Little is known about the life of musician Buddy Bolden:
He was born on September 6, 1877.
At the age of 30, he was committed to an asylum where he died in 1931.
His only known recording has never been found.
He invented Jazz.
BOLDEN, an upcoming drama directed by Dan Pritzker, imagines the compelling, powerful and tragic journey of Buddy Bolden, the unsung American hero who invented Jazz. With little biographical information and no found recordings of his music, the film’s narrative composes fragmented memories of his past, against the political and social context in which his revolutionary music was conceived. The birth of jazz was the birth of American popular culture influencing everything that followed in its wake - from Louis Armstrong to Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, The Fugees and Dr. Dre, Bolden is where it all began.
Starring Gary Carr as Bolden, and with original music written, arranged and performed by Wynton Marsalis, BOLDEN invites you to experience the long lost world of New Orleans in the early 1900s - a world fueled by passion, greed and musical genius. The film co-stars Erik LaRay Harvey, Yaya DaCosta, Ian McShane and Michael Rooker. BOLDEN will be released theatrically in the US on May 3rd, 2019.
Erik La Ray Harvey
Bartley, American Entrepreneur
Nora Bolden, Wife of Bolden
Louis Armstrong, Trumpeter
George Baquet, Clarinetist
Pat McMurphy, Enforcer
Hon. Leander Perry, Chief Judge - Orleans Parish
Alice Bolden, Mother of Bolden
Willie Warner, Childhood Friend and Clarinetist
Grace, Bolden's Muse
Original music composed and performed by Wynton Marsalis.
“New Orleans between 1885 and 1910 was a place like no other; jazz was born there amid a diversity of people, philosophies, and possibilities, and has proven the most definitive artistic symbol of American democracy”
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