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"Saving the Jazz Heritage"

The Harlem Blues & Jazz Band.

 

Documentary 

 

Saving the Jazz Heritage is about preserving American Jazz and the efforts of Dr. Albert Vollmer for his life's work in honoring Jazz's Senior Citizenry through the founding of the Harlem Blues and Jazz Band.

Founded in 1973 by trombonist Clyde Bernhardt and jazz aficionado Albert Vollmer, the Harlem Blues & Jazz Band became the world's most authentic swing band. And now stars veteran jazz and blues musicians (64 to 101 years old) who are maintaining and saving the Jazz Heritage.

The musicians came up under Louis Armstrong and had played with Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, Alberta Hunter, Ruth Brown, Mary Lou Williams, Dakota Staton, Art Blakey, Ray Charles, Charles Mingus, Billy Eckstine, Earl Hines, Teddy Wilson, Erroll Garner, Dizzy Gillespie.

 

 

Cast:

Albert Vollmer (Founder of Harlem Blues and Jazz Band) 

Bo "Bosse" Stenhammar (European jazz promoter) 

Joey Morant (trumpet/flugelhorn and vocals)

Art Baron (trombone, composer/arranger)

Fred Staton (tenor saxophone, age 101)

Calvin Lynch (saxophone)

John Miller (piano) 

Michael Max Fleming (bass)

Shelton Gary (drummer)

Ruth Brisbane (vocalist)

Dorothy Vollmer (wife of Albert Vollmer)

Director: Julia Tikhonova

Producers: Julia Tikhonova, Albert Vollmer, Hakki Subentekin

 

 

Film Festivals Participation:

 

2012 - Official Selection of the 6th Annual Ocean County Library Film Festival in Toms River, NJ.US, Winner - Best Documentary 

2012 - Official Selection of the 14th Mumbai Film Festival, Mumbai Academy of Moving Image(MAMI), India.

2012 - Official Selection of the Kazakhstan Montage Cinema Film Festival 2012. Hollywood, Directors Guild of America.US

2012 - Official Selection of the Ruby Mountain Film Festival, Elko, Nevada.US

2013 - Official Selection of the 2nd New York Eurasian Film Festival, New York, US

Technical Information:

© 2012, 2016, All Rights Reserved

Running time: 54 min.

Director's Biography

Julia Tikhonova

Julia Tikhonova Filmmaker, contemporary video art artist, architect. Born in 1978 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Lives in New York City. She graduated from Academy of Architecture in 2001. 

Julia Tikhonova's video art "Love Races" and "Groom and Bride" were featured at the Central Asian Pavilion of the Venice Biennale in 2005, and made a sensation that continues to be felt as these works are shown and re-shown at exhibitions in Europe, South America and North America . Her video arts have been exhibited in more than 40 countries.

Her documentary film about the Harlem Blues and Jazz Band, the legendary swing era jazz band scene in New York, has been successfully screened in Hollywood (DGA theater), the 14th Mumbai Film Festival, India and other film festivals in United States. The film received an award as "Best Documentary" at the 6th Ocean County Library Film Festival in Toms River, NJ. 

Among other honors, her work has been nominated for Best Pavilion Exhibit in the Venice Italy Biennale, and received Honorable Mention at the Media City Film Festival in Windsor, Ontario.

Biographies of the current members of the Harlem Blues & Jazz Band (Cast)

 

Albert Vollmer (Founder of Harlem Blues and Jazz Band) 

Dr. Vollmer created The Harlem Blues & Jazz Band in 1973 with King Oliver's trombonist/blues singer, Clyde Bernhardt, never suspecting that it would become one of the longer continually performing jazz groups in existence. An impressive number of musicians from the Classic and Swing eras have graced the various incarnations throughout the years, thereby giving an enviable authenticity and historical significance to the band's performances and recordings.

Bo "Bosse" Stenhammar (European jazz promoter)

Bo "Bosse" Stenhammar, born June 5, 1939 in Stockholm, is a Swedish entrepreneur in the music and concert industry. Since the early 1960s, he has been a driving force behind activities and events related to world's jazz scene. He was one of the owners of Vispråmen Stork, the Stockholm Jazz Festival.

Among the numerous awards and honors he has received for his work are Magnolia Prize (2000), Evert Taube-stipendiet (1999), St. Eriks medal (2006).

