The world ac­cord­ing to Mr. Dorsey

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That the Fort Laud­erdale-based mu­si­cians “do­ing their own thing,” Dil­lard Cen­ter for the Arts Jazz play­ing with­out re­gard for the rest En­sem­ble is one of the most highly of the band or, worst of all, for the re­garded high school jazz bands in mu­sic. the coun­try may not be news to It’s a con­tra­dic­tion of what Mr. lo­cal mu­sic lovers. But the dis­Dorsey is try­ing to teach th­ese cipline and sac­ri­fice that th­ese young peo­ple, a way of liv­ing that stu­dents and their fam­i­lies in­vest re­quires unity and re­spon­si­bil­ity to to achieve such ex­cel­lence may be. achieve a greater goal. Most im­por

“You don’t have to like each tant, he de­mands that they lis­ten to other, but you are go­ing to re­spect each other. each other.” That’s long­time DCA It’s not a point Mr. Dorsey needs

Get daily band di­rec­tor Christo­pher Dorsey, to harp on. He’s made it be­fore. He

up­dates on speak­ing to the rain­bow of young cuts off his lecture abruptly, say­ing,

South mu­si­cians seated in front of him “Here we go. One, two, one, two,

Florida dur­ing a re­hearsal that he has three, hah!” as the band swings into

en­ter­tain­brought to a halt in the open­ing an in­fec­tiously up­beat take on

ment and scene of the doc­u­men­tary film Cole­man Hawkins’ “Body & Soul.”

things to do “Sweet Dil­lard.” “Sweet Dreams” is a 54-minute

at South The man re­ferred to through­out pro­file of the Dil­lard Cen­ter for the the film, by young and old, as Mr. Arts Jazz En­sem­ble shot over the

and on Dorsey has a prob­lem with a course of the 2014 school year that

Twit­ter at dis­tract­ing mo­ment of cliquishcul­mi­nated in an ap­pear­ance in the

@Ben ness. He has stopped to call out Es­sen­tially Elling­ton com­pe­ti­tion,

Crandell self-seg­re­gated pock­ets of black and white an an­nual high school jazz band bat­tle for 15 fi­nal­ists from around the coun­try cho­sen by Jazz at Lin­coln Cen­ter and artis­tic di­rec­tor Wyn­ton Marsalis.

The film, which screens Sun­day af­ter­noon at O Cinema on Mi­ami Beach as part of the Mi­ami In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val, was di­rected by Jim Virga, as­sis­tant pro­fes- sor in the Cinema and In­ter­ac­tive Me­dia depart­ment at the Univer­sity of Mi­ami. Its pro­duc­ers and cin­e­matog­ra­phers are Mike and Su­san Stocker, Sun Sentinel pho­tog­ra­phers whose son, Ben, plays sax­o­phone in the DCA band. Dia Kon­taxis is the editor of the film.


Christo­pher Dorsey leads the Dil­lard Cen­ter for the Arts Jazz En­sem­ble in a scene from the doc­u­men­tary “Sweet Dil­lard,” screen­ing Sun­day at the Mi­ami In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val.

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