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A film about the history of Jazz in Baltimore. From the days of Billie Holiday and Pennsylvania Ave all the way through to the present.
A film about the history of Jazz in Baltimore. From the days of Billie Holiday and Pennsylvania Ave all the way through to the present.
138 backers pledged $11,620 to help bring this project to life.

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Baltimore’s extensive Jazz history puts it along the same lines as other great music hubs of the early part of last century, including New Orleans and Harlem.

Pennsylvania Ave in Baltimore was a host to many famous Jazz clubs and musicians. It was a popular destination for touring bands and music lovers for years.

Over time the Avenue's scene seemed to decline and fall out. What happened to the scene? The film explores Baltimore's Jazz history but also explores how the Jazz tradition has been kept alive through new venues, music education and strong family traditions. The film follows Baltimore music families that include the Wolfs, the Lamkins, the Funns and the Williams. These strong families are trying to keep the traditions alive through education, strong values and amazing talent.

The project's crew include Baltimore historian and associate producer Philip Merrill, illustrator Jabari Weathers,  director Jon Bevers, producers including Howard Katz, Marriane Matheny-Katz and associate producer Jeff Finch. We are producing a Billie Holiday reenactment animation that will be depicting Billie singing at a Baltimore club in the late 30's for a segment of the film. The reenactment will be performed by present day Baltimore Jazz musicians including Integriti Reeves, Warren Wolf, Kris Funn, John Lamkin III and Craig Alston. They are being fitted in vintage clothing provided by Gene Elm (supplier for Boardwalk Empire) and will perform Billie's song "Tell Me More and More and Then Some." 

As you can imagine, the film is a large production. The aim of this kickstarter is to raise money to fund the project. Please support Baltimore's history and arts!!

Integriti Reeves recording Billie Holiday's "Tell Me More and Then Some and Then Some"
Integriti Reeves recording Billie Holiday's "Tell Me More and Then Some and Then Some"
Warren Wolf, Kris Funn, John Lamkin III and Craig Alston will be performing as Billie Holiday's band along side with Integriti Reeves in the reenactment
Warren Wolf, Kris Funn, John Lamkin III and Craig Alston will be performing as Billie Holiday's band along side with Integriti Reeves in the reenactment

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The risks and challenges of this project are mainly funding. The project involves work from a large amount of the Baltimore music and art community. As you know, artist and musicians need to be paid too. Please support this project! So many are involved!

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    You will receive a special limited addition map of Pennsylvania Ave illustrated and signed by Baltimore artist. The map will depict all the great clubs, streets and other various stores and places of interest on the Avenue in the 1940's. In addition you will receive a copy of the film on DVD, Blu Ray or a downloadable HD file.

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    In addition to the other prizes, you will receive a copy of a book about the history of Pennsylvania Ave and the African American music scene in Baltimore, written and signed by the historian, Philip Merrill.

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    All of the previous prizes and you will also get credit in the film as an associate producer! Also, you will get 2 tickets to the premiere in Baltimore, MD.

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