[JPL] 88.9 FM WDNA presents the 10th MIAMI JAZZ FILM FESTIVAL

Maggie Pelleya maggie at wdna.org
Mon Jul 24 13:35:59 EDT 2006


Contact: Maggie Pelleyá, 305-662-8889 maggie at wdna.org
July 17, 2006

88.9 FM WDNA Public Radio presents its


Fourteen screenings of documentaries and special programs from the USA, UK,
France & Spain

August 10 - 13, 2006, Bill Cosford Cinema, University of Miami
Coral Gables, Florida

	88.9 FM WDNA Public Radio is known as the "Serious Jazz" station
and, in celebrating the 10th edition of its MIAMI JAZZ FILM FESTIVAL, the
station has put together fourteen screenings of documentary films, short
features, and vintage cartoons which are sure to reinforce the station's
commitment to America's classical music. The films will come from the USA,
the United Kingdom, Spain, and France and will be shown August 10-13 at the
Bill Cosford Cinema at the University of Miami in Coral Gables.
	Seven of the featured documentaries are Florida Premieres, beginning
with the Thursday opening night film "Music is My Live, Politics My
Mistress-the Story of Oscar Brown Jr.", a poet, jazz singer, stage actor,
composer, radio and television host, and senatorial candidate.  Film
director donnie l. betts will come from Colorado to present the film
	Two U.S. Premieres come from the United Kingdom, home of the veteran
director Mike Dibb (The Miles Davis Story, 2001).  They will be featured on
Friday opening with "Keith Jarrett-The Art of Improvisation" a documentary
that offers an exceptional opportunity to examine the contrasting worlds of
jazz and classical music and followed by "Astor Piazzolla-A Portrait" a film
that explores Piazzolla's vibrant musical influence and  includes rare and
exhilarating archive sequences spanning 30 years of filmed performances.
	Saturday afternoon's free presentation of vintage Jazz cartoons will
introduce children to the music of Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway as well as
to Betty Boop and a kind of animation that's different from their normal
Saturday fare.
	Those that saw the original film in 1971 might want to refresh their
memory with the newly re-mastered classic concert film "Soul to Soul",
directed by Denis Sanders.  Les McCann, Ike and Tina Turner, Santana, Wilson
Pickett, The Staple Singers, and others traveled to Ghana in what was to
become a legendary musical and spiritual interchange.
	Ken Koenig will come from California to show us what Jazz was like
in the West Coast, in his Florida Premiere presentation of "Jazz on the West
Coast: The Lighthouse" the legendary home of Howard Rumsey and his
Lighthouse All-Stars, many of whom provide vivid accounts of their jazz
	In the U.S. Premiere of "Habana Abierta-Boomerang" director Carlos
Carcas gives us the voice of a new generation of Cuban musicians, those who
spent their youth in the island and have left in search of freedom to
express themselves.  In Spain they blend Cuban music with pop, rock, jazz
and blues, and bring Bebo Valdés for a classic touch. Music producer and
film enthusiast Nat Chediak will present the film.
	In the Saturday night feature Bebo Valdés, the great
then-85-year-old Cuban pianist who has spent the last 43 years exiled in
Stockholm, travels to Salvador de Bahía in the Florida Premiere of "El
Milagro de Candeal" which garnered a Goya Award for Spanish director
Fernando Trueba in 2005.  The veteran pianist and his host, musician
Carlinhos Brown, experience the place where Africa's music and religions
have been preserved in their purest forms.  
	WDNA could not resist including the work of Ursa-Noël Gil, who
introduces some of the members of our radio family as we gathered at our
Picnic last year.  This is a chance to meet us on the big screen for free on
Sunday afternoon.
	The world of Jazz and Afro-Cuban Jazz lost one of its great artists
this year, and so WDNA brings back "On the Road with Ray Barretto" directed
by Patrick Savey from France.  This Sunday afternoon documentary chronicles
the contribution of a musician whose congas have graced more recording
sessions than virtually any other conguero of his time.

