Divine Jazz Cruise
— During the summer 2015 I was honored to share films on a cruise put together by Lynn Rudin, under her DIVINE JAZZ CRUISE banner. It was a jazz experience of a lifetime, with musical sets featuring vocalists Greta Matassa and Tony Galla, soloists Ira Nepus (ex-Woody Herman) and Tom Peterson (20 years with the Tonight Show band), and a terrific Seattle-based rhythm section. Check out some of their fine offerings, and let Lynne know that you heard about it here.
There are countless Internet sites that deal with jazz on film. The following are some suggested sites for research.
Fats Waller’s Jam and Jive
— a site dedicated to the life and music of the great stride pianist Thomas “Fats” Waller
— a terrific site managed by jazz scholar Jan Evensmo.
— Michael Steinman is truly one of the "good guys" in our music. His tastes are eclectic, his knowledge encyclopedic. Michael’s blog, JAZZ LIVES, promotes classic sounds and recordings, as well as recent performances of the music. His blog is literate and witty and highly recommended.
Jazz on the Screen
— David Meeker’s Jazz and Blues Filmography. This primary source requires updating, and information should be double checked, but it is still a major resource.
Marv Goldberg’s Rhythm and Blues Party
For those interested in rhythm and blue, and vocalists/vocal harmony group in particular, there are few sites as comprehensive as Marv’s. There is a wealth of information here, all researched using primary source documents; the worry about "watch what you read on the Internet" is really not an issue here!
Swing and Beyond
— Mike Zirpolo has written the definitive biography of Bunny Berigan (Mr. Trumpet), and at this site he covers not only Bunny's fabulous music, but that of the Swing Era in general. Among the highpoints of the site are links to classic jazz recordings, accompanied by detailed analysis of each. This site is a favorite of mine, one that I return to often.
The Internet Movie Database
— a basic source, but often useful.
The following organizations and sites are worthy of one’s attention:
The International Association of Jazz Record Collectors
— a wonderful organization of jazz fans and scholars; the quarterly journal is one of the best in the field.
— an important resource that chronicles African- American appearances on film through poster art.
The Jazz Discography
— Tom Lord’s online discography. It is a paid service which allows access to a comprehensive discography of jazz recordings.
— a veteran of the big band era, and still very much a player...and a great guy!