Time for Jazz


Beginning in 1955, there was one worldwide voice that was inexorably linked to Jazz. This voice was not that of a jazz musician. But this voice reached out from the early days of the Cold War, and could be heard nightly from from East Berlin to Vladivastok, from Azerbaijan to Australia…for almost 25 years…bringing the sweet music to millions of jazz listeners worldwide. And while his name was practically unknown in the US, he became a powerful symbol of an America that promoted goodwill through jazz.

Willis Conover was not a jazz musician. However, many people believe that he did more to spread the sound of jazz than any person in music history and singularly helped make Jazz an international language. For more than forty years Conover brought jazz to people around world on his Voice of America (VOA) radio music programs “Music USA”. Here is a video tribute to that program  Continue reading

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Festival Cut pre-view screening


On November 4th, we screened our Festival Cut  of Finding Carlton – Uncovering the Story of Jazz in India , at a private screening at the Producers Club.

Photo by Anita D’Costa

Michael Rogers (the voice of Herb Flemming in the film) introduced the film to our audience of approximately 60 people.  Our audience included some of funders and their guests, and people connected with the film in addition to other invited guests.

We were delighted to have with us Yolande Bavan, who knew many of the characters and events in the film. For those who havent heard her name before..do look it up here , and in the meanwhile watch and listen to her on this link !!

All in all , a terrific evening …

The best judge of the film is its audience, and here are some reactions from our audience: Continue reading

KEN LEVIS .. Jackie McLean on Mars !!


updated Nov.2 2011 with link to Miles Ahead

Way back in the ’70’s a young sax player turned film student made an important jazz documentary. It has been seen on and off, and occasionally surfaces at jazz events.   In the ’80’s he was selected to edit a historic documentary on Miles Davis..which aired nationally and internationally.

Ken Levis went on win accolades and awards, including seven national Emmy Awards, four Peabody Awards, three duPont-Columbia Awards, and a Writers’ Guild of America Award, among others.

In 2011, Ken learned about our film Finding Carlton – Uncovering the Story of Jazz in India-  and  he found it fascinating.  His support for the film led him to mentor us as we went from rough cut to final…and he remains a good friend of Finding Carlton and a passionate jazz listener.  thank you Ken !

We happened to point our friend Marc Myers to Ken’s documentary on Jackie and its ability to still communicate with relevance and vigor,  even 35 years later !

Marc writes JAZZWAX.COM which  carried this post on Ken.  Continue reading