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Five Films to Remind You of All That Jazz

If you love music and films, you’ve surely been hypnotized more than once by the original soundtrack of a movie (I’m sure I have!). You’ve probably looked for it on the internet, maybe even downloaded it, and you just can’t get the melodies out of your head.

That is what probably will happen after you watch any of these five films about jazz. You can’t miss any of them. It’s movie time!

Bird

“Bird” is a biographical and tribute film about the legendary jazz saxophonist Charlie “Bird” Parker. The film moves us back and forth through Parker’s brief life, since he dies, from a heroin overdose when he was 34 years old. The movie has beautiful shots of the saxophonist improvising on the stage of some jazz clubs of his time, and Charlie’s songs are interpreted by contemporary jazz musicians who give it a formidable touch. On the other hand, the film also shows a more intimate side of Parker’s relationship with his wife and his issues with drugs and alcohol.

If you’re a jazz fan from the heart, you can’t miss watching this movie about one of the greatest jazz musicians in history.

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La La Land

Sebastian is a struggling jazz pianist, while Mia is an aspiring actress. Between sunsets and music, these two dreamers end up deeply in love with each other, and in love with their dreams. Mia is a brilliant performer but is always running between different auditions. While Sebastian has the jazz flowing all over his body, and his dream to open his own jazz club seems difficult, but he simply can’t let jazz die. Together try to make it in the City of Stars.

“La La Land” is an appreciation to that once in a lifetime kind of love, a reminder about the struggles life puts in between the space where you are and where you want to be, and a beautiful honor to jazz music, just like Sebastian would.

The Terminal

When his entry to the United States is rejected, and at the same time his native country suffers a military coup, Viktor Navorski has no choice but to settle in at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport terminal, with just his luggage and a peanut can.

The days go by, and Viktor is still stuck in the terminal. He can’t leave, not just because he’s stuck, but also because he made a promise to himself. Viktor’s late father was a jazz enthusiast who discovered the photograph of A Great Day in Harlem in a newspaper and vowed to collect the autographs of all the 57 musicians featured on it. He died before he could get the last one, the signature from tenor saxophonist Benny Golson, so Viktor comes to New York to get it for him and doesn’t plan to leave without it.

Chicago

In a 1920’s Chicago, full of lights and endless jazz nights, Roxy Heart can’t help but dream to be an artist, although after murdering her lover because of lies about making her famous, she may have ruined the life that she wants so much. Once in jail, Roxy meets Velma Kelly, a showgirl accused of double murder, who is also her idol. And from then on, both of their destinies are in the hands of a peculiar lawyer.

Crime and All That Jazz: that’s “Chicago.” It is inevitable that you fall right into the movie’s spell and get caught up in Roxy’s desperate ambition.

Whiplash

Andrew Nieman wants to be the greatest jazz drummer in the world. Terence Fletcher, an instructor, known for his teaching talents, and his terrifying methods, leads the top jazz ensemble in the school. Fletcher discovers Andrew while he’s practicing and invites him to join his jazz band.

Andrew’s passion for achieving perfection doesn’t take long to become an obsession, and his teacher keeps pushing him to the edge of his ability, and sanity.

Discipline and sacrifice are present in this film, and if there’s something we can tell you is that you will not hear the words “good job.”

 

There are hundreds of movies about jazz. This is the way the world of cinema shows their appreciation to the art of this musical genre. And we don’t know about you, but at Yo Amo Barquisimeto we’re already making popcorn to binge-watch some of these films, and we promise you won’t regret it if you do the same.

The movie “Bird” is a tribute to the life and music of the jazz saxophonist Charlie “Bird” Parker.

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