television, never made much money, and influenced popular music to this day. Through intimate conversations and insights curated from eighty hours of footage, these seminal artists become our confidantes, too, and we come to care as they bring their triumphs and tragedies to life.

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Tickets: $25 (members), $30 (nonmembers)


Q&A with filmmaker and musician Kenny Vance, moderated by JBFC Board President Janet Maslin
Wednesday, Jul. 19 2023, 6:00
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Kenny Vance, a native of Brooklyn, New York, is an original member of the chart-topping Sixties group Jay and the Americans, the iconic opening act at the first-ever U.S. concerts of the Beatles, as well as the Rolling Stones. Outside of performing, he’s watermarked many chapters in popular culture. Vance orchestrated debut guest performances by Prince, Aretha Franklin, and James Brown on SNL as Musical Director. His creative orbit also influenced the founding of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted band, Steely Dan. His producer and movie music supervisor credits include the soundtrack arrangements and original scores for “Animal House," “Hair Spray," "Looking for an Echo" and “The Warriors," among others. On the cusp of his eighth decade, Vance has harnessed these experiences to elevate his role as a lecturer, and preservationist of jewels of American mid-century music history with his award-winning documentary, Heart & Soul, a bold case study of his efforts. The film, which marks his directorial debut, has garnered acclaim and a Best Feature Film Documentary award at the Garden State Film Festival.

This film is part of the Sounds of Summer 2023 series.

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