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Spirit of Bebop Film

Checkerboard Films 
“Barry Harris: Spirit of Bebop”

This intimate portrait of modern jazz pianist, Barry Harris, becomes a historic walk with some of the best-known jazz musicians of the 1950's and 60's, as Harris reminisces about friends and influences such as Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, and Miles Davis.


Checkerboard Films has created a lively picture of a musician and teacher, who has worked hard, often in the face of prevailing musical trends, to keep the spirit of bebop alive. Through his playing, composing, band leading, and teaching, Harris has touched the lives of many.

Harris shares with us his heartfelt music, insights into his personal style of playing, and his far-reaching love of teaching, which, in his 91st year, he continues to do today.


© 1999 (55 minutes)

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