Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Jazz on Film

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Jazz on Film

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. Another new column is here and it's called "Jazz on Film." This column is for people who like to look at jazz as much as hearing it. I'll be taking a look at what is available for the jazz visionary's out there, whether it's on TV, in a video store, online or the internet.

One of the first places to look for jazz videos is the internet (of course) and I'm taking about YouTube.com. You can spend hours just browsing. Why? Just using the search words "hot jazz" will give you "About 269,000 results" according to YouTube. So I suggest you do not use the word "jazz" when searching on YouTube. You're better off to search by title or artist instead.

Let's make it easier, shall we? Let's try "Red Onion Babies" and see what we get. Go ahead...go online and give it a try. I'll wait.......did you get 930 results? The top two on the list feature Clarence Williams. After that, it's the group, The New Red Onion Babies. Of course the first two songs in the listing, "Early Every Morn" (1924) and "Terrible Blues" (1924) are nothing more than the song with some graphics. A homemade project for the most part. Not too much to get excited about. So as you can see, it'll be hit and miss.

Now since we are on the internet, let's go to the Warner Brothers website at http://www.WarnerBros.com and we are going to the "archive" section which is located by clicking on the "movies" tab or http://www.warnerbros.com/movies/warner-archive. Notice you can browse the DVDs by decades, genre and alphabetically.

The one I came across (and own) is called, "Big Band, Jazz and Swing." It's a one-of-a-kind 11+ hour, 6-Disc Collection of 63 Theatrical Shorts from the golden age of melody and musicianship. …

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