Icons Among Us: Jazz in the Present Tense

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Icons Among Us: Jazz in the Present Tense

Icons Among Us: Jazz in the Present Tense, 1 hr 27 min

Jazz is undergoing changes of monumental magnitude and importance. Icons Among Us: jazz in the present tense, is a documentary film that captures the metamorphosis of jazz by showcasing the words, music, and spirit of the artists that are paving the way for an unprecedented musical evolution.

John W. Comerford, Producer; Michael Rivoira, Co-Director and Story; Lars Larson, Co-Director and Cinematographer; Peter J. Vogt, Co-Director and Story; Kristian R. Hill, Editor and Story

The film was selected for the American Film Institute’s 20/20 Program. The program’s global screening tour was supported by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Screening destinations included China, Peru, Russia and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.. The film played domestically on opening night of AFI Fest, during the Seattle International Film Festival and the Mill Valley Film Festival accompanied by post-screening live music events.

Interview with the Filmmakers


Warren Etheredge interviews filmmakers John W. Comerford (producer) and Peter J. Vogt (co-director) of 'Icons Among Us: jazz in the present tense.'

Filmmakers' Statement

Icons Among Us: jazz in the present tense, the documentary feature film, looks at the jazz music scene today. Through interviews, performance footage, and the voices of the musicians themselves, we explore this music and the divergent influences that shape the world of jazz at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Not a historical look at what has been called America's music but a timely, vibrant trip through the clubs, festivals, and lives of this new generation of jazz musicians. Never before has jazz music been so many different things to so many different people, from hip hop to bebop from jam band to free form, the music continues to grow and shape itself in ways as varied as the musicians who play it.

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