DVD 1 Jazz Scrapbook
The only doco to record the early years of Australian jazz. This lovingly compiled celluloid history of the Melbourne jazz scene is a fascinating study of an era and a social milieu, as well as a music documentary. Revisit Melbourne's early years with Benny Featherstone, the Early Conventions, jive with Frank Johnson's fabulous Dixielanders at Collingwood Town Hall, a riverboat trip up the Yarra, Dave Dallwitz, Graeme Bell in Czechoslovakia in 1947. 70 mins.
DVD 2 Benny Featherstone - Prince of Good Fellows
The life and times of a legendary Melbourne musician who lived life with the brakes off. Arguably the first notable Australian jazz improvisor, he mastered many instruments - trumpet, trombone, clarinet and piano. But most of all he was and excellent drummer. Throughout the thirties Benny played hot jazz in a multitude of bands, inspired perhaps by hearing the " hot Harlem rhythms" of the Ellington and Armstrong bands in London during a 1933 visit. 66 mins.
DVD 3 Talking with Ade
A rare interview with on of Australia's most revered jazz practitioners. Looking back over the early years, reminiscing on a lifetime spent playing a multitude of instruments with undiminished excellence. 46 mins
DVD 4 Gerry Humphrys: The Loved One
Powerful documentary on a 60's icon.
When singer and clarinetist Gerry Humphrys moved from Britain to Australia in 1957, he quickly became one of the most popular and influential musicians in his adopted homeland. Humphrys' jazz combo, the Red Onion Jazz Band, was widely regarded as Australia's finest trad jazz outfit, and when rock & roll became the dominant sound in pop music in the early 1960s, Humphrys embraced the new style as lead vocalist with the upbeat R&B ensemble the Loved Ones, which won him legions of new fans. 66 mins.