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How To Wait 38 Years For Your Film To Be Shown In the US

The Debbie Nigro Show

Release Date: 06/10/2021

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38 Years? Could it have taken any longer for what's been called by some 'the best jazz film to date' to be seen here in the U.S. ?

The film is called 'Music in Monktime'. It's a film about jazz great Theolonius Monk and it will FINALLY be shown at this years virtual San Francisco Jazz Festival which starts June 10th at 7pm.

Hard to believe a film this special took this long to be shown in the U.S. market but hey it's sure is giving some joy to the guys who made it who never lost faith, one of whom joins me today.

Stephen Rice who produced "Music In Monk Time" with Executive Producer Paul C, Mathews and Director John Goodhue, expresses his awe that jazz lovers will FINALLY see interviews and performance footage of Monk's classic compositions by his legendary associates Dizzy Gillespie, Carme MvRae, and Milt Jackson. It was written and narrated by famous vocalist Jon Henricks.

Stephen who's worked with artists like Prince and more knows about creative patience... and rejection letters. He's got a thick stack related to this film. But no rejection this year! 

Stephen joins me to explain the incredible story behind the rare documentary and concert film that gives a peek into the life and music of Theolonius Monk who was known for a cool look and a cool sound and for getting up from the piano in the middle of a song to dance. 

For this films broadcast the money Stephen and all receive for the film will be donated and split 50/50 between the SF Jazz programs and liveinpeace.org. That organization  is near and dear to Stephen’s heart for the work they have done to provide musical opportunities for the children of the underserved community of East Palo Alto CA where he's taught middle school for the last 10 years. 

Check out SFJazz.org to buy your virtual tickets for the event.