The world according to Mr. Dorsey
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
Florida.com 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.