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  • Live and Outrageous

    Jaco Pastorius

    Year: 1981

    Runtime: 58 min

    A flamboyant performer, brilliant musician, and one of the founders of jazz fusion, Jaco Pastorius was the most innovative electric bass player of all time, creating a fluid sound on the fretless bass that leapt out of the rhythm section into the front line. Jaco is In peak form with a top notch band of hand picked musicians in his only full concert performance on Film.

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  • Live at Ronnie Scott's

    Jeff Beck

    Year: 2006

    Runtime: 1 hr 40 min

    Jeff Beck is a true rock legend. From his time with the Yardbirds in the sixties, through the Jeff Beck Group and throughout his solo career his unique guitar style and constant desire to explore new musical areas and sounds has won him the admiration of his peers and the adoration of legions of fans. In 2007 Jeff Beck performed a series of concerts at the renowned Ronnie Scotts club in London. They became the must have ticket of the year with a packed audience every night of the famous and the fans. This program features pieces recorded across the different nights and presents the best version of each track. Jeff is also joined by guests Joss Stone, Imogen Heap and Eric Clapton for some very special performances.

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  • Live Kisses

    Paul McCartney

    Year: 2012

    Runtime: 1 hr 15 min

    Live Kisses captures Paul McCartney performing the songs from his acclaimed Kisses On The Bottom album live from the legendary Capitol Studios in Hollywood. Paul is joined by a virtuoso group of musicians led by Diana Krall on the piano in these sparkling renditions of classic songs from the American songbook and the wonderful new song My Valentine. In between the songs there are interview clips with Paul, Diana Krall and many of those involved in the recording of the Kisses On The Bottom album. This is an intimate and charming performance which adds yet another facet to Paul McCartney's already broad canvas of talents.

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  • Live In Paris

    Diana Krall

    Year: 2001

    Runtime: 1 hr

    Recorded live at the Paris Olympia to a sell out audience, the captivating voice of Diana Krall delivers a sensual collection of romantic ballads and bossa novas.Diana is accompanied by the Orchestre Symphonique Europeen & Paris Jazz Big Band, as well as her own recording jazz band members flown in especially from LA. In addition to this she also welcomes legendary conductor Claus Ogerman.This concert performance features tracks from her latest album The Look Of Love and the full set from her sensational world tour. The Grammy award winner takes us through a variety of well-known standards all performed in the totally individual, yet classic style that is Diana Krall.

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  • Bowlive: Live at the Brooklyn Bowl

    Soulive

    Year: 2010

    Runtime: 2 hr 12 min

    In March of 2010, the members of Soulive hauled their instruments through the doors of a newly-opened warehouse-turned-music venue in Brooklyn that they would call home for the next two weeks. Eric Krasno, Alan Evans and Neal Evans called on a multitude of their closest friends and musical conspirators to join them over the next fortnight - creating an incredibly broad guest lineup that included some of the pre-eminent guitar virtuosos of our generation (Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes), some of the biggest names in hip-hop (Questlove, Rahzel), and some of the most inventive improvisational players in modern rock n' roll (Robert Randolph, Marco Benevento, Oteil & Kofi Burbridge). The Brooklyn Bowl quickly became the mecca for these very distinct yet like-minded musicians, where they returned night after night, donning the dress code for good times (bowling shoes) and sharing famous Blue Ribbon fried chicken. The common thread that tied together all these disparate ingredients quickly became palpable -- from the transcendental heartfelt improvisations onstage to the homey & playful atmosphere provided by the bowling alley, the Soulive residency was like nothing that had come before it because all of those diverse elements fused to ultimately bring the Soul to Brooklyn Bowl.

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  • A Night With Chieli Minucci and Special EFX

    Chieli Minucci

    Year: 2005

    Runtime: 1 hr 10 min

    Best known as half of the world fusion group Super EFX (alongside George Jinda), crossover jazz guitarist Chieli Minucci launched his extraordinary career in 1982, and for fourteen years divided his time between touring with the EFX band and playing session gigs with such R&B artists as Chaka Khan and Roberta Flack. 1995 saw the genesis of Minucci's solo career; from '95-'97 he recorded three critically acclaimed EPs on the JVC label: Jewels, Renaissance and It's Gonna Be Good. Minucci makes a rare reunion date with the EFX band (sans Jinda), for a live, in-concert performance, in the home video issue Chieli Minucci: A Night with Chieli Minucci and Special EFX. He interprets seven fusion numbers here: "Courageous Cats," "Speak to Me," "Daybreak," "Bodybeat," "Cause We've Ended As Lovers," "Still Waiting," and "Cruise Control."

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  • Ol’ Blue Eyes Is Back

    Frank Sinatra

    Year: 2017

    Runtime: 51 min

    Sinatra returned from his brief retirement with the appropriately titled Ol’ Blue Eyes Is Back. Released amidst a whirlwind of publicity, the album was a commercial success, earning gold status and peaking just outside the top-ten on the UK and Billboard album charts.
    The album was accompanied by a television special, Magnavox Presents Frank Sinatra, which reunited Sinatra with Gene Kelly.

