Jazz Sessions: Beyond the Notes

May 29–June 19, 2019

Please join us for a fascinating assortment of films that look at jazz from the inside out, reflecting how it has enriched our culture and image abroad and paved the way for the future. We’ll see how politicians, a world-famous war photographer, an Esquire magazine art director, and two German immigrants in search of “schwing” all helped shape the jazz musician’s journey in America. And we’ll take a look at four young women who are changing the jazz landscape and opening doors with their stellar musicianship and exciting performances. Please join us as we celebrate these extraordinary films by pairing them with live performances by emerging jazz artists whose talent is earning them worldwide recognition.

Programmed by Maria Traversa

Sponsored by Adam R. Rose and Peter R. McQuillan

Can’t get enough Jazz Sessions? Strike up the band with JBFC Mixtapes, Vol. 14: Blue Note Favorites, now playing on the JBFC Blog and Spotify!

SERIES TRAILER

A Great Day in Harlem May 29 Live Performance by Emmet Cohen followed by RECEPTION On a summer morning in 1958, Esquire magazine art director Art Kane assembled a remarkable array of the day’s leading…
She's Got Jazz June 5 Live Performance by Veronica Swift followed by Reception Special Preview Screening Director Jim Burns will introduce his new music film featuring four of the jazz world’s rising stars—all…
It Must Schwing!: The Blue Note Story June 6 “A unique and intimate look at the most exciting era in jazz, one that changed the world forever.” (Rolling Stone)…
The Jazz Loft According to W. Eugene Smith June 12 Live Performance by Ben Paterson followed by Reception “A fascinating documentary….genuine exhilaration holds throughout.” (New York Times, NYT Critic’s Pick) Starting in the 1950s, dozens of jazz musicians…
The Jazz Ambassadors June 19 Live Performance by Bryan Carter followed by Reception The Cold War and civil rights collide in this remarkable story of music, diplomacy, and race. Beginning in 1955, when…

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