A sneak peek at DON'T LOSE YOUR SOUL, the music of Anthony Brown and Mark Izu, Bay Area Jazz legends, co-directed by Jim Choi & Chihiro Wimbush.
Don't Lose Your Soul is a tribute to the pioneering work of Mark Izu and Anthony Brown, co-founders of the Asian American Jazz movement which, like the Latin Jazz movement before it, was a brilliant melding of cultural traditions with the freedom and power of jazz. The film is both an intimate portrait of their 30+ year partnership in close-up, featuring interviews with the artists along with archival photographs and footage of their rich musical history, as well as wide angle celebration, culminating in one night at Yoshi's jazz club in San Francisco's legendary Fillmore district.
10th Anniversary Celebration
"Bridging Japantown and the Fillmore with Jazz"
Yoshi's San Francisco, 2008
Three excerpts from the concert: Rhymes (For Children) (Anthony Brown), Little Rootie Tootie (Thelonious Monk), and Rhapsody In Blue/American Rhapsodies (Finale) (George Gershwin)
Celebrating Coltrane's Birthday
From San Francisco, Lonny Shavelson takes you inside a rehearsal of The Asian American Orchestra. The group is rehearsing for tonight's concert, which will be an international homage to jazz giant John Coltrane. Today would have been Trane's 83rd birthday, September 2010.
You can hear the radio piece here.
It's Our Neighborhood
Jazz Walk Tour with 4th graders of Rosa Parks Elementary School in San Francisco. Featuring Dr. Anthony Brown, Clairdee and Ken French, May 31, 2013.
Moratorium Project with Youth Uprising, East Oakland School of the Arts 9th graders, and the Asian American Orchestra performing original poetry at Youth UpRising!, written during a Jazz Languages residency with Anthony Brown's Asian American Orchestra and SF Poet Laureate emerita devorah major (standing, middle photo below) on June 11, 2010.
Voices of a Dream Ensemble, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley, CA, October 13, 2013 featuring Terrie Odabi, Amikaeyla, Sharon D. Henderson, Deborah Tisdale, Kristina Plott, James "JB" Brooks, and Kenneth Kozi Arrington