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Lullaby of Harlem
     

Lullaby of Harlem

 

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This documentary on the golden age of Harlem jazz features some of the all-time great jazz musicians playing at some of the most infamous dancehalls of the jazz age. You will see performances from such world-renowned artists as Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, and more. All of the footage on this video is from live

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This documentary on the golden age of Harlem jazz features some of the all-time great jazz musicians playing at some of the most infamous dancehalls of the jazz age. You will see performances from such world-renowned artists as Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, and more. All of the footage on this video is from live recordings at the Cotton Club, the Apollo Theater, or the Savoy Ballroom.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
As a film, Lullaby of Harlem is no great shakes. Nothing more than a series of performances by various jazz musicians strung together by introductions that are practically the definition of "concise," Lullaby doesn't really qualify even as a documentary, as it fails to provide context, delve into background or in any real way illuminate the people or the era it represents. But none of that is on Lullaby's mind; all it wants to do is showcase some of the greatest jazz talent America has produced, and it does an admirable job of that. Viewers who are able to simply sit back and enjoy the music (and occasional visuals, although these are usually fairly primitive, befitting what one assumes is their early television origins) will be amply rewarded. True, the musicians represented are not necessarily giving their best performances, but when one is talking about the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, and Fats Waller, even less-than-best is plenty good enough. Highlights abound, ranging from the hefty Velma Middleton's dance break (complete with splits) during a duet with Armstrong to Gillespie's gyrating hips and arched back to an extremely acrobatic jitterbug break by Whitey's Lindy Hoppers during a Duke Ellington sequence. Those who can forget about the unambitious manner (cinematically) in which the material is presented are in for a treat.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/13/2004
UPC:
0025493158090
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
G
Source:
Passport
Region Code:
0
Time:
1:00:00

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Intro [1:53]
2. The Delta Rhythm Boys "A Train" [2:29]
3. Louie Jordan "Let the Good Times Roll" [2:53]
4. Dizzy Gillespie "One Bass Hit" [2:55]
5. Cout Basie "Basie's Boogie" [3:07]
6. Billie Holliday "God Bless the Child" [2:39]
7. Billie Holliday "Now Baby or Never" [2:15]
8. Louis Armstrong "Swingin' or Nuthin'" [2:42]
9. Cab Calloway "Minnie the Moocher" [2:48]
10. The Mills Brothers "Lazy River" [2:21]
11. Nat King Cole Trio "Errand Boy for Rhythm" [2:45]
12. Fats Waller "Ain't Misbehavin'" [2:59]
13. Duke Ellington "Cottontail" [2:44]
14. Billy Eckstine "I Want to Talk About You" [2:43]
15. Louis Armstrong "You Rascal You" [2:40]
16. The Delta Rhythm Boys "Undecided" [2:53]
17. Count Basie "Count 'Em" [3:09]
18. Dizzy Gillespie "He Beeped When He Should Have Bopped" [2:55]

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