Most widely held works about Rhapsody Films
Most widely held works by Rhapsody Films
The last of the Blue Devils ( Visual )
9 editions published between 1980 and 2004 in English and held by 232 libraries worldwide
A documentary recollection of music and musicians associated with Kansas City, Mo. in the 1930's, featuring Count Basie and his orchestra, Joe Turner, and Jay McShann.
Tony Bennett the music never ends ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 219 libraries worldwide
Clint Eastwood presents the extraordinary career of Tony Bennett with archival footage, live performances including his performance at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 2005 and interviews with celebrities reminiscing about their favorite moments with him.
Chicago blues ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1986 and 1998 in English and held by 160 libraries worldwide
Traces the evolution of blues music from its origins in the rural south to the contemporary electric sound shaped in the ghettos of Chicago. Shows examples of the harsh experiences of Blacks in America and the liberation performances of such people as Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, Floyd Jones, J.B. Hutto, Dick Gregory, and many others.
Mingus ( Visual )
7 editions published between 1988 and 2004 in English and held by 151 libraries worldwide
Charlie Mingus, jazz bassist/composer, performs and talks about his life, work, and politics.
Johnny Mercer the dream's on me ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 145 libraries worldwide
Admired and praised by the likes of Irving Berlin and Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer has been described as 'one of our great folk poets' and 'the most perfect American lyricist.' Throughout his extraordinary career, he collaborated with hundreds of composers to write legendary movie songs such as 'Hooray for Hollywood,' 'Jeepers Creepers', and 'Moon River.' Mercer then went on to co-found Capitol Records in 1942.
The Universal mind of Bill Evans the creative process and self-teaching ( Visual )
2 editions published between 1991 and 2005 in English and held by 120 libraries worldwide
Features Bill Evans in performance, plus an explanation by the Evans brothers and Allen of how a jazz artist creates his art.
Kumu Hula keepers of a culture ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1989 and 1993 in English and held by 111 libraries worldwide
A documentary about the native Hawaiian dance which represents the history and ancient traditions of the Hawaiian people.
Born to swing ( Visual )
6 editions published between 1973 and 1992 in English and held by 107 libraries worldwide
The swing music era is recaptured through this portrait of the Count Basie Band and its great soloists.
Clint Eastwood out of the shadows ( Visual )
4 editions published between 2000 and 2008 in English and held by 94 libraries worldwide
A look at the life and career of Clint Eastwood, an American actor and filmmaker.
Juju music ( Visual )
2 editions published between 1987 and 1991 in English and held by 88 libraries worldwide
A unique performance documentary, Juju music features the urban popular tribe music of Nigeria, known as Juju. The film includes a historic, all-night juju concert in Lagos, featuring internationally known performers. A vital thread in the social fabric of Western Nigeria, juju music incorporates traditional song forms, rhythms and instruments with Western musical influences.
Different drummer, Elvin Jones ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1984 and 1991 in English and held by 80 libraries worldwide
Documents the background and style of jazz drummer Elvin Jones. Traces the origin, arrangement, and performance of his original compositions.
After hours ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 76 libraries worldwide
Shows a late night session at the "After Hours Club". Coleman Hawkins on sax, Roy Eldridge on trumpet, Milt Hinton on bass, Johnny Guarnieri on piano, and Cozy Cole on drums as they perform "Lover man", Taking a chance on love", and others.
Jazz is my native language a portrait of Toshiko Akiyoshi ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1986 and 2000 in English and held by 74 libraries worldwide
Gives an in-depth look at the musical and personal life of composer/pianist/bandleader Toshiko Akiyoshi. Includes performances of her work by her band and commentary by jazz critic Leonard Feather.
Robert Altman's Jazz '34 remembrances of Kansas City swing ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1996 and 2003 in English and held by 72 libraries worldwide
Contemporary jazz musicians recreate an all-night jam session as it might have happened in a 1930's Kansas City club.
The Art Ensemble of Chicago live from the Jazz Showcase ( Visual )
2 editions published between 1990 and 2004 in English and held by 71 libraries worldwide
A live performance by the Art Ensemble of Chicago at the Jazz Showcase. One of the most intelligent jazz documentaries around.
One hand don't clap ( Visual )
2 editions published between 1988 and 1991 in English and held by 68 libraries worldwide
Documentary on the history and present state of calypso and its more recent spinoff, soca, defined as calypso with soul.
KODO heartbeat drummers of Japan ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1983 and 1997 in English and held by 68 libraries worldwide
The documentary was filmed in the summer of 1983 on Sado Island and at Tokyo's National Theatre. The film showcases KODO's music and explores their commitment to a unique aesthetic and collective ideal.
Zydeco Gumbo ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1990 in English and held by 68 libraries worldwide
An example of zydeco music, a combination of R & B, Cajun, Creole accordion and scrubboard, taped on location in Southwest Louisiana.
Jazz hoofer the story of the legendary Baby Laurence ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1981 and 1986 in English and held by 66 libraries worldwide
Documents the life and career of famed black tap dancer Baby Laurence of Baltimore. Filmed sequences were shot in New York not long before he died.
Texas tenor the Illinois Jacquet story ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1991 and 2005 in English and held by 65 libraries worldwide
A documentary on the life and work of jazz saxophonist Illinois Jacquet.
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