 

Joey Morant (trumpet/flugelhorn and vocals)

One of the most exciting and dynamic trumpeters on the current scene, Joey is also a consummate entertainer. He electrifies audiences with his dazzling horn technique, skillful scat singing and humorous asides.

He has performed with Henry "Red" Allen, Lionel Hampton, Ray Charles and Dizzy Gillespie's Big Band. He has toured Japan with Count Basie. After the 9/11 terrorist attack, he was selected to blow Taps and Ground Zero flanked by NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani and NY State Governor George Pataki.

Art Baron (trombone, composer/arranger)

A most versatile musician, Art played for a year in the Duke Ellington brass section under the leadership of the Maestro himself. He carries on the Ellington Tradition with the "Duke's Men" an aggregation of Ellington Alumni of which he is the leader, arranger and trombonist. He has played with the Charles Mingus Big Band, Illinois Jacquet, Frank Wess and Lincoln Center Jazz Ensemble. His New Orleans credits include playing with The Preservation Hall Jazz Band as well as with Harold Dejan's Olympia Brass Band. He has also performed with Stevie Wonder and Bruce Springsteen.

John Miller (piano)

John Miller has performed with many famous singers - such as Ruth Brown, Dakota Stanton and Alice Williams. He also worked with Count Basie Orchestra under the direction of Frank Foster , instrumentalists "Big Nick" Nicholas and Stanley Turrentine.

 

Shelton Gary (drummer)

Shelton Gary, drummer for The Harlem Blues & Jazz Band for decades, passed away on May 15th 2009. 

"Shelton hails from Fairfield, Alabama. In New York he studied drums with the great Jo Jones of Count Basie fame. He first recorded with The Harlem blues & Jazz band in 1980 and also toured in Sweden with the band at that time - and when Eddie Durham was in the band! He was part of Phil Schaap's 1980's THE WEST END (live on WKCR) series. His background includes drumming for such luminaries as Jay McShann, Illinois Jacquet, Howlin' Wolf, Freddie King and vocalist Joe Turner." Shelton played drums most recently, with BMA Nominee, guitarist/vocalist Mr. Michael Powers (NY) and at the 2006 Centennial Festival "Eddie Durham Day" in San Marcos, TX.

Michael Max Fleming (bass)

One of the outstanding and busiest bassists in the New York area, Michael excels both in pizzicato and arc bass playing. He played with Mary Lou Williams for two years and was part of a group backing Sammy Davis, JR. Witherspoon, Billy Eckstine and trumpeters Clifford Jordan and Chet Baker.

 

Fred Staton (tenor sax, age 101)

The senior member of the band, Fred has performed with Billy Eckstine, Brownie "Sticks McGhee, Art Blakey and Errol Garner. He has also backed the Harlem Dance Troupe, "Mama Lou Parks Savoy Lindy Hoppers", a group with The Harlem Blues & Jazz Band had a long association. As the brother of the late vocalist, Dakota Staton, he has frequently shared the stage with his famous sister. He is also the leader of his own Gospel Group , "The Sounds of Deliverance".

 

Calvin Lynch (tenor sax)

Calvin Lynch, a major player on the New York Jazz Scene, has performed with the Big Bands of C+J ( Al Cobbs/ Howard Johnson) and Ray Abrams.

He also played with Cootie Williams, Sammy Price, and blues greats Champion JAck Dupree and Wynonie Harris.

He toured and performed with the legendary Blind Boy Fuller. He has done numerous shows with Ruth Brown and others.

He spent 5 years in a Club in Brooklyn playing mostly for Rhythm 'n' Blues  Artists, Wilson Pickett, Curtis Mayfield, Theola Kilgore, GLadys Knight and The Drifters. 

He toured in Sweden and Russia with the Harlem Blues and Jazz Band.

Ruth Brisbane (vocalist)

This vivid stage personality has appeared in Jazz Clubs all over the United States as well as the Caribbean and Europe. She has performed Off Broadway in her own one woman show, "The legacy of Bessie Smith" and on Broadway in the "Wiz and Raisin" and the role of "Bloody Mary" in South Pacific. She was in the Paris production of "Black and Blue" and appeared in "One Mo' Time" both in Greenwich Village, NY and West End production in London, England.

 

Dorothy Vollmer  (wife of Albert Vollmer)The wife of Dr. Vollmer who helped him through the years. They had been married for more than 60 years.

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