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  • Sinatra Featuring Don Costa and His Orchestra

    Frank Sinatra

    Year: 2012

    Runtime: 52 min

    Sinatra: Featuring Don Costa & His Orchestra is truly a one man show. Sinatra belts out For Once In My Lifeand it is perfection. Being the last of his five specials, his wit and banter is as engaging as ever. He narrates us through his movie clips with the timing of a stand-up comedian. The up tempo closing of the show makes it complete with My Kind Of Town.

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  • At The Royal Festival

    Frank Sinatra

    Year: 1970

    Runtime: 51 min

    ‘At The Royal Festival Hall’ was filmed at London’s famous venue on November 16, 1970.The concert was introduced by HSH Princess Grace of Monaco, the former Grace Kelly, who had co-starred with Sinatra in the film “High Society”. The setlist includes a superb rendition of George Harrison’s classic love song “Something” alongside classic songs such as “Pennies From Heaven,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “My Kind Of Town” and “My Way.”

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  • Let's Get Lost

    Chet Baker

    Year: 1988

    Runtime: 1 hr 60 min

    "Let's Get Lost" is an American documentary film about the turbulent life and career of jazz trumpeter Chet Baker written and directed by Bruce Weber. The title is derived from a song by Jimmy McHugh and Frank Loesser from the 1943 film Happy Go Lucky which Baker recorded for Pacific Records. A group of Baker fans, ranging from ex-associates to ex-wives and children, talk about the man. Weber’s film traces the man’s career from the 1950s, playing with jazz greats like Charlie Parker, Gerry Mulligan, and Russ Freeman, to the 1980s, when his heroin addiction and domestic indifference kept him in Europe.

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  • Live in Montreux 1976

    Nina Simone

    Year: 1975

    Runtime: 1 hr 12 min

    Nina Simone one of the great female vocalists of the 20th Century, made four appearances at the Montreux Festival between 1968 and 1990. This film features the whole of the performance from 1976 as the main item, which is supplemented as bonus features by two tracks from her concert in 1987 and four from her final show in 1990. This is the definitive Nina Simone live film.

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  • Congo Square

    Wynton Marsalis

    Year: 2007

    Runtime: 1 hr 57 min

    Congo Square is a musical tribute to New Orleans composed and performed by Wynton Marsalis, trumpet master from New Orleans and Yacub Addy, an African master drumer -- a unique collaboration where a Lincoln Center's great jazz orchestra mingles with an African percussion ensemble in a 2 hour concert of original music filmed at the 2007 Montreal Jazz Festival.

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  • Epitaph: Live from Lincoln Center

    Charles Mingus

    Year: 1989

    Runtime: 2 hr 20 min

    On June 3rd, 1989, the Alice Tully Hall at New York's Lincoln Center was the venue for the world premiere performance of Charles Mingus' masterpiece "Epitaph". Conductor Gunther Schuller directed 30 musicians in what the New York Times described as "One of the most memorable jazz events of the decade". The piece had been discovered after Mingus' death in 1979 and painstakingly restored and copied. It is the largest and longest piece for jazz orchestra ever written and is now available here on film for the first time.

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  • Live in Munich

    Miles Davis

    Year: 1988

    Runtime: 1 hr 2 min

    For more than 50 years, trumpeter/bandleader Miles Davis was a major innovator of cool, modal, avant-garde, and fusion jazz styles. This program captures Davis's band: alto saxophonist/flutist Kenny Garrett, Keyboardists Robert Irving III and Adam Holzmann, lead bassist Joseph "Foley" McCreary, and bassist Benjamin Rietveld, percussionist Marilyn Mazur, and drummer Ricky Wellman, live in Munich, Germany on July 10th, 1988. With these musicians' sympathetic and syncopated support, Davis's trademarked Harmon-muted trumpet tones dance and trance over the combo's supple electric swing. Throughout the concert, Davis glides across the stage with the elegance and power of a dancer and a fighter, huddling with his sidemen to play and share a phrase. Interview snippets with Davis feature the trumpeter frankly discussing his other passion, artwork. All told, Miles in Munich shows that the man called "Prince of Darkness" was full of artistic light near the end of his creative life.

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  • Night Sessions - Live in Concert

    Chris Botti and Friends

    Year: 2001

    Runtime: 1 hr 27 min

    Chris Botti & Friends: Night Sessions - Live In Concert features the jazz trumpeter's star-studded performance at the historic El Rey Theater in Los Angeles in December 2001. This video features guest vocal appearances from Sting and Shawn Colvin.

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  • The Main Event

    Frank Sinatra

    Year: 1974

    Runtime: 53 min

    Charged with the electricity of a heavyweight prizefight, The Main Event was filmed live at Madison Square Garden, a venue usually reserved for sporting events and rock 'n' roll concerts. Sinatra dazzles the crowd with contemporary numbers such as "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life" and "Let Me Try Again" and delivers the knockout blow with signature tunes "My Kind Of Town" and "My Way."

