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THE SEARCH FOR JACKIE PARIS

 

 

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NEW YORK, 29 NOVEMBER 2007— Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald and Peggy Lee called him a great talent. He toured with Charlie Parke and Lionel Hampton. He was the first vocalist to record with Charles Mingus on the Debut label ("Paris in Blues"). He was the first singer ever to record what would become the jazz anthem, "'Round Midnight." Songwriter Hoagy Carmichael considered Jackie's version of "Skylark" to be the best. He opened for Lenny Bruce on a tour that he was touted as another "Sinatra or Dean Martin."

So why did vocalist Jackie Paris fall into obscurity?

Filmmaker Raymond De Felitta (Two Family House,The Thing About My Folks) examines the life of be-bop jazz singer Jackie Paris. Working with rare found footage and new interviews with jazz greats such as Billy Taylor, George Wein, Mark Murphy and Ruth Price, as well as the final concert footage and last interviews Jackie Paris ever gave — De Felitta seeks to construct an emotional mystery story which asks the question, who or what is to blame when a great talent goes from sensation to footnote during their lifetime?

Tis Autumn: The Search For Jackie Paris
Directed by: Raymond De Felitta
Featuring: Jackie Paris, Harlan Ellison, Norman Bogner, Joe Franklin, Billy Vera, Howard Rumsey
Opens 7 December 2007
Playing exclusively at
Cinema Village
22 East 12th Street
New York, NY 10003
Box Office: (1) 212 924 33 63



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