1369 Coffee House
1369 Jazz Club BACKGROUND:
1369 Jazz Club closed in August, 1988, existing between 1984 and 1988.
Featuring an unlikely combination of epoch jazz artists (e.g. Johnny Griffin, Joe Lovano, Branford Marsalis, Archie Shepp, Ricky Ford, John Medesky, and Henry Threadgill), a cult rock band (The Shy Five), poetry nights, and a lines-around-the-corner Sunday blues jam session, the 1369 drew audiences as unlikely in their diversity as the music they came to hear. Seated among the faithful might be professional athletes (Bill Walton), musicians ( Hubert Sumlin, Gunther Schuller, Freddie Hubbard, Art Blakey, Pat Metheny, George Thorogood) bikers, comedians (Stephen Wright, Jimmy Tingle, Lenny Clarke, Steve Sweeney), dancers (Jimmy Slyde), corporate leaders, academics, and movie stars (Diane Keaton, Liam Neeson, Leonard Nimoy).
“A Place for Jazz” was filmed over the course of three years. Beginning in 1985 and concluding in August, 1988, award-winning filmmaker Richard Broadman, cameraman / assistant producer, John Bishop, and Harvard University Jazz Program director Michael Haggerty, recorded live performances and in-depth interviews with local musicians, club staff, audience members, and some of the most important Jazz artists of the time. Among those interviewed and performing live are Joe Lovanno, Archie Shepp, Steve Lacy, Henry Threadgill, Mel Lewis, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Andrew Cyrille, Kenny Werner, Ricky Ford, and Fred Hopkins.
Following a premiere in Cambridge at the Brattle Theater in the spring of 1991, A Place for Jazz played to favorable reviews at Canada\'s Montreal Jazz Festival, and the Los Angeles Film Critics Festival. While the movie demonstrated it\'s artistic, historical, and commercial promise, owing to filmmaker Richard Broadman\'s untimely passing, distribution and licensing agreements were never completed and/or eventually lapsed.
Over the 21 years since its original theatrical release, the message of the movie – that there needs to be a place for America\'s classical music, seems both prescient and timely. It is the hope and objective of the producers of the film, the friends and family of filmmaker Richard Broadman.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Richard Broadman\'s work spanned subjects as diverse as the social history of urban redevelopment (“Mission Hill and the Miracle of Boston” (1979) and “Down the Projects” (1983)) to the changing relationships between women and men (“Love Stories: Women, Men and Romance” (1987)), to the social and ecological history of public waterworks (“Water and the Dream of the Engineers” (1983)).
\"In the local film community, Broadman is considered a pioneer, a visionary, and an inspiration.\" -- Remembering Richard Broadman, NewEnglandFilm.com, 03/01/2000, Holly Madden.
In the opinion of Ted Reed, one of Broadman\'s close friends, \"A Place for Jazz,\" ....was one of Broadman\'s best documentaries and the one he was closest to\".
Richard Broadman, Producer / Director, Film Historian, Professor The Museum School, Boston Film and Video Foundation, www.der.org
John Bishop, Cameraman, Documentary Filmmaker, see \"Land Where The Blues Began\" (with Alan Lomax, Worth Long), Ethnographer, Professor, UCLA, 2003 - 2011, www.media-generation.net
Dennis Steiner, Producer, Co-Owner, 1369 Jazz Club, Jazz Videographer
Jay Hoffman, Producer, Co-Owner, 1369 Jazz Club, Saxophonist
Bob Pollak, Producer, Co-Owner, 1369 Jazz Club
Michael Haggerty, Producer / Narrator, Former Jazz Program Director, WHRB, Harvard University, \"Under Paris Skies: Conversation with [Kenny] Clarke\", The Black Perspective in Music, 13 [Fall 1985]: 195-221