New York Magazine and IndieWire “Critic’s Pick” – The New York Film Festival
Audience award winner – The Seattle International Film Festival
With Janet Jackson voicing the words of Ella Fitzgerald, John Legend as Duke Ellington, Billy Crystal as Mezz Mezzrow, Andy Garcia as Mario Bauzá, Tyne Daly as Helen Oakley Dance, Ron Perlman as Gene Krupa, Danny Glover as Count Basie, Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson as Teddy McRae, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as Dizzy Gillespie, Keith David as Charles Buchanan, Harlem Arts Alliance founder Voza Rivers as Sandy Williams, New Orleans musician Bruce ‘Sunpie’ Barnes as Barney Bigard, Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts as Stanley Dance, and narration by Rocky Carroll of NCIS.
Featuring interviews, singing, dancing, and drumming, with Van Alexander, Louie Bellson, Ray Brown Jr., Richard Gale, Roy Haynes, John Isaacs, Gertrude Jeannette, Frankie Manning, Norma Miller, Dr. Muriel Petioni, Brad Rowe, Joe Wilder, and Rev. Edward Wilson.