This weekend was spent traversing the internet in search of something to watch—something long form that would allow me to leave it playing for a while without having to cue up another video soon after. The solution came to me in the form of Icons Among Us: Jazz in the Present Tense. Featuring interviews, tons of performance footage, and insight from some of the greatest, the hour-and-a-half long feature delves into some of the issues facing what some call “jazz” today. While you’re watching, also keep your eyes peeled for some of the innovative drummers of today as well as the influential drummers of the past—there are some great moments featuring them all.
“Jazz is undergoing changes of monumental magnitude and importance. Icons Among Us: jazz in the present tense, is a documentary film series 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.”
The film features the likes of Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, and Wayne Shorter, Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band, Terence Blanchard, Ravi Coltrane, Esperanza Spalding, Robert Glasper, Nicholas Payton, Donald Harrison Jr., The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and numerous others. Check it out here:
Shout out to Peter J. Vogt, Michael Rivoira, and Lars Larson for this film. Support it by buying your own copy here!