Before making his name as a major New Orleans pianist, Dr. John was known as Mac Rebennack, a successful session guitarist who was forced to find a new instrument after being accidentally shot in the hand. As Dr. John, he garnered a reputation for performing in all-out Mardi Gras regalia, bringing a theatrical aspect to his shows that surprisingly never detracted from his soulful music. His hearty vocals have a thick Louisiana twang filtered through deep, earthy grit, while his rollicking keyboard and piano playing travel from home-style New Orleans R&B and jazz to spaced-out psychedelia, mixed into a secret musical gumbo that no one has quite figured out. He's probably best known for his '70s classic "Right Place, Wrong Time," a song that reached new levels of stripped-down voodoo Funk and was boosted by the help of supreme Cajun groovers, the Meters.
Dr. John Concert Films
Live at Montreux
Runtime: 56 minDr. Johns distinctive brand of "voodoo" blues, combining his inventive piano playing, gravely voice and the pure essence of New Orleans, has made him both a much-admired and much-loved character in a career that stretches over 40 years. Dr. John has graced the Montreux stage on six occasions. He decided that this concert from 1995 was the one he most wanted to see released in our Live At Montreux series. It is an exceptional performance and includes classic tracks such as Iko Iko and Right Place, Wrong Time.
Live From London
Dr. John & Chris Barber
Runtime: 55 minLive From London presents legendary musician Dr. John and the Chris Barber Jazz And Blues Band performing at the famous Marquee Club as part of the club’s 25th anniversary celebrations. His distinctive voice, songwriting talents and musicianship have earned Dr. John five Grammy Awards and booked his place in the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. This wonderfully upbeat and energetic performance includes the classic tracks New Stack-A-Lee, Little Liza Jane, Memories Of Smiley and many more.
Dr. John Top Tracks
Live at Montreux 1975-1993
Runtime: 1 hr 4 minIn the words of Ben Fong-Torres:
Etta James, who passed away in 2012, was such a magnetic singer and presence that she was a semi-regular at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, which is pretty selective about its bills. After her crack band opens with a couple, including “Hold On, I’m Coming,” James kills on “I’d Rather Go Blind,” “I Just Wanna Make Love to You,” and several more. “Come to Mama,” indeed!
Etta James made many appearances at the Montreux Jazz Festival across her long and distinguished career from her first concert in 1975 through to her last in 2008. This film focuses on the concert from 1993 when she was at her absolute peak and complements it with selected tracks from many other Montreux appearances. It features many of her best loved tracks and songs that she is particularly associated with. Etta James was one of the most respected performers of her generation. In a career stretching over 60 years she was inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame and the Blues Hall Of Fame, won 3 Grammys and received many more nominations and was named Female Blues Artist Of The Year on no less than 14 occasions. Sadly, Etta James passed away after a long illness in January 2012 and this film is a fitting tribute to one of the greatest female vocalists of the 20th century.
Live at Montreux
Runtime: 1 hr 13 minCanned Heat were one of the hardest living and hardest working bands of the late sixties and through the seventies. Led by the inimitable Bob The Bear Hite, a huge man with a personality to match, they established themselves as one of the greatest white blues bands of all time. This concert from Montreux in 1973, their only appearance at the festival, captures them at their peak.Includes classic Canned Heat tracks such as On The Road Again, Rock And Roll Music and Lets Work Together. Features guest appearance from blues legend Clarence Gatemouth Brown on four tracks. THis is the only full length Canned Heat concert Film available.
Cook With The Hook: Live 1974
John Lee Hooker
Runtime: 45 minOn Saturday, July 6, 1974, Mississippi-Delta bluesman John Lee Hooker was a star attractions at an all-day festival attended by 6,000 people. The event in the town of Gardner Massachusetts was called "Down in the Dumps," a musical event held in the city landfill area. , Hooker's performance was captured on a three camera shoot and broadcast on cable television in local cities and towns.
