What happens when you have three of Seattle’s finest jazz musicians do an improvised jam session with one of the biggest up and coming rock guitarists in the Pacific Northwest, then have a freestyle hip-hop rapper improvise some tight off-the-cuff lyrics? What you get is a magical, musical event of epic proportions!
Jazz the Influencer
We’re excited to announce the official trailer for episode 2: ImprovJam. Like all SoundandSEA.TV films, ImprovJam will be a narrative visual story with a musical and lyrical component. The story we’re telling with this film is the influence jazz (often called the truest American art form) has had all forms of contemporary music: from rock to hip-hop to even rap. What better way to do that than to bring together jazz, rock and hip-hop artists, have them meet for the first time, then jam together and see what they create. And what better place to do that than the music room at Seattle’s Garfield High School, alma mater of such musical greats as Jimi Hendrix, Quincy Jones, Dave Lewis and hip-hop giant Macklemore.
In real-time you will be able to see how jazz influences rock and rap.
Along the way you’ll hear the thoughts and feelings of the artists as they share with you how this iconic art form has influenced their own music.
If you recall, we gathered together some of Seattle’s finest musicians to participate in this epic event:
Michael Brockman (sax), Clarence Acox (drums) and Phil Sparks (stand up bass) from the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, one of the most respected jazz orchestras in the Pacific Northwest, if not the country.
Rock guitarist and vocalist Ayron Jones of Ayron Jones and the Way. His blend of rock and blues with just a dash of hip-hop has attracted the likes of Seattle’s own Six-Mix-A-Lot (who produced his last album).
Our freestyle rapper was Turtle T. Known for his poetic rhyming style and balance of sophisticated humor, Turtle (aka Zac Millan), brings an authentic sound that’s as relatable as it is profound. He has performed alongside the likes of Macklemore, The Physics, Thee Satisfaction, Grynch, Theoretics.
Not featured in the trailer is RA Scion, who will be making a special appearance in the main film. RA has a lyrical style and sense that is quick, poignant and profound. He and his partner Vox Mod have reached such a level of acclaim in the Seattle area, that they’ve been invited to perform at last year’s Bumbershoot Festival (alongside such other notable performers as Wu Tang Clang, Elvis Costello, Bootsy Collins, the Replacements, and more). RA will feature in a special opening segment of the film. If this were an episode of “Twilight Zone,” RA will be our Rod Serling,.
A project like this can only happen with the help and cooperation of a team of talented filmmakers.
- Producer/Director: Ron Dawson, Dare Dreamer Media
- Co-Producer/Audio/Camera: Brian Russell, Willow Craft Media
- Camera and Lighting: Stuart Ferrier, Blue Fern Productions
- Camera: Sarah Ferrier, Blue Fern Productions
- Audio and Camera: David Patterson
- Camera: April Johnson
- Audio Mix: Blaine Rochester of Nu Era Music
To make a series like this come to life when your budget is essentially zero takes the generosity of not only the skilled talent, but companies who believe in the work. We are so very grateful to them.
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Sliders, Stabilizers & Rigs for DSLR Filmmakers
Rhino Camera Gear is a local gear manufacturer here in the Seattle area who has been able to have not one, not two, not three, but FOUR successful Kickstarter campaigns, all ranging from 230% to over 1300% funded. Their 1300% funded campaign was for their signature product, the Rhino Slider (video). I’ve used a number of sliders over they years, and I can honestly say this is one of the silkiest, smoothest sliders I’ve ever used; and at under $500, you can’t beat the price for that level of quality. We used their Rhino Carbon Core for this shoot.
FxFactory – Visual Effects Plugins for Final Cut Pro, After Effects & Premiere
The best way to describe FxFactory from Noise Industries is “The App Store for NLEs”. The FxFactory application is free, and once installed, it gives you access to a whole host of plugins for all popular NLEs and motion graphics programs including Final Cut Pro 7 and X, Adobe Premiere, After Effects and Motion. No matter what computer you’re on, if FxFactory is installed, you have access to all the plugins you’ve purchased. They have plugins ranging from color correction and grading to title effects to mo-graph effects. The one I personally use the most is Nattress Levels & Curves. Ripple Training has a few FxFactory plugins also you should check out. Their plugins are affordable, easy to use, and all come with full functioning trial versions (with watermarks).
Music Bed is a curator and licensor of high quality music that can be legally used and licensed in your film or video productions. They are a popular go-to source for many filmmakers, including the likes of Vincent Laforet, Philip Bloom, Eliot Rausch, Salomon Ligthelm and Shane Hurlbut.