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  • Jan 27 - Feb 2, 2010
  • Vol. 30, No. 15

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  • Chops

    Following a high school class of musicians from Jacksonville, Fla., as they practice and eventually compete in Lincoln Center’s 2007 Essentially Ellington Competition, Bruce Broder’s engaging doc skips the typical highly personal underdog profiles and nail-biting twists in the contest to instead examine the collaborative process of building a top-notch ensemble. Former Michiganian Broder lets the teens’ performance at the festival stand as its own triumph, bringing down the house with a truly memorable version of Ellington’s “Black and Tan Fantasy.”
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