The Night James Brown Saved Boston
Runtime: 1 hr 14 minApril 5, 1968. It is the day after one of the most catastrophic moments in the history of the civil rights movement. Backstage at the Boston Garden, the mood is somber, appropriately funereal. Just 24 hours ago, Martin Luther King, Jr., the most important and beloved African American leader in America, has been assassinated, and though James Brown is booked that night for a show, nobody really wants to go onstage and play: On April 4, 1968, the leader of the nonviolent resistance movement, Martin Luther King, was assassinated in Memphis; On April 5, 1968, James Brown sang, and the city of Boston didn't burn down. This film tells the story of the pivotal role that James Brown-and that particular James Brown concert-played in the political, social and cultural history of the country, focusing on 1968, a defining year for America. Using actual performance footage and the personal recollections of James Brown's band members, friends like activist Reverend Al Sharpton, personal manager Charles Bobbitt, Princeton University Professor Dr. Cornel West, Boston citizens, those who attended the concert, politicians (such as former Boston Mayor Kevin White) and Newsweek's David Gates, The Night James Brown Saved Boston tells the compelling story of an artist at the absolute peak of his powers using his artistry for the greater good.
In Concert with the Edmonton Symphony
Runtime: 48 minRay Charles was one of the true pioneers of soul music. Born in Georgia in 1930 he was one of the first performers to mix gospel, R&B and jazz to create a new form of black pop music that would come to be known as soul. His voice and delivery were strikingly different and instantly recognizable. He had his first hits in the early 50’s and was still hitting the charts into the 21st century. His death in June 2004 from liver disease was front page news around the world.This concert was filmed in Edmonton, Canada in January 1981 and features Ray Charles backed by the Edmonton Symphony. It has never been released on DVD before.Included are many of Charles’ best loved tracks such as Busted, Georgia On My Mind, Hit The Road Jack, I Can’t Stop Loving You and Take These Chains From My Heart in truly sparkling performances.
Live at Montreux 2006
Runtime: 1 hr 56 minSoul legend Solomon Burke delivers a twenty-song set in Montreux. He delivers renditions of such classics as "Georgia On My Mind," and "I Will Survive,", and he performs a number of medleys that include such recognizable standards as "When the Saints Go Marching In," "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay," and "Tutti Frutti."
Got My Mojo Workin'
Runtime: 53 minIn these rare performances from 1968 to 1978, Muddy Waters, the father of the "Chicago blues sound," shows off his talent alongside his greatest sidemen in three different tours. This is some of the earliest footage available with Muddy, featuring such songs as "Country Boy," "Honey Bee," "Got My Mojo Working" "They Call Me Muddy Waters," and more.
Down and Dirty
Runtime: 1 hr 27 min“I always like stories about people that drink and have drug problems and women problems,” said Johnny in the film. “It’s just interesting.” Johnny Winter: Down & Dirty, the definitive, feature-length documentary by acclaimed Lemmy co-director and producer, Greg Olliver, will be available worldwide on March 4, 2016, on DVD and iTunes. The package will feature never-before-seen photos and bonus footage, including extended interviews and his final studio performance, a solo resonator version of the Son House classic, “Death Letter.” Produced independently through Secret Weapon Films in NYC, director Greg Olliver was welcomed into the Johnny Winter family during the final two years of Johnny’s life, capturing the making of his Grammy-winning Step Back (Best Blues Album, 2015), and traveling the world from Beaumont to Hong Kong. Winter continued to perform over 200 sold out shows a year until his death on tour in Switzerland in 2014. The film also features Clive Davis, Edgar Winter, James Cotton, Billy Gibbons, Warren Haynes, Luther Nallie, Joe Perry, Tommy Shannon, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks and more.
Runtime: 1 hr 19 minThis film is the most intimate look at JJ Cale ever. Recorded in 1979 at the Paradise Studios in Los Angeles this rare and unique session with Leon Russell on keyboards, has never been seen before and gives fans the chance to see this unique talent at work in the studio.