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"In Between the Raindrops," is a feature-length video documentary that pays tribute to a number of historical jazz figures (including interviews with musical impresario Quincy Jones, Grammy Award-nominated vocalist Ernestine Anderson, and others) who got their start in Seattle during the 1940′s and 50's. In the interviews, the artists discuss such topics as their love for the craft, the early years of Quincy Jones as a composer, the experience of performing in Seattle during a raid, and the racial divide between the musicians’ unions during that time. This documentary will help continue their legacy and share a largely unknown, but very important, part of history.

Your support will enable us to complete a very critical step to completing our documentary -- editing. The funding we are asking for from our Kickstarter campaign will allow us to purchase an Apple computer that we can edit on, the Final Cut Pro software needed, and an external hard drive, as well as a small digital video camera we can use to transfer the footage directly from the tapes we have shot onto the computer. Presently, we cannot afford this editing equipment and we need it in order to finish the project. With your help, you can be part of history!

(Legendary musician Ronnie Pierce plays the saxophone.)

As part of the project, two sold-out concerts, under the name of "Seattle Jazz Legends in Concert" were organized to feature a number of the interviewed artists, performing together. Footage from these concerts was captured for use in the upcoming documentary. Click here to view a short video with some behind the scenes photographs and music played at one of the concerts.

(Concert poster of drummer George Griffin -- View all 7 posters by clicking here.)

(Vocalist Ernestine Anderson -- Photo by TonJe' Taylor)

(Bassist Buddy Catlett -- Photo by TonJe' Taylor)

"In Between the Raindrops" was recently awarded grants from the Allied Arts Foundation and the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, and has received positive recognition from former Seattle Mayor Norm Rice, as well as representatives of the Smithsonian Institution and the Northwest African American Museum, who displayed a preview of the documentary, for six months, in a recent exhibit.

The documentary has also drawn attention from the local media, including The Seattle Times and New Day NW, among others.

(Artists featured in the documentary perform on the TV program, "New Day NW")

The documentary will also include rarely seen photos and footage (as seen above -- in a still of Buddy Catlett performing with Louis Armstrong and his All Stars).

(Audiences of "Seattle Jazz Legends in Concert" were offered a glimpse of the upcoming documentary -- as seen above.)

Thank you so much for your consideration!

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    To show our appreciation for your support, EVERYONE who donates $1 or more will be invited to a free screening (in Seattle) of the movie once it is completed. (All donations are greatly appreciated. Nothing is too little. We'll add you to our list of backers and provide updates of our progress with the film.)

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    HOT: Your choice of one collectible, limited-edition poster (from a series of 7), designed by Ross Patton, for "Seattle Jazz Legends in Concert," the sold-out encore concert filmed for "In Between the Raindrops." Plus, we thank you by name on the film's website and Facebook page.

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    SOLID: Choose one digital download of the music recorded at the original “Seattle Jazz Legends in Concert” OR the encore concert. Plus, all of the rewards included in the HOT level.

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    HEP CAT: Digital download of the music from BOTH (original and encore) concerts recorded for "In Between the Raindrops." Plus, all of the rewards included in the HOT level.

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    OUTTA SIGHT: A previously unreleased DVD of the encore concert signed by the director. Plus, all of the rewards included in the HEP CAT level.

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    BEBOPPER: We thank you by name in the film's end credits. Plus, all of the rewards included in the OUTTA SIGHT level.

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    LEGEND: You get the complete set of collectible, limited-edition posters (from a series of 7), designed by Ross Patton, for "Seattle Jazz Legends in Concert. Plus, all of the other rewards included in the BEBOPPER level.

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    VIRTUOSO: Skype chat with the filmmakers and one or more of the artists featured in the documentary. Plus, all of the other rewards included in the LEGEND level.

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