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Traditional-Jazz Performance with Mr. Handy's Blues @ 2017 St. Louis International Film Festival
The Stage at KDHX
St Louis, MO
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Traditional-Jazz Performance with Mr. Handy's Blues @ 2017 St. Louis International Film Festival
Joanne Fishs Mr. Handys Blues chronicles the life of William Christopher Handy, known affectionately worldwide as the Father of the Blues. He was born seven years after the Civil War and died at the dawn of the Space Age. Handys trajectory to success is an against-all-odds odyssey that took him from a strict religious home in Northern Alabama, to a low point of despair in St. Louis, to becoming one of the most revered composers of the 20th century. The film surveys Handys eventful life and includes interviews with Taj Mahal, Bobby Rush, and Vince Giordano, with Handy himself present in rare archival footage and audio. Mr. Handys Blues also features performances of Handys songs  including such standards as St. Louis Blues, The Memphis Blues, and Beale Street Blues  by current artists. Director Fish participates in a Q&A, and the program also includes Blues & Ragtime: The Sounds of St. Louis, a short film by the teens at St. Louis Artworks, who tell the story of how ragtime music became the foundation for much of modern blues, R&B, and hip-hop. The evening is capped by a performance by a trad-jazz trio consisting of pianist Ethan Leinwand, vocalist Valerie Kirchoff, and trumpeter TJ Muller.


The Stage at KDHX (View)
3524 Washington Avenue
St Louis, MO 63103
United States

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Film > Festivals
Film > Movies

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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Chris Clark

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