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June 10, 2009

"Chops" by Bruce Broder

I just got this sent to my inbox. A new documentary by Bruce Broder called Chops is out.

Click here for a list of scheduled screenings. Also a DVD is in the works.

Here's the synopsis taken from their site:

CHOPS tells the story of a group of kids with extraordinary musical ability who learn to make the most of their gifts in an acclaimed public school jazz program in Jacksonville, FL.

From their early, squeaky scales to soaring, improvisational solos, we have a front row seat for their fascinating transformation. We’re with them as they stick together and as they fall apart. And we see up close how the events of their daily lives are expressed in their music. We follow their musical journey from Florida to New York City, where they compete against the top high school jazz bands in the nation at the prestigious Essentially Ellington Festival.

Win or lose, the Essentially Ellington experience puts them at the threshold of their dream, and reveals the incredible growth they’ve experienced personally and musically.

I'm looking forward to this one. It'll be interesting to see young talents like these school kids fully enthralled in jazz. Something I'm envious of as I missed the opportunity when i was younger.

Chops Trailer from B-Side Entertainment on Vimeo.

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