[Dixielandjazz] "Alma's Jazzy Marriage" documentary film on PBS
tubaman at tubatoast.com
Sun Jun 26 09:11:07 PDT 2005
I just found out about this 1/2 hour film that is playing on PBS
stations this summer. Check your local listings (it may be called I.V.
(for those outside of the US you can order a tape or DVD at:
> "Alma's Jazzy Marriage"
> Produced with Mal Sharpe & Sandra Sharpe
> With a memory and wit "as sharp as a 10 penny nail", Alma Foster
> recalls her life with her husband, seminal jazz bassist George "Pops"
> Foster during the Golden Age of Jazz.
> Louis Armstrong stood for them at their wedding. Fats Waller, Baby
> Dodds, Bunk Johnson and Sydney Bechet were their closest friends. From
> the 20's & and 30s in Harlem, through hilarious road trips and pranks
> and, after the 1950s, life in San Francisco, Alma's Jazzy Marriage
> provides a glimpse of the giants who created jazz from a very special
> woman's point of view.
> Pops Foster's innovative bass playing and technique pushed aside the
> tuba as the rhythm section of jazz forever, popularizing the slap bass
> style which drove the hot sound of jazz.
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