Film about jazz pioneer Bolden to open Friday
More than two decades after the seed was planted in Dan Pritzker’s mind to make a movie about jazz cornetist Charles “Buddy” Bolden, the world is finally getting to see the story he’s been trying to tell. The writer-director’s film “Bolden” reimagines the life and music of the musician, of whom little is known. Many consider him the father of what we now know as jazz.
The movie stars Gary Carr (“Downton Abbey”) as Bolden, who was born in 1877 and died in Louisiana’s state asylum in 1931. It also features the musical talents of New Orleans native and jazz master Wynton Marsalis, who wrote, arranged and performed music for the movie and is named executive producer on the project.
The film screened during the first weekend of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and opens nationwide on Friday.