Jazz in China

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Baruch College Professor Eugene Marlow is producing and directing a documentary called Jazz in China, based on his book of the same name. 

The New York City Jazz Record and the Jazz Journalists Association called Dr. Marlow's Jazz in China book one of the "5 Best Jazz Books of 2018."

The central story of the Jazz in China documentary is the presence of a democratic form of music—jazz—co-existing in a country with a long history of adherence to a central authority—China—for the last 100 years!

Professor Marlow needs your support to complete the post-production (editing) in time to debut the documentary on International Jazz Day, April 30, 2021.

Professor Marlow frequently collaborates with the Baruch Performing Arts Center to expose Baruch students to the arts they otherwise don't have access to. He hopes to share the completed documentary with Baruch students when campus re-opens after the pandemic.

To learn more about Professor Marlow and the Jazz in China documentary project, please click here.

Please donate today and support Jazz in China.

Update #4

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO),  sponsor of the annual April 30 International Jazz Day, has invited Dr. Eugene Marlow, producer/director of the forthcoming feature-length documentary "Jazz in China," to announce the documentary's completion on its website as an "official event" of International Jazz Day 2021. This annual event mounts jazz performance events all over the world. 

Thanks for your continued support!

5 days ago by Sidney Ko
Update #3

Tomorrow (February 11, 2021) we take an important step in editing the "Jazz in China" documentary. A few months ago I hired a crew in Shanghai, China to shoot short interviews with jazz club patrons at two leading clubs in Shanghai: the JZ Club and Jazz@Lincoln Center (JALC). Yes, the famed JALC in New York City (of Wynton Marsalis, Musical Director fame) has a club in Shanghai. The crew garnered over two dozen interviews. The kicker is all these interviews are in Mandarin. Tomorrow, we will overdub these interviews with the English translations. I've hired two voice over talents for the recording session at Onomatopoeia, a leading New York City audio recording/mixing studio. One for the male interviews, the other (obviously) for the female interviews. Next week a crew in Beijing will record additional jazz club interviews. These interviews add credibility to the observation that jazz appeals to a young audience in China.

Prof. Marlow

25 days ago by Sidney Ko
Update #2

About the Documentary

"Jazz in China" tells the paradoxical 100-year story of how jazz—a democratic form of music—exists and thrives in China--a country with a long tradition of adherence to central authority. Through interviews with leading, indigenous jazz musicians, sinologists and historians in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou, the documentary reveals the significant influence of African-American jazz musicians and 20th century technologies on the spread of this democratic form of music that appeals to a largely young Chinese audience.

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31 days ago by Sidney Ko
Update #1

The editing of the Jazz in China documentary is proceeding. Dr. Marlow and his editor Kevin Schreck have virtually completed editing what the various characters in the documentary have to say. It is anticipated there'll be more refinements as the documentary nears completion. Now comes the job of dropping in B-roll: a truckload of archival video material and still graphics. So far, it looks like this documentary will run somewhere between 80-90 minutes. Ninety-nine percent of the interviews in the documentary were conducted via Zoom over the summer of 2020. Marlow and Schreck are making editing decisions also by Zoom in one-two hour sessions. By sharing his screen, Marlow can see what Kevin Schreck is accomplishing. The system works!

39 days ago by Sidney Ko

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