Film about jazz pi­o­neer Bolden to open Fri­day

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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.

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