The pairing of Freddy Cole and Monty Alexander on Sunday afternoon is no
accident, as they've been together in many performances.  The Florida
Premiere of  "The Cole Nobody Knows" by Clay Walker provides a portrait of
the enchanting vocalist Freddy Cole, who has come out of the shadow of his
more famous brother Nat "King" Cole.  This shorter film is followed by the
U.S. Premiere of "Young at Heart-Monty Alexander" by director Daniel Farhi,
film producer and owner of the Paris jazz Club New Morning.  Monty is
certainly no stranger to South Florida, where he lived and played until
Frank Sinatra tapped him for a job.  He's an ultimate jazz pianist while
staying true to his Jamaican roots.
	The Heath brothers, the legendary Philadelphia triumvirate of jazz
are celebrated in the Florida Premiere of "Brotherly Jazz: The Music and
Stories of Percy, Jimmy & Albert "Tootie" Heath" by director Jesse Block.
Together and apart they've performed with Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and
Thelonious Monk and have shown that you don't have to swing hard to swing
	The closing festival film is a celebration of New Orleans aptly
titled "Make it Funky!" by native Michael Murphy.  This Florida Premiere,
narrated by Art Neville, is a reminder that this city's architecture,
cuisine and multicultural diversity, as well as its music, is a unique and
major American center of culture.
	The Miami Jazz Film Festival is an outreach educational activity of
88.9 WDNA Public Radio, broadcasting Jazz, Latin Jazz, World Music, BBC
News, as well as special educational and cultural programs to the South
Florida audience in five languages. 
	The Festival is made possible with the support of the City of Coral
Gables, Tarpon Bend Raw Bar & Grill in Coral Gables, International Press of
Miami, Midtown Video, and others to be advised.
	A complete Festival schedule of screening times is available at
www.wdna.org and at www.miamijazzfilmfestival.org.
	Tickets are $5.00 for 88.9 FM WDNA Members and students and $6 for
the general public.  An order form is available online or by calling the
station at 305-662-8889.

Thursday, August 10

7 pm	Florida Premiere
	USA, 2005, 110 min. Introduction by Director donnie l. betts
Reception following screening at Tarpon Bend Raw Bar & Grill, 65 Miracle
Mile,  Coral Gables
Friday, August 11

8 pm	U.S. Premiere
Mike Dibb
10 pm	U.S. Premiere
	ASTOR PIAZZOLLA-A PORTRAIT, UK, 2005, 106 min., Director Mike Dibb
Saturday, August 12

1 pm	Free Presentation-JAZZ CARTOONS
3 p.m.  SOUL TO SOUL, USA, 1971, 95 min. Director Denis Sanders
5 pm	Florida Premiere
	Introduction by Director Ken Koenig
8 pm	U.S. Premiere
	HABANA ABIERTA-BOOMERANG, Spain, 2006, 54 min., Director Carlos
	Introduction by Nat Chediak
10 pm	Florida Premiere
	EL MILAGRO DE CANDEAL, Spain, 2004, 124 min., Director Fernando
Sunday. August 13

1 pm	Free Presentation-WDNA PICNIC, 2005, 30 min., Director Ursa-Noël Gil
3  pm	ON THE ROAD WITH RAY BARRETTO, France, 1998, 60 min., Director
Patrick Savey
5 pm	Florida Premiere
	THE COLE NOBODY KNOWS, USA 2005, 21 min., Director Clay Walker
U.S. Premiere
	YOUNG AT HEART-MONTY ALEXANDER, France, 2004, 50 min., Director
Daniel Farhi
7 pm	Florida Premiere
ALBERT "TOOTIE" HEATH, USA, 2006, 73 min., Director Jesse Block
9 pm	Florida Premiere
	MAKE IT FUNKY! It all started in New Orleans, USA, 2005, 109 min.,
Director Michael Murphy

Thanks, gracias, merci, mesi, obrigado, grazie, efcharisto, todah rabah,
danke schoen, arigato, shukran, xie xie, asante, spasiva, multumesc,
sho-na-bish, dekuyi, dziekuje, tesekur ederim, mahalo, afouen, go-mah-wuh.

One Nation, Under Jazz!
Maggie Pelleyá, General Manager
88.9 FM WDNA
4848 SW 74 Ct.
Miami, FL 33155
Tel. 305.662.8889
Fax. 305.662.1975

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