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The HB Theater Listings

Below are the complete listings for films that will be featured on the Hard Bop Theater. The majority of links go directly to Amazon at present, but all will eventually have a featured page with photos and lists of related products. The selection of films on jazz is broken into two categories, Hollywood films featuring jazz, and Documentaries which includes history, biographies, and performances.

Feature Films

TitleYearDirectorFormatMusic of
New Orleans1947Arthur LubinVHS / DVDLouis Armstrong
Paris Blues1961Martin RittVHS Duke Ellington
Too Late Blues1961John CassavetesOOP Benny Carter
A Man Called Adam1966Leo PennVHS Nat Adderley
Sweet Love Bitter1966Herbert DanskaVHS Charles McPherson
Lady Sings the Blues1972Sidney FurieVHS Diana Ross
New York, New York1977Martin ScorseseVHS Georgie Auld
The Cotton Club1984Francis Ford CoppolaVHS / DVDBob Wilbur
The Gig1985Frank D. GilroyVHS Warren Vache
Round Midnight1986Bertrand TavernierVHS / DVDDexter Gordon
Bird1988Clint EastwoodVHS / DVDCharlie Parker
American Blue Note1989Ralph ToporoffVHS Larry Schanker
Fabulous Baker Boys1989Steve KlovesVHS / DVDDave Grusin
Mo' Better Blues1990Spike LeeVHS / DVDTerence Blanchard
Lush Life1993Michael EllisVHS / DVDBob Cooper
Kansas City1995Robert AltmanVHS David Murray
Sweet & Lowdown1999Woody AllenVHS / DVDHoward Alden
Ray2004Taylor HackfordVHS / DVDRay Charles


Jazz: The History of America's Music2000VHS /DVDHistory
Storyville: The Naked Dance1990VHS / DVDNew Orleans
Louis Armstrong: Satchmo1990VHS / DVDLouis Armstrong
The Intimate Duke Ellington1967VHS / DVDDuke Ellington
Lady Day1991VHS / DVDBillie Holiday
The Last of Blue Devils1980VHS / DVDKansas City
Swingin' the Blues1992VHS Count Basie
The Sound of Jazz1957VHS / DVDPerformance
A Great Day in Harlem1995VHS / DVDHistory / NYC
Celebrating Bird1988VHS / DVDCharlie Parker
Biography: Dizzy Gillespie1998VHS Dizzy Gillespie
Straight, No Chaser1989VHS / DVDThelonious Monk
More Than You Know1964VHS Dexter Gordon
Blue Note: Story of Modern Jazz1997VHS History / Bop
One Night With Blue Note1985DVD Performance
The Coltrane Legacy1999VHS / DVDJohn Coltrane
Triumph of Underdog1997VHS / DVDCharles Mingus
The Miles Davis Story2002VHS / DVDMiles Davis
Imagine the Sound1981VHS History / Free


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