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Art Pepper

Year: 1985

Runtime: 00:48:49

An intensely personal and sometimes painful look into the fascinating world of Art Pepper. One of Jazz' greatest alto saxophonists and most expressive soloists, Pepper was also a thief, drug addict, alcoholic, womanizer, and world renown wildman. In candid interviews he recounts his triumphs, troubles, and luck in meeting Laurie, his last wife. For half the film Pepper leads a trio in a Malibu nightclub, the set includes: "Red Car", "Patricia", and "Miss Who?".

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Jazz, Documentary

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Jazz, Documentary, Vocal, Pop, Hip Hop, Blues, Rock, Alternative

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  • Icons Among Us

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    Year: 2004

    Runtime: 1 hr 36 min

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    Year: 2013

    Runtime: 1 hr 28 min

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    Year: 1988

    Runtime: 1 hr 60 min

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    Runtime: 53 min

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    Miles Davis

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    Runtime: 2 hr 4 min

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  • Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone

    Fishbone

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    Narrated by Laurence Fishburne, EVERYDAY SUNSHINE charts the turbulent history of the pioneering all-Black rock band Fishbone. From the streets of South-Central to Hollywood punk clubs and stages around the world, Fishbone rose to become one of the most original bands of the past 25 years—their influence discernible in many of today’s biggest pop acts. An effortlessly entertaining tale of artists following their own creative paths with punk rock endurance in the face of personality conflicts, family and financial woes, and an unforgiving music industry.

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  • Gilad and All That Jazz

    Gilad Atzmon

    Year: 2012

    Runtime: 59 min

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    Radiohead

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    Runtime: 1 hr 34 min

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  • Busted Circuits and Ringing Ears

    Tad

    Year: 2007

    Runtime: 1 hr 30 min

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  • For the Record

    Nathan East

    Year: 2015

    Runtime: 1 hr 25 min

    With more than 2000 album credits to his name, 2015 Grammy Nominee Nathan East is one of the most recorded bass players of all time. His sound is legendary and he's the most famous musician you don't know.

    "For The Record" is a documentary film that takes viewers behind-the-scenes as one of the most influential bass players in modern music recorded his debut solo album last year. His long-awaited solo album spent four weeks at #1 on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz Album chart and 34 weeks in the top position on smoothjazz.com. "For The Record" also chronicles Nathan's three decade plus career from when he hit the road age 16 with Barry White, his session and touring work across musical genres and membership in the legendary jazz quartet Fourplay. The film features interviews with many of the musicians he's worked with including Clapton, Phil Collins, Lionel Richie, Quincy Jones, Vince Gill, Herbie Hancock, Don Was and more.

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    Tommy Emmanuel

    Year: 2015

    Runtime: 23 min

    Tommy Emmanuel talks Ed Sheeran and being in a family band.

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    Tony Palmer

    Year: 1977

    Runtime: 52 min

    This documentary about the history of popular music in America focuses on the evolution of jazz music that took place throughout the South, taking a look at the broader musical principles that first set the style of music apart.

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  • Kickin' It With Kix

    Carrie Underwood

    Year: 2014

    Runtime: 56 min

    Hall-Of-Fame Chart-Topper and industry icon Kix Brooks brings you exclusive access to today’s Top 40 country acts. Watch Brooks kick it with the biggest names in country on Kix TV.

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