Sunday, March 20, 2022

Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story (2022) SXSW 2022


A celebration and history of the New Orleans Jazz Festival

I am really mixed on this film. While I love the stories and the music, the linking material, the history of the fest and other sequences kind of fall flat. Its not that they are bad, more that it feels incomplete. There is so much we don't know, we get a bit about the founding, we get bits about various aspects, but we don't get any sense of the festival as a whole. We get nothing that ties it all together it just bits and it's less than satisfying.

What is satisfying are the stories the various artist tell about going to the fest. I love the Marsalis brothers talking about playing with their dad and many others. 

Equally good is the music. The various performances from Jimmy Buffett, Al Green, Earth Wind And Fire are wonderful.On the other hand the performance of Katy Perry of Oh Happy Day is magnificent, even if seeing her in her space queen outfit is a bit odd.

While not bad the film kind of disappoints. On the other hand I will recommend it for the music, especially if you have a killer sound system

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