Ben Makinen/JazzTown - The Movie

JazzTown – a documentary film by Ben Makinen (Bmakin Film)

Denver’s iconic and Grammy Award-winning musicians reveal the secrets of their success and longevity in the music business while warning the young lions to whom they pass the torch to stay relevant in a marketplace both treacherous and brutal The majestic Rocky Mountains tower over a bustling metropolis filled with steamy and romantic nightclubs where jazz flourishes on stage JazzTown features never seen before live concert footage on historic stages that have now crumbled due to economic stresses of the Covid Pandemic. Tragically, some of musicians featured in JazzTown have died during the making of this film.

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Personnel

This Award-Winning Doc includes performances and interviews from:
~ Dianne Reeves, 5-time Grammy Award Winner for Best Jazz Vocalist
~ US Senator John Hickenlooper (former jazz club owner)
~ Ron Miles (Joshua Redman, Bill Frisell, Ginger Baker)
~ Charlie Hunter (Snarky Puppy, Christian McBride, Stanton Moore)
~ Art Lande (Mark Isham, Gary Peacock)
~ Ayo Awosika (Session Singer on Soundtracks: Wakanda Forever, Nope, The Lion King; Back Up Singer with Miley Cyrus) 
~ Charlie Burrell (Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker ..)
~ Freddy Rodriguez Sr (Recorded with Rahsaan Roland Kirk)
~ Mitch Chmara (Electric Guitar, Author of Experimental Contrary Motion)
and more ...

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