Jazz Movies

Here’s a brand-new topic for us at IndieGala. Jazz music. And jazz movies as well to be honest, but yeah. Jazz music is also one of them. That’s not to say we didn’t have any music-related articles. Oh, no. Far from it. Rocksmith 2014 took us to the world of rock music last year. Check it out here. But now it’s time for a different type of genre. Jazz. And of course, a different type of article.

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Jazz Movies To Go With Our Jazzy Beats Bundle

Well, our Jazzy Beats Bundle wouldn’t be what it is if we didn’t mix it with some cool movies. As we usually do here at IndieGala. And right now, for this article, it’s all about jazz. Jazz movies to be exact and we have 5 good ones to show you. Let’s begin, shall we?

Let’s Get Lost

We’re starting this list with the 80s and we love it. But at the same time, we’re starting it with a documentary movie. And not just any documentary movie. A documentary film about the turbulent life and career of jazz trumpeter Chet Baker. Written and directed by Bruce Weber, Let’s get lost is a fascinating documentary on the life of jazz trumpeter and drug addict Chet Baker. It also contains a series of interviews with friends, family, associates and lovers. And they’re all interspersed with film from Baker’s earlier life and some modern-day performances. Let’s Get Lost received an Oscar nomination, and it’s considered one of the best jazz movies of all time.

Fun fact: Four months before the film’s release in September 1988, Baker died under mysterious circumstances in a fall from his hotel room window in Amsterdam.

Round Midnight

We’re staying in the ’80s with Round Midnight, but this time with a musical/drama from Bertrand Tavernier. And the movie is about a troubled, but a talented musician who flees the US to escape his problems. Only to find refuge and support in Paris. And what’s so fascinating about it? The real-life jazz legend Dexter Gordon brilliantly portrays the fictional tenor sax player Dale Turner here. A musician who’s slowly losing the battle with alcoholism, and who’s estranged from his family. It’s a fantastic jazz-filled movie of finding your place in the most unlikely places, and it’s worth the watch.

Fun fact: Dexter Gordon became the first Jazz Musician to earn a Best Actor Academy Award Nomination for this film.

Born To Be Blue

OK. We already tackled Chet Baker before. But this time in a more contemporary biopic movie, and a motion picture one of that. But over here in Born To Be Blue, Ethan Hawke portrays Chet Baker. Moreover, the film is a re-imagining of jazz legend Chet Baker’s musical comeback in the late ’60s. It also deals with Baker’s vices but in a more subtle and nuanced way. Not to mention the movie has the artistic guidance of one of the best actors in the world. Yes, I’m talking about the immensely underrated Ethan Hawke who effortlessly portrays Baker. It’s a fantastic movie and deserves your attention.

Fun fact: Ethan Hawke wore prosthetic teeth to get the teeth gap in the first scenes.


How can we forget Whiplash? One of the most compelling movies about Jazz out there. It’s more of a psychological drama per se, but it does have some nice jazz tunes. And you know what it also has? Fantastic performances (especially from J.K. Simmons) and amazing direction (from Damien Chazelle). But Whiplash is a story that follows ambitious jazz drummer Andrew Neiman (Teller). He’s pushed to his limit by his abusive and ruthlessly strict bandleader (Simmons) at the fictional Shaffer Conservatory. And yes. It’s a must-watch movie as well. Not only is nearly perfect but because you’ll fall in love with jazz once you watch it.

Fun fact: J.K. Simmons has won 47 awards for his role as Fletcher. Including an Oscar for the best-supporting actor category.

Lady Sings the Blues

Last but certainly not least. And also, the only movie on this list to have a female lead. Yes, Lady Sings The Blues is a biopic about the one and only Billie Holliday, and it has a true diva in the lead role. The one and only Diana Ross. Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor, James T. Callahan, and Scatman Crothers are also part of the cast, and yes. It’s a must-watch for every fan of Miss Holliday. Not to mention it also has a fantastic performance from Miss Ross, but yes. If you’re a fan of Billie Holliday you need to watch it.

Fun fact: According to Diana Ross, Richard Pryor instructed her on how to behave during the scenes of drug use.

Which Are Some Of Your Favorite Jazz Movies?

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