'Tis Autumn: The Search for Jackie Paris

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Overview

In the 1950s and '60s, Jackie Paris was one of the most celebrated jazz vocalists of his generation; he collaborated with such giants as Charlie Parker, Charles Mingus, and Dizzy Gillespie, he was a favorite of leading music critics, and recorded for such top jazz labels as Impulse and East-West. But ten years on, Paris had fallen so far off the radar that a major jazz reference work reported that Paris had died in 1977, even though he was still around and occasionally performing at the time. In the 1990s, ...
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Overview

In the 1950s and '60s, Jackie Paris was one of the most celebrated jazz vocalists of his generation; he collaborated with such giants as Charlie Parker, Charles Mingus, and Dizzy Gillespie, he was a favorite of leading music critics, and recorded for such top jazz labels as Impulse and East-West. But ten years on, Paris had fallen so far off the radar that a major jazz reference work reported that Paris had died in 1977, even though he was still around and occasionally performing at the time. In the 1990s, filmmaker Raymond De Felitta heard some of Paris' recordings and became an instant fan, and was deeply curious about Paris' life and career, and how an artist with such gifts had become little more than a footnote in music history. De Felitta's search eventually led him to Paris himself, and a fascinating story of bad luck, a wildly dysfunctional family, dangerous pride, a hair-trigger temper, and a remarkable voice that somehow survived it all, even if his career did not. 'Tis Autumn: The Search for Jackie Paris is a documentary which chronicles De Felitta's search for the elusive singer; the film includes interviews with Paris' family, friends, and fans, including Dr. Billy Taylor, Billy Vera, Joe Franklin, Ira Gitler, Harlan Ellison, and James Moody. Frank Whaley, Nick Tosches, and Peter Bogdanovich contribute dramatic readings of reviews of Paris' work from his heyday.
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Special Features

Additional Interviews; Photo Gallery; Performances; Filmmaker Commentary; Theatrical Trailer
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/31/2009
  • UPC: 897873002015
  • Original Release: 2005
  • Rating:

  • Source: Outsider Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Black & White / Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:40:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 77,092

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jackie Paris Participant
Jeanie Paris Participant
Anne Marie Moss Participant
Joan Paris Participant
Stacey Paris Participant
Michael Paris Participant
Norman Bogner Participant
Joe Franklin Participant
Billy Vera Participant
J.D. Ehrhard Participant
Howard Rumsey Participant
Will Friedwald Participant
Harlan Ellison Participant
Ruth Price Participant
Gene Davis Participant
Dr. Billy Taylor Participant
Mark Murphy Participant
Ira Gitler Participant
Terry Gibbs Participant
James Moody Participant
Teddy Charles Participant
Phil Schaap Participant
Ray Passman Participant
George Wein Participant
Peter Bogdanovich Participant
Frank Whaley Participant
Nick Tosches Participant
Raymond de Felitta Voice Only
Technical Credits
Raymond de Felitta Director, Screenwriter
Seth Cooper Sound/Sound Designer
Chad Davidson Cinematographer
Martin Goodman Sound/Sound Designer
David Grausman Sound/Sound Designer
Eli Heitin Camera Operator
Ken Meyer Sound/Sound Designer
Ruben O'Malley Cinematographer
Jeremy Saulnier Camera Operator
John Wayland Editor
David Zellerford Camera Operator, Cinematographer, Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- 'Tis Autumn: The Search for Jackie Paris
1. Paris In Blue [8:34]
2. A Musician's Singer [5:26]
3. The Street Years [10:10]
4. The Search [3:34]
5. Skylark [3:43]
6. It's Not Who You Know [5:44]
7. Big Fat Nothin' [7:24]
8. Obession & Intrigue [8:56]
9. Cherry [3:06]
10. The Song Is Paris [5:12]
11. Anne Marie & Jackie [12:06]
12. Father Figure [3:22]
13. Fight to Stay Nice [3:20]
14. This Is Always [3:32]
15. What It's All About [8:33]
16. 'Tis Autumn [3:21]
17. End Titles (I've Had A Heck Of A Time) [3:28]
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Paris Blues

    The career arc of Jackie Paris-widely considered one of the greatest jazz singers of all time-is studded with a tragic succession of "what ifs." What if he hadn't turned down an invitation to join Duke Ellington after being the first white vocalist to tour with Lionel Hampton? What if his live performances with Charlie Parker had been recorded and released? And, not least, what if temperament, bad luck and ineffectual representation hadn't conspired to prevent him from grabbing the brass ring and becoming, say, another Tony Bennett? These are some of the intriguing questions that filmmaker Raymond De Felitta pursues in this engrossing, emotionally compelling documentary. De Felitta became obsessed with Paris after hearing him on a Los Angeles radio station. By that time, Paris had dropped so far off the collective cultural radar that a jazz encyclopedia listed him as having died in 1977. Paris' best decade was the 1950s, during which he was the first singer to record the song "Round Midnight," was named Best New Male Vocalist for 1953 by Downbeat magazine, recorded two albums under his own name, and earned accolades from the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Charles Mingus. Yet somehow, mainstream stardom eluded him. Paris also fell victim to changing musical tastes, as the jazz-inflected 1950s made way for the rock-dominated 1960s. Having found Paris living in New York City, De Felitta recorded a number of on-camera interviews with the charismatic singer, and fleshed out his film with archival footage, still photos, audio clips, and interviews with singer Anne Marie Moss (one of Paris' ex-wives), plus musicians Billy Taylor, James Moody, Billy Vera and several others. De Felitta's film not only attempts to answer the question of why Paris never hit it big, but, perhaps more important, explores the very nature of creativity and all the obsessions, good intentions, and personal demons that fuel it. "Tis Autumn: The Search for Jackie Paris," is essential viewing for anyone interested in jazz, and in what separates winners and also-rans, not only in music, but in any walk of life.

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