Musically Speaking – Listen Up!: The Lives of Quincy Jones

Please join us for “Musically Speaking” with DJ Soul Sister – A weekly series of music-themed movies and documentaries, curated and hosted by DJ Soul Sister, with support from Charitable Film Network, Press Street, New Orleans African American Museum, Whole Foods Market, and WWOZ. 

Steering clear of convention, this affecting documentary pays tribute to the life and work of composer, musician and producer Quincy Jones. Highlights include interviews with a long list of celebrities — from Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald to Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, and Barbra Streisand — who weigh in on Jones’ widespread influence. From playing trumpet with Lionel Hampton, and then arranging for Duke Ellington and Count Basie in the 1950s, to becoming the first African American record executive in America in 1964, to producing the best-selling album of all time, Michael Jackson’s Thriller (1982), Jones is one of the best-known and most respected men in the music industry, and Listen Up is a fascinating tribute to his legacy.  (1990, 115 minutes)

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Tuesday, February 26
My First Name is Maceo
by Markus Gruber
One of the key sonic architects of funk, legendary saxophonist Maceo Parker first gained fame for his 1960s – early 1970s work with James Brown, whose impassioned shouts for a sax solo (“Maceo! Blow your horn!”) would make Parker the Godfather of Soul’s most famous sideman.  After leaving James Brown, Parker joined Parliament-Funkadelic, becoming an integral part of the sound of hundreds of P-Funk recordings and concerts in the mid-late 1970s, under the helm of George Clinton and Bootsy Collins. Parker, who most recently has toured with Prince’s band, will be playing locallyl at Tipitina’s on February 28, two days after the screening of this documentary. (1996, 87 minutes)