Thursday, June 16, 2011

In Between the Raindrops

Friends, I interrupt my barrage of book-related posts to point your attention towards a noble cause, especially if you're a jazz fan and a Louis Armstrong fan. A few weeks ago, while celebrating Marty Napoleon's 90th birthday, I listed the other surviving All Stars and included Buddy Catlett who sometimes unfairly gets looked over. He was with Louis day in and day out from June 1965 through September 1968, traveling around the world and playing on all of Louis's recording sessions in that period ("What a Wonderful World," "Cabaret," "Disney Songs the Satchmo Way," etc.). Buddy was a product of Seattle's burgeoning jazz scene in the 1940s 1950s and that's where he resides today.

It's the history of the Seattle jazz scene that is the subject of a new documentary, "In Between the Raindrops," produced by my friend Jessica Davis. Jessica has made this project a labor of love for quite some time and has already done a ton of work, including filming concerts and interviews with Quincy Jones, Ernestine Anderson and yes, Buddy Catlett. She's sitting on a mountain of footage guaranteed to make jazz fans celebrate but there's one thing that's standing in her way: financial support. To get the film edited, Jessica needs to raise $5,000 by the beginning of July and today, with 20 days to go, she's still $3,671 short. Fortunately, she's started a page for the documentary on, complete with video clips. At Kickstarter, you can donate and believe me, no amount is too small. It's crunch time now and this is a film that really should be finished, especially with the love and hard work that's already been put into it. So if you can spare a little or a lot, head over to the Kickstarter page now and help Jessica get the chance to tell the story of these Seattle legends of jazz. Thanks and here's the official link:

In Between The Raindrops

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