Jazz and Nature. WHAT?! Jazz has always been associated exclusively with an urban landscape, a city environment of dark nights and excitement. But in The Ecology of Jazz, Rob Whitehair (True Wolf) makes us realize how much the natural world and the world of jazz have in common. Both are improvisational, fluid, dynamic—and beautiful! And we see, feel, and hear that intensely in The Ecology of Jazz’s gorgeous black and white cinematography of Whitehair’s native Montana wilds, and of the club where great jazz is played by musicians like the sublime Azar Lawrence (the tenor player in McCoy Tyner’s great ‘70s band) and Benito Gonzalez, Donny McCaslin, Will Vinson, Gretchen Parlato, Eden Atwood and Joey Calderazzo, all of whom play their numbers in full. The Ecology of Jazz poetically explores the art of nature and the nature of art.
Ecology of Jazz, The
Sponsored by The Living Tree Center
U.S.A. 2017 – DCP – 81 Minutes
Director, Writer: Rob Whitehair
Producer: Pam Voth
Featuring: Rob Whitehair
Print courtesy: Rob Whitehair, Pam Voth