The World According to John Coltrane
The World According to John Coltrane is a documentary film about saxophonist John Coltrane.
Produced with the cooperation of his widow Alice Coltrane, the documentary focuses on the later period ...
Imagine the Sound
Imagine the Sound is a 1981 Canadian documentary film about free jazz, directed by Ron Mann. It features interviews with and musical and dramatic performances by pianist Cecil Taylor, saxophonist Arc...
Momma Don't Allow
Momma Don't Allow is a short British documentary film about a north London jazz club made in 1955. It was co-directed by Karel Reisz and Tony Richardson and filmed by Walter Lassally. It was produced ...
Sabbath in Paradise
Sabbath in Paradise is a documentary film by Claudia Heuermann examining contemporary Jewish musical culture in New York's avant garde Jazz scene in the 1990s. It features concert footage and intervi...
Cry of Jazz
The Cry of Jazz is a 1959 documentary film by Ed Bland that connects jazz to African American history. It uses footage of Chicago's black neighborhoods and performances by Sun Ra, John Gilmore, and...
Dave Brubeck: In His Own Sweet Way
Dave Brubeck: In His Own Sweet Way is a 2010 documentary film about jazz pianist legend Dave Brubeck. It was directed and produced by Bruce Ricker with Clint Eastwood as executive producer for Turner...
Jazz Is My Native Language
Jazz is my Native Language: A Portrait of Toshiko Akiyoshi is a 1983 documentary film by Renee Cho about the jazz pianist, composer, arranger and big band leader Toshiko Akiyoshi.
Sur les traces du Bembeya Jazz
Sur les traces du Bembeya Jazz (In the Steps of Bembeya Jazz) is a 2007 documentary film about the Guinean band Bembeya Jazz.
In 1961, in a little village in the middle of the Guinean tropical fo...
The Sound of Jazz
"The Sound of Jazz" is a 1957 edition of the CBS television series Seven Lively Arts, and was one of the first major programs featuring jazz to air on American network television.
The one-hour pro...
Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise
Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise is a 1980 jazz film by Robert Mugge documenting performances by Sun Ra and his Arkestra in Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and Baltimore, and also including interviews and rehear...
Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser
Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser (1988) is a documentary about the life of bebop pianist and composer Thelonious Monk. Produced by Clint Eastwood, Bruce Ricker, and directed/co-produced by Charlo...
The Church of Saint Coltrane
The Church of Saint Coltrane is a short documentary film produced by Alan Klingenstein and directed by Jeff Swimmer. It was filmed in 1996. Its subject is the famous jazz saxophonist John Coltrane, wh...
Trane Tracks: The Legacy of John Coltrane
Trane Tracks: The Legacy of John Coltrane is a documentary film about saxophonist John Coltrane.
The Cole Nobody Knows
The Cole Nobody Knows is a documentary film about musician Freddy Cole, the younger brother of Eddie Cole, Ike Cole & Nat King Cole.The film tells Mr. Cole’s story through interviews with musicia...
Charles Mingus: Triumph of the Underdog
Charles Mingus: Triumph of the Underdog is a 1998 documentary film about the life of jazz musician Charles Mingus.
Charles Mingus narrates pieces of his own story. Born from a half black/half Swed...
Jazz (TV series)
Jazz is a 2000 documentary miniseries, directed by Ken Burns. It was broadcast on PBS in 2001, and was released on DVD and VHS in January 2, 2001 later that year by the same company. Its chronological...
A Great Day in Harlem (film)
A Great Day in Harlem is a 1994 American documentary film directed by Jean Bach about the photograph of the same name. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.Director Jean...
Jazz on a Summer's Day
Jazz on a Summer's Day (1960) is a documentary film set at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island, co-filmed and co-directed by commercial and fashion photographer Bert Stern and director Ara...
Calle 54
Calle 54 is a 2000 documentary film about Latin jazz by Spanish director Fernando Trueba. With only minimal introductory voiceovers, the film consists of studio performances by a wide array of Latin ...
Tradition Is a Temple
Tradition Is a Temple is an American documentary film about New Orleans jazz culture and modernization’s effect on American traditions.
Contemporary New Orleans jazz musicians discuss their child...
The Last of the Blue Devils
The Last of the Blue Devils, subtitled The Kansas City Jazz Story, is a 1979 film documentary with notable figures from the history of Kansas City jazz starring Count Basie and Big Joe Turner. The fi...
Jimmy Scott: If You Only Knew
James Victor "Jimmy" Scott (July 17, 1925 – June 12, 2014), also known as "Little" Jimmy Scott, was an American jazz vocalist famous for his unusually high contralto voice and his sensitivity on...
Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer
Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer is a 2007 American documentary film about the jazz singer Anita O'Day. The documentary was directed and produced by Robbie Cavolina and Ian McCrudden. The doc...
Artie Shaw: Time Is All You've Got
Artie Shaw: Time Is All You've Got is a 1986 documentary film about clarinetist Artie Shaw. It was written, directed and narrated by Brigitte Berman. It won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feat...