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

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Thank you – Jazz Wax


The internet rankings maintained by Invesp at Blog Rank tell us that Jazz Wax  is the #1 ranked jazz blog on the internet …and it certainly is well deserved..with a daily indepth blog post that goes well beyond its masthead statement  

“Marc Myers writes daily on jazz legends and legendary jazz recordings”

Marc is passionate about Jazz and his posts are a treasure trove into Jazz then, Jazz now, and indeed Jazz tomorrow.  Simply type in a Jazz related keyword into the search box on Jazz Wax…, about a person, a recording, an event and the results will blow you away.  Invariably, the result will include some fine visuals, as well as audio, in addition to Marc’s insightful and astute commentary.

What manner of man is this? Can one truly understand the depth of his passion ?  How has he advantaged the power of digital media to tell his jazz story ?  And where do his stories come from ?  For all this and more ..see Continue reading