Jazz Film Festival

This all day, virtual jazz film festival includes movies, music videos, and past jazz performances in Concord, California. We invite you to learn about jazz legends, styles, and history. Watch them all or choose a few favorites and immerse yourself in the world of jazz!

Let us know you're jamming out along with us and check in using the Visit Concord Jazz pass with a special code during the event: https://adventure.visitconcordca.com/checkout/346/visit-concord/1819/concord-jazz-fest check in with the code 3142.

If you check-in for 2 of the Concord Jazz Festival events you, will receive a thank you gift from Visit Concord. Check in at all 5 events and you’ll grab a free Concord Jazz Festival Tee Shirt!


Films

Check out some of our favorite Jazz films, music videos, and past performances below. Choose a few or watch them all! 

Title SummaryWatchTrailer
The Jazz AmbassadorsThe Cold War and civil rights collide in this remarkable story of music, diplomacy and race. Beginning in 1955, when America asked its greatest jazz artists to travel the world as cultural ambassadors, Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington and their racially diverse band members faced a painful dilemma: How could they represent a country that still practiced Jim Crow segregation?WatchTrailer
Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes A revelatory, thrilling and emotional journey behind the scenes of Blue Note Records, the pioneering label that gave voice to some of the finest jazz artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. WatchTrailer
Buena Vista Social Club Aging Cuban musicians whose talents had been virtually forgotten following Castro's takeover of Cuba, are brought out of retirement by Ry Cooder, who travelled to Havana in order to bring the musicians together, resulting in triumphant performances of extraordinary music, and resurrecting the musicians' careers.Watch Trailer
Born to be Blue A re-imagining of jazz legend Chet Baker's musical comeback in the late '60s.Watch Trailer
Miles Davis: The Birth of the Cool Discover the man behind the legend. With full access to the Miles Davis Estate, the film features never-before-seen footage, including studio outtakes from his recording sessions, rare photos and new interviews.WatchTrailer
Cabin in the Sky Cabin in the Sky is a 1943 American musical film based on the 1940 Broadway musical of the same name. The first feature film directed Vincente Minnelli, Cabin in the Sky features an all-black cast and stars Ethel Waters, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson and Lena Horne. Waters and Rex Ingram respire their roles from the Broadway production as Petunia and Lucifer Junior. Louis Armstrong is also featured in the film and Duke Ellington and his Orchestra have a showcase musical number. 
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A Great Day in Harlem A Great Day in Harlem 1958 is a black and white group portrait of 57 jazz musicians photographed on a street in Harlem, New York City. Art Kane, a freelance photographer took the picture on August 12, 1958 as the musicians had gathered in Harlem. Jean Bach, a radio producer of New York, recounted the story behind it in her 1994 documentary film, A Great Day in Harlem.Watch
The History of Concord Jazz History of the Concord Jazz festival in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the festival. Watch
Concord's Music and Market Series Footage from Concord’s Music and Market series at Todos Santos Plaza. Music and Market featured local bands from all over the Bay Area for a diverse live music experience. Footage includes performances by: Andre Thierry, David La Flamme, Dan Ashley, Purple Haze, Annie Sampson, and Caravanserai. Andre ThierryDavid La Flamme,
Dan AshleyPurple Haze, Annie Sampson, and Caravanserai
Dave Brubeck Music Videos Music videos from Concord jazz artist, David Brubeck, including his most famous hit, “Take Five”.Take Five and Blue Rondo à la Turk






NEA Jazz Masters AwardsA virtual event featuring a live Q&A from the NEA Jazz Masters honorees and Randall Kline post stream.Watch

Some fees may apply.