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THE SAVOY KING CHICK WEBB & THE MUSIC THAT CHANGED AMERICA

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506 MALCOLM X BLVD @135TH ST.

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Voza Rivers/Jamal Joseph/New Heritage Theatre Group/New Heritage Films/Harlemwood Film Festival - The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce & Harlem Arts Alliance in association with Harlem Hospital Center

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A special screening of

THE SAVOY KING

WED., AUGUST 30• 2017 • 7 PM

Harlem Hospital Cave Auditorium - second floor

W. 135th & Malcolm X Blvd.

PRODUCED, DIRECTED, WRITTEN, AND CINEMATOGRAPHY
BY Jeff Kaufman PRODUCED BY Marcia S. Ross
EDITED BY Jamal El-Amin
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS
David Hoffman • Jamal Joseph • Voza Rivers •
Alan Sieroty • Buddy Steves • Rowena Young

WITH
Corey Hawkins voicing the words of Chick Webb, Janet Jackson as Ella Fitzgerald and
John Legend as Duke Ellington plus Sunpie Barnes • Rocky Carroll • Billy Crystal•
Tyne Daly • Keith David • Andy Garcia • Danny Glover • Jeff Goldblum • Ron Perlman • Billy Porter •
Voza Rivers • Washington Post Columnist Eugene Robinson • Charlie Watts of The Rolling Stones

The Savoy Ballroom was the home of the Lindy Hop dancers, and the first venue in America where Blacks and Whites could dance and socialize together. Chick Webb developed childhood spinal tuberculosis and was a hunchbacked dwarf in constant pain, yet he virtually invented modern drumming and built the hottest Swing orchestra of the 1930s - the ‘house band’ of The Savoy Ballroom. Chick was mentored by Duke Ellington, toured with Louis Armstrong, argued with Jelly Roll Morton, jammed with Artie Shaw, discovered and practically
adopted Ella Fitzgerald, beat Benny Goodman (with Gene Krupa) and Count Basie (with Billie Holiday) in battle of the bands, befriended Mario Bauzá (“The Father of Afro-Cuban Jazz”), fired Louis Jordan for trying to steal away Ella, encouraged a struggling Dizzy Gillespie, and helmed the first Black band to host a national radio show . . . all before drumming himself to death at age 30.

“The director weaves an aesthetic tapestry that puts most likeminded non-fiction efforts to shame, so gracefully capturing the atmosphere of the 1930s swing scene that the film truly earns the term ‘immersive.’ It’s a comprehensive documentary that never feels like a school lesson, conveying the rollicking spirit of its subject with a liveliness and joy that elucidates how an artist might, as in Chick’s case, give everything - including his life - for his art.”
- The Village Voice

This program is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito, New York, City Council Member Bill Perkins, City Council Member Mark Levine,The New York City Council Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations, Jimmy Van Bramer, Chair, NY State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo & New York State Legislature, Assemblywoman Inez E. Dickens,The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, CB 10 Arts & Culture Committee, Community Works, the Arlen Charitable Trust, Con Edison, Emmanuel Baptist Church, and the Ford Foundation

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