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!!
Risks and challenges
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!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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