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  • Only You: In Concert

    Harry Connick Jr.

    Year: 2004

    Runtime: 2 hr 26 min

    This concert by Harry Connick, Jr. with his Big Band and Orchestra was filmed in Quebec City in 2004.

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  • The New York Big Band Concert

    Harry Connick Jr.

    Year: 1992

    Runtime: 1 hr

    The New York Big Band Concert features Harry Connick, Jr. bringing the sound of the Big Easy to the Big Apple! This special set features 13 performances from his record-breaking 15-night engagement at New York City's Paramount Theatre in 1992.

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  • Cheek to Cheek: Live

    Tony Bennett And Lady Gaga

    Year: 2014

    Runtime: 1 hr 15 min

    Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga perform songs from the Great American Songbook including such beloved standards as "Anything Goes," "Cheek to Cheek," "Lush Life," "Sophisticated Lady," and "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)."

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  • The Miles Davis Story

    Miles Davis

    Year: 2001

    Runtime: 2 hr 4 min

    Trumpeter-bandleader Miles Davis (1926-91) was a catalyst for the major innovations in post-bop, cool jazz, hard-bop, and jazz-fusion, and his wispy and emotional trumpet tones were some of the most evocative sounds ever heard. He was also one of the most identifiable and misunderstood pop icons of the 20th century. This engrossing British documentary shows the complex layers of this magnificent and mercurial artist. Through rare footage and interviews, we learn of Davis's middle-class upbringing and his early days with bop legends Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker. The documentary bluntly deals with Davis's narcotic nadir and his rise from the depths to become a bona fide jazz icon in the mid-'50s to late '60s. But the most penetrating and poignant portraits of Davis come from musicians who played with and were influenced by him, including Shirley Horn, Herbie Hancock, Joe Zawinul, and Keith Jarrett.

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  • The Way Up: Live

    Pat Metheny Group

    Year: 2006

    Runtime: 1 hr 9 min

    Pat Metheny is one of the most original and distinctive guitarists of modern times. Together with long time collaborator and keyboards player Lyle Mays he founded the Pat Metheny Group in 1978. Instantly successful, they have established themselves at the forefront of jazz-rock fusion with a succession of best selling albums and sell out world tours. Filmed in late 2005, features the full concert version of his most recent album "The Way Up", which earned Pat Metheny Group their 10th Grammy Award® and Metheny personally his 17th.

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  • Icons Among Us

    Various Artists

    Year: 2004

    Runtime: 1 hr 36 min

    Jazz is undergoing changes of monumental magnitude and importance. Icons Among Us: Jazz in the Present Tense is a documentary film that captures the metamorphosis of jazz by showcasing the words, music, and spirit of the artists that are paving the way for an unprecedented musical revolution. Through interviews and live performance footage, we explore the thoughts and lives of the musicians spearheading today s jazz front lines. Directed by Michael Rivoira, Lars Larson and Peter J. Vogt, Icons Among Us examines the jazz music scene today by focusing the spotlight on many current jazz icons including Terence Blanchard, Ravi Coltrane, Robert Glasper, Nicholas Payton, Brian Blade & the Fellowship Band, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Donald Harrison Jr., Anat Cohen, Esperanza Spalding, and Medeski Martin and Wood. The film also features the legendary predecessors and influences of today's contemporary jazz stars, including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Wynton Marsalis.

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  • Play Your Own Thing - A Story of Jazz in Europe

    Various Artists

    Year: 2007

    Runtime: 1 hr 29 min

    The music documentary Play Your Own Thing provides a comprehensive history of European Jazz. It explores the origins of the US-influenced Jazz clubs after the Second World War, the first steps independent of American jazz and the various changes of direction that have repeatedly occurred in European jazz in the search for that "own voice" that European jazz musicians have helped to form. Featuring the great masters of European jazz such as Chris Barber, Jan Garbarek, Juliette Gréco, Stefano Bollani and Till Brönner, to name but a few, the film provides a wealth of styles in Jazz. For his third documentary on jazz, film-maker Julian Benedikt travelled to a wide variety of European countries in search of an all-embracing documentation of European jazz music. His story telling is neither too sophisticated nor does he simply reproduce the known clichés, rather the movie engages its audience with very personal impressions of European jazz, past and present. Accompanied by rarely seen archival footage featuring such influencing American jazz legends as Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington, this unique document offers a collection of sparkling musical gems from both sides of the Atlantic. A great music film!

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  • Live at Montreux 1996

    Wayne Shorter

    Year: 1995

    Runtime: 56 min

    Wayne Shorter is one of the most significant jazz performers of modern times. He performed as part of Art Blakeys Jazz Messengers and then Miles Davis band in the sixties before co-founding Weather Report with Joe Zawinul in the early seventies. This Montreux concert from 1996 features the Wayne Shorter Quintet and followed on from the release of his Grammy Award winning album High Life.

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